Total offers numerous internships, work-study contracts and Volunteer for International Experience (VIE) co-op placements. These programs are targeted at post-secondary students from a wide range of backgrounds.

Are you looking for an internship? Would you like to gain additional experience by joining our workforce through a VIE co-op placement? Are you looking to finance your education? Are you interested in becoming a Total ambassador at your school? We have several different programs designed to meet your needs.

Short-Term Assignments and Hands-On Training: Discover Total from the Inside

Nearly 4,000 internships and 700 work-study contracts are offered each year across Total. These programs provide students with an ideal opportunity to explore our activities and businesses. Assignments are available in every professional discipline, at corporate headquarters and in refineries, regional offices and affiliates in France and worldwide. They are open to applicants from any background.

The Total Summer School

Each year, nearly 100 students from around the world are invited to spend a week in Paris as part of the Total Summer School. Founded in 2006, the school offers an in-depth look at our activities and issues facing the energy industry. Students take part in lectures and discussions led by Total employees and experts in the field. The Summer School also provides a unique opportunity to meet with our recruiters to talk about professional opportunities, careers and internships at Total.

For students, the Total Summer School provides a unique opportunity to talk with our experts and executives. It offers a very rigorous workshop on energy for students with a strong interest in the field. For us, it’s an excellent pre-hiring tool as well.

Eve Gautier, Manager, Induction, Events and Communications Department, Université Total

Volunteer for International Experience (VIE) Co-op Placements

Each year, about 120 young Europeans accept a VIE co-op placement in our affiliates worldwide. The program is open to graduates from the European Economic Area with five years of post-secondary education. They spend 12 to 24 months in business, with responsibilities covering the full spectrum of our technical, commercial and support professional disciplines.

Formative and rewarding, VIE co-op placements offer an ideal opportunity to learn more about Total and acquire initial international experience.

An additional 20 or so students are recruited each year to participate in the Volunteer for International Science (VIS) program. The students take part in R&D projects in a variety of fields, including geology, process engineering and chemistry. Their research is conducted in partnership with Total laboratories and academic research laboratories around the world.

Total Student Ambassadors in Schools and Universities

Launched in 2009, the Ambassadors program now operates in over 100 major universities around the world. The initiative gives students the opportunity to serve as our special representatives in their institutions. Student ambassadors organize conferences and set up job fairs and tours of Total sites. They are helped and supported by Total personnel who are alumni of the same institutions.

Les Student Ambassadors sont des étudiants de 1e ou 2e année, impliqués dans la vie de l’école et passionnés par les métiers de l’énergie. Ils transmettent des informations à leurs camarades.

Klidja Krouri, responsable du projet au sein de la Direction Recrutement, Carrières et Diversité

Student Scholarships

Total offers scholarships for engineering students:

Team Total: Grants for Community Projects

Each year, Total awards financial grants ranging from €500 to more than €6,000 for student-initiated projects. Project proposals are divided into four categories:

  • Sky: These grants are for projects related to photovoltaic solar energy in the developing world, such as the construction of a solar unit in an isolated region or a solar-powered pumping station for a health clinic. The project’s humanitarian dimension plays a decisive role in the selection process.
  • Land: Each year, Total sponsors two teams taking part in the adventure race organized by the Ecole Centrale de Paris. Participants in this five-day wilderness sporting event travel by foot, mountain bike, canoe and zip-line over a distance of 250 kilometers. (the 2013 race was held in the Eastern Pyrenees)
  • Sea: The Group provides funding for two student crews taking part in the EDHEC Cup sailing race sponsored by EDHEC business school, located in Lille in northern France. This top-level regatta, brings together 3,000 students from around the world on more than 170 boats. It is a key event on the international sailing calendar.
  • Go For It: Open to all types of student proposals, this grant is awarded to projects in the fields of art, social sciences, sports, entrepreneurship, technology and humanitarian issues.

Students interested in applying for the grants must first complete an application at the Team Total website. Grants are awarded by the Total selection committee. Visitors to the website are invited to vote for the project they think should win; their views will be taken into consideration by the jury.


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