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How does the French-American Center's "Internship" Service work?

The program offers the participant a placement as an intern in an French organization, usually based in the south of France, for 4, 8 or 12 weeks, plus assistance with accommodations either in a French host family or in a private residence. The Center staff interviews potential candidates for the program, based on a completed application form and accompanying materials. If accepted, the candidate will be matched by our representatives in France with one of a number of French organizations seeking interns. The intern must arrive in France at a mutually convenient date, abide by the internship guidelines of the host organization, and depart France at the end of the internship.

What is an "internship"?

Each year, many French companies offer practical experience to students. These internships give participants specific duties and responsibilities in a business environment. Technically speaking, the internships are "observational." There is no remuneration. Each intern has an opportunity to be trained by French professionals on the site, providing valuable on-the-job experience. The intern agrees to work conscientiously and efficiently at all tasks he or she is given. Accommodations, meals and pocket money are the responsibility of each intern.

How does a French organization select an "intern"?

The sponsoring organization establishes internships for qualified candidates, according to its own criteria and necessities. Competition for internship positions is intense. Fluency in French is an important factor. Professional skills and experience are a plus. The personal qualities most often mentioned by sponsoring organizations are:

What kinds of organizations in France accept interns?

A wide spectrum of family businesses, insurance agencies, restaurants, youth and social centers, universities, schools, banks, hotels, travel agencies and fitness clinics sponsor internships. Our own film festival in Avignon accepts qualified interns.

What does the "Internship France" Service cost?

"Internship France" is offered exclusively to Members of the French-American Center (annual membership fees = $40). Supplementary administrative fees are $85, for a total of $125.

What is included in the Fees?

What is not included in the Fees?

What is the schedule of paying fees?

Each candidate must include the $125 Administrative and Membership Fee (non-reimbursable) with his or her application.

What is the cost of cancellation?

The $125 Administrative and Membership Fee is not refundable. Other obligations, i.e. airline reservations, accommodations, are usually refundable but may be subject to a penalty fee.

Is there a special visa required by French authorities for American participants who have been selected for an internship in France?

Not if your stay is under 3 months. The participant has a round-trip ticket before departure. He or she receives no payment for the internship and the sponsoring organization attests that the training period is for observation purposes only. Any stay longer than 3 months must be accorded by French Immigration authorities, based on a case-by-case review, before your departure from the United States.

How does an internship candidate apply for the "Internship France" Service?

What happens after your acceptance to the "Internship France" program?

Our French representatives at our Center in Montpellier will offer your application to organizations until you are accepted as an intern. You will be sent a brief profile of the business that agrees to sponsor your internship. Based on the dates of your internship, you must establish dates for your airline ticket and pay the balance of your fees. You may want to telephone your internship sponsor in France for more details about your specific tasks and responsibilities.

How proficient must your French be to participate in "Internship France" program?

Your host organization and host family expect to communicate with you in everyday French. Your language abilities should be reasonably solid for you to get the most out of the program.

What other alternatives do you have for internships?

If you feel that you may not be ready to work and live in France, please ask our U.S. office about other internships that we organize in New York, primarily working in the arts, especially participating in the French-American Center's annual film event in the spring in Manhattan, the "Avignon/New York Film Festival."

Neither the French-American Center nor its French representatives can be held responsible for losses, damages, accidents or expenses incurred by the participant before, during, or after the "Internship France" program.

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  • Reunion d'information pour Day Camp Tour Brighton, Angleterre
    Mercredi 7 décembre 2016 à 18h00 au French American Center
    Séjour d'immersion en Angleterre pour les 11 à 18 ans
  • Kid’s Christmas Workshop
    Mercredi 14 décembre 2016 de 12h à 13h30
    Dernier déjeuner créatif de l’année pour vos enfants !
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  • Happy Christmas Party
    Vendredi 16 décembre 2016 à 19h au FAC
    Emmenez un petit cadeau avec vous et fêtons Noël ensemble dans la tradition Américaine.
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  • Assemblée générale de l'association
    Lundi 2 Janvier 2017 à 17h30 - Au French American Centre
    Ordre du jour: Adoption du rapport financier et du rapport d'activité, élection des dirigeants, questions.
  • Aperitif Happy New Year
    Vendredi 6 janvier 2017 à 19h - Au French American Centre
    Partager vos résolutions et voeux pour cette nouvelle année, en bonne compagnie et en Anglais; Soirée apéro et quiz.
  • Conférence - Native Americans
    Vendredi 27 janvier 2017 à 19h au French American Center
    Conférence sur l'histoire des peuples indigènes nord-américains, avec Laurence McGuire écrivain Américain.
  • Valentines Day Concert
    Mardi 14 février 2017 à 19h au French American Center
    'Love Songs' - Live Music, Concert Acoustique et Apéritif
    Mettez vous dans l'ambiance avec une soirée dédié à l’amour!
  • Parents' Coffee Morning
    Mercredi 22 février 2017 à 10h30 au French American Center
    Pour les parents des enfants inscrits au Kids' School.
  • Inclusion - French and American Stories
    Vendredi 10 Mars 2017 à 19h00 au French American Center
    Conference et Discussion avec Soufyan Heutte écrivain.
    Intervention Live des USA via Skype.
  • St Patricks Day
    Vendredi 17 Mars 2017 à 19h00 au French American Center
    Présentation de l'histoire de la Saint Patrick avec des jeux typiques, des quiz et un apéritif. N'oubliez pas de porter un vêtement vert !
  • Kid’s Easter Workshop
    Mercredi 29 Mars 2017 de 12h15 à 13h30 au French American Center
    Ateliers de travaux manuels pour les enfants autour du thème de Pâques et déjeuner.
  • Easter Potluck Party
    Vendredi 21 Avril 2017 à 19h00 au French American Center
    Venez découvrir ce que les cloches ont apportées au French American Center. Préparez et partagez votre plat préféré et présentez-nous votre recette en anglais !
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  • Day Camp Tour Brighton Réunion d'orientation pré-départ
    Mercredi 2 Mai 2017 de 18h à 19h30 au French American Center.
    Pour tous les participants et parents.
  • Soirée mexicaine avec le food truck El Cactus
    Jeudi 18 Mai 2017 à 19h00 au French American Center
    Histoire des relations entre le Mexique et les États-Unis, quiz et dégustation de spécialités mexicaines avec le food truck El Cactus
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  • Spectacle des enfants du Kids’ School
    Mercredi 28 Juin 2017 à 17h00 au French American Center
    Spectacle de fin d'année des enfants du Kids' School.
  • Fourth of July
    Mardi 4 Juillet 2017 à 19h00 au French American Center
    Manifestation sur L’histoire Américaine. Discussion et dégustation d’un diner américain avec le food truck Peta’s food.
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  • Plus d'infos sur The Apéritif Party


  • Du 23 Dec 2016 au 1 Janvier 2017 inclus

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