BU’s five Paris programs make the most of France’s capital city. The eight-week Paris Summer Internship Program combines coursework that focuses on Paris through a study of language, literature, cinema, and theater, with internships at organizations in the greater Paris area. Classes are taught in French at the BU Paris Academic Center, which is walking distance from the Eiffel Tower.

  • Open to students who have completed fourth-semester college-level French language, or the equivalent
  • Admissions requirements for all programs
Students enroll in one liberal arts course and participate in a professional internship. The program thus provides students with the unique opportunity to combine experience in the classroom with daily experience in a French workplace.

Required Courses

Students enroll in one of the following courses and the internship course. All courses are taught in French.

  • CAS LF 300 Living French in Paris: Practical Communication and Current Culture, Level 1 (4 credits)
    • Recommended for students whose most recent French language course is a fourth- or fifth-semester equivalent
    • This course aims to refine students’ written and oral expression by improving their overall level of French (grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation) with a special emphasis on better integrating them into their daily, academic, or professional environments, through linguistic and cultural activities.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS LF 342 French Society through Theater, Cinema, and Music (4)
    • Theater, cinema, and popular music as windows on the subtleties of French society and ways of thinking. In-class analysis of plays, films, and song lyrics is integrated with outings and site explorations, to develop understanding of Paris’s artistic popular history.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS LF 343 Literary Representations of Paris (4)
    • Using the city of Paris as a unique text, students will read its monuments and buildings and interpret selected texts devoted to the city (fiction, history, politics). The course aims to teach students not only how to critically engage with and interpret textual material, but also how to read and analyze the physical space around them. Authors may include Hugo, Baudelaire, Balzac, and Zola. Visits include Medieval Paris, the Musée Carnavalet, the Louvre, passages & cafés, and the Père Lachaise cemetery, as well as famous Parisian neighborhoods.
    • Syllabus*

*The Syllabus changes every year. The posted syllabus is merely indicative and subject to change.

Internship Areas

Please note these are examples of past internship placements only. While BU Study Abroad guarantees an internship to program participants, specific placements vary from semester to semester and may not always be available. Likewise, internship placements may be available in academic areas not listed. The level of proficiency in the target language is an important factor, which internship supervisors will take into account.

  • Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations
    • Serve in marketing and product development, press relations, events management, or public relations. Past internship placements have included Le Book, Set in Paris, Parisianist, Publicis, Brain for Beauty, MEEDEX, Quartier General, and Reputation Squad.
  • Arts & Arts Administration
    • Serve in museums, galleries, and related cultural institutions. Recent placements have included Galerie Maeght, Atelier Lytfa Kujawski, Galerie Richard, Galerie RX, and Théâtre in Paris.
  • Business & Economics
    • Serve in the marketing or research departments of French companies. Recent placements have included Mediatic, JPA International, Finance Innovation, and Q.S. Paris.
  • Film & Media
    • Experience small film and production companies. Recent placements have included Forecast Pictures, European Producers Club, and ECU Film Festival.
  • Health & Human Services
    • Observe and assist in hospital, therapy, or educational programs. Serve in health centers, social service departments, or community care centers. Recent placements have included Hôpital des Quinze-Vingt, Hôpital Franco-Brutannique, Centre Popincourt, and Centre Social Belleville.
  • Hospitality Administration
    • Serve in the hospitality industry in such fields as hotel or event management. Recent placements have included Buci, Hotel Baume, Parisianist, Comforts of Home, BNB Sitter.
  • Journalism
    • Serve in writing (usually in English), research, design, and production for magazines, newspapers, or publishing houses. Recent placements have included Naja Presse, Le Book, and European Society of Authors.
  • Politics & International Relations
    • Serve in NGOs or international institutions. Recent placements have included AERI (teaching and learning about the Resistance), Robin des Bois (environmental protection agency), Children of Prisoners Europe (parent-child relations), EGAM, Ambassade du Méxique, Jeunes Européens France, Promothée Humanitaire, and Orphelin Sida International.

The course number will depend on the area of specialization in which the student completes his or her internship. Placements are contingent upon students' past experiences, language abilities, professional interests, and available opportunities in any given semester, so flexibility is essential.

Syllabus

  • CAS AH 505  Internship in Art/Architecture Abroad
  • CAS EC 497  Internship in Business/Economics Abroad
  • CAS PO 401 /IR 451 Internship in Politics Abroad
  • CAS PO 403  Internship in Comparative Law Abroad
  • CAS PO 405 /IR 455 Internship in International Organizations Abroad
  • CAS PS 495  Internship in Human/Health Services
  • COM CM 471  Internship in Advertising or Public Relations
  • COM FT 493 /494 Internship in Film and Television
  • COM JO 411 Internship in Journalism
  • SHA HF 390  Internship in Hospitality Administration

Internship Components

Interns are evaluated throughout their placements by the faculty member monitoring the final internship paper and by the oral defense jury.

Local Homestay or University Dormitory
  • Individual bedrooms in local family home
  • Each room includes a bed, a desk, and some storage space
  • Linens are provided and washed regularly
  • Kitchen access is allowed with reserved space in cabinets and refrigerator, and full use of the appliances to prepare meals
  • Board not included; students eat 1 meal/week with family. No stipend.
  • Host families provide laundry and internet
  • Single rooms
  • Rooms include a shower and toilet
  • Shared kitchen
  • Board not included, no stipend
  • Students may eat at the student cafeteria
  • Laundry facilities at the residence hall

There are gyms at the university and in town. Students can study at the BU Paris Center. Many students study at home, as university libraries have more restricted hours than in the US.

  • Summer Term: Mid-May to mid-July
  • Summer Term: March 1