IIP Placements: Princeton in France
Offered in Partnership with the Dept. of French & Italian
Princeton in France (PIF) is administered through the International Internship Program in coordination with the Department of French and Italian. It offers a variety of jobs both in Paris and in the regional cities.
History and Purpose
Every summer since 1954, Princeton in France (PIF) has sent 20-25 Princeton University undergraduates to France--not as tourists or language students, but as trainees (or, stagiaires). The mission of the PIF program is to introduce students to French culture. Students work side by side with the French, speaking their language and sharing their daily routine. Participants undergo a maturing experience, rich in educational benefits, and often have one of the best, and most memorable, summers of their lives.
Kinds of Work
PIF offers a variety of jobs both in Paris and in the regional cities. Typical assignments are in banks, museums, public relations companies, hospitals, camps, publishing companies,or multinational corporations. Applicants are invited to specify their interests and skills. PIF does its best to match applicants with placements that fit their interests and skills; however, student should be flexible about geographical location and work assignment.
- PIF is open to fully enrolled Princeton freshmen, sophomores, or juniors who have taken at least French 207 (it can be taken in the spring). The only exception to this eligibility requirement is students in "L’Avant Scene."
- Applicants should possess those qualities essential to being an active representative abroad: maturity, adaptability, sensitivity, intelligence, willingness to work energetically and to meet unforeseeable conditions, and, of course, a keen interest in France's history, cultural heritage, institutions and people.
- Previous work experience is very helpful.
Priority is given to first-time applicants who are sophomores or juniors at the time of application and to students with little previous exposure to French culture.
PIF is able to provide limited financial assistance for participants in part through the generosity of the Department of French & Italian; the Center for French Studies; the American Society of the French Legion of Honor; The Bennett E. Tousley, Jr. Memorial Fund; The Charlotte H. Moore Class of 1931 Memorial Fund; The David J. Stainton '84 Fund for Princeton in France; The Kemper Foundation; The Kirby Family Foundation; The Scott Opler Foundation Fund; and PIF alumni and friends.