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Internship - EUSA Paris (8 weeks)
Paris, France (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: BSU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 05/23/2018 07/21/2018

** Indicates rolling admission notification. Applicants will be notified of acceptance and be able to complete post-decision materials as admission decisions are made.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA:
2.75
Class Status:
Sophomore
Language of Instruction:
French Language Courses Offered: None
Prior Language Study Required:
5 semesters completed
Academic Subject:
Business, Communication, French, Health Sciences, Journalism
Program Type: Internship
Program Description:
EUSA Paris Internships

What is the program about?
This program offers professional placements in a wide range of career fields and disciplines, including Business, Healthcare, Journalism, Communications, and Public Relations, among others. Your internship experience will give you an international edge and valuable work experience within your academic field or area of interest that will open many doors to your future career path.  Your internship is matched to meet your career goals, interests, and skills, also providing you with the opportunity to work alongside French, other European, and international workers. To supplement your work experience, and to help broaden your understanding of contemporary Parisian life and culture, you will be given an opportunity to immerse yourself in French life through structured field trips and social activities.

Ball State has contracted with an established placement organization, EUSA – Academic Internship Programs, to identify student internships. EUSA will act as our overseas internship office.  Placement professionals will secure full-time internships, set up on-site interviews, make the necessary evaluation visits, and work with the on-site supervisor to oversee the internship for the duration of your placement. You will network with your new French and international coworkers, and in the process, you’ll make close friends, boost your resume, and gain great references for future job prospects during your internship in Paris.


Where does the program take place?
Paris, France
Paris is one of the most beautiful cities on earth, a truth easily appreciated on a stroll that could yield one stunning vista after another, from the epic Eiffel Tower to the regal Jardin des Tuileries to the petite cafés bursting onto the sidewalks. Beyond the city’s visual appeal, the cultural riches of the French capital are unsurpassed. Whether you opt to explore the historic, fashion-conscious, bourgeois, or bohemian and arty sides of Paris, one thing is certain: the City of Light will always enthrall. Its quartiers (quarters) are like a patchwork of villages, and while it’s one of the world’s major metropolises – with all of the culture and facilities that go with it – there’s a real sense of community at the local shops, markets and cafes that hasn’t changed since my childhood. Yet because every little ‘village’ has its own evolving character I’m constantly discovering and rediscovering hidden corners of the city.

Famous for its rich history and cultural diversity, Paris is THE most visited city in the world. Known as “the city of lights”, Paris has over 134 museums, 170 theatres, 400 gardens, parks, and squares and world-famous universities and cultural festivals, which take place all year round.  Living in Paris will include daily interactions with your home stay and maître de stage (internship supervisor), grocery shopping, doing your laundry, commuting to and from your stage (internship) by métro or bus, and learning to live with neighbors from all over the world – you’ll go beyond the typical tourist experience. You can still discover the city’s famous monuments, charming old quarters, cafés, restaurants, cabarets, and theatres. In Paris, you will learn not only the language, but experience the unique culture, literary and political life. Experiencing Paris with EUSA – Academic Internship Programs could mean activities like a cycling tour around the city, trips to the theatre, or membership in an international youth club.

When does this program take place?
May 23 - July 21, 2018

What is the internship content?
Students must work with their faculty advisor and register for their academic discipline’s “internship” course to ensure receiving academic credit.


EUSA is a not-for-profit organization that works with Ball State University to provide students with academically-directed internship programs across all colleges. EUSA's internship teams place 2,000 university students each year across all industry sectors. Students apply to and are selected by Ball State and EUSA works to provide internship placements, support, and housing.  All placements are unpaid. You are able to intern legally because these are unpaid placements for which you are receiving credit at your home institution.

You have a great deal of control in directing the placement process and ensuring that EUSA makes the right placement. It's important to keep in mind that the time for you to exercise this control is during the earlier part of the process, at your placement meeting with a EUSA placement manager and even before, as you prepare for this meeting. The best way to prepare is to think about the following questions:
  • What previous experience do I have that makes me a suitable candidate?
  • What types of tasks & responsibilities do I expect to have in my internship?
  • What type of company would I like to intern with? 
  • What is my main goal for the internship?
  • What specific skills am I hoping to develop or enhance?
  • What are my future career goals and how does this internship relate to them?
  • What kind of credits do I need for this internship?

EUSA takes this information very seriously. They will not let you request a type of placement which they do not feel is a realistic possibility. They also expect you not to agree to a type of placement which you are not willing to undertake, but they DO expect you to have at least three distinct areas of interest for your placement. After your meeting, your placement manager will send you an email to follow up on your discussion and confirm that they have understood your preferences, goals, and academic credit requirements. If you do not believe that the placement manager has understood these, it's essential that you notify them immediately, as once a placement has been arranged for you, you cannot change it.


What is it like to intern in Paris, France?
Students have worked in areas as varied as marine genetics, hospitality, politics, and art galleries. While generalizing about a diverse city of eleven million people is almost impossible, many past interns have reported that
  • You shouldn’t be surprised if a physical greeting of some kind, either la bise (a kiss on each cheek) or a handshake, is routine in your French workplace, not just on first introduction but every morning upon arrival at work. To Bise or Not to Bise? Beware – don’t take the first step if you are uncertain, but be ready to embrace! Two kisses are the norm in Paris and keep in mind that la bise is NOT a kiss. It's just a hello or a good-bye.
  • Business lunches are an important part of communication. The lunch breaks are often occasions to build relationships. Needless to say, “brown bag” lunches are unknown in France. Typical discussion subjects are culture, food, vacation, politics, family, office gossip, etc (but not money!). Be prepared for intense discussion of political issues, current events in France, and their country's political situation, foreign policy, etc.
  • But…don’t be surprised if it takes a little while for your French colleagues to warm up to you. The French take their time before they decide whom they want to socialize with. Social relations are much more at a one-to-one level and building a network can take time.
  • Compared to the US, France has a much more hierarchical, top-down culture of management. For the French, the Boss is the Boss and management can be quite authoritarian. In France, respecting the significance of hierarchy and managers is important.
  • Within the company, the French keep the doors closed (open spaces are not as popular as in US). It doesn’t mean that you can’t have conversations with your colleagues, you just have to knock on their doors…
  •  A typical day is 9-6, but depending on the sector it can also be 9:30am or 10:00am to 7:00pm, with lunch generally between 1 and 2. The standard French working week is 35 hours but most employees in France will stay until the job is finished


What is the student accommodation?
You will live with a French family, where you will have your own bedroom and key to the house or apartment, and access to the family bathroom, kitchen, and other common areas. Breakfast is provided for you, and most students eat lunch near work. If you enjoy cooking for yourself, make sure you let us know, and we’ll do our best to match you to a family with a very relaxed kitchen policy.  That said, many students find that they so frequently go out after work, that they don’t really need or want to spend much time cooking.

Homestays come in as many forms as French families – you may live with a widow whose children have left home, or a young family with a few children or any other kind of family you can imagine. All of our families are carefully screened and many host our students year after year, so we know them very well. While we can’t guarantee that we can find the exact kind of family you request, we encourage you to tell as much as possible so we can find a really good fit for you.  All EUSA home stays are safe and centrally located or easily accessible by public transportation.

2018 Program Cost TBA Soon!
2017 Cost Estimate: 
INTERNSHIP FRANCE - EUSA Paris Internship (8 Weeks) - Summer 2017.pdf

What is included?
  • Internship placement consultation
  • Pre-Departure and onsite Orientations
  • Accommodation in a French homestay, including breakfast daily
  • On-Site 24/7 emergency support
  • Cultural exploration activities program
  • Third party liability insurance
  • Health Insurance & Evacuation Plan through GeoBlue
  • On-site coaching and troubleshooting during your placement
  • Mid-term and Final Evaluation report from your supervisor
Is financial assistance available?
Students can apply for a Yuhas or Rinker scholarship from the Rinker Center for International Programs. Scholarship applications and be downloaded at our website here and submitted to RCIP.  In addition, students should consult with the Ball State University Financial Aid Office to determine available aid for this program.


Number of placements available?
Unlimited


What are the eligibility requirements?
Any major
Full-time student status
Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above
Students must be sophomore status or above by start of internship
Students must have completed five semesters of university level French (or equivalent)

Are passports and visas required?
Yes. A passport is an official document issued by your government, certifying the holder's identity and citizenship. All participants MUST have a valid passport both to enter other countries and to return to the United States. If you already have a passport, make sure it is valid until at least six months after your return date. If you must apply for or renew a passport, APPLY EARLY, since a minimum of four to six weeks is usually required for processing. During peak travel seasons, more processing time is required. Passport forms are available at many federal and state courts, probate courts, some county/municipal offices and some post offices. They can also be downloaded from the Web.

A visa is official permission granted by the authorities of a country where you will study or travel that allows you to enter and remain in that country for a specific purpose. The visa itself is frequently a stamp in your passport, not a separate document. You will need a passport before applying for a visa and the passport plus visa process may take several months, so start early. It is your responsibility to inquire about visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad; this includes countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. If you are a BSU international student, also visit the Rinker Center to obtain a signature on visa documents to permit re-entry to the United States.


How do I apply?
Step 1 – Click on "Apply Now"
Step 2 – Complete the online application through BSU