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France has always been and always will be full of activity and opportunities for those willing to work hard and get ahead. From the bourgeoisie who stood up to its monarchy during the French Revolution to the painters of the 19th and 20th centuries who sat by the Cote d'Azur (or the French Riviera), such as Pablo Picasso, Edvard Munch, Claude Monet and Henri Matisse, France is an inspiration for all those aspiring to stand out.
French companies are always looking for international interns because they bring in different skills and languages. Interning in France is an amazing experience that holds many rewards for those who dust off their resumes (or CV's) and dive into all the country has to offer.
Although it may seem that Paris is the obvious choice for an internship in France, don't overlook other parts of the beautiful country. Paris will obviously be important for fashion interns, but you can find internships in different parts of France as well - and living outside of Paris will always be cheaper.
Fashion interns will find it advantageous to work during and leading up to Paris Fashion Week. Other interns will not generally have to worry about specific times of the year, unless their placement program requires a summer internship in France.
Finding an internship can be a very difficult process, and it is highly recommended that you find a placement program as it will make the process much smoother.
As a general rule, housing in the city center is pricier than choosing to live in the suburbs. On average, rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the city center is about 665 EU, while the average rent for a similar apartment outside the city is about 500 EU. More information and specifics can be found out at Numbeo.
In France, a stage can vary from 2 to 6 months in duration. As of January 1st 2012, any internship that lasts longer than 2 months must include a minimum pay of 436.05 EU. Furthermore, the legal working week in France is 35 hours with no more than 10 hours per day.
Overall, France presents amazing opportunities to advance yourself as a global citizen, proving that is much more than just a destination for tourists. There are experiences for everyone, from high intensity business internships to creative art gallery jobs - France is waiting.
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