Work experience and internships at France Langue – How it works.

Work Experience programmes are becoming more and more popular every year at France Langue. We talk to Laurène Meulemans who is in charge of our Work Experience service at the school. 

How do you  distinguish between work experience and internship?

At France Langue, Work Experience (Paid job) is gaining professional training in a specific field of work.  For students at France Langue, paid-jobs are only provided in the tourism field in Paris.

The Internship Program only concerns students registered in a high school in France or abroad and is an integral part of the academic and professional career of the student. We offer this program is available in Paris, Nice or Bordeaux.

Student testimonials: Work Experience Programme in Paris (in French)

What type of work/internship is on offer, and what’s the level of language & skills required?

The paid job program is only available in the tourism field and internship programs are available in tourism industry, gastronomy, business, communication, marketing, law, journalism, public relations, fashion, architecture, and art. The required level of French is a minimum of B1.

What are the key benefits for a language student?

The main goal of this program is to learn French in an intercultural environment. This program is especially made to prepare students for their professional career by providing the opportunity to gain a significant knowledge of the language for your experience at work.

What is the most popular work experience at your school?

The most popular work experiences gained at our school are paid jobs in customer service, and internships in marketing and fashion and art fields.

Read more on Work Experience & Internships.

How can a school help a student obtain a valuable work experience/internship?

The school tailors the program according to the students’ level of French, educational background and behavior will determine will determine your position, tasks and responsibility within the company of your placement. The school can directly build partnerships with host companies. These companies will interview the student and provide him/her with the placement.

Tips for agents: Work experience and internships abroad: managing student expectations

How can a school ensure students make the most of their experience?

We coach and prepare our students for interviews and other interactions within the professional work place such as customer relationship and professional interactions which will prepare them for this experience.

Laurène Meulemans is in charge of Work Experience Programmes at France Langue ( The school has branches in Paris, Bordeaux, Biarritz and Nice.

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