Intern in one of the world's highest-regarded cities for culture and international business. Walk or take the bus through the city’s vibrant streets, or hop on the Métro to get to work. Lunchtime means quiche or a sandwich au jambon in a nearby café, followed by a leisurely espresso or tea. An IES internship develops your professional skills, your ability to communicate across cultures, and provides substantive work experience to jump-start your career in today’s competitive job market.

You'll be guaranteed an unpaid placement at a local business or organization, where you'll work for at least 25 hours a week. You also will enroll in a required 3- or 6-credit academic internship seminar with other IES interns, where you’ll learn about a variety of local business settings and opportunities.

Before you depart, we work with you to fine-tune your résumé, perfect your cover letter, and hone your communication and interview skills as we prepare you for working in a new cultural environment. Spend your free time checking neighborhoods off your to-explore list: The Marais, the Latin Quarter, Montmartre, and more all await. Save time for field trips outside the city to places like Giverny and Reims.


Past students have interned in the fields listed below. Keep in mind that this list is by no means exhaustive. We encourage students of all majors to apply.

  • Art Galleries
  • Business
  • Fashion
  • International Aid
  • Language Instruction
  • Marketing
  • Media & Communications
  • Not-for-Profit Organizations
  • Tourism

Don’t see your field listed here? Just talk to your IES Internships Representative—new internships are always being added!

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad Paris French Studies
  • City: Paris
  • Country: France
  • Program Credits: 3, 6, or 9 credits
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Language Prerequisites: 2 semesters of college-level French

Program Dates

After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.

Summer 2018

May 14-July 13

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

Application deadline has passed


While working in Paris, you will enroll in a required 3- or 6-credit academic internship seminar with other IES interns, where you’ll gain context for your internship placement by examining cultural issues in the workplace. Topics include:

  • Understanding workplace culture
  • Improving communication
  • Strengthening work attitude and aptitude
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Understanding new cultures
  • Navigating issues, challenges, and opportunities so you can succeed on the job in Paris and when you return home

You may also enroll in an optional 3-credit French language course taught at the Center.


This is a list of planned course offerings. A final list of course offerings will be made available to you in your MyIESabroad account.

Internship Seminar

  • IN 395 A - Leading Across Cultures Internship Seminar - 3 credit (Summer)
  • IN 395 B - Leading Across Cultures Internship Seminar - 6 credits (Summer)


  • FR 221 - French for Professions: Novice Abroad - 3 credits (Summer)
  • FR 321 - French for Professions: Emerging Independent Abroad - 3 credits (Summer)


We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Paris, it will feel like home.

Homestays - Live in a French homestay in the city of Paris or its surrounding banlieues (suburbs). Breakfast daily and three evening meals per week are provided.

Apartments - A limited number of shared apartments are available for an additional fee. Apartments include kitchen facilities. Meals are not included. Internet is available.

Student Life


The staff at our Paris Center will welcome you for a 3-day orientation. This includes an introduction to the city including housing, commuting, and professional and cultural expectations. The Paris Center is your central place for instruction, support, and meeting other interns.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your home school
  • 2.5 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale (GPAs under 2.5 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • At least sophomore standing before application; rising junior status at the time of program departure. (Students who have completed one year of undergraduate study may apply and will be considered on a case-by-base basis.)
  • Students must be enrolled in a full-time degree program, or a graduate intending to begin their internship no more than 12 months after their graduation date (solid academic credentials related to studies or experience in the desired field of placement required); graduate students enrolled in a full-time degree program may apply and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Non-U.S. citizens must refer to their local consulate to learn about visa requirements and determine eligibility; IES Internships cannot advise on visa regulations for non-U.S. citizens.
  • Non-U.S. citizens attending school outside the U.S.: Native English fluency or IELTS score of 6.0 or above, taken within the last two years. Visit the IELTS website to find a test location near you. IES Abroad reserves the right, in its sole discretion, not to accept students who it believes do not have the necessary English language competency to succeed in an Internship Program, irrespective of the applicant's score on a language proficiency exam.
  • 2 or more semesters of college-level French
  • Enrolled in a French course within the year before the program start date

Passport & Visa Requirements

A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the program, with at least two blank pages is required. U.S. citizens in possession of a valid passport do not need to obtain a visa to enter, study, or intern in France for a stay of under 90 days. Non-U.S. citizens may be required to obtain a student visa before arrival.


Summer 2018 3 credits

  • Tuition: $,4195
  • Housing: $2,120
  • Insurance: $135
  • Total: $6,450

Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

Program taught in:
  • English
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Last updated October 8, 2019
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