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Internships

Gain international and professional experience through an Erasmus+ internship, an embassy internship, a FLE (français langue étrangère) internship or an internship in a company or laboratory.

Do you have an obligatory or voluntary internship to complete so that you can successfully pass your year? Why not do it abroad?

Once you have found your internship, contact the person in the administrative office of your study programme (scolarité) in order to get the University of Burgundy's internship contract (convention de stage), either in French or in English. In this case you do not need to get in touch with the main International office as your internship will be managed directly by your faculty.

You must only contact the International office if you wish to receive an Erasmus+ grant, Regional council grant or Ministerial aid (for those students who meet the requirements). For more information about bursaries and grants please take a look at the page Financial aid.

Finding an internship abroad

  • Outline your internship project by writing a short summary about your skills and experiences. It should be in line with your studies, your goals and your personal and professional objectives. This is a vital step which will allow you to target the field of work you want to gain experience in and in this way will help you to specify your research.
  • Evaluate your language level and perfect it at the Language centre where you can also talk with international students at the University of Burgundy. Have a look at other suggestions on our page Linguistic preparation.
  • Get started with your research at least 6 months in advance. Research, responses, administrative formalities and the organisation of your internship all require ample time.
  • Adapt your application to suit the practices of the country you are applying to work in. For each application you should send your CV and cover letter in the language of that country or the language used by the company. The University of Burgundy's Pôle formation et vie universitaire service organises workshops for writing French and English cover letters. Don't forget to explore different websites appropriate to your host country to get some country specific advice. For example Writing a CV/résumé or How to write a successful CV for the UK.
  • To find out whether the possibility of finding an internship is likely or not, you can consult the Minister of foreign affairs website for each country. These sites will give you information on the current economic situation of the country where you are looking for your internship. It's also worth looking at websites relating to foreign affairs in your home country and also in your host country (such as your country's embassy) to gather more information about possibilities available to you.
  • Take a look at the Student internship guide made by the Ministry of higher education, and read the information on their website. They offer general practical advice and advice related to internships.
  • Take a look at the Eurodesk brochure Internships abroad.


Data base created by the University of Burgundy


General sites


Websites based on area of work


Country specific websites


Speculative applications

Send your CV and cover letter to both companies in your home country and in France who may have departments abroad, as well as companies in the country that you wish to go to. Address your application to human resources, or to the director of company.

Business Directories

  • Europages : database which covers 36 countries.
  • WAYP : yellow pages for all countries.
  • Kompass: directory of companies across the world.
  • Emploi.org : website proposing links to other company directories.

French businesses and associations abroad

Researching via a search engine

  • Search key work-related words in the country's language and a geographical place, ie town, region.
  • For example: a second year master student studying history of art wants to look for an internship in a museum in Belgium: Brussels, contemporary art museums / Bruxelles, art contemporain, musée.
  • Try to use search engines of the country, for example, www.google.es for Spain, www.google.co.uk for the United Kingdom, www.google.de for Germany...


European institutions and international organisations


European institutions offer paid and unpaid internships. The calendar is normally fixed and you will have to submit your application online several months in advance. Before applying, find out about the recruitment requirements (often you will need a bachelor level or higher).

To find out more and to eventually apply, visit the Internship office website at the following institutions.

For internships at French embassies overseas, please take a look at the section Embassy internships.




If you have to complete an internship as part of your study programme and you decide to do your internship in a European country which is part of the Erasmus+ programme, you can apply for an Erasmus+ grant for internships from the European Union in order to help fund your time abroad.

Find out about this grant in the section Financial aid, under the heading Erasmus+ grant for internships

PRI-petit-logo-erasmus   Erasmus+ Programme is co-financed by the European Union.


The Minister of foreign affairs offers paid internships in French embassies. These internships can be in central administration, within a diplomatic mission (political chancellery, press relations, cooperation services, cultural action, and consular service) or at a consulate.

How to apply

  • Go to the website France Diplomatie where you will find detailed information about the embassy internship programme, some practical advice and the conditions and information about the application process.
  • Take a look at the search engine to find internship offers and download the information sheets of internship offers that may interest you.
  • Complete the interactive PDF application forms for the jobs that interest you and send them to your Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. so that they can complete their section of the form.
  • The International office will duly return this document to you so that you can send the application to those in charge of the offer.
  • You will be informed by email if your application has been accepted or not. If you are successful, you will receive an email with instructions on how to complete the administrative steps.
  • Contact the person responsible at the International office to finalize your application file, so that they can send it in paper format to the Ministry.
  • If you have any questions, contact the International office at the University of Burgundy: Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser..

If you don't have French citizenship, be sure that you are eligible as a foreign candidate to apply for your desired offer before submitting your demand.


The Ministry of foreign affairs offer bursaries for French as a foreign language (FLE) masters students every year.

  • Take a look at the Campus France website in order to find out about the requirements, application information, benefits, commitments and obligations.
  • For any other questions please contact Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser., who is responsible for FLE at the University of Burgundy.

You can also look at these sites dedicated to FLE internship offers:

uB International office contacts.

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