For many years, EPF has formed privileged relationships with French and international industry and business players, to give its students an education that meets companies' needs.
Aline Counet-Bourdon, from Bouygues Construction, sponsoring the EPF Class of 2016
COMPANIES AND EPF'S GOVERNANCE
For more than 50 years, EPF has shown mutual trust for its partner companies, based on their recognition for our well-rounded engineers' professional merit.
A testimony to this mutual relationship between the school and companies, several large groups (EADS, EDF, GrDF and Dassault Aviation) serve on EPF's Board of Directors and its continuing education board.
They play an active role in setting out the academic curriculum and providing advice on majors and coursework (more than 300 professionals take part in courses), taking part in professional conferences, sponsoring classes and hosting students.
A DRIVE FOR PROFESSIONAL INTEGRATION
This special relationship between the company and EPF is the result of our school's serious professional integration policy, backed by a department dedicated to the issue.
This entity is in charge of preparing engineering students for professional insertion. It organises conferences with large corporations, prepares our students for the workplace (CV/resume coaching and interview preparation) and promotes our graduates' projects through the "Les EPF ont du talent" competition.
With a focus on the industrial sector, this department encourages students to take on internship and job opportunities and fosters EPF students' networking with companies.
One of the highlights of EPF's year is the Corporate Forum held annually in October.
More than 40 exhibitors from all sectors (aeronautics, telecommunications, IT, construction, environment, finance, etc.), 450 visitors, many CVs handed out in exchange for internship and job offers. It gives engineering companies the chance to recruit well-rounded prospects at the source. Note that the Forum is also open the foreign companies.
Starting at the beginning of the 2009 academic year, in partnership with Cefipa (CFAI) and the with Montpellier Business School CFA, EPF now offers apprenticeship engineering training. With an enrolment of 30 students with 2 years' post-secondary experience, it prepares future Industrial and Information Systems engineers through a CTI-accredited curriculum that combines coursework and on-the-job training.
SUPERVISED INTERNSHIPS & PROJECTS
In addition to training well-rounded engineers, one of EPF's primary concerns is making its students capable of being adaptable and operational in the workplace.
To meet this goal, it has included several approved internships in its programme, throughout the curriculum. Internship projects are done upon the company's request, in France or abroad. Students are assisted by the internship department and advised by an EPF professor and supervised by an engineer from the company.
EPF gives its students the possibility to experience life in the workplace, alongside seasoned engineering companies in line with their needs.
Exchange Students have access to internships during their academic period.