About the Location
Paris, recognized internationally as a leading center for business and culture, is a wonderful choice for those looking to spend a few months interning abroad. Known as the City of Lights, Paris offers a unique combination of romance, history, and a forward thinking and influential work culture where the work week is officially 35 hours. An internship in Paris, France is very unique as most placements require some French language skills and positions are competitive as overseas college students compete with French students for work experience. Internship placements are available in a wide range of fields but some of the most popular fall within the realms of fashion, business, marketing, and international politics.
Audrey Hepburn once said “Paris is always a good idea,” and we couldn’t agree more. Renowned for its elegance, romanticism, exquisite cuisine, and unparalleled beauty, Paris is a destination at the top of any enthusiastic world traveler’s list. Paris is broken up into 20 arrondissements – ‘neighborhoods’ each offering a different feel and reflection upon the vast history of France. In exploring the city, it is common to stumble upon little communities, markets, and squares where you least expect them and to find yourself suddenly standing in front of an internationally recognized and historically significant site.
With its extensive metro, bus, and bike systems, interns will find it easy to get around the city with a little practice. Commutes to work will vary from a ten-minute walk to a longer metro ride, with intern housing located throughout the city. High speed trains are available to connect outer suburbs to the center of the city and it is easy to take weekend trips out of the city by train – London being a 2 hour train ride, the south of France a 3 hour trip, and both Amsterdam and Frankfurt about a 4 hour ride.
Internships in Paris, France are a great way to experience the city up close and personal, taking the necessary time to appreciate all of its charm all the while building your resumé and gaining valuable French language skills.
Paris is the capital of France, and it is also the country’s major hub for business, journalism, government, nonprofits, and (of course) fashion. Below you can review a representative sampling of internships available in Paris, though placements are available in virtually every career field. There are many English friendly placements, though the more French you speak, the more opportunities will be open to you in The City of Light. See the Global Experiences Internships page
for details on internships available at this location.
Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
Global Engagement courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis, regardless of the host institution's policy.
General Program Dates
Summer 2017: May - July (8 Weeks)
Costs for study abroad vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon.
For cost information for this program, please see the budget sheet.
GEC Access Scholarships are designed to help provide access for all undergraduate students to participate in an Elon-approved Global Engagement (Study Abroad or Study USA) program. The application for a GEC Access Scholarship is a questionnaire embedded in the outgoing program application--there is no external application. Please see the GEC Access Scholarship brochure for information on eligibility, conditions, and notification.
For additional information on scholarships or other funding for global engagement, see the Financial Planning for Global Study page.
If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your global engagement program. Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.
Intermediate French required. Participants will take part in a brief language assessment by phone.
During your internship you will be staying in a homestay in Paris. This accommodation package includes breakfast each day. Living in a homestay environment gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in Parisian culture and practice your French language skills while also having the independence to enjoy your time abroad. Each participant is carefully matched to the right homestay taking into account preferences, interests, and special requests. Homestays may be in an apartment or a house, but all will be accessible by the Paris metro in residential areas throughout the city.
Students must complete the online MyElonGlobal application by the published deadline. See the Deadline and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information. Applications are generally accepted one semester in advance.
Initial approval is granted by Elon, and final acceptance is granted by Global Experiences.
Note: This program has limited capacity. Applications for a given term will no longer be accepted once capacity has been reached.
A successful semester and summer abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation. Students will participate in a series of mandatory orientations during the semester prior to studying abroad. These orientations will address issues of academic, cultural, logistical, financial, and personal preparation, as well as health and safety. Failure to participate in the required orientations will result in dismissal from the program. Any financial losses incurred by this dismissal, including program fees and international airfare, are the student's full responsibility.
View the pre-departure orientation schedule
for the summer and semester programs.
Additional Information and Links
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Contact Global Ambassadors to learn more from global engagement alumni. Global Ambassadors are GEC student representatives that have participated in one or more Study Abroad or Study USA programs and have been trained to help you prepare for your own global engagement. They are looking forward to hearing from you!
Embassy, Consulate, and Visa Resources
French Embassy in D.C.
U.S. Embassy in Paris
U.S. Consulate Marseille (closest)
Local Travel and Tourism
City of Montpellier
SNCF (French rail system)
Tam (Montpellier public transportation)