Internships

During their training at the ESC Clermont, all students should do work experience and, to be more specific, complete internships. The length of time, period, objectives and obligations will therefore vary depending on the level of training.

These professional experiences are an essential part of the training as:

  • They complement the knowledge gained during the course and provide students with the opportunity to apply it
  • They help to gradually refine and confirm career objectives. Performing a variety of assignments and finding out about business sectors and companies of different sizes and types of organisation, in France and abroad, helps students identify their choice of specialisation and career objectives and they build up their CV which they will eventually be presenting to recruiters and their future employer
  • They are a genuine springboard into employment
  • They help students become responsible, creative and entrepreneurial leaders.

 

By the end of their training, students have the chance to acquire:

  • 20 months of work experience for students on a Bachelor’s degree course
  • 30 months of work experience for students on a Master’s PGE Programme Grande Ecole course.

We encourage all of our students to do as much work experience as possible so that they can define their career objectives properly and equip themselves with the resources for entering working life quickly and in the best possible way.

The internships can take place in France or abroad, and in companies, associations or public services. A few students are auto-entrepreneurs.

Each internship requires:

  • a tripartite internship agreement to be signed (agreement completed and signed by the company, then the student and finally the School)
  • an assessment by the company tutor which counts towards the degree (except for internships which have taken place during a year off)
  • an assessment by the School with submission of a report, dissertation or thesis depending on the programme and year. As the year off is optional, an academic assessment is not required.

Work experience timeline

For further information about the period and duration of internships, please consult the summary.

 

Internships during the Bachelor’s programme

Work experience opportunities:

PeriodDurationPeriodOptional / Compulsory
End of Year 12 months minimum - 3 monthsJune, July, AugustCompulsory
End of Year 25 monthsEarly April – end AugustCompulsory
Year off between Year 1 and Year 26 - 12 monthsOptional
Year off between Year 2 and Year 36 - 12 monthsOptional
End of Year 36 monthsFebruary - JulyCompulsory 6-month internship or 12-month work-study placement
12-month work-study placement in Year 312 monthsSeptember - AugustCompulsory 6-month internship or 12-month work-study placement
  • Bachelor’s Year 1

    Objectives and assignments

    The Operations internship at the end of Year 1 is compulsory and should enable students to discover the business world and comply with its organisational and human equirements, by completing an operations internship.

    Its objective is to help students:

    • Understand the environment and overall functioning of a company, including the activity, markets and products, main careers, internal organisation, relations between the departments and corporate culture
    • Learn about a position involving simple, repetitive tasks (no responsibility and/or specific assignment) in the usual working environment
    • Develop observational and analytical skills as well as interpersonal skills
    • Demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour

    The activities may therefore be varied, such as, but not limited to, welcoming customers and serving on the checkout, stacking shelves and facing, straightforward bookkeeping, preparing/filling orders, telemarketing and/or making follow-up telephone calls, working on a production line, in-store sales, etc. In this respect, this internship is a chance to discover a business sector, a company and its specific internal and external environment.

    All business sectors may be involved.

     

    Internship arrangements

    Duration and period: 2 compulsory months minimum to 3 months at the end of the first year, between 1st June and 31st August (perhaps early September depending on the date the academic year starts in the second year)
    Business sector: Any
    Status: As this experience has no responsibility or assignment requirement, it can take place in the form of a placement and/or job

  • Bachelor’s Year 2

    Objectives and assignments

    The internship is compulsory and aims to:

    • Deepen knowledge of a career/profession connected to the Year 2 pathway or a sector   to confirm choices of study (specialisation in double degree in Year 3 or track in France in Year 3, or work-study programme).
    • Speed up maturity (independence, time management and personal organisation) and assist with integration into the workplace.
    • Analyse the environment and overall functioning of a company, including the activity, markets and products, main careers, internal organisation, relations between the departments and corporate culture in order to carry out the entrusted assignment.
    • Carry out a specific assignment which allows the student to provide the business with assistance, advice and recommendations, or where relevant, to create their own structure as an entrepreneur with support from our Square Lab (Incubator).
    • Equate theoretical knowledge with the realities of the business world.
    • Identify the student’s areas of improvement in terms of knowledge and skills as well as interpersonal skills.

    This internship may be carried out in any business sector.

    Types of assignment

    There can be several kinds of assignment:

    • Negotiation/sales in the field as a “junior sales representative” travelling around an area to be defined, domestic or international inside salesperson (excluding small businesses).
    • Event organisation: commercial operations, trade fairs or exhibitions, special events.
    • Participation in the life of a department as one of its members, for example, as an assistant in a HR, finance, sales (domestic and international sales administration), marketing or communications department.
    • Specific studies to be undertaken throughout the internship from methodology to recommendations:

    All or part of a market survey (competition analysis, distribution study, customer satisfaction survey, logistics study, location study and/or product launch, communications strategy, etc.) at a domestic or international level

    Organisational and human study (study of positions, welcome booklet, social diagnosis, team organisation, social audit, etc.)

    Setting up and monitoring of dashboards, management control tasks.

    Internship arrangements
    Duration and period: end of Year 2: 5 compulsory, consecutive months in the same company from 1st April to 31st August (except for special cases of double degree in Year 3 in certain destinations and/or semesters abroad in Year 2 which might lead to a reduction in the length of this internship.)
    Business sector: Any
    Location: this internship can be carried out abroad (standard internship agreement in French or English).

  • Bachelor’s Year 3 optional internship

    The internship at the end of Year 3 is optional. It is a specialisation internship.

    Objective and assignment

    It is possible to undertake an optional 4-month assignment in a company following on from Year 3 in France or after returning from a partner university.

    This experience focuses entirely on the further exploration of career objectives:

    • It is preparation for entry into the workplace
    • It confirms more specific specialisation in further studies with a Grande Ecole General Master’s degree or a Specialist Master’s degree
    • It can involve students joining a specific business sector and/or profession, or conducting their own business creation project

    Internship arrangements
    Duration and period: 4 consecutive months in the same company in France or abroad, at the end of Year 3 from May to August
    Business sector: Any
    Location: this internship can be carried out abroad

 

Internships during the Programme Grande Ecole

Work experience opportunities:

Year of trainingDurationPeriodOptional / Compulsory
End of Year 12-3 monthsJune - AugustCompulsory
End of Year 22-3 monthsJune - AugustCompulsory
Year off between Year 2 and Year 38-12 monthsSeptember - AugustOptional
Work-study placement 24 monthsSeptember - August n+2Optional
Work-study placement 12 monthsSeptember - AugustCompulsory 6-month internship or 12-month work-study placement
End of Year 36 monthsFebruary - JulyCompulsory 6-month internship or 12-month work-study placement
  • PGE1 Year 1 – Discovery internship

    Objectives and assignments

    This internship at the end of Year 1 is compulsory and should, depending on their profile and previous experience, enable students to:

    • discover the workplace, its practices and its human and organisational requirements in a multicultural setting
    • complete their consideration of their career objectives (career, job, business sector, etc.) and reverse them or confirm them in an international context
    • Add an international experience to their trajectory (work or associative experience, or humanitarian experience, etc.), which is valuable on both an individual and professional level and which enables students to put things into perspective and develop skills and new behaviour in a multicultural setting
    • And, where relevant, create their own structure as an entrepreneur with support from our Square Lab (Incubator).

    Its objective is to help students:

    • Understand the environment and overall functioning of a structure (preferably abroad), including the activity, markets and products, main careers, internal organisation, relations between the departments and corporate culture
    • Carry out an assignment on behalf of this structure in connection with managerial careers and the PGE1 curriculum
    • Develop observational, analytical and summarising skills as well as the ability to work in a team
    • Demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour

    In this respect, this internship is an opportunity to discover or deepen one’s knowledge of a profession, a business sector, a company and its specific internal and external environment.

    All business sectors may be involved.

    Internship arrangements
    Duration and period: 3 compulsory months at the end of the first year of the PGE, between 1st June and 31st August (perhaps early September depending on the date the academic year starts in the second year)
    Nature of the experience: internship in a company, preferably abroad, humanitarian or associative project, job only abroad, summer school/summer language classes for one month followed by two months in a company.
    Business sector: Any
    Status: this internship should preferably be carried out abroad.

  • PGE2 Year 2 – Professional internship

    Objectives and assignments

    The professional internship is compulsory and aims to:

    • Deepen knowledge of a career/profession or sector to confirm choices of study (specialisation or certificate in double degree in Year 3, 12-month work-study programme, choice of specialisation in Year 3)
    • Carry out a specific assignment/project, as an executive assistant, allowing students to provide real added value resulting in recommendations
    • Equate theoretical knowledge with the realities of the business world.
    • Speed up maturity (independence, time management and personal organisation), refine career objectives and assist with integration into the workplace.

    This internship may be carried out in any business sector, including the market sector (Banks and services, Industry, Mass distribution or specialist, independent or franchised distribution) and the non-market sector (humanitarian, associative, tourism and entertainment).

    Internship arrangements
    Duration and periods: end of Year 2: 3 consecutive months in the same company from 1st June to 31st August. The duration of the internship may be shortened to 2 months by dispensation particularly for students whose semester of studies abroad finishes late.
    Business sector: Any
    Host organisation: it is preferable to have a variety of host companies for a better CV
    Status: this internship can be carried out abroad

  • PGE3 Year 3: Executive internship

    Objectives and assignments

    The executive internship should last for 6 consecutive months and be in the same company on a full-time basis.

    This final experience should be a springboard into employment and aims to enable students to:

    • Specialise in an area of expertise or a profession
    • Improve their professional conduct
    • Hold a junior executive position or create their own company
    • Prepare for entry into the workplace and maybe sign their first permanent or fixed-term contract

    Internship arrangements
    Duration and periods: 6 consecutive months in the same company in France or abroad at the end of Year 3 from early January to end of June
    Business sector: Any
    Status: These experiences may be conducted in the form of an internship, an employment contract (fixed-term or permanent) or a VIE (International Corporate Volunteer Programme), and can be carried out abroad.

     

  • Year off

    This is an optional period which can be inserted between Years 2 and 3, allowing students to broaden their CVs by stringing together one or two additional work experiences and/or going abroad to improve their language level either during a study semester abroad or by obtaining an international certificate of dual competency with one of our partners. This year off can also be devoted to creating their own company, with support from the Square Lab (Incubator).

    If the year off takes place in France, the law stipulates that students must sign up for a maximum 6-month internship in a company.

    The year off does not qualify for credits. There is only a Company tutor assessment during these periods of time off.

 

Master of Science’s internship

  • Objectives

    Carry out an assignment aimed at providing significant added value for the international development of a company in France or abroad or the creation of a new business (entrepreneurship / intrapreneurship) in an international environment.

  • Content

    The student is a true project “contributor” and by focusing on a specific study (market survey, selection of growth markets, search for suppliers, customers, industrial and/or sales partners, organisation of sales events abroad, etc.) should provide the host company with assistance, advice and recommendations. A precise definition of the assignment must be specified beforehand (see online internship agreement).
    The purpose of this study internship is to equate theoretical knowledge with the realities of the business world and identify the student’s personal areas for improvement.
    Throughout his or her assignment, the student will be supported by a Company Tutor and a School Tutor who is a specialist in commerce and international development strategy (Permanent professor at the ESC Clermont School).

  • Duration and internship arrangements
    • Compulsory internship of a minimum of 6 months (may be renewed up to a maximum of 6 months depending on current legislation).
    • Internship can start each year between June and September.
    • In France and/or abroad.
  • Assessment

    This professional experience is validated in the degree course through a dissertation and oral defence.

    The following elements are included in the assessment:

    • A Dissertation which is validated by the Company and assessed by the Tutor Professor
    • Oral defence in front of a panel made up of a Company Tutor and the School Tutor at the very least
    • A company appraisal form stating the student’s conduct and abilities during his or her internship.

 

 

Contacts

LAMY_Annabelle (interne + site web, hors RS)

Annabelle LAMY, Responsable des stages

 

DO NASCIMENTO_Paula

Paula Do Nascimento, Correspondante Entreprises Stages/Alternance

 

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