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Berkeley Global Internships

Global Internships: Paris, France - SUSPENDED

  • Summary


    Gain first-hand knowledge, connections, and international work experience through an academic internship in Paris, France. On this program, you will:

    Undertake a professional internship in the field of your choice
    Earn academic credit for your internship via a ten-week online course
    Learn about French culture and history through an on-site course taught by a Berkeley instructor
    Live with other program participants in student housing in central Paris with a view of the Eiffel Tower!

    "I think that studying abroad in a program like Global Internships, where everyone is working in different industries or with different organizations but still bound together through classes and living together, is very rewarding... meeting the people in my program definitely complimented my experience because I felt like I had a better understanding of different sectors of French culture."

    —Paris Participant

    About Paris:

    Stroll along the banks of the Seine, browse the city-sized art galleries of the Louvre, or spend the afternoon studying at a Parisian cafe. Paris is the heart of both cultural creation and economic activity in France.

    Home to finance, government, education and health industries, the region accounts for 30 percent of France's GDP. It’s also considered the fashion and culture capital of the world. Three of the world’s most visited museums, including the Louvre, are located in Paris.

    From the arts to politics, internships in Paris are as varied as its industries. Berkeley Global Internships participants have access to internships in sectors such as media, the arts, business, health and human services, politics, and NGOs. Discover why some of history’s greatest artists, writers and scholars have been attracted to the City of Lights!



    • Paris: May 27 - July 18, 2020

    • Online Course: June 8 - August 14, 2020

    Dates are subject to change

    Units: 6 units

    Language of Instruction: English and French

    Two Required Courses:

    • FRENCH 197: Supervised Independent Studies (3 units)

    AND your choice of:

    • UGBA W155: Leadership: Purpose, Authority, and Empowerment (3 units)

    •UGIS W157: Experiential Learning: Organizational Context, Self-Reflection, and Professional Development (3 units)

    • UGIS W158: Global Citizenship (3 units)


    • Students will live in a dormitory-style building in the Latin Quarter Paris, across from the famous Luxembourg Gardens, with other program students. 
    • Breakfast is provided seven days per week.
    • Students will share double rooms with other program participants. Please note that at this residence, due to in-country policies, students will be paired with roommates based on the gender listed on their passports. If you have clarifying questions, please feel free to reach out to the program staff.


    • Currently enrolled in a degree program or have graduated within the last 12 months
    • At least one year of college coursework completed by the start of the program
    • 2.0 GPA or higher
    • At least 18 years old at the time of application
    • Five semesters of college-level French or equivalent proficiency by the start of the program

    If you have not completed the required language coursework, you must submit a Language Evaluation Form within 14 calendar days from the date your online application is submitted or by February 24, 2020, whichever comes first. See Instructions for Language Evaluation.


    • Application opens January 15, 2020
    • Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
    • Deadline to apply is February 17, 2020


  • Courses

    In addition to your internship, you will take an on-site local culture course and an online internship course for a total of 6 Berkeley units. The on-site local culture course will be set, but you will have the option of choosing one of two online courses.

    On-site Course

    Course: French 197
    Title: Supervised Independent Studies
    Dates: May 27 – July 18, 2020
    Instructor: Daniel Hoffman, Ph.D
    Units: 3 units
    Prerequisites: Five semesters of college-level French or equivalent proficiency

    FRENCH 197 gives you the opportunity to carry out in-depth research on a topic of your choosing, under the supervision of the instructor. Almost any topic is acceptable provided it relates to your interests and lends itself to being researched in Paris (not only books and online). Participants meet one-on-one with the instructor at regular intervals throughout the program. At these meetings, you will provide a detailed update on the progress of your research. Participants also meet regularly as a group for social and cultural events.

    This course may satisfy a course requirement in the French major or minor—contact the Department of French for more information. Please note that academic requirements may change. Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements this course may fulfill.


    Your choice of one of these two online courses:

    Online Course

    Option 1
    Course: Undergraduate & Interdisciplinary Studies W157
    Title: Experiential Learning: Organizational Context, Self-Reflection, and Professional Development
    Dates: June 8 - August 14, 2020
    Instructor: Joel Clark, Ph.D.
    Units: 3 units
    Prerequisites: None

    This is an online course that facilitates students' learning and self-reflection about various types of organizational contexts, structures, and cultures as well as the development of practical strategies to promote successful internship experiences. A series of audio-visual lectures, practical exercises, writing assignments, projects, and online group discussions will guide students through all stages of their internship experience. The course will also present a range of theories, methods, and real-world example for examining management and organizational theory and practice.

    Option 2:
    Course: Undergraduate & Interdisciplinary Studies W158
    Title: Global Citizenship
    Dates: June 8 - August 14, 2020
    Instructor: Jeroen Dewulf, Ph.D.
    Units: 3 units
    Prerequisites: None
    With this course, you will be able to add a new dimension to your internship experience: a reflection on global citizenship. You will be challenged to use your internship experience as an opportunity to critically explore cultural differences, modes of conduct and values. A series of audio-visual lectures, practical exercises, writing assignments, projects, and online group discussions will stimulate you to leave the comfort zone of what you are familiar with and to explore alternative views on right and wrong, good and bad and the beautiful and the ugly. The course will also encourage you to interact with locals and to engage with the city/region/country where you live during your internship. It is our hope that this course will help to increase your consciousness about the challenges of being a global citizen.

    Option 3:
    Course: Undergraduate Business Administration W155 
    Title: Leadership: Purpose, Authority, and Empowerment 
    Dates: June 8 – August 14, 2020 
    Instructor: TBD 
    Units: 3 units 
    Prerequisites: None

    In this course, students will explore the concept of leadership, how it differs from authority, and how it feels when an authority figure fails to lead as expected. People are tremendously dependent on authority; expectations and assumptions about authority can impact how an authority figure has to lead. The purpose of this course is for the students to develop an understanding of the theory and practice of leadership in various organizational settings. It is designed to allow students the opportunity to develop leadership skills through experiential exercises, behavioral and self-assessments, case studies, class discussions, and lectures.


    Global Internships staff will enroll you in courses after your acceptance to the program. Please make sure there are no active blocks on your student account that may impact your course enrollment.



    Daniel Hoffman, Ph.D.
    French 197: Supervised Independent Studies

    Daniel Hoffman is a Lecturer of French at the University of California, Berkeley, where he teaches courses on language, literature, and culture. His writing bridges poetry and poetic criticism, and his current project is a lyric monograph on the work of Stéphane Mallarmé. He received his Ph.D. in French Literature from UC Berkeley.

    Joel Clark, Ph.D.
    UGIS W157: Experiential Learning: Organizational Context, Self-Reflection, and Professional Development

    Dr. Joel Clark is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara where he earned his Ph.D. in Political Science. He has authored two books involving careers and professional development: Intern to Success (Houghton Mifflin, 2002) and Careers in Political Science (Longman, 2003). His grant work includes the development of web-based learning resources for Arlington (VA) County Schools, and the production of a 12-part video series, Democracy in America. Prior to his current appointment with UC Berkeley, Dr. Clark helped create and direct the University of North Carolina in Washington Program from 2004-2008. Before that, he directed the Michigan State University Washington Program from 2001 to 2004. He has taught at American University and George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Dr. Clark is currently at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a Career/Internship Instructor for the Social Sciences.

    Jeroen Dewulf, Ph.D.
    UGIS W158: Global Citizenship

    Dr. Jeroen Dewulf is an Associate Professor in the Department of German at the University of California, Berkeley where he teaches courses in German Studies and Dutch Studies. He is also Queen Beatrix chair as well as Director of the Institute of European Studies and Director of Dutch Studies.

    Born in Ostend, Belgium, Dr. Dewulf graduated in Dutch and German Philology at the University of Ghent. He holds a Master's degree from the University of Porto and a Ph.D. from the University of Bern. His areas of specialization are European Studies, particularly related to (multi)cultural identity in Belgium and the Netherlands, and Post-Colonial Studies, in particular, Dutch colonial history and literature.

  • Internship

    The Global Internships team works one-on-one with you to find an internship that matches your career goals, interests, and experience level. Internships in Paris are available in a wide variety of fields and internship placement is guaranteed.

    Examples of past internships:

    • Conduct research for the creation of a crowdfunding campaign
    • Assist with sales, merchandising, and marketing research for a clothing brand company
    • Research the trade, poaching, and smuggling of endangered species
    • Organize company events and research funding opportunities for organization partners
    • Write letters to key players in a diplomatic campaign, update website content, and conduct research on country profile

    Opportunities can vary year-to-year by such factors as market trends, time of year, and the economy. Common industry sectors for internships include, but are not limited to:

    Advertising & Media
    Digital Marketing
    Event Planning
    Public Relations

    Art & Culture
    Art Galleries
    Auction Houses
    Dance/Theater Companies
    Interior Design Firms


    Fashion & Cosmetics Companies
    Financial Services
    IT & Telecommunications
    Travel & Tourism

    Health and Human Services
    Community Centers
    Drug Awareness
    Educational Policy
    Primary Schools
    Social Services
    Women's Shelters

    Politics, Law & NGOs
    Advocacy Groups
    Labor Unions
    Lobbying Groups
    Non-governmental Organizations
    Non-profit Organizations
    Think Tanks


    Some challenging internship fields to place in Paris are:

    Advertising – alternate placements in communications or marketing
    Auction Houses/Museums – alternate placement in art galleries
    Banking/Finance/Consulting – alternate placement in accounting firms
    Education – alternate placement with day camps, associations, or cultural centers working with children
    Film/TV/Radio/Theater – alternate placement in small production firms or with a communication or PR organization
    Journalism – alternate placement in small newspapers, magazines, or online media
    Law – alternate placement in small firms
    Music – alternate placement in music promotion or culture in France in general
    Political Parties – alternate placement in political organizations or research centers • Psychology – alternate placement at NGOs, help lines, and social centers
    Public Service (Local and National Government) – alternate placement in nonprofit organizations
    Psychology – alternate placement charity/NGO centres


  • Costs

    Tuition and Program Fee

    The fees to participate in this program are broken down into 1) tuition and 2) program fees, which are applied to your student billing account as follows:

    2020 Fees UC Students Visiting Students
    Tuition (6 units) $2,514 $3,300
    Program Fee $3,694 $3,694
    Total Cost $6,208 $6,994

    Fees are subject to change. All non-Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $60.

    Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses

    In addition to the fees outlined above, Berkeley Study Abroad has estimated amounts for out-of-pocket expenses. These amounts are used to calculate financial aid packages for eligible students. Actual expenses will vary depending on your lifestyle and spending habits.

    2020 Estimated Expenses Amount
    International Airfare and Transportation $1,606
    Additional Meals $994
    Books $210
    Personal Expenses (i.e. phone, passport, visas, etc.) $2,090
    Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses $4,900

    It is your responsibility to obtain any necessary travel documentation for your program destination (i.e. passport, visa, etc). This may require you to pay fees of up to a few hundred dollars depending on the type of paperwork required.

    Financial Aid

    Financial aid is available for UC Berkeley students who are enrolled in at least 6 units during the summer. All other students should contact the financial aid office at their home institution for more information.

    Explanation of Fees

    Tuition is based on a per unit cost: 

    • The UC undergraduate student rate is $419 per unit
    • The visiting student rate for all non-UC participants is $550 per unit

    The program fee includes the following items:

    • Student housing in dorm-style double rooms with access to kitchen facilities and a shared bathroom
    • Excursions, including entry fees to local museums, historic sites, etc.
    • On-site orientation activities, including an introduction to the city of Paris, French work culture, etc.
    • Travel insurance, including accident/sickness medical coverage, emergency medical evacuation, security extraction, and other travel assistance services
    • Other program-related costs, including fees for placement services
    • The initial non-refundable deposit of $400, which is due at the time of application, is applied to the program fee

    Please note that the list of items included in the program fee is not all-inclusive and is subject to change.

    The following items are excluded from the program fee:

    • International airfare 
    • Personal expenses (souvenirs, routine medical expenses, toiletries, etc.)
    • Meals (access to kitchen facilities will be provided)
    • Course materials (textbooks and readers)
    • Other travel expenses (passport, visa, etc.)
    • Additional meals
    • Commuting costs for the daily travel to and from your internship

  • Timeline
    Application opens January 15, 2020
    Application closes February 17, 2020
    Applicants notified of selection By March 20, 2020
    Attend internship pre-placement orientation* March  2020
    Participate in individual placement meeting with a member of the Paris Global Internships team* March  2020
    Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus deposit April 3, 2020
    Attend professional development workshops and pre-departure orientation* April-May 2020
    Receive a provisional internship placement April-May, 2020
    Interview with your direct internship supervisor via Skype/phone or during your first week in Paris April-May, 2020
    Arrive in Paris May 27, 2020
    Attend on-site orientation activities First week of program
    Online course begins June 8, 2020
    Last day of program July 18, 2020
    Online course ends August 14, 2020

    * These events take place on the Berkeley campus. If you are not on campus during this time, we will schedule a meeting via phone or Skype.

    † All dates are subject to change.