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Berkeley Global Internships

Global Internships: Paris, France

  • Summary

    **Join one of our Global Internships Program information sessions.**

    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: June 1 - July 23, 2022

    • Online Course: June 7 - August 12, 2022

    Dates are subject to change

    This program is being planned to be in-person for 2022. Berkeley Study Abroad is actively monitoring COVID-19 on the ground for all in-country programs. 

    Units: 6 units

    Language of Instruction: English and French

    Two Required Courses:

    • FRENCH 197: Supervised Independent Studies (3 units)

    AND your choice of:

    •UGBA C155: Leadership - Purpose, Authority, and Empowerment (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 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 March 1, 2022, whichever comes first. See Instructions for Language Evaluation.


    • Application opens February 1, 2022

    • Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis

    • Deadline to apply is March 1, 2022


  • 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: June 1 – July 23, 2022

    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.


    Online Course

    Your choice of one of these two online courses:


    Option 1:

    Course: Undergraduate Business C155

    Title: Leadership - Purpose, Authority, and Empowerment

    Dates: June 6 - August 12, 2022

    Instructor: Dan Mulhern Ph.D.

    Units: 3 units

    Prerequisites: Five semesters of college-level French or equivalent proficiency

    The purpose of this course is for the students to develop 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.


    Option 2:

    Course: Undergraduate & Interdisciplinary Studies W158

    Title: Global Citizenship

    Dates: June 6 - August 12, 2022

    Instructor: Jeroen Dewulf, Ph.D.

    Units: 3 units

    Prerequisites: Five semesters of college-level French or equivalent proficiency

    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.

    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.


    Dan Mulhern, J.D.

    UGBA C155: Leadership: Purpose, Authority, and Empowerment


    Dan Mulhern is a nationally recognized expert in the fields of leadership and organizational culture. Mulhern has worked with a wide range of organizations, from start-ups to Fortune 500, from government to non-profits. He has coached and presented at well-known companies like Ford, Google, and Facebook, but also delights in a strong practice with large nonprofits like Goodwill of Greater Detroit, Americorps, and the Chicago Legal Aid Foundation.


    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. Limited English-language placements are available; most placements will require French-language skills.


    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

  • 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:

    2022 Fees

    UC Students

    Visiting Students

    Tuition (6 units)



    Program Fee



    Total Cost



    Fees are subject to change. All non-Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $63.

    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.

    2022 Estimated Expenses


    International Airfare and Transportation


    Additional Meals




    Personal Expenses (i.e. phone, passport, visas, etc.)


    Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses


    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.

    Financial aid estimates for 2022 Berkeley Global Internships programs are now available in the Summer Financial Aid Estimator in your Cal Central account. Please FIRST obtain your estimate in the Summer Aid Estimator, then write to if you have any questions about the estimate you receive. Your estimate will include a Berkeley Study Abroad Scholarship if you qualify for one based on financial need.

    How to locate the Estimator:

    1) Log into Cal Central

    2) Navigate to the My Finances Tab, and find the "Financial Resources" card

    3) Scroll to the bottom of the Financial Resources card and click on Summer Sessions

    4) From the Summer Sessions menu, click on Summer Cost and Aid Estimator

    Make sure to adjust the number of units in the estimator if your program offers a choice of course selection. If your program only offers one combination or one course for 6 total units units, you do not need to update the units in the estimator.​

    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 $570 per unit


    The program fee includes the following items:

    • Student housing in apartments, 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

    • COVID-19 testing fees for travel-related purposes


  • Timeline

    Application opens

    February 1, 2022

    Application closes

    March 1, 2022

    Applicants notified of selection

    By March 15, 2022

    Attend internship pre-placement orientation

    March 2022

    Participate in individual placement meeting with a member of the Paris Global Internships team

    March 2022

    Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus deposit

    March 28, 2022

    Attend professional development workshops and pre-departure orientation

    April-May 2022

    Receive a provisional internship placement

    April-May, 2022

    Interview with your direct internship supervisor via Skype/phone or during your first week in Paris

    April-May, 2022

    Arrive in Paris

    June 1, 2022

    Attend on-site orientation activities

    First week of program

    Online course begins

    June 6, 2022

    Last day of program

    July 23, 2022

    Online course ends

    August 12, 2022


    All dates are subject to change.

  • COVID-19 Details

    Summary of Recommendations to Student Travelers to France:

    Berkeley Study Abroad is actively monitoring COVID-19 on the ground for all in-country programs. All programs that are running have gone through a screening for COVID-19 safety. That said, the global pandemic is an ever-evolving situation, and programs may need to be postponed (and in some cases, cancelled) in the event of an increased risk of COVID-19. To prepare for this, Berkeley Study Abroad recommends the following:

    • Vaccinations are strongly encouraged and recommended to participate in Berkeley Study Abroad programs. If students have a vaccination exemption, we cannot guarantee that they will be able to travel, re-enter the U.S. upon return, live in program housing, take public transportation, or participate in program activities. You may also be subject to a mandatory quarantine period upon arrival, which would be your financial responsibility. If you are a student with a vaccination exemption and wish to study abroad, we highly recommend you reach out for an advising appointment to discuss if there would be a program that would meet your needs.
    • Purchase refundable or changeable airline tickets in case the on-the-ground situation changes
    • Research entry and exit requirements and restrictions for all countries you plan on traveling to (including paying attention to any travel prior to your arrival in-country for your program)
    • Budget for entry and exit related expenses related to COVID-19 that are not covered by UC travel insurance policy. Details about the student travel insurance policy, and to find out what is covered, click here.
    • Regarding vaccination status: All students must comply with the UC Berkeley UHS and UC policy on reporting requirements, proof of vaccination, or exemption. For students with vaccination exemptions, please research entry requirements for the program location. It is each student’s responsibility to plan and budget for necessary quarantines/additional testing, etc.
    • Please take the time to familiarize yourself with any and all COVID-19 safety protocols in-country, and take extra precautions to keep yourself and others safe. Especially in these times, it is important to consider how our actions can have an impact on local communities while we travel in study abroad programs.


    Additional Links and Resources for travel to France:


    Traveling Responsibly:

    On July 15th 2021, the University of California Office of the President announced a system-wide vaccine mandate that will require all students, staff, and faculty be immunized against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Summer 2022 program participants must comply with this mandate prior to their program start date. It is imperative to plan ahead as several COVID-19 vaccines require a 6-week period to achieve effectiveness. All students must comply with the UC Berkeley policy on reporting requirements, proof of vaccination, or exemption.

    Please also take note of the COVID-19 related travel entry requirements for the country in which your program is taking place. These entry requirements may vary depending on which national passport you are traveling with. Note that some locations require proof of vaccination for entry, and that any costs associated with quarantining for non-medical related reasons will be the responsibility of the student. Please also pay close consideration to the route you are planning to take to enter the country, as some locations may have additional travel restrictions from places outside the US.

    Lastly, while traveling to and living in your program country, we urge you to consider not only your own safety, but also the safety of others. As students representing the UC Berkeley community, especially in these times, it is important to consider how our actions can have an impact on local communities while we travel in Study Abroad programs. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with any and all COVID-19 safety protocols in-country, and take extra precautions to keep yourself and others safe.