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Each year, the Grand Reims urban community organises a forum called “Stage dating” (“Internship dating”) to support students looking for an internship.
An internship is most often a period of training, apprenticeship or further training that lasts from a few days to several months in an appropriate location – in a company for full-time or continuing education.
An internship is a job in the professional world that allows students to acquire new skills or to apply skills they have acquired elsewhere.
This is a temporary placement in a professional environment during which you must be given assignments in keeping with the educational approach established with your educational institute.
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The City of Reims and Grands Reims region offer many internships throughout the year, in different departments and in various fields (sports, culture, communication, education, youth, business, student life, maintenance, etc.). Feel free to send an unsolicited application (cover letter and CV) to the City of Reims and/or Grand Reims region.
Send an application to the City of Reims:
City of Reims (Ville de Reims), Mr Mayor (Monsieur le maire)
HR department (Direction des Ressources Humaines) - CS 80036 - 51722 Reims Cedex
Send an application to the Grands Reims region:
The Grand Reims urban community (Communauté Urbaine du Grand Reims), Madam President (Madame la Présidente)
HR department (Direction des Ressources Humaines) - CS 80036 - 51722 Reims Cedex
An internship should not be offered to a student:
Because your internship is not an employment contract. It must match a specific educational project that leads to the student gaining targeted skills. This is why internships “outside the curriculum” are not permitted in France.
You can do an optional internship or a mandatory internship during your course, but it must be agreed by your institute.
The duration of an internship can vary – it can last from a few hours to several months. Since the Act of 10 July 2014 and the decree no. 2014-1420 of 27 November 2014, an internship cannot exceed 6 months or 924 hours. This applies to companies, public administrations, associations or any other host organisations.
Since this decree, interns must be paid as soon as an internship exceeds two months.
Technically, as the intern is not considered as an employee, they don’t receive a salary, allowance or even pay, but rather compensation.
This compensation does not depend on the degree and is the same regardless of the level of study. It is paid monthly rather than at the end of the internship.
It is calculated as follows:
Since the Act of 10 July 2014, internship allowances have been exempt from income tax.
However, the tax exemption has limitations.
For paid internships in 2020, the tax exemption threshold was set at €18,473. Beyond this limit, the excess will be taxable.
The internship agreement is the equivalent of an employment contract for interns. Made mandatory by the decree published in the “Journal Officiel” on 31 August 2006, the purpose of the internship agreement is to specify the commitments and responsibilities of the educational institute, the host company, and the intern. Furthermore, to be valid, the internship agreement must be signed by:
Since the Act of 10 July 2014, the internship agreement has had a threefold objective: to solidify the idea of internships within higher education programmes in order to foster employability, to strengthen their educational role and, to improve the intern’s status.
If the internship takes place abroad, an information sheet presenting the host country's regulations on the rights and duties of the intern must be attached to the internship agreement.
If the employee is hired within three months after completing the internship in a private sector company in metropolitan France, the probationary period can be reduced by at least half. If the job corresponds to the work performed during the internship, then the duration of said internship is fully deducted from the probationary period. A probationary period of more than two months is taken into account when calculating seniority rights.
You get the same rights as the employees of the host organisation with regard to:
If the internship lasts less than two months, providing time off is not mandatory.
In all cases, holiday pay is optional.
Whatever your nationality, French or other, if you are studying abroad and want to come to France to do an internship as part of your studies, French law on internships (especially on compensation) will apply, provided that you meet the conditions set forth in the Code for Entry and Residence of Foreigners and Right of Asylum (CESEDA) as an intern, as specified below.
If you are a French student studying abroad, you do not have specific entry and residence requirements for internships.
To qualify as an intern, the international student must first comply with the following provisions:
To reside in France for the duration of the internship, the international student intern must comply with the legislation on entry and residence in France and must hold:
Can I refuse to carry out a task as an intern?
The internship agreement must include “the definition of the tasks given to the intern according to the training objectives”. If the intern is requested to carry out a task which does not fall within this definition, the intern may be entitled to refuse it without being considered at fault. The best thing to do is to talk about it with your school/university and company managers.
If I have a dispute during my internship, who should I contact?
Firstly, talk about it with your tutor and the person in charge of your institute. If no solution is found, you can refer the matter to the civil court judge.
Health insurance coverage
Except in special cases, you are already enrolled in a statutory health insurance scheme.
Find out more about AMELI from your health insurance company
Health and personal insurance coverage
This includes health cover and accidental cover for work-related illnesses.
The terms of coverage depend on the amount of your compensation.
Civil liability insurance
You can take out a civil liability insurance policy with an insurer for any damage you may cause on the premises of the internship, such as to the equipment lent to you or your colleagues.
There is no sick leave for interns.
However, you must provide a sick note from your doctor as proof of any absence.
In the event of any work-related illnesses and/or accidents:
When the compensation, in France or in some cases abroad, is up to the legal limit (i.e., €3.90 per hour for the year 2021), it is your institute of education that contributes and is considered responsible.
When the compensation, in France or in some cases abroad, exceeds the legal limit (i.e., €3.90 per hour for the year 2021), the host organisation is fully responsible.
For internships abroad or if moving to the French Overseas Territories, it is important to have personal accident insurance and medical repatriation and legal assistance coverage.
Yes, for all paid internships that last more than two months, but you must apply to the appropriate pension fund within two years after completing your internship. You must provide proof of an internship certificate that mentions the total effective duration of the internship and the amount of compensation paid.
This internship gave me opportunity to improve my knowledge in communication and to learn about different events and marketing positions. My internship went very well thanks to the excellent communication between the team members. I also really enjoyed being at the heart of project organisation for a community; it makes the job more hands-on and appealing. It was a great work experience and I hope the next ones will be just as rewarding.
Testimony from Marie-Alix Goujon, intern in the Grands Reims region
Last update : 29 June 2022