English - (French possible during the first two years)
Lille or Paris - France
Internships and Gap year
At the end of their IÉSEG curriculum, students have spent an average of 12 months in companies and have acquired a minimum of 4 months of work experience abroad (internship or gap year).
In addition to the required classes, students have the option to take a gap year of 6 to 12 months between the third and the last year of their studies. This is subject to approval by the Academic Management team.
Help in Finding Internship
IÉSEG’s Corporate Relations department organizes regular meetings to inform students about available tools for researching internships. Students will also be able to log on to IÉSEG’s website to browse postings for various internships.
Manual jobs, line work, maintenance…acquire an experience as an employee in a factory or service industry. Experience work requiring relatively low skills/qualifications. 755 social and professional internships took place in 2017-2018.
BAC + 1
2 months minimum – Between June and August
Discover the company and the work environment
Experience work requiring no or limited skills
Understand employee relations within a firm (minimum of 10 employees required at the place of internship)
Plant Operator on a production line
Material Handler in the industry and tertiary sectors
For a month, I worked as a frontline worker on a production line in one of L’Oreal’s factories. Based in Burgos, Spain, the factory has over 600 employees and produces, among others, most of the Kerastase product line for professional hairdressers.
I arrived in the company right before the implementation of a new production system, which allowed me to understand change management in an industrial setting. Like other employees, I participated in training sessions and communication meetings on the subject.
And all this in Spanish: a perfect way to improve my language skills! This experience at the bottom of the corporate ladder brought me a new vision on human relations and management that I will not fail to take into account in my future career.
Alix A. L’Oréal, Burgos (Spain)
Direct contact with a diverse clientele and obligation to develop sales pitches. 744 sales internships took place in 2017-2018.
2 months minimum – Between June and August
Understand the sales field and experience sales related jobs
Direct contact with a diverse clientele (face to face)
Able to initiate sales related actions alone
Direct contact with customers (BtoB or BtoC)
Development of a sales pitch
For two months, I worked at the Lancôme (L’Oreal) stand as a beauty consultant at Le Printemps Store in Lille. As a Lancôme intern, I was able to put my knowledge into practice while applying brand sales techniques in a large store specializing in fashion, luxury and beauty products.
By being a sales associate, I was able to develop the necessary sales and customer service skills. The key to being a good beauty consultant is perfect knowledge of all brand products, and the expected benefits thereof. You should also remember to implement appropriate sales techniques for each situation.
Often alone at the stand, I also worked within a team with my colleagues from other brands in the store. With the various daily duties, this internship taught me how to welcome a client, identify their needs and meet their expectations, recommend the appropriate products, touch-up their makeup and finally close the sale by thanking them.
To sum up, the internship was a great experience both personally and professionally.
Perrine W. Lancôme, Printemps de Lille (France)
Missions within various fields such as: sales, finance, management, marketing, HR… according to the student’s career/professional project. 608Professional internship took place in 2017-2018.
BAC + 3
Minimum 4 months – between June and August
Discover or further explore the student’s career plan
Use knowledge acquired in the Bachelor program to analyze a specific problem and propose operational solutions
Market research – Implementation of a loyalty program
Event planning assistance: organization of daily cultural events, customer support, implementing group packages
Cost structure and profitability analysis
From the creation of the brochures to the texts writing, I had the opportunity to manage a project from A to Z, which allowed me to develop skills such as autonomy, organization, and efficiency.
Whether from the headquarters in Paris or on site in Congo and Gabon, I had the chance to be in contact with the various subsidiaries’ teams of the Group. These international experiences helped me further define my professional project: I know now, through this internship, that I want to work in the Marketing field, and abroad !
Cédric du P. REGOURD AVIATION, Regourd Aviation, Paris (France), Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire (Congo), Port Gentil (Gaboon)
Missions in various fields: sales, finance, management, marketing, HR … in relation to the student’s career/professional project. 351 executive internships took place in 2017-2018.
6 months – January to June, or July to December
Conduct a mission with responsibilities (at the level of a “junior manager”)
Develop student’s ability to analyze problems, to offer solutions and to take responsibility
Missions have to be linked with the specialization selected by the student
Product Assistant Manager
Junior Management Controller
Human Resources Officer Assignments
In order to find an internship in trading, I applied on several major banks’ sites including BNP Paribas. After being contacted by their HR department for a first interview, I spent a number of finance / logic tests and went through 3 other interviews before starting a 6-month internship.
After this first internship as a trader and thanks to the network developed during this time, I had the opportunity to go to Singapore for another internship at the end of my IÉSEG study.
My first internship in Strategic Marketing having allowed me to learn about the characteristics and functioning of derivatives, I was then able to learn about sales techniques for these products in the Southeast Asia market. I very much enjoyed the challenging and competitive environment.
As a sales assistant of structured products, my role was to make the connection between the customers and BNP Paribas (other sellers, traders, compliance or the middle and back office) to ensure the best possible service. My internship is now over but I am still working for BNP Paribas, thanks to the network such a large bank can offer.
Timothée de R. BNP Paribas, Singapore
In addition to compulsory classes, our students can opt for a 6 or 12-month break during their curriculum. During this time, the student has the opportunity to find one or more internship, or to carry out a personal project. This is subject to approval by the IÉSEG Academic Management Team. Gap year departures are on the same timeframe as executive internships (from January to June or from July to December).
Gap year internship
Missions can be carried out in various areas of management, and in different company/organizational structures. The aim is to develop the student’s career/professional project, develop skills. 295 gap year internships were taken in 2017-2018.
Duration: between 1 and 6 months
Participate in the monthly closing process (closing procedures (SAP), results analysis, reporting to the Group, participation in the preparation of the budget review
Participate in the development of customer reports activities, including consistency check, implementation of standardized tests
During the forum held on the IÉSEG campus in Paris, I had the opportunity to meet hiring managers from Leroy Merlin. This allowed me to have an interview with them for my gap internship.
I wanted to discover more about the retail area and I also needed to validate several months of internship abroad. They offered me a 6-month mission in one of their stores in the Paris region as a department manager, and 4 months in their Purchasing Center in Madrid.
During the period in the store, I learned about merchandising concepts and business strategies of the Leroy Merlin brand, as well as developing my leadership skills. My experience in Madrid gave me the opportunity to observe a multicultural operation. During this internship I worked “in the field”, which is an essential step in understanding the retail operation and challenges.
My mission in the purchasing center, where I worked with product managers, gave me a broader view of the company’s strategy. This gap year allowed me to gain significant experience and confirm my interest in retail. This gave me the opportunity to enrich my CV, which helped me find my final internship.
The gap year is a great way to acquire more experience, which is a definite plus to be more competitive and get the right job.