For almost one student in two, the final internship (4-6 months in the last year of the Master’s degree) leads to a job in the company where the student carried out their internship. The choice of the company is therefore vital for the student. So what is the secret to transforming the internship into a first contract? What makes a training supervisor decide to recruit a student? We interviewed Vincent Verneyre, Head of Innovation for Dassault Aviation, training supervisor and recruiter.
Can you tell us briefly about your department in Dassault Aviation?
In the "Corporate Aircraft" branch of Dassault Aviation, we work in a department which was set up two years ago, made up of industrial designers and engineers. The department is devoted to developing the aircraft interior in order to make it stand out from the competition. We’re involved in ongoing
programs as well as future programs, and are driven by a philosophy of continuous improvement.
Why did you choose L’École de design for your student recruitment?
We knew of L’École de design through our network of contacts, and we were interested in the company-based, innovative and international teaching approach.
What were your design needs and the real contribution of this profession?
We were looking to complete our ongoing or future technical studies more efficiently with more thorough usage analyses than we were capable of, looking purely at the technical side of things. The industrial designer also brings a new aesthetic and consistent viewpoint in specific zones: hall, lounges, bathroom…
Can you explain the relationship between the end-of-studies internship and being hired?
The internship is above all a major success of the French education system. It allows students to put their academic theory into practice in a professional environment, so the student is faced with the real tools used by professionals and is trained how to use them.
For Dassault Aviation, the internships serve firstly to train the student and identify high-potentials, before they contribute significantly to production. Internships provide us with a fresh look, a distinctive approach and a possible review of processes.
The additional aspect of end-of-studies internships is the potential recruitment by the company. If Dassault Aviation is in a position to recruit, we give priority to someone who has already proved their worth during an internship. For example, of the 2 interns from L’École de design Nantes Atlantique who we have taken on in the last two years, one of them has been given a permanent contract, and the other is still working in our department but through a services company.
On the same lines as the internships, there is also the Student Aerospace Challenge of which Dassault Aviation is a partner, which involves getting groups of students working together on types of space transportation. One aspect of the project is interior design, and Dassault Aviation is well aware that this is a field where students can be a valuable source of inspiration and innovation.
What benefits or improved visibility has the integration of design (on the Falcons and/or the service) brought you?
The creation of a small in-house design team means we can now respond quickly to the needs of decision-makers, and also formalize these responses with constantly-improving graphic and synthetic standards. The format enhances the content and makes it stand out from more traditional presentations which our decision-makers see on a daily basis.
Student placement Coordinator