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Internships at HEIP

Internships are integrated into the curriculum. It is a real moment of learning and professional integration. The HEIP Career Center supports students in their search for an internship, the definition of their missions and their professional project.

From the second year of Bachelor, students are supported to build their CV. In the third year, they are coached to learn how to present themselves to the recruiter. In the first year of the MSc Cycle, these courses are offered for new entrants and more extensive support is offered for students looking for an alternate internship (group and individual coaching).

Students can complete up to 14 months of internship in France and/or abroad. This will allow them to build a professional path by applying on a practical ground the knowledge acquired during their courses.

Duration of internships

Bachelor 1:

2 months

Bachelor 2:

2 months

Bachelor 3:

6 months

MSc 1:

6 months

MSc 2:

Alternate internship

The “classic” internship agreement

The student retains his status and the tuition fees are his responsibility. The trainee is registered in the personnel register of the host company.

The gratuity (in accordance with decree n°2014 of November 27, 2014 specifying the terms of application of certain provisions provided for by law n°2014-788 of July 10, 2014) corresponds to the minimum contractual amount, i.e. 15% of the hourly ceiling of the social security multiplied by the number of hours worked during the month by the trainee. The company will not pay charges if it does not remunerate the student beyond the 15% of the social security hourly ceiling. The internship cannot exceed 132 days of presence in the company, i.e. 924 hours, i.e. 6 months.

The planning

Bachelor 1 & 2internships are highly recommended. They can be done during the holiday period.
Bachelor 3Internship discovery. 4 to 6 months of compulsory internship in the second semester (from mid-January)
M1orientation and professionalization course. 4 to 6 months of mandatory internship in the third term (from mid-February)

Examples of assignments

Training of humanitarian intervention teams in the risks and in the political and social context in which they will intervene on the international field Preparation of files within the framework of international contract negotiations Monitoring of the work of the Foreign Affairs Security/Development commissions, analysis of votes and creation of current affairs files within the framework of international organizations Search for partners and private, public, international and European sponsors within the framework of setting up humanitarian projects Monitoring of economic activities in the Middle East

Examples of internship

Embassies :

– United States Embassy in France – Libyan Embassy in France

– Embassy of Mexico in France

– French Embassy in Syria

– French Embassy in Australia…

Governmental, international organizations and NGOs :

National Assembly, Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense

– Unesco

– Unicef

– Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile

– Catholic Relief

– Child protection support unit in Senegal

– Action against Hunger

– French Development Agency

Agencies and private sector :

  • – Thales Brussels
  • – Areva
  • – Euro Confluence Company
  • – B Commerce Brussels
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  • – French Business Information Center
  • – International banks in Hong Kong…
Bérénice Bergmann , Bachelor 3, Class of 2018, Internship at the French Embassy in Chad (Diplomatic Chancellery Service), N’Djamenan, Republic of Chad

“The Sahelian region particularly attracts the international media, it is currently plunged into insecurity in the face of terrorism which continues to strike. Paradoxically, the country remains a very welcoming land geared towards development.

During this internship, I had the chance to work with the ambassador and his advisors. I wrote reports for the heads of departments of the Embassy, diplomatic notes for the first counselor and participated in the organization of events (with the SCAC in particular).

Alice Ruauld , M2 Strategic Studies, Security & Defense Policies, Class of 2019, Internship at the Permanent Representation of France to the OSCE, Vienna, Austria

The OSCE, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is an international organization that attracted me a lot. We were lucky to have as a teacher the former French ambassador to the OSCE, who explained to us at length the workings of this organization, based in Vienna. So I applied on the Biep, had an interview and got this internship. For 6 months, I therefore settled in Vienna, and I worked for the Permanent Representation of France to the OSCE .

My internship is divided into two main missions:
I write the minutes of the Permanent Council (which is held every week)
I ensure diplomatic correspondence between the general management in Paris and the delegation.
This internship allows me to have an exhaustive overview of the functioning of international relations, on a very broad spectrum of themes. Indeed, the OSCE being divided between 3 dimensions, I am affiliated to the second and third, namely the economic dimension and the human rights and democracy dimension. In addition, my missions depend on the needs of the diplomats I assist: I may travel (I went to Bratislava for two days to attend a conference) or even represent my delegation in certain meetings.

Tom HARISTIAS , M2 International Institutions, NGOs & Development Policies, Class of 2019, Internship at the United Nations Information Office for Western Europe (UNRIC), Brussels, Belgium

UNRIC maintains links with the various institutions of the European Union and works in collaboration with governments, the media, various NGOs as well as local authorities and educational institutions.
The UNRIC intern has different missions depending on the office for which he works (France, Italy, Benelux, Spain, United Kingdom and Ireland, Greece, Nordic, etc.).
The first morning task is common to all: reading the national press and writing “headlines”: short summaries of the day’s important events, sent to the United Nations spokesperson for distribution to all UN personnel throughout the world.

The days at UNRIC are all different and revolve around writing press reviews, articles for the website, managing social networks, disseminating UN values and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Trainees are required to participate in many external events (conferences, European Development Days, Ciné-ONU) and often have the chance to interact with other agencies based in Brussels (UNHCR, UN Environment, etc.). All this with about twenty other trainees from all over the world. The UNRIC is a place of exchange and meeting overflowing with people eager to fight for the UN ideals and spread the values of the organization.

Updated 22 February 2022