Why not extend your stay in Paris and improve your résumé at the same time? After finishing the spring semester with us, students are eligible to complete a two-month, full-time professional internship with IFE (Institute for Field Education).
A valuable complement to a semester or year abroad, an internship provides meaningful work experience in a student's preferred industry.
Through our joint internship program with IFE, students have the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of the French business world, perfect language skills, and enhance their résumé with a true multicultural experience in France.
IFE Summer Internships
IFE works with all types of public, para-public, and private organizations: firms, agencies, government ministries, cultural organizations, political groups, media organizations, not-for-profit organizations, foundations, research institutes, and more.
Internships are most often unpaid, full-time (35-40 hours per week), and take place in a French-language work environment. IFE arranges internships with organizations which understand the following points:
- IFE internships offer a trans-cultural experience for both parties
- Student-interns are well prepared for the internship and will be ready to take on some responsibility
- The student-intern will become part of a working team of professionals
- The host organization will engage the time and space necessary to ensure a structured learning experience
Generally, placements may be more research-oriented or more of a practitioner-type position, a distinction taken into account in the individual placement strategy worked out with each student.
IFE Program Instruction Method
Due to the seminar structure prior to the internship, students studying abroad for the fall semester only are not eligible.
Before the Internship
During the spring semester, students will attend a field study preparation seminar that will meet four times from mid-March to mid-May, for 2 hours each time. This seminar will be led by a professor that is an expert in the field of coaching and who has experience working with foreign students. By being well prepared, it is our goal that students will be able to perform at a high level to get the most out of their professional experience.
Seminar Contents: Student-interns will prepare for and discuss the differences of the French and European work environment and will learn various skills and techniques to become as efficient as possible in the workplace. This seminar will also use role playing and reflection techniques to allow for greater self-awareness and self-assessment.
During the Internship
Once the internship has started, each student will be matched with a mentor/tutor from the IFE staff who participated in the last session of the seminar. The mentor assists the student in several ways during the length of the internship:
- Has regular contact with the student to identify the theme for the final written project that consists of several short reports (see below)
- Organizes group meetings during the internship to share experiences, etc.
- Evaluates the internship after the first month at the host site
- Reads and comments on the short report submitted by each student every 15 days
- Evaluates the internship at the end of the program at the host organization/site
- Final report of internship experience: The report consists of 4 short reports written by the student-intern every 15 days based on the following plan. Each report should be 2-3 pages long.
- Summary of the host institution/organization (after 15 days): objectives and goals, key players within the structure, the challenges, the successes, etc.
- Summary of their role (after 4 weeks): the tasks they have been given, the difficulties and failures they have faced, their accomplishments, their progress toward integration with in the team and the host institution, etc.
- Reflection (after 6 weeks and end of internship): The last two reports reflect on and analyze the internship based on the themes chosen with the mentor and how it relates to the student's desired field or industry and their college major.
Academic Credit and/or Professional Development
At the end of the internship, the student will receive a final grade that will take into consideration his or her participation in the seminar, a final evaluation of the work completed during the internship, and a grade for all the written reports submitted.
The end use of this evaluation will be one of the following:
- The seminar/internship/report ensemble has been pre-approved by the student's host institution for academic credit and therefore IFE will send a transcript with the grade for the work completed with a grade explanation to the students registrar office (and study abroad office when requested).
- The field study ensemble will NOT be accepted for credit by the student’s home university/college and IFE will provide an evaluation packet to the student which contains:
- Comments from the tutor summarizing the work completed and the results of the final evaluation
- A grade for the written report
- Certificate of completion stating the location of the internship, the tasks accomplished and the position held. (A proof of employment of sorts that can be used when looking for jobs later.)
For students interested in participating in the IFE summer internship, complete the application and send in the application fee:
- Submit the IFE application form directly to APA with your APA study abroad application form.
- Application fee: $30 made payable to IFE
APA will handle the enrollment procedure with IFE on the student's behalf.
For the two month internship, students will reside in single rooms in French speaking student residences or "foyers" at their own cost.
Cost of room and board in the foyers :
- 430-500 € per month without meals
- 560-580 € per month with breakfast and partial meal plan
- Prior to going abroad, students will need to obtain a Visa VLS-TS for a program stay of 7 months from January to July 31. This is obtained through a letter attesting study period through July with the APA Paris/IFE program
- Students will receive personal liability insurance for the academic year/spring semester provided by APA and IFE insurance for the two month internship
- Students will sign an internship contract provided by IFE that establishes parameters of the program between the student, the company/organization, and IFE (Convention de stage)
Program Fees and Payment
2,000 € for the internship program with IFE
Application fee: $30 made payable to IFE
Please note that a deposit of $200 (deductible from the program fees) will be required to hold your place in the internship program once accepted.
Once a student has been accepted by both APA Paris and IFE, in March a bill will be sent by the latter for the total program cost and room and board (depending on the program chosen). This sum must be paid in full before the internship contract (convention de stage) will be drafted.
The summer internship will take place approximately May 7th to July 9th, 2018
Internship placements are made according to a student's academic and work background and professional goals. Fields like international relations, medical research, communications, government departments, and non-profit organizations have all welcomed student-interns. Recent internships have included:
→ Providing legal assistance to illegal immigrants
→ Developing activities for an event agency
→ Managing social media networks in the tourism industry
→ Teaching a class at an elementary school
→ Assisting a museum curator
→ Working on projects at the intellectual property office of a French
→ luxury company
→ Producing film with the production director at a French
→ animation company
→ Overseeing administrative tasks at a web-based video and music
→ distribution company