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Are you looking for that internship to kick start your career? Why not consider English speaking human resources internships in France. This is an ideal opportunity for those who want to learn about employee relations and management from a first-hand experience.
France is becoming known as a hub of learning for many reasons. It has some of the best universities in Europe, including Paris, which consistently ranks as one of the best places to study international business and language arts. On top of this, studying abroad and gaining international experience only looks great on a resume, even when it may not directly contribute to your field.
Now that you have a look at the career of an HR intern let's talk about getting your foot in the door. Forget right out of university jobs and head straight to industry. Many companies have these positions specifically for those with international experience because they know that it is best to teach on the job more so than just giving someone who has no knowledge base some book training. Often, when students get hired by companies that bring them over from abroad, it is predicated on the fact that they are already starting a bit ahead of their peers back home.
A good HR intern can take the initiative, work independently, and be proactive at all times. In the real world, you need to be prepared for anything and everything that could come your way; this includes last-minute meetings with international clients/customers from other countries or clients calling in if a manager isn't available.
Interns don't usually have their own office, but they are given their desk, so it should always be neat and organized. Tasks may vary depending on what is needed at the time, but main tasks include data entry, meeting preparation, and helping out with other projects while you are in training, such as writing memos, reports, etc. As an intern, expect to do anything else that other employees are not completing.
While it may sound like a lot of things to do simultaneously, that's just what an intern is for, and you are expected to accomplish everything on your own without any assistance from supervisors or managers. This will give you the chance to prove your worth and whether or not you have what it takes to succeed in a company as an employee later on if all goes well. Make sure you are fully utilizing every resource available such as books, manuals, colleagues etc. It never hurts to ask questions regardless of how obvious they may seem to others observing. If there is one thing people expect when hiring interns, they ask questions about anything they don't understand or need clarification on.
· Public Sector – Government Departments(Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Social Affairs, etc.), Ministries
· Private Sector – Banking Industry, Consulting Firms, and Logistics Firms for transportation, distribution, and services.
Textile & Fashion Industry: The fashion industry has always been big in France, so employers are looking for people who have a keen eye for style and creativity to help with fashion shows and clients while ensuring some high-level quality control standards. This is also an excellent opportunity for personal development if you want to plan events or parties, plus working with models. There may also be opportunities to assist with public relations and marketing campaigns.
Other Sectors: Retail, Tourism, Technology, and Education are also areas you can find many English speaking HR internships in France for. However, these professions require more experience under your belt to start earning a higher salary since starting will be much worse than working in a different sector like education where it is standard for lower wages but still able to get international experience just same.
Office Hours: Most companies in France will have a set schedule for intern hours. This means work starts early and ends early while weekends are entirely off-limits to avoid working more than the required 40hours per week paid by law. Keep in mind you will also very likely not be receiving any overtime pay or anything close to it unless your contract states otherwise, so bear this in mind since speaking out against it may make you look bad with management. Most interns usually get at least two full days off during the week. Sometimes, if things do not go as smoothly as expected on Friday, an assistant still has work to finish up. This is where most of your free time is allocated but expect long days when assigned tasks to finish up are more than usual.
Any meetings or training usually take place during the week while you will probably be using Friday and Monday for research, data entry and other projects not tied down to a specific day of the week. This also gives your mind and body time to rest in between long days, so it's easier to transition from one task to another and keep your energy levels up throughout your internship.
Professional Attire: Interns in France are required to wear formal business attire every day. That means no jeans, shorts, t-shirts, or anything else deemed casual clothing at the office. You will also be expected to dress nicely for any meetings and training you might be assigned to attend during your internship. If you plan on interning somewhere formal like a law firm...make sure suits are part of your wardrobe at all times since nothing says I'm worth little more than the coffee maker sitting right beside me like casually dressed interns in suits whose jackets aren't even buttoned properly!
Terms of Internship: Make sure you are aware of how long your internship will last, in addition to knowing the exact dates. Usually, companies offer internships for between 4-6 months, while most interns participate in an unpaid program unless stated otherwise. However, if it is a paid internship with reimbursements for transportation costs, make sure all the terms are laid out on paper since these benefits can be revoked just as quickly by changing management or even internal policies. This is why it's always best not to work somewhere based solely on incentives like a great apartment and pay but instead look at different company reviews before deciding on something in particular. Usually, the higher the studies, the better treatment interns tend to receive since it is highly competitive between companies, so they make sure you're treated well and have all your needs met or else there will be someone who might take your place!