Sweet Briar College JYF in Paris and Nice

Internships

Internships offer the opportunity to gain professional international experience while studying abroad! JYF offers a wide variety of internships in many different areas to students attending the Paris or Nice spring semester. Internships are not required as part of the program, but are credit bearing and are offered in lieu of one course. Due to time constraints, they are not available fall semester.

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.

Internship requirements:

  • Work a minimum of 12 to 15 hours a week.
  • Take academic courses plus attend preparatory meetings with our JYF staff to help them solve problems in the work place and to cope with cultural differences.
  • Write a 15-page paper (in French or in English) about their internship experience and give an oral presentation to their fellow JYF interns at the end of the semester.
  • Internship grades will be determined based on the internship paper, the evaluation of the on-site Director, oral report, and attendance at cross-cultural meetings.
  • One unit of credit (three semester hours) is granted for the internship. Students will be required to obtain written approval for the internship by his/her academic advisor on the home campus.


Opportunities in the following fields:

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

Previous Internships

Molly Fee, Washington University

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.

Derek Chang, Connecticut College

JYF Student, Derek Chang, with Dr. Sednaoui at Institut Alfred Fournier

JYF Student, Derek Chang, with Dr. Sednaoui at Institut Alfred Fournier

Thanks to Sweet Briar 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.