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Aix Semester Internships

Adapting to a new culture involves not only learning the language and culture but also gaining a better understanding of the work environment and how methods and habits may differ from one's home setting. IAU provides access to unpaid, for-credit internships available at local enterprises for Fall and Spring semester students.

Interested students should have at least four semesters of college French and must provide their resume before the start of the semester. While placement cannot be guaranteed for those without upper-level French language experience, it is possible for students with lower-level French to be placed.  These situations are handled on a case-by-case basis.

Students work with the IAU Internship Coordinator to prepare a resume in French, to practice interviewing standards and techniques, and to prepare for placement in a French enterprise. Pre-interviews for these positions will be conducted within the first week of the semester. Due to the careful placement process, students are expected to complete their internship without interruption. The internships listed here are examples of typical internship placement opportunities where IAU students have been placed in the past. 

Students complete a seminar directed by the IAU Internship Coordinator in tandem with their internship experience. They meet and communicate regularly to follow their progress, learn about topical issues in French labor, and work on their reports and final semester project. Students can expect to spend 10-15 hours per week at their internship placement along with an additional 2 hours per week of academic study outside of their internship. Students are awarded 3 credits upon successful completion of their internship.

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Application Process

  1. Students complete their IAU online application, provide a C.V. or resume, and complete an internship questionnaire before the application deadline. Materials are to be emailed to the Office of Admissions.

    Due Dates
      Fall Semester   May 1
      Spring Semester   October 1

  2. Students will also schedule a pre-interview via Skype with IAU's Internship Coordinator before the application deadline. Once the interview is complete, students are considered to have completed the application process and wait to receive confirmation and follow up from IAU's Internship Coordinator.

  3. Upon acceptance, students work directly with the Internship Coordinator to develop their C.V. and cover letter in French and prepare for their in-country interview on-site.

  4. Students arrive in France and finalize preparations for their interview with their internship host.

  5. Students complete an interview with the internship organization and their official placement begins.

Please keep in mind that participating in an internship is unlike any other course because it involves significant preparation and expectations are set early on in the placement process. Students cannot withdraw from the internship once preparations are finalized. 

Internship Requirements

  1. Regular communication with Prof. Schaaf for the internship seminar

  2. 10-15 hours at the internship site each week

  3. Three written reports in French throughout the semester (2-3 pages)

  4. One final report in French at end of the semester (5-6 pages)

  5. Final poster presentation with internship host, Dr. Smith, Prof. Schaaf and other IAU Faculty