Parole d’expert. All about the V.I.E International Internship Program.

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The V.I.E International Internship Program: the Human resources solution to support your international expansion with young European talents.


The V.I.E is a French international postgraduate internship program managed by Business France, the national agency supporting the International development of the French Economy.

This program enables French companies to give 18- to 28-year-old candidates a temporary professional assignment abroad for a flexible period of 6 to 24 months. The assignment can be renewed once, but may not exceed 2 years in total. The scheme is open to candidates of all qualification levels not only from France, but also from any other country in the European Economic Area*.


The V.I.E scheme was created under the French law by the Act of March 14, 2000 on civilian voluntary service, established by article L.111-2 of the National Service Code and various measures relating to the reform of the National Service.

This program aims to reinforce the international development of French-based companies while offering dynamic young graduates an opportunity to benefit from a formative experience abroad.


  • The program is designed to create a talent pool for the growing international HR needs with a wide range of highly qualified profiles that range from engineers to IT specialists, salespeople or accountants
  • The possibility of a regional V.I.E assignment for a more global approach
  • Under a tripartite relation, Business France is the official employer of all V.I.E recruited by companies: once selected by the client company, each V.I.E is hired by Business France under a “public employment commitment” with a tax-exemption and social contribution regime.
  • The company can exclusively look after all operational aspects
  • Business France provides administrative and logistics support to the companies for their recruitment: visa application, transport, domiciliation services when needed
  • An attractive cost compared to expatriate personnel cost

Since the V.I.E was established in 2000, more than 66 000 young professionals were sent abroad and worked for 6 700 companies, assisting in their international development and training the future talents needed in the French economy.

*28 countries members of the European Union as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway

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