Looking for internship opportunities in Luxembourg? Here are some tips to guide you throughout your search.
Luxembourg is known for being an economically developed and prosperous country. However, finding an internship there can be a quite tedious task. You are therefore advised to be very patient, and determined. The country hosts many foreign and international companies, especially French companies. So you might be luckier if you master French or even German.
In general, most job offers are provided by the financial sector thanks to the presence of many local and international banks in the country. But during your internship search, you can also browse offers on the Internet, especially on specialized websites and on social networks.
Once you have found an internship in Luxembourg, a training contract or internship agreement must be signed between your employer and you. The training contract applies to an internship which is not supported by a university or higher education institution, that is, when the student has applied for the internship on his own. The internship agreement, on the other hand, is usually part of the higher studies curriculum and is signed between the university and the employer.
Remuneration and social care
The trainee's salary can be determined by the employer as there is no minimum or maximum wage, to date, for internships. As regards students who are taking part in an internship program as part of their study curriculum, they have to subscribe to a social risks protection before traveling to Luxembourg. In this case, their employer does not have to register them with the Centre commun de la sécurité sociale (CCSS).
However, the employer has to verify the trainee's regular coverage against risks of accidents. This should be mentioned in the internship agreement issued by the higher education institution. Otherwise, the student may request for an accident insurance certificate from his home country.
In case of absence of insurance, or whereby the internship has a more than three months duration, the trainee will be considered as an employee. He must therefore be registered with the CCSS so as to benefit from the local social security system.
European Union trainees and students do not have specific formalities to fill in besides general entry formalities. Non-European trainees, on the other hand, have to apply for a temporary resident permit at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Immigration Directorate. They must also have a valid passport and a D visa if the visa requirement applies to them. The request has to be made at the nearest Luxembourg embassy or consulate to their place of residence in their home country.
On their arrival in Luxembourg, they are required to register at the nearest municipality to their place of residence within three days. They also have to undergo a medical examination before applying for a resident permit for non-European trainees. The request has to be made to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. You can have more information about this in the article Visas for Luxembourg.
Volunteering opportunities are also available in Luxembourg. To be eligible, you must be between 18 and 30 years old, have completed compulsory schooling and reside in either of these: Luxembourg, one of the European Union or European Economic Area's countries, in the Swiss Confederation or in a country that has concluded a cooperation or cultural agreement with Luxembourg.
While applying for a temporary resident permit before traveling to Luxembourg, you also have to prove that the organization which is taking you on board for the voluntary program will take care of your living expenses in the country until your return. Thereafter, travel formalities will be the same as those applied to nationals of the European Union and assimilated countries.