Foreign National Student Internship Program (FNSIP)
Foreign National Student Internship Program (FNSIP)
The Foreign National Student Internship Program is only open to non-U.S. citizens who are legally resident in France and who are enrolled in post baccalaureate programs at a college or university. American citizens who are interested in internships in France are encouraged to visit the Department of State’s website at www.state.gov and look for “Internships”. The Foreign National Student Internship Program is a Gratuitous Service Program (unpaid) and is limited to a maximum internship period of 2 months during either the Summer (May to October) or Winter (November to April) cycle.
How to Apply for a Foreign National Student Internship with the Tri-Mission France
The Human Resources (HR) Office in Paris administers the Foreign National Student Internship Program (FNSIP). The purpose of the Tri-Mission Foreign National Student Intern Program is to provide students the opportunity and challenge of working in a foreign affairs arena and at the same time profit from their assistance. Interns may earn academic credit from their educational institutions and their supervisors are expected to serve as their mentors, providing feedback as necessary to the intern and the academic institution. The supervisor is required to complete an evaluation letter of recommendation or other documentation upon the successful completion of the internship. There are no benefits attached to the FNSIP, no compensation, leave accrual, nor any future employment rights.
The HR Office advertises all of its intern positions on the Embassy’s, APPs and Consulates General’s internet sites, via staff announcements and on internet site frequented by students: http://etudiants.monstageenligne.fr/.
Please read the information that follows to ensure that you understand our internship policies and application procedures before submitting an application for an internship.
Intern Eligibility Requirements
- Must be at least 18 years of age.
- Must be currently enrolled in a post baccalaureate program in good academic standing and able to provide a certified transcript or other school records to verify academic standing.
- Must complete a “Convention de Stage” signed by the current academic institution. The Convention de Stage must include school medical insurance.
- Must meet the requirements of the advertised internship opportunity.
- Must demonstrate the potential to accomplish the type of work to be performed.
- Must be able to receive a security certification.
- Must be able to receive a medical certificate from the Tri-Mission’s occupational health care provider.
There are two periods for internship as follows:
Summer Internships: Students intern from May – October
Application period: From January to February 15
Winter Internships: Students intern from November - April
Application period: From May to June 15
Duration of Internship: 2 months maximum. For example, a Summer internship can begin anytime between May and October for 2 months maximum.
How to apply
If you are interested in applying for an internship, you are required to complete an application form or submit a resume by the deadline contained in the internship announcement.
Application Filing Procedures:
To be considered, applicants are asked to submit the following three documents:
1. A Curriculum Vitae, Resume or U.S. Mission France Application for Foreign National Student Intern Program; plus
2. A Statement of Interest to include objectives and motivations in seeking an internship and how academic courses and other experiences relate to the US Mission’s goals and internship opportunity; plus
3. Proof of official enrollment from a current educational institution.
Note: If selected for an internship, interns will be required to complete a Gratuitous Service Agreement.
Applications must be submitted by e-mail only, by the closing deadline on the Internship Advertisement to: ParisRecruitment@state.gov
Applications sent by mail will not be considered.
HR Paris Points of Contact for internship applications and questions: Lucie Mercier (01.43.12.26.52) or Jerome de la Mater (01.43.12.25.74).
The Selection Process:
The Human Resources (HR) Office works closely with Tri-Mission section supervisors to determine office needs, determine which schools are appropriate and meets with them to determine how students fit with the Tri-Mission FNSIP. HR advertises all internship opportunities on the Tri-Mission internet and social media websites. HR screens applications in accordance with supervisors’ preferences. HR assists with obtaining medical and security clearances and manages the check-in and check-out process to include an exit interview.
- Section supervisor submits request form and internship position requirements to HR.
- HR contacts universities/students in the Paris region for opportunities at the Tri-Mission .
- Principal Officers and Consuls General contact universities/students in their regions to advertise internship opportunities at their posts.
- HR receives applications and performs initial prescreening.
- HR sends list of intern applicants to supervisor for interview and selection.
- Supervisor notifies HR of selection.
- HR sends selection letter to successful intern applicant, including clearance forms to be completed and appointment for medical clearance examination.
- Intern applicant completes forms and submits them to HR, who then sends clearance forms to the Regional Security Office (RSO).
- The RSO grants or rejects HR’s non-sensitive clearance request.
- Tri-Mission occupational doctor approves or denies medical clearance.
- Once the medical and security certifications are granted, HR notifies successful intern in writing with start date.
Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy:
The U.S. Mission to France, OECD and UNESCO are committed to fair and equal treatment for all without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or sexual orientation.
Internship opportunities will be advertised as they come available for positions at the U.S. Embassy Paris in the Political, Economic, Public Diplomacy and Management sections, as well as at the US Mission to the UNESCO, US Mission to the OECD, Consulates General in Marseille and Strasbourg and American Presence Posts in Bordeaux, Lyon, Rennes and Toulouse.
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