International experience is becoming increasingly essential to today’s employers. Paris is one of the world's premier cities for art, culture, and business, and with 17 universities and more Fortune 500 companies than any other region in Europe, the city attracts professionals from all over the world. The rich language and culture of France experienced through the lens of the Paris Internship program offers an extraordinary opportunity to gain professional experience abroad in one of the world's most important cities. In addition to fine-tuning your French, you will develop practical professional skills. Students are placed in many industry sectors with smaller innovative organizations and, on occasion, with bigger well-known companies. Successful candidates are clear about their interests and goals in advance of their summer arrival and are prepared to work hard by fully immersing themselves within a new culture.
Prerequisites: French proficiency (completion of CCR2 or the equivalent) is required.
Arrival in Paris: Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Departure from Paris: Saturday, July 21, 2018
OIP staff and EUSA Academic Internship Program coordinate placements and provide in-country support for BC students interning in Paris. EUSA staff in Paris draw on an extensive network to identify individual placements based on student skills, prior work experience, interests, and academic or professional goals. From fashion to international affairs, the placement team provides intellectually engaging internships for students across a broad range of industries.
All internships are conducted in French; therefore, your language level will also play an integral role in the type of placement you receive.
All internships are unpaid due to foreign labor and visa regulations.
Students will be billed for summer programs via their Agora account in early May, and payment is due prior to departure. Any questions related to billing should be directed to Student Services.
Three separate costs are billed to Agora:
- Program fee ($5,500)
- Geoblue international health insurance ($100)
- Enrollment fee ($45)
Students are responsible for coordinating and paying for their own travel to Paris and budgeting for meals and personal expenses not covered by the program fee. Details on housing and meals is included below.
Please consult our Summer Finances & Scholarships page for additional information on program costs and funding opportunities.
Housing and Meals
In order to continue to improve your language skills, you will live in Parisian home-stays located throughout the city. Host families are typically about a 40-minute commute from the site of your internship. You will be provided with your own key to the home and may come and go as you please, respecting the family's schedules. You will be provided with breakfast and three dinners per week. Internet access is not guaranteed in French homes, but internet cafes and WiFi services are abundant throughout Paris. There will also be a number of social and cultural opportunities provided for you to explore the “city of lights.”
As a complement to the internship, all students will complete a one-credit course, which will consist of guided cultural reflection through frequent, informal written assignments.
*Please note that, per Boston College policy, only one internship may be counted toward graduation requirements. Any additional internships will be recorded as enrichment only.
Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Paris, as well as making their way from the airport to the orientation location.
Note that an advising meeting with the Summer & Internships Program Manager is mandatory for all internship applicants prior to submission of the completed application.
Please click on the Apply Now button on this page to submit an online application to OIP. For detailed information on the application process please visit the Summer Applications & Admissions page.
Students with disabilities are encouraged to speak with their OIP Advisors about any concerns or questions they may have about studying abroad.
The Office of International Programs reserves the right to update, change, or cancel any BC Summer program without notice due to unexpected events abroad, curriculum, or enrollment issues.