Working as an Intern in France – Things you should know

Of course, you want the best for your children, and the perspective of an internship in a country with a reputable educational system and plenty of career opportunities, such as France, is indeed thrilling. However, there are some strict regulations one must follow in order to be able to enrol an internship in France. The laws under which internships fall are designed in order to assure the success for both the companies and interns. If your children plan to enrol in an internship in France, below you can find some of the general rules (including health care regulation such as the formalite arret 93) to follow while there.

A mutuelle is necessary for foreign students

In terms of social services and health care, foreign students enrolled in internships in France must know that they will remain insured on their student insurance, or alternatively, on their parent’s health insurance. As a foreign student, if you cannot provide a proof that you are on somebody’s insurance plan, you must invest in a health care plan, also known as a mutuelle. For doing so, you will get in touch with one of the specialised institutions in France, that will guide you in order to make the process easier. You will find out what documents are necessary and how should you proceed. Fear not, because the staff in these institutions is opened to discussion and they have plenty of valuable pieces of information for you.  

Only students enrolled in a University program can apply to internships

In order to encourage formal education, and discourage students to enrol in an internship after another and never getting hired on a full time job, after graduation, only those currently enrolled in a University program are allowed to apply for internships.

Only interns hired for longer than 2 months will receive an allowance

In France it is mandatory that the employer is paying a minimum wage for the employee (the intern in our case) and in internship’s cases the wage is about 2.88 euros per hour. However, this rule applies only if the intern works for more than 2 months in the company.

The maximum length of an internship is 6 months

As a general rule, the maximum length of an internship is of 6 months and during a University year, cumulated, one cannot have more than 6 months of internship. If a student wants to accomplish more than one internship in the duration of an academic year, they must wait 1/3 from the duration of the first one. For instance, if a student was in an internship for three months, they must wait a months before beginning another internship.

No paid vacations for interns

Interns don’t have to take vacation days during an internship contract, which means in case they take off time, it will be at the employer’s discretion, without any wage for those particular days. But the good part in France is that there are plenty of legal off days during various holidays.