CICD’s 3- to 7-month Paid Culinary Internship program in the South of France provides students of Culinary Arts or Hospitality with a great opportunity to gain real work experience, learn a new language, and immerse themselves in a new culture. This program is divided into two phases. Students begin their programs with phase one in Montpellier, France where they complete a short language and cultural immersion course to help them adapt to their new surroundings and learn the basic French skills they need to succeed during their internships. Following the language course, students move on to phase two of the program where they complete full-time internships with 3- to 5-star hotels and restaurants across the south of France.
|Program Start Dates:||2016: 03/07, 04/04, 06/06, 07/04, 09/05,
2017: 01/09, 02/06, 03/06, 04/03, 05/02, 06/05, 07/03, 09/04, 10/02, 11/20, 12/04
|Location:||Program begins in Montpellier, France; internships take place in various locations across southern France (ex: Marseille, Nice, Avignon area)|
|Compensation||546.00 Euros per month (approximately $587.00 USD)|
|Program Fee:||From $2985.00|
|Typical Length of Application Process:||3-4 months|
Phase 1: 2- to 4-week Language Course
Location: Montpellier, France – a city full of life located just a few miles from the Mediterranean coast.
When students arrive in France, they begin their program with a specialized language and cultural immersion course. During this time, students are housed with host families and are provided with two meals per day.
What is Included?
- Arrival transfer from train station or airport to host family’s residence
- 40-80 specialized French lessons with one of the top language schools in France
- Orientation tour of Montpellier
- Cooking workshops and cultural activities
- Accommodation with a host family
- Breakfast and dinner provided by the host family
- Bus/tram pass
Phase 2: 8- to 26-week Internship
Students are placed in 3- to 5-star hotel-restaurants across southern France for their internships. During the enrollment process, CICD works directly with students to provide them with options of placement based on their interests, qualifications, and available positions amongst partner hotels in France. All placements are vetted by CICD prior to placement to ensure program quality.
What is Included?
- Monthly stipend of 546.00 Euros (approximately $587.00 USD)
- Full-time internship placement (at least 35 hours per week)
- Two days off per week (not necessarily consecutive) to enjoy France
- Full Accommodation in a shared staff apartment or staff hotel room
- Minimum of two meals per day provided by the hotel
- Two evaluations with students and tutors during the internship
- New skills developed by working with great professionals!
Note: transfer from Montpellier to internship placement will be the student’s responsibility. CICD will let students know of the best way to travel to their placement and how much it will cost, but it will be their responsibility to buy a train or bus ticket once in France (cost is generally under 50 Euros).
What do I receive after completion?
After students complete their internship program requirements, CICD is happy to send them their Certificate of Completion signed by the language school, CICD, and the student’s host company in France.
Other Program Options
Students interested in completing a longer internship program may qualify for CICD’s 7-month Paid Culinary Internship Program in the South of France. This program runs year-round with start dates corresponding to those of our 12-week Paid Culinary Internship Program in the South of France. For this type of program, students complete a 4-week language and cultural immersion program in Montpellier during phase one of the program and a 6-month internship with a hotel or restaurant in southern France during phase two of the program. The cost of this 2016 7-month program starts at $4,995.00. Please contact CICD for further program details and application deadlines.
US Participants completing a program longer than three months will be required to apply for a visa. EU participants may be exempt. For other nationalities, please check with CICD.
CICD also offers the option to combine multiple programs in different European countries for the duration of their choice. For more information, please contact CICD.
Additional services available for all participants: international medical insurance, additional nights of accommodation with host family or hotel, visa assistance
* For eligibility based on graduation dates, please contact CICD.
** Citizens of other countries who do not need a visa to travel to France may also be eligible. Please contact CICD for more information.