Internships

Beatrice Herrmann, JYF student, at l’Institut Alfred Fournier
“My internship at Lobster Film was a good addition to my C.V.,
but more important was that I learned more about French culture than I had in a classroom.”
Sophia Gant, Haverford College

Internships offer the opportunity to gain professional international experience while studying abroad! JYF offers a wide variety of internships in many different areas. 

Opportunities in the following fields:

  • Arts
  • Business
  • Culinary
  • Education
  • Health and Human Services
  • Multimedia
  • NGO
  • Press Relations and Communication
  • Politics

Requirements and application:

Internships are for 2 months, are credit bearing (1 unit/3 semester credits)  and are offered in lieu of one course. JYF internship requirements include regular meetings with the coordinator and academic work related to the internship.

The JYF internship application requires approval from your home school’s study abroad office.

Interns benefit from:

  • Instructions and coaching about resume writing in French.
  • Individual meetings to discuss their interests and what they hope to gain from the internship.
  • JYF will schedule interviews and accompany students to the job sites.
  • Regular discussion with the coordinator

Previous Internships

“My internship at the UMP gave me an inside pass into a foreign political party. I quickly grew to more deeply understand the French political system and its role as a cultural institution, which in turn allowed me to better integrate myself in my Parisian surroundings. I read speeches, attended weekly press conferences and became part of the presidential process by working on specialized projects. Several people with whom I worked have become deputies in the Assemblée Nationale. The highlight of my experience was a pass to UMP’s ‘soirée électorale’. My internship allowed me access into a part of French life that simply being a student cannot provide.” — Washington University student, spring 2007
“My internship at Lobster Film was a good addition to my C.V., but more important what that I learned more about French culture than I had in a classroom.” — Haverford College student, spring 2015
“Thanks to Junior Year in France, I had the opportunity to intern at Institut Alfred Fournier, one of the leading institutes of infectious diseases in France. At the institute, I integrated into a French medical environment and learned much about the scientific basis of HIV testing in France and in the United States. In addition, by working with the biological technicians and the doctors, I saw how a laboratory functions in France and how French medical professionals interact with each other. I enjoyed and appreciated this challenge and the unique experience in a French laboratory.” — Connecticut College student, spring 2006

“My experience at Univers du Bronze was fantastic! I recommend this internship not only to students who are interested in the art world, but also to those who want to immerse themselves in a Parisian cultural enterprise.” — Haverford College student, spring 2015

Students may also consider volunteering as a teaching assistant in a French school.