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UMW in France Internships

Summer Program


Program Dates

May 20 — July 15

Summer 2023


Register for this program by February 1, 2023. Registration is not confirmed until your deposit has been received. View our cancellation policy.

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Program Fees


$500 deposit due upon registration.
Final $7,900 due March 1, 2023.


  • Tuition (6-credits)
  • Airport pick-up on arrival day
  • IAU student services
  • Accommodation in residence hall
  • Internship placement
  • Cultural excursions
  • International health insurance
  • UMW Education Abroad Fee

NOT Included

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Souvenirs
  • Immunizations
  • COVID-19 testing

Health Information

International travel may require immunizations or preventative medicines. Please refer to the US Center for Disease Control’s Traveler’s Health Information Page for recommendations. The UMW Health Center provides free travel consultations by appointment, as well as travel information for UMW students. The Center for International Education recommends that each student have a personalized medical consultation prior to international travel.

This program includes moderate amounts of walking each day.

Take advantage of your summer and experience the working environment in Aix-en-Provence, France through IAU College’s Summer Internship Program.  Aimed towards students interested in a high-impact introduction to the business industry in a French context, this program offers professional skill development and focuses on students interested in areas such as:

  • Communications
  • Education
  • Event Planning
  • Human Resources
  • Law
  • Library Science
  • Marketing
  • Museum Science
  • Research
  • Accounting
  • Theatre
  • Tourism
  • Web Design
  • Translation
  • Social Media


Students will stay in a student residence hall with access to a furnished kitchen, common area, and laundry facilities.  WiFi, bed linens, and towels are included. Meals are not included.

Alternatively, students will have the option to participate in “demie pension” homestays with local families in Aix. Daily breakfast and six dinners per week are included. Priority for homestays will be given to those practicing the French language. The homestay accommodations come at an additional cost:

  • 3-week homestay: $225
  • 6-week homestay: $450
  • 8-week homestay: $600


Students will earn 6 transfer credits for the 8-week internship.  Placements will depend upon availability, and both the candidate’s statement of intention and academic background will be taken into consideration. Guarantees cannot be made for students to be placed in their preferred professional area as companies have the final say in terms of selection.  There are two internship models:

  1. Full-time Internship (6 credits)
  2. Part-time Internship (3 credits) + IAU Summer Course (3 credits)

If students opt for the part-time internship and then select one of the following IAU Summer Courses, there are additional fees due with the final balance:

  • Studio Art Fee: $230
  • Wine Studies Course: $150
  • Photography Course: $150
  • Cultural Landscapes of Southern France: $300 (includes multiple off-site excursions throughout the region)

This course can satisfy the Experiential Learning/Beyond the Classroom or Global Inquiry/Diverse and Global Perspectives general education requirement by contract with the Faculty Director.

Requirements & Prerequisites

This program is open to students from all majors. Students must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA in order to participate and have completed at least one year of college before application. There is no French language requirement, however, students with some background in French language study will have more opportunities available to them. As per UMW credit transfer policies, a grade of C or above is required for courses taught abroad to transfer back to UMW.

Students work with the IAU Internship Coordinator to prepare a resume in French to practice interviewing standards and techniques, and to prepare for placement in a French enterprise. Pre-interviews for these positions will be conducted within the first week of the semester. Due to the careful placement process, students are expected to complete their internship without interruption.

Application Process

  1. First, register with CIE through the “register now” link on the right-hand side of this page. Please select the Summer 2023 Internship option in the registration portal.
  2. Students will receive an email from CIE’s Study Abroad Coordinator to talk through next steps.
  3. Students should prepare to provide a C.V. (similar to a resume) and a placement request by March 1, 2023. These will be emailed to
  4. Students receive confirmation and follow up from IAU Internship Coordinator at which point they provide a C.V. in French and complete an internship application.
  5. Students participate in a virtual pre-interview before their arrival in France. This interview serves to prepare them for their in-country interview once on-site. Students prepare a cover letter in French for their internship placement.
  6. Students arrive in country and finalize preparations for their interview with their internship host.
  7. Students complete an interview with the internship organization.


See the program fees and payment due dates in the right column. Use the Make a Payment button below to pay your deposit and regular program payment. Use the Special Payment option to pay a special amount (such as additional insurance or payment in a different amount as a result of a scholarship award).

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