Internship In France
a Testimonial from a British Intern
Jacques Stephens a British intern writes about his internship in
France at La Giraudiere
During July 2014
I embarked on a 4 week internship at La Giraudiere in France.
Tailored to your own specific requirements, the internship offers
you the chance to gain experience in a wide range of possible areas.
From day one, I was immersed into the organisation in a position of
responsibility. I dealt with applications and inquiries from
possible volunteers and organizations from around the globe, and
participated in the recruitment process.
I was encouraged
to use my own intuition and skills in dealing with possible clients
over the telephone, letter and by email. My teamwork and cooperation
skills were thoroughly developed, with plenty of opportunities in
liaising with other volunteers and the project manager. I really
felt as if I was at the centre of the whole set up.
I was involved
in marketing La Giraudiere, learning the importance of social media
and blogging in promoting the project. I was able to apply and
develop my I.T. and literary skills, communicating with prospective
and previous volunteers.
During the second half of my internship, I had the opportunity to
develop and apply my accounting knowledge. I was taught how to use
Sage, a professional accounting software, which I found extremely
insightful. I was able to apply what I had learned by collating all
the invoices, bills and receipts for the year to date and producing
accounts up to trail balances.This was the highlight of the
experience for me, as I felt that I was really contributing to the
organization, something which many internships are not able to
My French skills
were thoroughly developed, with many hours of one on one French
tuition tailored to my needs and desires following an assessment on
the first day. My grammar improved significantly, and the French
teachers were able to pinpoint where I could improve and helped me
to work on those areas. I was able to frequently practice my oral
skills, both through the lessons and befriending the locals at the
many events that the town held weekly.
Overall, I found this internship to be highly insightful and
beneficial. It is unique and gives you the opportunity to get stuck
in. Everyone was kind, helpful and friendly. And the many activities
that took place made it a very enjoyable experience. Highly
recommended to anyone thinking of applying.