Paris Internships

Valuable summer work experience in the French capital

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Broaden your knowledge of the French business world, perfect language skills, and enhance your résumé with a true multicultural experience in France.

Internship placements are thoughtfully organized for a mutually beneficial experience for both student and establishment. APA and our preferred internship placement vendors work with all types of public, para-public and private organizations such as firms, agencies, government ministries, cultural organizations, political groups, media organizations, not-for-profit organizations, foundations, research institutes and think tanks.

Internships are unpaid, full-time (35-40 hours per week), and take place in a French language work environment. 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.

Influence Your Future Career Path

Develop clear goals and objectives for your internship and later, unpack your work experience and leverage it in résumés, interviews, and future positions.

Before the Internship

To achieve your goals for the internship experience, use one-on-one meetings with an APA or preferred vendor mentor to refine the type of placement you prefer and outline your objectives. This time will also be used to prepare you for the French and European work environment.

During the Internship

Using various writing prompts, document, analyze, and reflect on your role throughout the experience. These assignments will be compiled into a report as a final evaluation of the internship.

Your mentor will stay in regular contact with you and arrange on-site workplace visits.

After the Internship

At the conclusion of the internship, each student will receive an official grade report that will take into consideration the final evaluation of the internship by the on-site manager, an evaluation by the mentor, and a grade for the written reports.

Recent Internships

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. Past placements 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
  • Conducting research in a scientific laboratory
  • Assisting production at a franco-arabe radio station
  • Providing social work in an NGO to host and train refugees and asylum seekers
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