France: EUSA Internship

A GVSU Internship Program

  • France: EUSA Internship Photo
  • France: EUSA Internship Photo
  • France: EUSA Internship Photo

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Tell me about this program

Open to: All majors

Paris offers unparalleled opportunities if you are seeking a professional internship in a French-speaking workplace. Placements are available for undergraduates in almost any major who would like to work in one of Paris’s many businesses, galleries, museums, hospitals, publishing houses, NGOs, or other organizations.

The program begins with a three week intensive French language course that prepares you to work in a French-speaking environment. In the afternoons, you participate in excursions and other cultural activities that introduce you to the French culture and society.

Subsequently, you participate in a nine week internship, working 35 hours a week in a professional setting appropriate for you academic major and career goals. Because the program is designed to be a learning experience, the internships are unpaid.

Partnership Information

When can I go?

May 16 - July 28, 2018
(11.5 weeks total, 8 weeks of internship)

Where will I live?

Students live in a French home and are provided breakfast and dinner during weekdays. 

Who is eligible to participate?

This program is open to all full-time, degree seeking students with at least 30 completed credits. 2.5 GPA (undergraduates) or 3.0 GPA (graduates) required. 

Must have completed five semesters of college-level French, or have equivalent proficiency, and completed prerequisites as determined by the department.

How do I apply?

To apply for this program, log on to to begin your online application.

** 2018 Program application will open late summer 2017 **


What credits will I receive?

Students will register for a total of 6 - 9 credits. 

FRE 387: French Language EUSA (3 credits) 

Students register for FRE 387 prior to departure. The course may fulfill requirements toward a major in French. 

XX 490 Internship/FRE 388 Special Topics (3 - 6 credits) 

Students arrange to pursue coursework related to their internship under the supervision of a Grand Valley faculty member in their chosen field. A course designation is determined according to the disciplinary focus of the internship (e.g., ACC 490 Accounting Internship, etc.). Students seeking a practicum meeting professional licensing requirements should consult their advisor before applying to determine whether this program fulfills licensing requirements.

One course can be used towards one Issues requirement.

How much does the program cost?

$8,297 (paid to GVSU)

  • Internship placement and supporting services
  • Telephone placement meeting and pre-departure orientation
  • On-site orientation in Paris and placement interview
  • On-site program management and emergency support
  • 10 weeks of housing with family home stays in Paris
  • Cultural exploration activities program
  • Third-party liability insurance for each student
  • Airport pick-up for group designated flight
  • Transportation passes for 10 weeks
Other Expenses
  • GVSU tuition - 6 credits ($3,150)
  • Additional meals and personal expenses ($1,470)
  • Airfare (estimated at $1,200)
  • Passport/Photos ($140)
  • ISIC card - optional ($28)

TOTAL PROJECTED COST (Program Fee + Other Expenses) = $14,285

Financial Aid

All students considering study abroad should have their financial aid reevaluated regardless of whether they are currently receiving federal aid. See Career Services Internship scholarship. Early application for financial aid is strongly recommended.


Visit for more information on these and other grants/scholarships. 

EUSA Live, Intern, Learn Abroad Scholarship
Amount: Up to $2,000

Eligibility: Participate in an international internship. Based on financial need and academic excellence.
Amount: Up to $1,000
Application Deadline:
To apply, contact Elena Selezneva at

Eligibility: Participate in a GVSU internship program. Based on financial need only. Must have FAFSA on file.
Amount: Approx. $1,500
No application required.

For more information, contact the GVSU Career Services Office:

Who can tell me more?

Elena Selezneva

Padnos International Center
130 Lake Ontario Hall

Paris EUSA website

Learning Outcome

· Participants will adapt to new lifestyles and cultural norms through immersion in professional and living environments.

· Participants will increase and enhance independence and self-reliance through learning to successfully navigate a new environment outside of their usual comfort zone.

· Participants will engage in field experiences that provide comprehensive understanding of local businesses and institutions while gaining an understanding of the interdependence of our global society.

· Participants will develop critical, creative, and reflective thinking skills related to their field of interest and build a portfolio of practical and professional skills.

· Participants will learn to appreciate both the strengths and the challenges of working in a particular environment while cultivating awareness of diverse world views, accepting complexity, and embracing ambiguity. 

· Participants will improve French skills and immerse themselves in the local culture by living with a host family and engaging with locals at work and in the community on a daily basis.

All program information including courses, duration of program, dates, and other logistics are subject to change. Programs may be cancelled due to extenuating circumstances.