French field study and internship programs

Student Profiles

Student Profiles

- Economics major perfects French skills, learns to speak EU economics
- Measuring economic progress from a cross-cultural perspective
- Economics major has productive internship analyzing labor data
- America v. Europe/ the Federal Reserve v. the European Central Bank
- Consolidating European banks and French research

(See overview page for important information on profiles and lists.)

Economics major perfects French skills, learns to speak EU economics

Name: Besjona K.
Undergraduate major field(s): Economics, French
Goals for her Paris Field Study semester: To combine economics and French in the same learning experience, focused on the European Union.
Placement: Confrontations Europe (European socio-economic affairs think tank)
Responsibilities as intern:
- Associate researcher responsible for building knowledge base on current EU-US relations especially in the area of economic policy.
- Participation in working group on the EU and globalization.
- Participation in outside meetings and seminars including colloquium in Brussels on the financial crisis.
- Creation of economic policy fact sheets as basis for debate on the Balkans.
Subject of research: EU-US Relations during Economic Crisis: Is it bringing them together or driving them apart?
And... After graduation her EU experience helps to land a position with a WDC economic and financial consulting firm.

Measuring economic progress from a cross-cultural perspective

Name: Yuan W.
Undergraduate major field(s): Economy & Political Science
Goals for his Field Study semester: Gain work experience in an international environment examining the conditions attached to French foreign investments.
Placement: International organization helping government to tackle the economic, social and governance challenges of a globalized economy
Responsibilities as intern:
- Collect data on and evaluate legal and institutional framework of China’s national statistical system in order to prepare superiors for trip to Beijing
- Conduct a case study on the policy and methods of measuring economic growth and progress in China
- Contribute to a report on Chinese measurements in the framework of international standards
Subject of research: The Changing Policy and Practice of Measurement of Economic Progress and Wellbeing in the People’s Republic of China
And... Upon returning to university, Yuan was awarded a prestigious research grant to participate in economic research on institutional failure at the Federal Reserve pre-financial crisis.

Economics major has productive internship analyzing labor data

Name: Rebecca F.
Undergraduate major field(s): Economics, French Studies
Goals for her Field Study semester: To work in the economic development sector, ideally at the OECD
Placement: OECD (Organization for economic cooperation and development
Responsibilities as intern:
- Become incorporated into a team of professional economists
- Analysis of data of EU and non-member countries (BRIC countries)
- Work with various OECD databases, completing a statistical and economic analysis of economic, education and labor data to compile a report on labor productivity
Subject of research: Labor productivity: a comparison of two OECD databases and the illustration of the Balassa Samuelson effect
And... Rebecca stayed in touch with the OECD, co-publishing her senior thesis research with one of her colleagues. She later moved to Paris when she was offered a job in a different department of the organization.

America v. Europe/ the Federal Reserve v. the European Central Bank

Name: Christine Z.
Undergraduate major field(s): French, Economics
Goals for her Field Study semester: "To expand my knowledge of macroeconomic issues, particularly monetary issues in the EU; to learn sufficient French economic vocabulary to write an economic report in French."
Placement: OFCE (French Institute for Economic Policy Analysis and Foresight)
Responsibilities as an intern:
- Conduct research on the economic policies of the European Central Bank, focusing on a comparison with the American Federal Reserve
- Collaborate with a professional researcher on a scientific article on the policies of the BCE (Christine’s name appeared on the article that was published.)
Subject of research: The European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve Bank: diverging policies in the face of the same international crisis?
And… Christine later worked for Deutsch Bank and is now getting her master’s degree in economics at Colombia University.

Consolidating European banks and French research

Name: Anders J.
Undergraduate major field(s): French Language and Literature, Economics concentration
Goals for his Field Study semester: To learn about current French and European debates on economic and social issues and gauge the attitude within France towards US policy.
Placement: OFCE (French Institute for Economic Policy Analysis and Foresight)
Responsibilities as intern:
- Assist professional researcher using a range of sources to conduct research on banking consolidation in Europe.
- Attend doctoral-level seminars given by top French economists
- Audit economics courses at the Institute d’études Politiques
Subject of research: Banking and financial services consolidation in Europe
And… Anders’ research in the financial sector as well as his experience speaking French served him well as he has worked for Deutsche Bank as a bond trader working with large investors like central banks.
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