Paris Internship Program (Summer)
The Paris Internship Program offers students the opportunity to spend eight weeks living, studying, and interning in Paris. Students are introduced to the city’s rich and vibrant culture in coursework that focuses on Paris through a study of language, literature, cinema, and theater. Field trips to cultural sites within the city and beyond complement the coursework.
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.
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: La France à Paris : Paris in literature (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.
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 and 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.
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.
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
Interns are evaluated throughout their placements by the faculty member monitoring the final internship paper and by the oral defense jury.
Program Faculty & Staff
The Boston University Paris programs are administered by staff in both our Boston and Paris offices. In Boston, a program manager facilitates the admissions and pre-departure procedures and maintains contact with students prior to their arrival in Paris. The Boston office also houses administrative personnel who are responsible for everyday operations. In Paris the staff comprises a resident director and administrative, academic, and housing personnel.
Faculty & Staff Profiles
- Renée Pontbriand, MA, Director
- Jon Hutchinson, Internship Director, EUSA
- Isabelle Briere, Program Manager