Your flying start to working abroad!

The Volunteer for International Experience (VIE) scheme (also called the “International Internship Programme) is a highly enriching and rewarding system for the career path for students and graduates.

Societe Generale is the leading provider of VIE in France and offers opportunities all over the world: United States, Canada, Great Britain, Luxembourg, Asia and Africa. By joining Societe Generale for a VIE assignment, you will be gaining experience of 6-24 months abroad, which will make it easier for you to be hired under a permanent contract within the group. In fact, our former VIEs, interns and work-study participants are the main source of candidates for graduate permanent contracts.

Eligibility criteria

  • You must be a citizen of one of the Member States of the European Economic Area
  • You must be a non-native of the host country
  • You must have a Master’s 2 or be in your final postgraduate year
  • You must speak fluent English, be dynamic and have an open mind!
  • You must be between 18 and 28 years of age

We’re hiring

  • Fixed Income Sales Assistant
  • Assistant Trader
  • IT Developer
  • Junior Auditor
  • Compliance Controller


VIEs in 2018


Best VIE recruiter in 2018*
*for the 4th year running, awarded by Business France.

85 %

recommend Societe Generale**
**Happy Trainee Survey of 1120 Interns, Work-Study Participants and VIEs


My VIE with a trading team with responsibility for multi-asset class solutions/products in Asia is a unique experience. Before starting my VIE, I found my department’s work vague and theoretical. Today, I am able not only to price a credit trade but also understand every step along the way, from pricing to booking through risk management. Without the advantages of the VIE contract, I might not have seized this opportunity. VIE is a sure way of starting your professional experience abroad.

Assistant Trader – HONG-KONG

My job as a Project Financing Analyst on the Milan team offers me the opportunity to learn about the business of structured finance and to develop my skills on a daily basis, while also growing in an environment which is human in size but international in dimension. I would recommend this experience, because it is an opportunity to:
- acquire professional training and develop in a job with responsibility
- exchange and collaborate with professionals from a different culture
- improve your English and a second language if need be
- develop your skills of adjustment to a new environment and culture.
And last but not least, Milan is a great place to live.

Project Financing Analyst – MILAN

I am delighted to have had the chance to spend a year with VIE as part of the Global Equity Flow Sales team in New York. Not only did this amazing experience allow me to use my “theoretical” skills in real situations and increase my knowledge in the capital markets sector, but it also gave me the opportunity to learn about the fascinating American culture. I am extremely grateful to all my Societe Generale supervisors, who helped me learn new things every day and made my VIE a truly stimulating experience. I can’t wait to continue my career in this sector.

Assistant Sales – NEW YORK

Recruitment Process



After checking that you are fully eligible for VIE, send your application for an offer on our site.



If your application is been accepted by the recruitment teams, you will be asked to complete some online tests (English test, logic test and so on).



Once you have passed your tests, you have an interview with the manager, often on Skype. It is a fit? Then you will be made an offer.



The recruitment teams support you in your administrative formalities with Business France, the French agency for business development abroad that manages VIEs.



With your visa in your pocket (if required) and your contract signed, off you go on your assignment abroad, for integration into the Societe Generale teams!

The GeneratioNext programme

By benefiting from a VIE, you are joining an international community of 2,000 interns, work-study participants and VIEs. You will also receive special support: integration into the teams, networking, career counselling, exploration.

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