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Summer Internships

Aix-en-Provence, France
IAU provides access to unpaid, for-credit internships available at local enterprises for eligible summer students. IAU's exceptional out-of-classroom experiences include homestays, regional field studies and extracurricular activities such as wine tastings and course trips. The many concerts, the summer Festival d'Art Lyrique, libraries, museums, churches, bookstores, markets, and cafés have earned Aix its reputation as one of France's most engaging cities. A wealth of cinemas, restaurants, discothëques, and sports facilities welcomes Aix's students. Aix-en-Provence is, especially during the summer, one of the most popular and sought after cities in France.

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. 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. Programs dates can be found on the Summer Calendar page. 

Students may participate in one of the following internship options:

Program Options Credits Location
 Part-time internship (20-22 hours/week)
+ Study Abroad (one 3-credit IAU course)
6 credits  Aix-en-Provence, France
 Full-time internship (32-35 hours/week) 6 credits  Aix-en-Provence, France

Internships are available in the following fields:

  Communications   Research
  Education   Accounting
  Event Planning   Theatre
  Human Resources   Tourism
  Law   Web Design
  Library Science   Translation
  Marketing   Social Media
  Museum Science   And more!

Internships are available to students who have completed a minimum of one year of college. While prior knowledge of French is not required, students with some background in language study will have more opportunities available to them. Students must meet the regular application requirements for IAU programs. 


Application Process

  1. Students must provide a C.V. and placement request before the start of the summer term. Materials are to be emailed to enroll@iau.edu.

  2. Students receive confirmation and follow up from IAU Internship Coordinator at which point they provide a C.V. in French and complete an internship application.

  3. Students participate in a pre-interview via Skype before their arrival in France. This interview serves to prepare them for their in-country interview once on-site. Students prepare a cover letter in French for their internship placement.

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

  5. Students complete an interview with the internship organization.