French Internships

In France and in the USA

Saint Mary’s College of California

Department of World Languages and Cultures


(developed with the support of the Educational Effectiveness Fund by Helga Lénárt-Cheng in 2011)

The programs listed here are administered by organizations with no affiliation to Saint Mary’s College of California. They have not been reviewed by our staff. It is your individual responsibility to investigate programs thoroughly before committing.




shows dozens of organizations throughout France that offer internships
Pre-arranged internships in Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe, & Latin America are customized for you to strengthen your professional, academic, and personal portfolio.
European Internships specializes in reliable and challenging international placements that make a real difference in local/international companies around the world.
Absolute Internship, Paris: Internships in Paris are available in local and multinational companies and can last for 6 - 12 months. Summer internship programs are also available. French language classes can be arranged for an extra service charge. Interns will have the opportunity to work in a wide variety of fields including business, information technology, journalism, sales & marketing, hospitality among others.
In order to prepare you for the Internship we offer language courses in the local language. Because it is important for us to provide a high quality of language course we only work together with specially chosen language schools. This way you can rest assured that you will be taught by professional teachers that will prepare you fully for the coming Internship. During your Internship with us you will have the chance to meet people from all around the world and improve not only your professional but your personal skills. Programs in France: Bordeaux, Cannes, Montpellier, Nice, Paris.


The Teaching Assistant Program in France offers you the opportunity to work in France for 7 to 9 months, teaching English to French students of all ages. Each year, nearly 1,500 American citizens and permanent residents teach in public schools across all regions of metropolitan France and in the overseas  departments of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Réunion. Many of our alumni have participated in this program and we encourage all our seniors to apply in December.
This program provides a unique and affordable way to gain work experience while finding out first hand what it’s really like to live in France. Work in France is authorized by the French government and enables US university students to participate in French life through taking employment for up to three months during the summer. The French sponsor organization for the Work in France program is Aquarius. Based in Paris, they are on-hand to provide help and support for the duration of your stay.
Sales and Marketing Internship. Work in France and experience a career-boosting opportunity that provides you with an intense cultural exchange between yourself and your chosen company. This 'exchange' is not one-sided, it is a mutually beneficial relationship - your abilities and experiences will be just as valuable to the company, as the French internship is to you.
International TEFL Academy is founded on the principles that everyone should have the opportunity to live abroad as an English teacher. We believe that all teachers should have the highest quality training in TEFL/TESOL, and be provided the skills to live, work and travel abroad. We believe English language students have a right to the highest quality English instruction from qualified and certified TEFL/TESOL instructors.
This is a 3-month course aimed at those who intend to study and/or work in the Hotel and Tourism industry in France or other French-speaking country. It is especially aimed at those who are about to start a course of study leading to a Bachelor's or Master's degree in Hotel and Tourism Management but is equally suitable for those who want to gain some valuable and relevant language skills before looking for hotel work.
This program offers countless ways to immerse yourself in the Parisian lifestyle and culture by providing language training along with a customized internship designed to best fit your personal and professional goals. Whether you're looking to explore an internship in business, fashion, hospitality or any number of fields, Global Experiences in Paris has something for everyone.
Intrax - Finance, Marketing, HR Internship and Microsoft France. Intrax offers three internships with Microsoft France in Product Marketing, Human Resources, and Finance. Marketing interns may focus on marketing analysis, product launch work, and social media. HR projects may range from work on recruiting campaigns to research of existing HR campaigns. Finance interns will work on business analysis and forecasting. May include work on the annual MGX conference.
Our Study-Internship program in Paris, France is an excellent opportunity for both students and recent graduates to combine academic credit and international work experience at some of Paris' most predominant organizations. The program starts with an interactive five-week thorough training to prepare students for success in the French work place. Once students complete the training program, they start working with a team of French professionals in their area of interest where they will be conducting field research for their final project. This program is for serious students with a strong command of the French language.
Internship in Marketing and Communication. Qualifications. 3rd year University students in management, marketing or communication. Multicultural / international experience indispensable. Excellent knowledge of Microsoft. Experienced social network user (facebook; twitter,.) Intern Types:

     Marketing, Ad, PR
CAEP is proud to be the largest agricultural exchange program in the USA. The CAEP Outbound Program for Americans is an opportunity for one to gain valuable training, learn more about different cultures, strengthen communication skills, and improve one's employment opportunities in his/her home country. As a CAEP trainee, you will have the opportunity to learn about the different cultures and the farming or business techniques used in different countries.
We offer a work placement programme for a minimum of 6 months in a thriving, international translation company based at Bastille, Paris. Please note that this is not a translation position.
Improve your knowledge of the French language and gain invaluable work experience abroad! Blue Marguerite is a France-based craft and DIY project indexing site that's looking for interns to help with the launch of an English version of the website. Responsibilities include translation, volunteer translation management, and development of editorial partnerships, journalism, and team building. We want to help you develop your strengths and find the niche you'll enjoy the most for the duration of your internship.
The academic program at IPAG is designed for students with a background or interest in business. The 16-week semester offers classes in French language and culture, intercultural management, management development, and European economic environment. Additional business courses are also available. Students should have a 3.0 GPA, and the program is open to students from all undergraduate levels. For students who plan to stay for more than one semester, there are extensive internship possibilities.
The Eurolingua French Hotel Programme enables students attending recognised institutions in their own country to come to France, boost their French language skills to a level acceptable by Hotel Directors, and then participate in a French hotel work experience/internship (stage en hôtellerie) in accordance with French law and regulations.

Please note that, under French regulations, in order to qualify for an Hotel Internship (stage en hôtellerie), all candidates must be connected in some way with the hospitality sector, and must, of course, be able to speak reasonable French by the time they start the hotel internship. We prepare suitable candidates to attain the appropriate level of French as used in the hotel industry.
Web Marketing internship in France. As part of our international development, we are looking for motivated personnel whose main task will be to increase the reputation of the company at an international level, especially in the UK and the US. Within an international team, the internship will center on marketing strategies and web marketing techniques.
This teaching assistant program allows American students to spend a semester or a year teaching English in France. Created in 1945, and a national state organisation since 1987, CIEP is known in France and internationally for its skills in assessment, training and evaluation, and for its ideas in the field of international cooperation in education.
A summer program ran by the French Ministry of Education to help French students improve their spoken French. The program seeks native speakers of English.
A professional internship in France is a fantastic way to improve your French language skills and advance your future career. At the same time you will meet new people from all over the world and get to know the French customs and culture. This program offers you a custom designed internship in the field of your choice for one to six months.
English Language Assistant in the south of France. This volunteer program is a great opportunity to experience French lifestyle and improve your linguistic skills at a low cost. You live with a host family and in exchange for your own room and meals, you share your language with the host family for around 15 hours per week.
Get an invaluable experience of working abroad and improve your resume with a hotel internship in France for 6 months or longer. Highlights- Hotel training provided in department of interest. Hotel will provide room and board also. Flight paid for (only for US citizens) Qualifications:  You should have hotel studies or previous experience (at least two years) or associated studies which can be useful in a hotel.  Ages 18 to 30 years old.  Need to have spoken level of French and English. Intern Types:  Business Admin, Management, Cooking, Hotel/Restaurant/Hospitality, Resort Employment, Ski Resort Employment, Tourism
Location - France: Bordeaux, Lyon, Montpellier and 3 other cities
Term - Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter, Throughout the year
Dates - all-year. The Internship Program consists of 2 phases: 1st: Minimum 4 weeks of Standard French language (in Montpellier, Nice or Paris). 2nd: The internship placement, lasting 2 months (in Montpellier or Paris). The Internship Period: Professional practice internships are offered in private sector companies, governmental organizations, NGO's, schools, colleges, and universities. The work period will be of 2 months.
Stein Study Abroad with internship experience.  This school offers you the opportunity to enrich your CV through an internship in Montpellier. Work experience is organized directly through the school after the completion of your language course, the minimum duration being 4 weeks.

The School is able to facilitate the process due to their advantage of many years of experience, specifically collaborating with the “Leonardo Project”. A minimum level of French is not required. French language courses will be provided before your work experience. Work experience: from 4 weeks to 12 weeks, Working fields: Hotel and Catering, Tourism, Marketing, Finance, Office administration, Education, Restaurant, Bakeries and cake shops.
Nationwide Work Experience Programe: This programme offers the chance to gain valuable work experience while immersing yourself in the French language and culture. It is perfect for graduates who wish to gain experience in another  country while improving their French skills. This programme differs from our other programmes in that it offers a wide range of locations throughout France and that it focuses entirely on the work experience and doesn't offer classes.

Offers fellowships, travel grants, and internships. Based in Dakar, Senegal.
A non-profit which matches a U.S. woman with a woman overseas. "always needs general office volunteers for our Washington, DC headquarter office." Research Internships research and write reports on the political, economic, demographic and gender issues of specific countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bosnia, Columbia, Iran, Kosova, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone. Based in Washington, D.C. For undergraduate and graduate students. "Foreign students are eligible, but they must hold a valid F-1 or J-1 visa and appropriate work authorization." The Center, "a nonpartisan institution, supported by public and private funds, engaged in the study of national and world affairs", has an Africa Program. Based in Washington, D.C.

Internships offered in French-speaking Montreal.
French immersion internship program in Canada.


Use the excellent services of SMC’s Career Center to find foreign language tutoring positions on campus, or foreign language-related internships in the Bay Area and beyond.
Use this Bay Area Francophiles’ list to find French jobs and volunteering opportunities.
French-American Chamber of Commerce, San Francisco. The FACC provides the following resources for individuals interested in finding employment with a French-American business in the Bay Area. Check the job postings on our website. Purchase our ERL (Employment Referral List): a list of 250 companies potentially interested in bilingual candidates, jointly with helpful tips.  ($40 U.S. postage and $45 elsewhere).  Explore our volunteer opportunities. Many job-seekers who found a job, started out as volunteers in non-profit organizations.  It's a great way to get to stay on track with the business world and to be in direct contact with business executives from the Bay Area. Come to our events and network. This is the best way to find a job.
Search engine that makes it easy to look for French jobs in San Francisco.
French jobs in the Bay Area

Company organizes French Tour of high tech companies in the Silicon Valley  - internships available
FRENCH SPEAKING CUSTOMER SERVICE REPS NEEDED.  Parlez-vous Francais?   Our Client, a well known fashion company, is looking for skilled Customer Service Reps who can effectively communicate and write in French and English.   If you are looking for a temporary to hire position with a stable and growing company, that can pay up to $15/hour with full benefits and have the skills below, please apply to this posting.  Please contact Casandra Filger with OfficeTeam if interested:  (415) 892-6662.
Experienced Front Desk Hotel Clerk - Boutique hotel, bed & breakfast style, located between Nob Hill and Union Square in the center of San Francisco. Looking for an experienced, versatile front desk clerk with possibility of assisting the Management. Speaking French a plus.

French-American Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco. A volunteer is a "benevole", a local person (meaning living in the Bay Area) who wants to stay in touch with business, practice his or her French or English skills and comes at his or her convenience. Volunteering is an opportunity to share your talents and stretch your abilities as an important member of our team. By joining our volunteer staff you can learn new skills and expand your network. And, you'll enjoy a flexible schedule tailored to meet your needs and goals.
Matches volunteers with non-profit organizations. Find in person volunteer projects by type, location. Virtual volunteer projects (build web sites for organizations world-wide). Other virtual volunteer projects include translation, preparing training manuals, etc. Based in San Francisco, California.