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Internships in Europe

St. John’s is proud to offer a broad range of internship opportunities during our semester programs in Paris and Rome


In the past several years, dozens of students have enrolled in an international internship during their semester and summer programs in Paris & Rome

Interested students may expect to hold positions in government offices, local universities, private companies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Please note that the primary purpose of the internship is language acquisition and intercultural competence; placement options may be limited, so it may not always be possible to place students at locations of their professional interest.  All of our international internships are unpaid, due to international hiring laws.

Students in the international internship program will work under the direct guidance of a supervisor from the sponsoring organization as well as the Faculty Coordinator from St. John's.  The supervisor may ask to visit the student at the job site at the convenience of the sponsoring organization and will complete an evaluation form at the end of the internship.

The Faculty Coordinator will contact students within one week of arrival to discuss progress, and will also maintain contact the interns’ on-site supervisors in orde to ensure the quality of the experience.

For detailed instructions as well as the course syllabus, please read the information below.  If you have any questions regarding any aspect of the application process, please contact us for assistance.
 
Application Deadlines
Fall Semester: May 1
Spring Semester: October 15
Summer Session: March 15

Eligibility Requirements: Students must have Junior status or higher, with intermediate language skills in French or Italian, along with approval from the Internship Faculty Coordinator and your Academic Dean. 

Students may choose between a 3- or 6-credit intern internship under the advisement of the Department of Languages and Literature and their Academic Dean/Advisor. 

Six-Credit International Internship (Semester Programs Only)
The six-credit international internship will last for the entirety of your semester program, spanning all 15 weeks. 

Time Commitments:

  • 260 hours at job site 
  • 10 hours of journaling and on term paper 

    Total Commitment: 270 hours

Note: You must be enrolled in one other in-person course in Europe and may need to take online classes in order to meet the in-person requirements of the international internship while maintaining full-time status (12 credits per semester). In addition, please note that you can be registered for no more than two additional courses and must ensure that your class schedule allows the appropriate amount of time for travel and committed work hours.

Three-Credit International Internship (Semester in Paris or Summer Programs in Paris or Rome)

Time Commitments:

  • 130 hours at job site 
  • 5 hours of journaling and on term paper 

    Total Commitment: 135 hours

Students will be graded on a combination of written work, hours completed and supervisor evaluations throughout the semester.


1. Journal Assignment 
Students are required to maintain a daily journal, written in the target language which should include: 

  • A record of the dates and times of each work period 
  • A record of assignments and pertinent details of each work period 
  • Examples of pertinent material collected during the internship 
  • An ongoing assessment of their learning experience 

2. Final Paper
Students must complete a final reflection paper on the internship experience, written in the target language (4-5 pages). 

3. Complete Required Hours
Successful completion of required hours at the internship site: 270 hours for a 6-credit internship, or 135 hours for a 3-credit internship.

Grading
The Faculty Coordinator, in consultation with the on-site supervisor, will determine the final grade. Grades are determined according to the following breakdown:

  • Work Performance: 50% 
  • Daily Journal: 20% 
  • Final Reflection Paper: 30%

 

If you are interested in participating in an international internship, please follow these instructions:

  1.  Apply for your semester or summer program abroad and include the international internship course (FRE/ITA 4980A) in your course selection.  
     
  2.  Once your advising dean has approved the international internship course for your study abroad program, please email a completed internship application, cover letter, and résumé - all in the target language - to the appropriate Faculty Coordinator, who will review your materials and contact you in order to schedule an in-person interview:
    French internship application:  The Faculty Coordinator for French is Professor Zoe Petropoulou.
    Italian internship application:  The Faculty Coordinator for Italian is Professor Annalisa Saccà.
     
  3.  If you are approved based on the initial interview, the Faculty Coordinator will arrange an internship with our on-site contacts.  Once a placement is offered, students will be required to sign a contract accepting the position.
     
  4.   When you arrive to your program abroad, the campus staff will assist you with the logistics of your internship (e.g., setting a meeting time with the internship supervisor, providing information on travelling to your work site, etc.).


Apart from the internship options coordinated through the Department of Languages and Literatures, St. John's offers major-specific internship opportunities.

  • The Discover Italy: Education offers fieldwork study in Roman schools for the following courses in the spring semester.  
    • EDU 1003: Organizational Strategies and Classroom Environment (1-6)
    • EDU 1053: Organizational Strategies and Classroom Environment (7-12)
    • For more information, please visit our Discover Italy: Education program page.

Students in certain majors may also be able to arrange an online internship with approval from their academic advisor. Please consult your department to see if such opportunities are available.


READ WHAT PAST PARTICIPANTS HAVE TO SAY!

"As a double major in Speech-Language Pathology and Italian, I never thought going abroad would even be possible. Through Global Studies at St John’s University, I was given the incredible opportunity of  being immersed in Italian language and culture while learning and experiencing speech therapy practice in Italy. The Global Studies program allowed me to intern with a speech therapist in an elementary school in Rome. Not only did I significantly improve my Italian but I learned so much about the Italian education system and how therapy strategies greatly vary from country to country. The application for interning abroad through St. Johns was fairly simple and Dr. Annalisa Sacca was so incredibly helpful and kind in meeting with me and placing me in an internship directly related to both my major and my interests. The staff at the elementary school in Rome were unbelievably welcoming, and working with the children was always the highlight of my week!  I will never forget my experience in Rome as it has certainly shaped me into the person I am today. It has positively impacted my life and my academic career at St. John's, where I am currently doing research with Dr. Peggy Jacobson on the speech of bilingual children, with the hope to study language acquisition in bilingual Italians." - Paige Brigham, Majors: Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, Italian.  Minor: International Studies.  Class of 2019


"Wanting to obtain the most out of my experience abroad, I knew that participating in an internship would be the pinnacle of my academic tenure in France. As a double major in both Government & Politics and French Language and Literature, I was able to obtain an internship that provided me with the opportunity to receive credits towards both of my major requirements. Being placed at the prestigious diplomatic organization called France-Amériques off of the infamous Champs-Elysées in the heart of Paris, this internship far exceeded all of my expectations. Constantly working in a French-speaking governmental environment challenged me to step out of my comfort zone in order to carry out the everyday work functions which used to come so naturally to me in an American, English-speaking context. Throughout my internship, while I had the amazing opportunity of meeting ambassadors from across the globe as well as the Governor of Alabama by chance, I am most grateful for the knowledge I obtained in regard to the formalities and etiquette used in French culture that I would have never learned if I had not pursued this international experience. Thanks to this internship and the great faculty at St. John’s University, I will now be viewed as an adaptable and conscious global citizen in the eyes of future employers I will encounter. After I finish my degree at St. John’s, I look forward to the numerous opportunities in store for me in the field of international relations and diplomacy all thanks to priceless experience I had at France-Amériques and in France in general."- Sean O'Gorman, Majors: Government and Politics and French Literature and Language. Class of 2019