Paris is a large metropolitan city renowned for its culture, fashion and international business. This program offers unpaid summer internships for students who want to live and work in bustling city that is Paris. There are placements in a wide variety of areas (recent sites have included internships in Arts Administration, Business Cooking & Catering, Immigration & Social Inclusion, IT, Language Instruction, Marketing, Media & Communications, Museums & Galleries, Theater, and Tourism). This internship-focused program that allows students to earn 3 - 6 credits. During the application process, you will define your academic and professional ambitions for the internship. IES Abroad will then arrange a placement that best reflects your goals, work experience, knowledge, and your host site's needs.
For more information about this program, please visit the IES Abroad website
Important: Not all Penn State departments treat the academic accreditation of internships in the same way. Before applying for this program, you must consult with your academic adviser to ensure the internship courses will count toward your degree. Because each internship is unique, the appropriate course accreditation will be reviewed following the end of the internship program. The appropriate department will review your academic project and will assign a Penn State course number that closely matches the material learned in the internship.
Students will be responsible for completing the course equivalency process to obtain a Penn State course number for the internship and language courses taken on the program (if applicable). To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page of this site, located in the academics section. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
Concerning the number of credits earned on the program, students may choose the amount of internship credits earned based on their academic needs and the requirements of their major or college. The internship can be worth three or six credits. For a additional fee, students may also enroll in a 3-credit French Language course.
Students must meet the minimum GPA requirement (2.5). Students must have completed at least two years of university studies before participating in the program. Applicants will need to submit a resume and cover letter directly to IES Abroad as a part of the application process.
IES Abroad will provide some instructions to assist students in preparing their materials. Penn State students can utilize the Penn State Undergraduate Writing Center, university Career Services, or professional career services in their academic college for resources and guidance in résumé and cover letter writing.
Students live in homestays arranged by IES Abroad. The host family will provide daily breakfast and three evening meals per week.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Summer budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully. Since students can enroll in varying amounts of credits on this program, the summer tuition rates vary according to the number of credits taken.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
IES Public School Grant
As a Penn State student you will automatically be awarded a $2,000 Public School Grant. IES has created this award to make their programs affordable to you. This award has already been calculated into the Budget Sheet.
To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
- Education Abroad Questionnaire
- 1 academic recommendation
- Signature Documents
- IES Abroad program application (instructions included your Penn State education abroad application)
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