French Internship Sources

Students are responsible for finding internships on their own. Here is a partial list of internship possibilities:

The French American Chamber of Commerce of Minnesota

FACCMN provides valuable experiences for college interns, for international students and for new graduates seeking contacts to better understand French-American business relations and the importance of strong organization skills.  Professionals and students find FACCMN a friendly business environment to develop their skills while learning about non-profit organizations and transatlantic relations.  Please send your resume and cover letter in English to:

Teaching Assistants in France
The French Ministry of Education offers 1,500 paid teaching assistantship positions per year in French primary & secondary schools to American citizens under 30 years of age, graduates or undergraduates, majoring or minoring in French.
* spend 7 months in France with a monthly stipend
* have a privileged insight into contemporary France
* master the French language through linguistic immersion
* gain valuable teaching experience

AIFS: Internships in Cannes, France

AIFS offers a variety of internship possibilities from social work to work with production companies along with intensive language courses. Spring semester study abroad students benefit from being in Cannes during its world famous film festival.

AIPT: Association for International Practical Training

AIPT is the U.S. affiliate of the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE), a network of more than 70 countries that coordinates on-the-job training for university students in the fields of engineering, computer science, mathematics, natural and physical sciences, architecture, and agricultural science. AIPT can also arrange work permits for students and professionals to go from the United States to one of 80 countries, and provide program support before and during the international assignment.

AHA International

AHA has placed over 600 interns in 32 countries worldwide, including France and Senegal. through its IE3 Global Internships.

Boston University

Boston University's Paris Internship Program offers a semester of study and work in Paris. Combines an internship with intensive French-language study and liberal arts courses.

BUNAC: British Universities North America Club

BUNAC offers Work Canada --- a program authorised by the Canadian Government to allow U.S. college and university students aged 18-30 to work and travel in Canada. The Canadian sponsor is SWAP, Student Work Abroad Programs. In Canada, SWAP provides on the spot backup and support.

CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange

CIEE offers work in Canada at a variety of locations.

* EPA: Educational Programmes Abroad
EPA has been arranging internships in Europe since 1975. They have programs in six European centers including Paris and Brussels.
* European-American Center for International Education (The Eur-Am Center)
Eur-Am offers internships in the Loire, France. Interns come from a variety of academic backgrounds such as business, liberal arts, science and fine arts. Adelante Abroad allows you to gain valuable work experience in your area of interest while exploring new talents and skills.

Eurolingua Institute
Eurolingua Institute offers 3 or 6 month work experience programs in the region of Montpellier, Nice and Toulon, South of France, for participants aged 18 to 35 years. Applications for 2 month periods are accepeted during the summer. Work placements are in the Hotel/Campsite Industry.

French Embassy

The French Embassy and consulates provide information on short term internships in France and long-term internships in the public sector and in NGOs.

International Cooperative Education

International Cooperative Education (ICE) provides U.S. college and university students the chance to gain practical work experience abroad. Each summer ICE arranges for students to travel to Europe, Australia, Asia, and South America to work as paid interns in a variety of employment fields including retail sales, hospitals, banking, education and engineering.

IES: Internships in Dijon, Nantes and Paris France

IES internships are offered as academic options earning IES credit. They feature a strong academic component, which includes an academic seminar and an evaluative report from the supervisor of the organization offering the internship. In addition to the on-site work experience, students are expected to keep a work journal, give an oral presentation, and submit a final report, which analyzes and evaluates the activities performed during the internship. IES in Dijon, Nantes and Paris arranges internships for students who are proficient in French during the semester with businesses and governmental organizations. Students must devote a minimum of 8-10 hours a week to the work experience, for a minimum of 80 contact hours during the semester. Students earn three semester credit hours for the combined seminar and work experience. Placements are competitive and not guaranteed.

MN and WI Companies in France

About 35 Minnesota companies have operations in France, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Marshall-based The Schwan Food Co., which also has plants in the United Kingdom and Germany, and other Minnesota companies gained a foothold in Europe via acquisitions. A number of companies are eager to make more acquisitions. Bloomington-based Donaldson Inc. has established a subsidiary in Domjean. Chaska-based Entegris Inc. acquired a parts-cleaning operation in Montpellier, France, in May, and the Minneapolis-based Bemis Co. has two companies in France.

Additional Sites for Finding International Internships Intern/Volunteer Programs Contains listings of international work, internship, and volunteer programs. An extensive web site listing internship programs by University of Michigan's International Internships Resources Provides a good overview, including discussion of and resources for student intern abroad options. University of Minnesota Work, Intern, Volunteer (WIV) Program Database Search for work, intern, and volunteer opportunities all over the globe. Transitions Abroad: International Internships A bimonthly magazine for those interested in working, studying, and living abroad. This section of their web site provides a good overview of internship options and resources. Idealist Search for worldwide internship opportunities by location, dates, and required skills. IIE Passport Internship Center An extensive web site listing internship programs. globalEDGE International Internship Directory Updated and adapted version of the Directory of International Internships, which was created by Michigan State University. This directory contains listings of internships located overseas. Intern Abroad From the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, this web site contains advice about interning abroad and listings of internship programs.

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