Summer Internships

Adapting to a new culture involves not only learning the language and culture but also gaining a better understanding of the work environment and how methods and habits may differ from one's home setting. IAU provides access to unpaid, for-credit internships available at local enterprises for eligible summer students.

Students work with the IAU Internship Coordinator to prepare a resume in French or Spanish, to practice interviewing standards and techniques, and to prepare for placement in a French or Spanish 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. The internships listed here are examples of typical internship placement opportunities where IAU students have been placed in the past. 

Students may participate in one of the following internship options:

Program Options Credits Location
 Part-time internship (20 hours/week)
+ Study Abroad (one 3 credit IAU course)
6 credits  Aix-en-Provence, France  or Barcelona, Spain
 Full-time internship (32 hours/week) 6 credits  Aix-en-Provence, France  or Barcelona, Spain

Course dates: 
June 2, 2018  -  July 15, 2018 (6 weeks)

Internship dates: 
June 2, 2018  -  July 29, 2018 (8 weeks)

Internships are available in the following fields:

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

Internships are available to students who have completed a minimum of one year of college. While prior knowledge of French or Spanish is not required, students with some background in language study will have more opportunities available to them. Students must meet the regular application requirements for IAU programs. 

Aix-en-Provence, France
AU offers a variety of summer courses particular to each student’s academic needs. IAU's exceptional out-of-classroom experiences include homestays, regional field studies and extracurricular activities such as wine tastings and course trips. The many concerts, the summer Festival d'Art Lyrique, libraries, museums, churches, bookstores, markets, and cafès have earned Aix its reputation as one of France's most engaging cities. A wealth of cinemas, restaurants, discothëques, and sports facilities welcomes Aix's students. Aix-en-Provence is, especially during the summer, one of the most popular and sought after cities in France.

Barcelona, Spain
Courses are offered in Spanish language, culture, film and literature. IAU also offers courses instructed in English in political science, history, art history, international relations, film, psychology, and more. Students will investigate the most significant neighborhoods, plazas, architectural achievements and public art. Lectures and activities will also help students to demystify the city's multi-ethnic population as the result of numerous occupations, expulsions and migrations. Students may choose to live in homestays, which encourages immersion into the Spanish language and culture, or they can opt to reside in apartments.


Application Process

  1. Students must provide a C.V. and placement request before the start of the summer term. Materials are to be emailed to

  2. Students receive confirmation and follow up from IAU Internship Coordinator at which point they provide a C.V. in French or Spanish and complete an internship application.

  3. Students participate in a pre-interview via Skype before their arrival in France or Spain. This interview serves to prepare them for their in-country interview once on-site. Students prepare a cover letter in French or Spanish for their internship placement.

  4. Students arrive in country and finalize preparations for their interview with their internship host.

  5. Students complete an interview with the internship organization.