IIP Placements in France
Location: Montpelier, France and Kampala, Uganda
Bioversity International undertakes, encourages, and supports research and other activities on the use and conservation of agricultural biodiversity, especially genetic resources, to create more productive, resilient, and sustainable harvests. Its aim is to promote the greater well-being of people, particularly poor people in developing countries, by helping them to achieve food security, improve their health and nutrition, boost their incomes, and conserve the natural resources on which they depend. The organization is active in over 100 countries worldwide, with more than 300 staff working from some 20 country offices. It is one of the 15 centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Bioversity’s headquarters are located just outside Rome, Italy, in Maccarese. This year, Bioversity is offering placements in their headquarters office, as well as, in their offices in China, Costa Rica, France/Uganda, Malaysia, Nepal, and Uganda. Bioversity staff includes specialists in agriculture, forestry, information science and technology, socioeconomics, law and policy, finance and administration. Through the IIP internship program, Bioversity offers invaluable on-the-job training under the guidance of established experts in genetic resources, communications, and policy and law practices that encourage the production of public goods. IIP interns will be assigned to research projects and will learn to work as part of a project team and will gain a broad understanding of issues in international agricultural research for development, in particular regarding sustainable conservation and use of agricultural biodiversity for food and agriculture. IIP interns will typically gain experience in carrying out desk studies, literature searching, compilation and analysis of information, database work, and writing reports, papers, and public awareness materials. IIP candidates with interests in agricultural sciences or socioeconomics are encouraged to apply. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern in France/Uganda.
Here is a description of the IIP placement in France/Uganda:
- Production of cultivar pages on East African Highland bananas: This IIP internship takes place in the French and Ugandan offices of Bioversity International. For the first month the intern would be based in Uganda, where Bioversity has an office in Kampala, to meet with experts, including IITA and NARO scientists and farmers. The second month would be spent in Montpellier, where the central office for the commodity crops program is located. The IIP intern responsibilities will focus on research on East African highland bananas (EAHB), which comprise a group of closely related cultivars domesticated in East Africa. In Uganda, the second largest producer of bananas after India, EAHB cultivars are a staple to an estimated 10 million Ugandans, with 66% of the country’s urban population depending on them. They are largely grown in smallholder production systems located in the western and southwestern highland regions of the country. Bioversity scientists have been studying this important group of bananas since the 1990s. In Uganda, they have identified more than 80 cultivars that they classified into 5 clone sets. Through their subsequent work, they also collected information on their local names in various parts of East Africa. The aim of this IIP internship is to produce Musapedia pages on the clone sets and selected cultivars based on their economic and cultural importance. Musapedia is an online compendium of banana knowledge hosted on the ProMusa website (www.promusa.org/musapedia). At the end of the project, the IIP intern will produce a blog post for the ProMusa blog. This IIP placement is ideal for IIP candidates with interests in biology, agricultural sciences, and/or communications. Skills in reviewing and synthesizing scientific content would be an asset. French language skills would be useful.
Center for Structural Biochemistry, University of Montpellier
Location: Montpelier, France
The general objective of the Center for Structural Biochemistry (CBS) is to carry out research at the forefront of structural biology and biophysics as a means to reveal the fundamental physical mechanisms underlying biological activity and its regulation and, where possible, to exploit this knowledge in the conception of new therapeutic strategies in human health and disease. The selected IIP intern will be involved in one of the various research themes developed in the lab, but will be able to choose a research team and will be assigned a specific project to develop within this team. IIP candidates with interest in structural biology, biochemistry, and biophysics are encouraged to apply. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): My supervisor was working on a project to cure Hepatitis C. He already had the basic idea of what kind of molecule he needed for the project, so two people pursuing a masters in chemistry and I worked together to produce molecules. Because there were only two hoods and because some steps of the reactions would need to go for a long time, some days were very busy while others were much slower. Much of the chemistry was similar to what students do in labs in Princeton classes: turning carboxylic acids into esters, creating urea, turning esters back into carboxylic acids and adding amines. However, the chemicals were more powerful and the molecules themselves were much bigger and more complex.
École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées
Location : Marne-la-Vallée, France (east of Paris)
ENPC is the oldest engineering school in France and one of the most prestigious Grandes Écoles. The IIP placements are at the Joint Research Laboratory UMR-Navier. The IIP interns will participate on one of two research projects, which mainly concern mechanical vibrations of structures and modelling and identification of mechanical systems. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
- The first IIP placement: includes research on the civil engineering aspects of monitoring recent and aging works of art and the second IIP placement focuses on the detection and identification of damage detects on civil engineering structures. In the field of civil engineering, on the one hand, there have been studies conducted on recent art work that has become more and more sensitive to wind and thermal elements, and on the other hand, there are studies on the impact of sensitivity during the aging process of existing works of art. Monitoring is useful in the commissioning of new works and becomes an important element of diagnosis in the choice of implementation of policies for maintenance of older works. Instrumentation systems developed for monitoring health of books require an optimization (number and position of sensors for example) to meet these new needs. In parallel, the need for global methods for the quantitative assessment of the health of the works has led the development and research methods which are usually based on change of vibration characteristics (frequencies, modal and deformed depreciation modal).
- The goal of the second project is to propose new diagnosis techniques based on the exploitation of vibratory signals to improve the maintenance of the works and civil engineering equipment. Often the mechanical model of the structure or the machine is not necessarily known, and the identification of defects is based on the operation of identification algorithms. The specificity of this research is to define the principles and approaches of practical implementation of sensors in vibration for structural dynamics assessment, and in particular for the detection of damage. The lab is primarily interested in "linear" corruption, that is, the response of the structure can still be modeled retaining the linear form of the equations of motion.
For more specific details on the research projects, contact the IIP. A background in material behavior, civil engineering, or signal processing would be an asset as would MATLAB and scientific text editor skills and scientific curiosity. French language skills in reading and writing are recommended.
École Polytechnique (Research in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Mechanics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science, Economics)
Location: Palaiseau, France (near Paris)
École Polytechnique is a state-run institution of higher education and research, renowned for its Ingénieur Polytechnicien (polytechnic engineer) program. Established during the French Revolution in 1794, Polytechnique became a military school under Napoleon in 1804. It relinquished this status to become a public educational establishment in 1970, though it is still overseen by the Ministry of Defense. It is a founding member of the ParisTech grouping of leading Paris-area engineering schools, established in 2007. Students can apply for a research internship in any research group within one of the 22 laboratories at École Polytechnique (you may also want to peruse the internship subjects within the research groups). Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. French is not required. Do not fill out the application on the École Polytechnique website. If you are applying for this placement, put École Polytechnique on the IIP Placement application as your first or second choice and then indicate your top three choices of research groups in the "additional information or comments" section of the IIP Placement application. In your personal statement, be sure to clearly indicate why you are interested in these research groups and why you are qualified to work on such projects.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Before the internship, I did background readings on analytic combinatorics and on my supervisor's research, which involves word combinatorics and pattern searching, with applications in genomics. I used Java to implement two automata designed by my supervisor as well as a user interface for making relevant calculations using these automata, which supported my supervisor's theoretical results. We then wrote a paper about our results and submitted it to a conference.
Location: Paris, France
Helion Pictures is a small independent television production company based in Paris specializing in Prime Time Fiction series, documentaries, and live-action children’s series for the international market. At the moment, Helion has several series in production, including the French police series “Section de Recherche," France’s highest rated police drama; “Borgia,” the highest rated drama series on France’s Canal; and “Life with Boys,” the new series for Teen Nick, from the creator of “Hannah Montana." The company is on pre-production on the action/documentary series about the helicopter first responders in Chamonix/Mt. Blanc, “Mountain Rescue” for Discovery International, and has several fiction series in development. This IIP internship involves working with the producers to help coordinate post-production on the Discovery series, manage the development materials for the fiction series, and work on the company website. Additionally, the IIP intern will help organize several juries for the International Emmys in Paris that will choose the nominees for several categories that will take place over the summer. This IIP internship offers the opportunity to get an inside view of the international television business, in particular French television. IIP candidates with interests in theater, literature, psychology, and media are encouraged to apply. Basic French is required. Working knowledge of how to build websites would be an asset. One placement has been established for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
Location: Paris, France
Hystra is a global consulting firm that helps corporations, social entrepreneurs, foundations, and public sector actors design hybrid strategies for sustainable change. They work with businesses and social sector pioneers to design, scale, and execute sustainable strategies that combine the insights and resources of business and citizen sectors to profitably eradicate social and environmental problems. The responsibilities of an IIP intern will include researching and analyzing best practices on market-based approaches serving the BoP, preparing and conducting expert interviews (social entrepreneurs, business leaders, NGO managers, etc.), reviewing and analyzing social enterprise business plans, preparing and presenting proposals and clients' documents, actively participating in meetings, and other assignments as needed. IIP candidates with prior consulting experience, an international experience in a developing country, a proven interest in social enterprise and a deep commitment to solving social issues are encouraged to apply. French and/or additional languages would also be an asset. Two placements have been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) interns. More information about this internship is available in the IIP office.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Data base work ( about 70% of work): finding relevant projects to add to databases. The biggest project, Girls’ Empowerment, required analysis of over 300 ongoing projects. These projects were added to Excel with information on things like work, country, impact, reach, and business scale. Also worked on Sanitation, Nutrition, Environment, and biodigesters databases. Website redesign ( about 15%): transferring content from old site to new site and figuring out new layout. This was a one-timer deal, but future interns may be involved in basic site updating. Video editing (about 10%): Creating 5-minute videos from interviews with industry leaders. This involved overlaying interview footage with video and pictures taken from field studies. In-depth research (about 5%): Reviewing specific projects in detail and analyzing scholarly research for best practices.
INSERM (Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale)
Location: Kremlin-Bicetre, Paris, France
INSERM is the French national research institute in the hospital of Kremlin-Bicetre, one of the oldest hospitals in Paris. Its laboratory specializes in the field of hemostasis and thrombosis and its research focuses on haemorrhagic disorders such as hemophilia. State-of-the-art technologies are available. For IIP candidates interested in exploring a scientific or medical career, this is a perfect opportunity to get a hands-on experience in an internationally recognized research unit, as well as getting to know a different culture. IIP interns will learn the techniques used in the laboratory and then contribute to specific projects in the research areas mentioned above, by performing bibliographic searches on the project and experimental work, and by anaylzing the data and drawing conclusions about the subsequent experiments. IIP candidates with interests in cell or molecular biology, biochemistry, or medical studies are encouraged to apply. Basic French would be an asset. One placement has been established for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): HPLC purification of von Willebrand factor; weekly meeting with PI; read literature
Location: Paris, France
Kilo Architectures is a small architectural studio with a large number and variety of projects. Their projects range from international cultural and institutional projects to housing, urban planning studies, and research. Kilo challenges the limits of established norms and architectural and urbanistic assumptions by devising fresh design alternatives to combat an increasingly standardized world. The trajectory of the office has been constructed through a series of projects spanning a great diversity of scales and programs which share a communal approach and philosophy. French is not required but would be an asset. One placement has been been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern. View a Powerpoint presentation (.pdf) by a past intern.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Contributing to project research and documentation; helping with KILO exhibits or special projects (Venice Bienalle, storyboard architecture for online luxury boutique); using Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign to create storyboards, renderings.
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Location: Paris, France
OECD brings together the governments of countries committed to democracy and the market economy from around the world to support sustainable economic growth, boost employment, raise living standards, maintain financial stability, assist other countries' economic development, and contribute to growth in world trade. The Organisation provides a setting where governments compare policy experiences, seek answers to common problems, identify good practice, and coordinate domestic and international policies. OECD is one of the world's largest sources of comparable statistics and economic and social data. As well as collecting data, OECD monitors trends, analyzes and forecasts economic developments and researches social changes or evolving patterns in trade, environment, agriculture, technology, taxation, and more. OECD is also one of the world’s largest publishers in the fields of economics and public policy. OECD publications are a prime vehicle for disseminating the Organisation's intellectual output, both on paper and online. The IIP intern will work in OECD's Editorial & Rights Department. The IIP intern will assist in preparations for the Frankfurt book fair and of the Rights catalog (collecting information, editing text, organizing appointments, prospecting new publishers), reading and evaluating manuscripts and book proposals, and preparing manuscripts for production. This IIP placement is a great opportunity to learn about book publishing in an environment in which the IIP intern can work closely with editors.The IIP intern will also attend editorial board meetings. Excellent French is required. One placement has been been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
Pasteur Institute, Department of Cell Biology and Infection
Location: Paris, France
Since its creation in 1887, the Institut Pasteur has become famous throughout the world as a symbol of science and French culture. For 120 years, its foundation has contributed to the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases through research, teaching, and public health initiatives. The Institute enjoys an independent status and has numerous other assets, with its research laboratories, technological platforms, teaching center, and medical center all located on one campus in the heart of Paris. The laboratory in which the IIP intern will be placed is interested in deciphering the molecular and cellular mechanisms of bacterial invasion of host cells. The host laboratory has developed several novel approaches to investigate the intimate interactions between the host and invading pathogens in single cells in space and in real time developing novel microscopic techniques. They employ their innovative, single-cell based, microscopic approaches to elucidate the apparent contradictory effects of multiple secreted effector proteins processes. The IIP intern will participate full-time in this ongoing research project in molecular genetics. IIP candidates with interests in cell biology, biochemistry, biophysics, microbiology, and immunology are encouraged to apply. Basic molecular biology and/or cell biology skills would be helpful. French is not required but would be an asset. One placement has been been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
Union Internationale des Avocats
Location: Paris, France
The Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA – International Association of Lawyers) was created in 1927 and is the oldest professional association, with several thousand individual members as well as more than 200 collective members comprised of bar associations, organizations or federations (representing nearly two million lawyers) from over 110 countries. The UIA’s principal goals are to promote the basic principles of the legal profession, the development of legal knowledge in all areas and the defense of lawyers and other legal professionals in the international context. The association works in three languages: English, French, and Spanish. Fluency in French is preferred and additional fluency in Spanish would be a definite plus. IIP intern tasks will include:
- Website: Revision of the contents of the website and suggestions for improvements of the English version of the website
o Setup of a communication plan directed to law students all over the world
o Revision of the promotional brochures of the association in their English version
o Promotion of the Jacques LEROY Prize, an award given each year to a law student
- Law internship: Setup of a law internship project with member law firms
UIA is looking for a motivated, dynamic, flexible and internationally minded IIP candidates. One placement has been established for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.