Paris Research and Internships
Internships represent an excellent framework to develop academic study and to understand the underpinnings of a foreign culture. They also offer students in-depth exposure to French organizations.
Internships may involve on-site activity, observation or research positions offered by institutions affiliated with the Stanford program. In most cases, internships are available year-round and only require a one-quarter stay in Paris. Internship opportunities include French schooling, computer science, green urban planning, engineering, and biology research positions.
The latter include research positions in three renowned French scientific institutions: the Institut Curie, the Institut Pasteur, and the ICM (within the Hospital Pitie-Salpetriere). The researchers propose spots in their labs to qualified Stanford-in-Paris students, either part-time during winter, or full time over the summer.
The Internship Experience within the Academic Framework of Stanford-in-Paris: while Internships in themselves do not offer academic credit as such at Stanford, they do represent excellent supports for reflection and analysis on the part of students, much in the same way as do reading texts, or contemplating paintings in museums within the framework of classes. For each internship offered within the program, a study is organized through tutorial sessions under the supervision of a Stanford Academic Advisor who will be responsible for correcting an in-depth internship report and for participating in the student’s formal oral presentation of his/her internship experience. The Academic Advisor will work closely both with the internee, as well as with the internship supervisor within the sponsoring institution. Study appraisals will be based primarily on the depth and breadth of the research done for the report, clarity of expression, and on the student’s personal reflection on the internship experience as a whole.
How do I apply for these internships?
Students already enrolled in the Stanford Program in Paris will receive specific messages from the Paris program staff one to two months prior to the beginning of the quarter with updated information on these internship opportunities (requirements, projects or conditions may indeed vary slightly from one quarter to another). Students will be informed at that point on the action to take for applying (generally, sending a resume or writing a letter of interest).
Undergraduate Student Grants for Research
Several grants are available through VPUE that can help support research abroad, including the Chappell Lougee Scholarship and Major Grant. For specific details regarding grant deadlines, eligibility, and policies for off-campus research, please visit the Student Grants Website.