Internship Program

Paris is an international metropolis hosting literally tens-of-thousands of multinational corporations, international organizations, startup companies, and non-profits. AUP students are global explorers and should make the most of the professional development opportunities available in Paris’ international economy. 

The American University of Paris encourages students to complete at least one internship during their academic program. Internships enable students to explore their interests, develop their network, and gain the professional experience they need for life after graduation. 

That said, internship law and policies in France are complex. It is imperative that each student inform themselves regarding this information. Here are three ways to do so: 

  1. Meet with us! You can attend an internship info session or a one-on-one meeting. While the policy and laws are clear, their application is unique to each student’s individual circumstances. Personalized advice is our specialty. 
  2. Watch the Internship Prep Tutorials. There are 8 modules total (about 2 hours to watch and submit associated web forms), and you will learn the fundamentals. You will do this on your own time, when and where you want, and also fulfill a GPS requirement. 
  3. Read the AUP Internship Policy Handbook. This handbook outlines the entire AUP internship policy. 

A French law stipulates that internships are reserved for currently enrolled degree-seeking students. Once a student has been coded a graduate he/she cannot carry out an internship. Deferring graduation by extending your student status enables students to complete a final zero-credit internship before leaving AUP. Read more about this here

 

Internships and Visas 

Students are responsible for ensuring that their visa status is current and appropriate based on where and when the student plans to intern. Every country is different – do not make any assumptions. The best place to begin searching for information is on the website of the local Paris-based embassy of the country where you are interested in interning. The below companies provide assistance with internship visas in certain countries, and can be hired directly by the student: 

Visas to intern in France are offered by AUP’s Student Immigration Services Office (SIS). SIS guides students through the visa process, and students with a valid long-term student visa have the right to intern in France. If you have requested a student status extension to intern after completion of your degree requirements, your visa can only be renewed once you have found an internship and furnish a French convention de stage for a company in France. 

For other general information about internships, see internship terms and FAQs.