IIP Internships in France
Center for Structural Biochemistry, University of Montpellier
Location: Montpellier, France
About: 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.
Intern Responsibilities: 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.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interest in structural biology, biochemistry, and biophysics are encouraged to apply.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Intern #1-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. Intern #2- My work responsibilities involve inducing bacteria to produce protein (my project specifically involves nuclear receptors - either PXR or PPAR) and then purifying and crystallizing the protein in complex with a variety of ligands. Then, using x-ray crystallography techniques, the structures of the proteins bound to different ligands can be solved.
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CBS Intern #1
CBS Intern #2
CBS Intern #3
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Location: Paris, France
About: CityTaps is a social startup based in Paris. Their vision is to bring running water to every home, for ever. Today, about 750M urban poor lack the basic comfort of running water at home in the developing world. CityTaps believes that running water in the home is a source of health, economic opportunity and dignity, particularly for women and girls who bear the majority of the burden associated with daily water chores. Their solution to this vexing problem has 3 components: new technology, community development, and business innovation. CityTaps believes in questioning assumptions in a respectful, fast-paced, and fun environment. Their company is looking for enthusiastic and hard-working individuals who want to work to serve the poor and make a positive difference in the world.
Intern Responsibilities: IIP interns will work on one or more of the following projects:
- Electronic and software design of a connected water meter - The IIP intern will work closely with the CTO to develop software and electronic components of a new generation robust water metering system targeted at developing country environments. Tasks that the IIP intern might be involved in include: software programming (cloud), embedded programming (electronic chips), design of radio communications, mobile payment systems, prototyping, and industrialization, all with an emphasis on reliability, security and cost reduction.
- Hydraulic design of a connected water meter - The IIP intern will work closely with the CTO and CEO to design (from the hydraulic perspective) the metering components of the water metering system targeted at developing country environments. Tasks that the student might be involved in include: mechanical design, CAD drawings, fluid mechanics calculations, prototyping and industrialization all with an emphasis on reliability, security and cost reduction.
- Grant writing and research, and other writing/research - The IIP intern will work closely with the CFO to help CityTaps apply for grants and to perform necessary research related thereto. Specific tasks could include: developing a paper about the ‘theory of change’ for CityTaps; writing grant applications; performing market evaluation studies, including competition, similar projects in the developing world, etc. and helping develop a social impact strategy.
Qualifications: For the engineering related placements, IIP candidates with interests in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and/or computer science are encouraged to apply. Technical skills in embedded systems, programming, mechanics, plastics, robotics, fluid mechanics modeling, and/or CAD design would be an asset. For the grants writing and research placement, IIP candidates with interests in international development, political science, economics and/or public policy are encouraged to apply. Experience in writing, research and specific experience in grant and proposal writing would be an asset. For all placements, French language skills would be a plus, as would the knowledge of any African language.
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Location: Paris, France
About: 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.
Intern Responsibilities: 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 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.
Qualifications: 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.
Previous work experiences (in the words of past IIP interns): Intern #1: My work responsibilities included reading and critiquing scripts; doing research for, editing, and in some cases producing materials for TV series pitches; going to networking events (like Série Séries festival, which brought together the top TV producers from across Europe); and helping to organize the International Emmy Awards... I also did script reading/coverage,worked on a project for the UNESCOTV platform (developed outline and proposal), conducted research for a co-production TV series on trains and did development work for two other projects to help get funding (which involved going out and shooting with Apple devices, editing videos)...I learned how the business of TV production works in Europe, the challenges that must be overcome and many of the different players that are involved...The pre-production materials that I worked on were the real materials that are sent to potential partners, investors, directors, and more. My coverage of scripts/pitches that were gathered by the company affected whether or not they are given serious consideration by the producers. Intern #2: I worked on research for new TV show ideas, worked on a website for the company my boss works for and also for my boss' company, edited and reformatted pitch summaries and small jobs prepared pitches. This included making short videos of Paris and TV production events. I organized and tracked invitations for the International Emmy jury and helped to plan the events which will be in September. I tested new filming equipment to prepare for shooting series and movies, and I also read and rated scripts that the company received...The research and pitches that I helped create are presented by my boss to several audiences, including the European Broadcast Union (EBU), U.N. ambassadors at UNESCO, and top TV executives across Europe...My French has really improved, and I learned a lot about the French culture and way of life. In my work, I learned about the entertainment industry, especially the TV industry in Europe and in the U.S. I learned the direction the TV industry is going and how the European system is trying to follow the American system, but has several limiting factors that stops it from succeeding.
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Location: Paris, France
About: Hystra, a global consulting firm which helps corporations, social entrepreneurs, foundations and public sector actors design hybrid strategies for sustainable change, is looking to hire a Spring-Summer intern. 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. Their offices are located in Paris.
Intern Responsibilities: The IIP intern will be working closely with managers and partners, thus learning from experienced consultants, on various assignments/projects as needed. Specific responsibilities 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 team meetings and work on other assignments as needed.
Qualifications: 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 in developing countries are encouraged to apply. Skills in interviewing, analyzing data, and preparing presentations would be an asset. French and/or additional languages would also be an asset. Candidates with excellent written and oral communication skills, including ease in conducting phone and face-to-face interviews, and proficiency in preparing presentation in PowerPoint; strong quantitative skills, at ease with analyzing financial data and proficient in Excel; attention to details, commitment to follow-through and self-organization; excellent interpersonal skills, within a team as well as with clients and partners will be given preference. The successful candidate will have previous work experience (including internships) in a management consulting firm, and at least one of the following: work experience “in the field”, or stay (more than 3 months) in a developing country, or personal involvement in social initiatives.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Intern #1: Database work (about 70% of work) included: 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 I worked on Sanitation, Nutrition, Environment, and biodigesters databases. Website redesign ( about 15%) included: transferring content from old site to new site and figuring out new layout. This was a one-time deal, but future interns may be involved in basic site updating. Video editing (about 10%) included: 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. Intern #2: I worked on a few projects. For most of the duration of my internship, I conducted a competitive analysis and distilled findings regarding the social enterprise consulting industry and added a companion written explanatory document. I also researched/;prepared background information on private-public and cross-sector alliances, participated in a series of conference calls, synthesized notes from calls and helped prepare client presentations and report that were being finalized (by reviewing data, creating and updating slides, helping write an executive summary, etc.)...I learned about the specifics of the social enterprise consulting niche Hystra occupies, as well as both the philosophy and day-to-day operations of a boutique consulting firm. Hystra is a pretty open and horizontal organization, and we went on a corporate retreat that was about internal strategic planning, so I was able to pick up greater insight that way.
View PowerPoint presentations by past interns:
Hystra Intern #1
Hystra Intern #2
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INSERM (Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale)
Location: Paris, France
About: 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 hemorrhagic 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.
Intern Responsibilities: 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 analyzing the data and drawing conclusions about the subsequent experiments. Examples of potential projects include: setting up new assays to measure protein or activity levels of coagulation factors and/or selecting novel antibodies via phage-display techniques.
Qualifications: Candidates with interests in cell or molecular biology, biochemistry, or medical studies are encouraged to apply. Basic French would be an asset. IIP candidates should be comfortable working with mice.
Previous work experiences (in the words of the past IIP interns): Intern #1: HPLC purification of von Willebrand factor; weekly meeting with PI; read literature. Intern #2: I worked directly with a lab technician to artificially generate the blood clotting element Human Factor X. The goal of my project was to optimize proper side chain formation of a particular domain on the protein itself. (increasing the degree of gamma carboxylation on the Gla domain of the unmodified profactor.) Work responsibilities included laboratory manipulations and reading supplementary materials. I learned a lot about the research project design process. In addition to this, I definitely gained a deeper awareness and appreciation for cultural differences in the workplace as well as interactions between colleagues.
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INSERM Intern #1
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Institut Francais De La Mode (IFM)
Location: Paris, France
About: IFM (Institut Français de la Mode) is a higher education institution offering a broad range of activities: postgraduate academic programs, executive education, and expertise in areas such as textile, fashion, luxury and design industries. IFM was founded by representatives of the fashion industry with support from the French Ministry of Industry. IFM enables students to complete high-level postgraduate programs in both luxury management (one in French, one in English) and design. After one year of studies, students take on careers in companies where creativity is a major source of added value, or alternatively set up their own businesses. IFM aims to break down barriers between management and design in an industry that blends products, brands, culture and design.
Intern Responsibilities: IIP interns will assist the team with recruitment activities, including organizing executive interview sessions and compiling statistics, updating/preparing welcome and academic materials, analyzing student course satisfaction surveys, assisting the Head of the MSc Luxury Management Program with certain research tasks, conducting benchmark studies of other Luxury and Fashion Management programs, and updating their worldwide database of top undergraduate programs.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with an interest in the creative fields (ex. fashion, luxury, art, design) and advanced skills in Excel and PowerPoint are encouraged to apply. Advanced French speaking skills are strongly recommended, but not required.
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Institut Français de la Mode (IFM)
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Location: Paris, France
About: The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is a unique forum where governments work together to address the economic, social and environmental challenges of globalization. The mission of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. They measure productivity and global flows of trade and investment.They analyze and compare data to predict future trends. They set international standards on a wide range of things, from agriculture and tax to the safety of chemicals. They also look at issues that directly affect everyone’s daily life, like how much people pay in taxes and social security, and how much leisure time they can take. They compare how different countries’ school systems are readying their young people for modern life, and how different countries’ pension systems will look after their citizens in old age. They work with business, through the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD, and with labour, through the Trade Union Advisory Committee. The common thread of their work is a shared commitment to market economies backed by democratic institutions and focused on the well being of all citizens.
Intern Responsibilities: The intern will participate in the activities of the editorial and rights unit; more particularly she/he will assist in the preparation of the Frankfurt bookfair and of the Rights catalogue. This will include:
- Collecting information from the authors and editors on selected publications; editing of short descriptive texts; gathering the core information; preparing the word files for each title; coordinating with the production department for the design and production of the catalogue. This is an opportunity to learn about book publishing in a friendly environment, working closely with editors.
- She/he will also assist in organizing the appointments with the publishers at the Frankfurt bookfair; prospecting new publishers for foreign editions of OECD publications. She/he will be requested to use the Rights database and other internet tools for this task.
- She/he will also be requested to read and evaluate manuscripts and book proposals, assisting in preparing manuscripts for production. She/he will also attend weekly editorial board meetings.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in publishing, economics and philosophy are encouraged to apply. A good knowledge of French is highly recommended.
Previous work experiences (in the words of past IIP interns): Intern #1 - My chief work responsibility was assembling three catalogues of OECD publications: the Key Titles Catalogue 2015, the Rights Catalogue 2015, and the Frankfort Book Fair Catalogue. In order to assemble these catalogues, I contacted and set up meetings with publishers to discuss book specifications and priority titles. I was also responsible for helping to write promotional blurbs for the publications. In addition to my work on the catalogues, I have done various proofreading and copy-editing tasks. These tasks consisted of critically reading soon-to-be-published manuscripts and providing content-based feedback. In addition, my colleague and I were responsible for condensing the OECD's 500-page Education at a Glance publication into a 100-page Highlights version that is more accessible to the public. This task involved selecting, editing, and and proof-reading text. Finally, I was responsible in documenting the OECD's Working Paper publications. Intern #2: I noted discrepancies between and errors in different versions of legal documents, mostly in English and occasionally in French. I helped prepare the Key Titles 2016 Catalogue by compiling information about publications from an internal database and the OECD iLibrary, contacting editors for updated materials, and manipulating elements in Word and Excel. I edited manuscripts to improve their clarity, concision, and level of conformity with the OECD Style Guide. I also executed several open-ended projects designed to articulate, standardize, and centralize the OECD's guidelines, such as for the peer review process and the publication requirements of short documents...I learned that publication involves an extremely high number of moving parts and people. While editing, I considered a new type of audience and publication style to maximize access to and interest in research-oriented reports. I also practiced triaging and grouping my recommendations, a procedure that hones my analytical thinking skills as I rank the relative importance of various mistakes and diagnose patterns characterizing authors' errors. In terms of human psychology, I observed how my supervisors balance critical feedback with the need to address authors and editors diplomatically, so I am adopting new methods of working with people in an effective and constructive manner. I also learned interesting facts about politics, economics and every domain of society from reading OECD reports in the course of editing them.
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Pasteur Institute, Department of Cell Biology and Infection
Location: Paris, France
About: 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.
Intern Responsibilities: 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.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in biochemistry, cell biology, biophysics, microbiology and immunology are encouraged to apply. Basic French would be an asset but is not required.
Previous work experiences (in the words of past IIP interns): Intern #1: I worked on a project studying the immunological effects of mutant Shigella bacteria on the infected and bystander human cells during infection. Intern #2: I conducted a series of small projects whose aims are as follow:1.To identify and characterize large vacuole structures in infected CHIKV cells. 2.To live image cells transfected with labeled CHIKV to deduce the functionality of the virus' capsid after subjection to such modifications. 3.To measure the RNA levels of specific genes in CHIKV infected fibroblast cells to determine the role of fibroblasts in activating the Th17 pathway...I learned how to do specific scientific techniques, how to design experiments and how to read scientific literature. Intern #2: My supervisor worked on a project to elucidate the first steps of Shigella infection into epithelial cells by using a quasi-physiological in vitro model that simulates two types of cells (M cells and enterocytes) in the intestine. Two projects that we were working on are finding a good immunofluorescence marker to characterize M cells and transducing cells with fluorescent actin to mark their cytoskeleton and visualize bacterial entry. Day-to-day responsibilities included maintaining cells, culturing bacteria, infecting cells, fixing and staining cells, and acquiring images using microscopes...I felt that I have learned a great deal from this internship. Firstly, techniques—I have never worked with eukaryotic cells or transwells, performed infections, done immunofluorescence staining, or used these kinds of microscopes. Secondly, I learned about lab dynamics and the atmosphere in a research institution. Third, I gained insight on different parts of an academic career since we have master's students, doctoral students, postdocs, and our PI in the lab. Fourth, I learned something about confidence in this kind of work and what kinds of setbacks to expect. Intern #3: My supervisor worked on a project to elucidate the first steps of Shigella infection into epithelial cells by using a quasi-physiological in vitro model that simulates two types of cells (M cells and enterocytes) in the intestine. Two projects that we were working on are finding a good immunofluorescence marker to characterize M cells and transducing cells with fluorescent actin to mark their cytoskeleton and visualize bacterial entry. Day-to-day responsibilities included maintaining cells, culturing bacteria, infecting cells, fixing and staining cells, and acquiring images using microscopes. I felt that I learned a great deal from this internship. Firstly, techniques—I had never worked with eukaryotic cells or transwells, performed infections, done immunofluorescence staining, or used these kinds of microscopes. Secondly, I learned about lab dynamics and the atmosphere in a research institution. Third, I gained insight on different parts of an academic career since we have master's students, doctoral students, postdocs, and our PI in the lab. Fourth, I think I have learned something about confidence in this kind of work and what kinds of setbacks to expect.
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Pasteur Institute Intern #1
Pasteur Institute Intern #2
Pasteur Institute Intern #3
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Union Internationale des Avocats
Location: Paris, France
About: 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.
Intern responsibilities: IIP intern tasks will include:
- Website: Revision of the contents of the website and suggestions for improvements of the English version of the website
- Communication: Setup of a communication plan directed to law students all over the world; Revision of the promotional brochures of the association in their English version; 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
Qualifications: UIA is looking for motivated, dynamic, flexible and internationally minded IIP candidates. Fluency in French is preferred and additional fluency in Spanish would be a definite plus.
Previous work experiences (in the words of previous IIP interns): Intern #1- Researched legal aide policies around the world; researched the death penalty (which ended up as a publication in the UIA's magazine Juriste International); researched current events relating to legal issues such as attorney-client privilege; researched on various legal ethical codes around the world; completed various translation tasks. Intern #2: I did research on Immigration Law and Food Law and collected contact information about law firms that specialize in those areas and contacted them to inform them of the UIA Congress. I conducted and wrote an interview for publication in the UIA magazine. I helped translate documents from french into English (i.e the UIA annual report, the UIA Wikipedia page, newsletter announcements etc)...I learned a lot about food and immigration law.
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Union Internationale des Avocats intern #1
Union Internationale des Avocats intern #2
Union Internationale des Avocats intern #3
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Veolia Research & Innovation
Location: Maisons-Laffitte, France
About: Veolia Research and Innovation is world leader in environmental solutions. It is both an international research group and service company. It focuses on research of urban and industrial water and wastewater plants. Veolia’s projects are based on an international network and includes resource management tools, water treatment technologies, wastewater collection networks management, parameter management to measure environmental and health risks, and sustainable urban development.
Intern Responsibilities: The IIP intern will help organize and execute a survey of the leading cities with green initiatives to better understand green innovation opportunities. The study will look at the motivations and needs of cities that have started such initiatives to get a better idea of how to implement this in more areas. Responsibilities may include:
drafting a survey with the support of researchers; identifying relevant contacts; running the survey; analyzing the answers; and making a presentation to share findings.
Qualifications: Candidates should be interested in economic development, sustainability, politics, pre-law, public policy, finance, economics, and/or marketing. They should have basic computer skills and strong communication and analytical skills. Because the project is very independent, the student should have good personal motivation, planning, and organizational skills. Basic French skills are highly recommended.
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Veolia Research and Innovation