Do you wish to start a new chapter of your professional life in Germany ? The French International Internship Programme offers a highly-rewarding professional experience. Learn more about it in this article.
You must only be concerned by the V.I.E. program (Volontariat International en Entreprise) in Germany if you come from a member country of the European Union. This International Internship Programme is a French corporate placement programme for young professionals.
The V.I.E program offers you a remunerated professional assignment which has to last from 6 to 24 months, and you can participate in it one more time only in a period of 2 years.
Many types of assignments can be suggested by the French companies: commercial assignments, managerial assignments, technical assignments and so on.
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You have the possibility to suggest your own types of assignments, depending on your skills and that of the company.
You must: hold European nationality, be between 18 and 28 years old, be a student, a graduate or a job applicant, hold a clean criminal record and you must be in order with the national service obligations of your home country.
It is not necessary to hold a diploma in particular, but keep in mind that the higher your level of qualification is, the more you will have the opportunity to draw the attention of recruiters.
Conditions related to labour rights, fiscal rights and health care are not the same for all types of assignments.
You must register on the CIVI website (Centre d'Information sur le Volontariat International), the Information Center for the International Internship Programme. Once your registration will be done, you will simply have to use the means you are used to when you apply for any jobs (unsolicited applications, replies to job ads on the internet an in national/international press etc.). The CIVI remains to be the main source of job offers for International volunteers. You should always transmit your application (CV Cover letter) to the recruiter.
Once you will be selected by the French company, you will have to wait for the final validation step of the examination of your file in coordination with the body administrator organization, Ubifrance.
In order to become an official International volunteer, you will have to pass a medical evaluation.
Matriculation on the CIVI website is mandatory.
If you are to become an international volunteer, you will benefit from a fixed monthly allowance set at a minimum of 660 euros. Monthly allowances can reach until 3 200 euros, depending on currency movements.
Transports fees are charged to the French companies.
Your eligible for 2,5 days off per month of assignment. Exceptional vacation could be granted by the company in case of special events (death, birth, weddings in your family, for example).
Wages are exonerated from payroll and income taxes. In the case your assignment is made in a country where the allowance is submitted to tax, these are to be met by the hosting company.
An International volunteer is not eligible for unemployment benefit.
Almost 1600 companies participate in the International Internship Programme in Germany. The major part of the companies that offer assignments for International volunteers in Germany are SME's.
Most of these companies are situated in the South and in North Rhine-Westphalia.
The German most recruiting fields are the car industry, aeronautics, trade affairs, management and the finance sector.
The positions offered to the International volunteers require different important skills such as being self-sufficient, being well-organized and being capable of adapting to any situation.
A professional springboard
The V.I.E. Programme could be a real advantage for your work experience. The good command of the German language acquired during the International Internship Programme is usually considered as an additional skill by German recruiters. Furthermore, a professional experience made abroad is a good point on a CV. The International Internship Programme sometimes gives access to a permanent contract after the end of the duration of the internship in the company.