Homepage > COVID-19 : Information about internships

COVID-19 : Information about internships

4 gestes barrieres
For all questions relating to ongoing internships and professional placements, please consult this FAQ page, also available in regularly updated form on the Sciences Po institutional website.

you are a student:

Given the current health situation and from May 11th, 2020, internships and professional experiences taking place REMOTELY (telework) are recommended. Depending on your employer’s recommendations and location, it is possible to carry out internships totally or partially at the company’s office if distancing measures are implemented.

We invite you to get in touch with your internship supervisor to discuss the modalities of your internship (telework, face-to-face, mixed). If in doubt about the conditions of your internship, do not hesitate to contact Sciences Po Careers.

This information is valid for all current or future requests.

I have just found an internship in France or abroad: can I obtain an internship agreement?

YES: Nevertheless please note that due to the current health situation, internships taking place REMOTELY (telework) remain recommended.

Depending on employers’ recommendations and locations in France or abroad, it is possible to carry out internships totally or partially at the company’s office if distancing measures are implemented.
We invite you to get in touch with your internship supervisor to discuss the modalities of your internship and safety measures implemented. If in doubt about the conditions of your internship, do not hesitate to contact Sciences Po Careers.

In order to obtain you internship agreement:

  1. Consult the compulsory information sheet before declaring your internship.
  2. Declare your internship on your Student Space

My internship takes place in France, am I allowed to work from my employer’s office?

Due to the current health situation, internships taking place REMOTELY (telework) remain recommended. However, since May 11, when teleworking is not possible or relevant, face-to-face internships can nevertheless be carried out under certain conditions.

These internships require strict compliance with the “protocole national de déconfinement” and, where applicable, the associated “fiches métiers associées”.

YES, internships in France can therefore be carried out totally or partially at your employer’s office, if social distancing measures are implemented by your employer. We invite you to get in touch with your internship supervisor to discuss the modalities of your internship (telework, face-to-face, mixed) and learn about the sanitary measures implemented. 

If in doubt about the conditions of your internship, do not hesitate to contact Sciences Po Careers.

My internship takes place abroad, am I allowed to work from my employer’s office?

Due to the current health situation, internships taking place REMOTELY (telework) remain recommended. When teleworking is not possible or relevant, face-to-face internships can nevertheless be carried out under certain conditions. These internships require strict compliance with social distancing measures.

YES, internships abroad can therefore be carried out totally or partially at your employer’s office, if social distancing measures are implemented by your employer. We invite you to get in touch with your internship supervisor to discuss the modalities of your internship (telework, face-to-face, mixed) and learn about the sanitary measures implemented.

If in doubt about the conditions of your internship, do not hesitate to contact Sciences Po Careers.

Important : 

  • For all internships taking place at your employer’s office abroad, we recommend you to make sure that you will be able to travel to and reside in your host country, and also that you can plan your return. As with all trips, we recommend you to stay informed by local authorities and your consulate about the international travel restriction measures that may arise in the country you plan to join.
  • Because of the uncertainty due to the pandemic, we strongly encourage you to consider that you may find yourself stranded in your host country against your will. So we invite you to favour internships in your permanent country of residence, where you can be surrounded and continue to follow your education from a distance, in the event of a limitation of international travels.
  • Please consult the "Regional Maps of Vigilance Zones" published by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in French: Ministère des Affaires Etrangères).

I found an internship but I cannot work remotely (telework), can I get an agreement?

Yes - under certain conditions. Please read “I have just found an internship in France or abroad: can I obtain an internship agreement?

If in doubt about the conditions of your internship, do not hesitate to contact Sciences Po Careers.

How do I sign my internship agreement / amendment ?

Warning:You must send your signed agreement to Sciences Po Carrières by email to the address : scpo.carrieres@sciencespo.fr. The signed internship agreement by our services will be returned to you by email.
As our premises are partially closed, shipping by post is not recommended.

Some employers have an electronic signature procedure or will invite you to electronically sign your agreement via free software such as peopledoc, docusign, adobe etc.

Sciences Po Careers is able to sign your agreement upon receipt of the email containing the electronic signature to be appended. Please indicate scpo.carrieres@sciencespo.fr as the reference address for the “Director of the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris” and the “Academic advisor”.

I am currently doing an internship: can I pursue it remotely?

YES, please note that due to the current health situation, internships taking place REMOTELY (telework) are recommended

Do I have to make a new declaration if I continue my internship in telework or at the office?

NO, your current agreement remains valid for the duration of your internship.

My internship was suspended or interrupted during the COVID19 period, can I continue or resume it?

Please contact Sciences Po Careers so that we can assist you in the steps to be taken.

How can I indicate if I am doing my internship remotely or face-to-face?

When declaring your internship agreement, in the "Missions" section. 

Am I required to accept an internship taking place at my employer’s office?

If you do not want to do your internship at your company’s office and your employer does not offer to telework, or if you have a doubt about the distancing measures implemented by your employer, please contact Sciences Po Careers.

What is the “national deconfinement protocol” (protocole national de déconfinement)?

Since the gradual lifting of the lockdown in France on May 11, 2020, the Ministry of Labour has published a “national deconfinement protocol” (protocole national de déconfinement) to help and support companies and associations, whatever their size, activity and geographic location, to resume their activity while ensuring the protection of the health of their employees through universal rules.
This foresees the reinforced role of the host company during a pandemic. It is the responsibility of companies to rethink their organizations and respect the “national deconfinement protocol” of May 3, 2020, in particular for:

  • Limiting meetings to what is strictly necessary,
  • Allowing the wearing of a mask when social distancing cannot be respected,
  • Cancelling or postponing unnecessary trips,
  • Adapting the work organization, in particular through the rotation of teams and the extension of working hours.

I asked for a gap year but I am not sure to find an internship as I thought, can I switch back to a school year?

We invite you to contact your Academic Advisor to assess your situation and consider your status change. 

Find out more

For further information, please consult the COVID-19 FAQ davailable on Sciences Po’s website.

YOU ARE AN Employer : 

Given the current health situation and as of May 11th, 2020, internships and professional experiences taking place REMOTELY (telework) are recommended. Depending on the employer’s recommendations and location, it is possible to carry out internships totally or partially at the company’s office if distancing measures are implemented.
All Students are invited to get in touch with their internship supervisor to discuss the modalities of their internship (telework, face-to-face, mixed), especially when teleworking is not possible or relevant, to ensure that distancing conditions allow face-to-face internships.

Your company welcomes interns in France?

Due to the current health situation, internships taking place REMOTELY (telework) remain recommended. However, from May 11, when teleworking is not possible or relevant, face-to-face internships can nevertheless be carried out under certain conditions.

In France, these internships require strict compliance with the “protocole national de déconfinement” and, where applicable, the associated “fiches métiers associées”.

YES, internships in France can therefore be carried out totally or partially at your employer’s office, if social distancing measures are implemented by your employer.

Your company welcomes interns abroad?

Due to the current health situation, internships taking place REMOTELY (telework) remain recommended.

  • When teleworking is not possible or relevant, face-to-face internships can nevertheless be carried out under certain conditions.
  • These internships require strict compliance with social distancing measures.

YES, internships abroad can therefore be carried out totally or partially at the employer’s office, if social distancing measures are implemented by the employer.

Last modified 2020-09-03
09.06.2020
Master in Public Policy, policy stream Cultural Policy and Management, promotion 2018. Marie Gervier graduated from the Master in Public Policy at the School of Public Affairs, Cultural Policy and Management policy stream. She is currently working as as a Communication and Event Manager for the United Nations Office in Geneva. Testimony.
15.06.2020
Perline Manuel est diplômée 2015 du master Marketing. Aujourd'hui elle est en charge de la revalorisation des conteneurs maritimes dits "de dernier voyage". Focus sur sa mission et son parcours au sein de l'entreprise familiale leader du transport maritime, de la gestion de zone commerciale aux projets au format intrapreneurial.
Read more news

Sciences Po Partner Companies

AXA of logo
BANQUE DE FRANCE of logo
Chalhoub Group of logo
BANQUE PALATINE of logo
BRED BANQUE POPULAIRE of logo
CAISSE D'EPARGNE of logo
CASDEN of logo
AIR LIQUIDE of logo
EY of logo
FONDATION HSBC of logo
FONDATION JEAN LUC LAGARDERE of logo
FONDATION LA FRANCAISE DES JEUX of logo
FONDATION RATP of logo
FRANCE TELEVISIONS GROUPE of logo
GOOGLE of logo
LA POSTE of logo
LCL of logo
L'OREAL GROUPE of logo
OSTRUM of logo
PWC of logo
Société Générale  of logo
TOTAL SA of logo
CMA CGM of logo
Orange SA of logo
KERING SA of logo
Eurazeo of logo
Congrès du Conseil de l'Europe (Congrès des Pouvoirs Locaux et Régionaux) of logo
Accenture of logo
BNP Paribas of logo
LAZARD FRERES SAS of logo
MAZARS of logo
Rothschild & Co of logo
GE HEALTHCARE of logo
BOUYGUES TELECOM of logo
Groupe EDF of logo
Galeries Lafayette of logo
Hermès of logo
Groupe Casino of logo
Vivendi of logo
ENGIE of logo
Clifford Chance Europe LLP of logo
CANAL+ of logo
Carrefour  of logo
Caisse des Dépôts of logo
Altermind of logo
Goldman Sachs of logo
AccorHotels of logo
CHANEL SAS of logo
SANOFI of logo
White & Case LLP of logo
Agence Française de Developpement of logo
EUTELSAT COMMUNICATIONS of logo
La Banque Postale of logo
August & Debouzy avocats of logo
Richemont Holding France of logo
Air Liquide European Homecare Operations Services of logo
BNP Paribas Cardif of logo
Gide of logo
Hogan Lovells LLP of logo
Dechert  LLP  of logo
Latournerie Wolfrom Avocats of logo
DARROIS VILLEY MAILLOT BROCHIER of logo
Sopra Stéria Next of logo
Publicis Groupe of logo
De gaulle Fleurance & Associés of logo
Amazon EU SARL of logo
Vivant Chiss of logo
RATP Dev of logo
TF1 SA of logo
Schneider Electric of logo
SAP France of logo
LVMH of logo
Hachette Livre of logo
HandiEM of logo
OCDE of logo
Arkema of logo
ENGIE INEO of logo
BREDIN PRAT of logo
Groupe ADP of logo
Nexity of logo
Cisco Systems France of logo
AG2R LA MONDIALE of logo
Ubisoft of logo
GECINA of logo
Havas Paris of logo
SAINT GOBAIN INTERSERVICES of logo
Facebook of logo
Fondation Chanel of logo
FONDATION Coca Cola of logo
Banijay of logo
Capgemini of logo
Goldman Sachs Asset Management of logo
Capgemini Invent of logo
RTE of logo
quinn emanuel urquhart & sullivan of logo
Banque Européenne d'Investissement of logo
Berthelot Mandataire Judiciaire of logo
Bpi France of logo
See all partner companies