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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 and preference will be given to those who have at least four semesters of college-level French. It is possible for students with lower-level French to be placed, and these situations are handled on a case-by-case basis. Students must meet the regular application requirements for IAU programs. 

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 submitted via email.

  2. Students will schedule a pre-interview via Skype with IAU's Internship Coordinator. 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 into the internship program, 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.