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Berkeley Global Internships

Global Internships: Paris, France - CANCELLED

  • 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 apartment-style accommodations in Paris

    "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!

    Program Details


    • Paris: May 29 - July 20, 2024
    • Online Course: June 3 - August 9, 2024

    Dates are subject to change.

    Units: 6 units

    Language of Instruction: English and French

    Two Required Courses:

    • FRENCH 197: Supervised Independent Studies (3 units)
    • UGIS W158: Global Citizenship (3 units)


    • Students will live in apartment-style accommodation in Paris.
    • 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
    • Not on academic probation or under censure for student misconduct at any point from application review to the end of your program
    • 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 January 16, 2024, whichever comes first. See Instructions for Language Evaluation.


    • Application opens December 1, 2023
    • Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
    • Deadline to apply is January 16, 2024
  • Courses


    In addition to your internship, you will take an on-site local history course and an online internship course for a total of 6 Berkeley units. 

    On-site Course

    Course: French 197
    Title: Supervised Independent Studies
    Dates: May 29 – July 20, 2024
    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

    Course: Undergraduate & Interdisciplinary Studies W158
    Title: Global Citizenship
    Dates: June 3 - August 9, 2024
    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.

    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:

    • Architecture**
    • Arts
    • Business
    • Communication
    • Education*
    • Environment
    • Film/Media*
    • Financial Services*
    • Graphic Design**
    • Health Science
    • Hospitality & Tourist
    • International Relations
    • IT/CS**
    • Journalism**
    • Law**
    • Marketing
    • NGO/NFP sector*
    • Psychology**
    • Public Relations*
    • Start-ups
    • Theatre**

    *indicates limited placements but possible

    **indicates prior experience required

  • 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:

    2024 Fees

    UC Students

    Visiting Students

    Tuition (6 units)$2,514$3,570
    Program Fee$4,885$4,885
    Total Cost$7,399$8,455

    Fees are subject to change. All non-Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $68.

    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.

    2024 Estimated Expenses


    International Airfare and Transportation$2,202
    Additional Meals$3,760
    Personal Expenses (i.e. phone, passport, visas, etc.)$2,900
    Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses$9,180

    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 2024 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 $595 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 will be charged on February 1, 2024, 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 opensDecember 1, 2023
    Application closesJanuary 16, 2024
    Applicants notified of selectionBy February 15, 2024
    Attend internship pre-placement orientationMarch 2024
    Participate in individual placement meeting with a member of the Paris Global Internships teamMarch 2024
    Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus $300 depositMarch 15, 2024
    Attend professional development workshops and pre-departure orientationApril-May 2024
    Receive a provisional internship placementApril-May 2024
    Interview with your direct internship supervisor via Zoom/phone or during your first week in ParisApril-May 2024
    Arrive in ParisMay 29, 2024
    Attend on-site orientation activitiesFirst week of program
    Online course beginsJune 3, 2024
    Last day of programJuly 20, 2023
    Online course endsAugust 9, 2024

    *All dates are subject to change.