French field study and internship programs

Student Profiles

Sample student profiles

- Bringing theory to concrete, and vice-versa, for a women’s studies major
- Try this on for size: fashion and feminism in one magazine
- Women in sports

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Bringing theory to concrete, and vice-versa, for a women’s studies major

Name: Eve G.
Undergraduate major field(s): Women’s Studies, French
Goals for her Paris Field Study semester: Deepen her understanding of French society, while testing her theoretical learning on marginalized groups through an activist setting, and in another culture.
Placement: Not-for-profit support organization (Tjenbé Rèd) for LGBT members of African and Caribbean communities + women’s movement bookstore (Violette et Co.)
Responsibilities as intern:
- Violette et Co.: Participate in all activities of the bookstore, maintain presence at a booktable on the sidewalk out front, participate in activist group meetings in the store, familiarize herself with this specialized bibliography.
- Tjenbé Rèd: Interview heads of other associations to build a network, attend weekly meetings, help organize and participate in activist events.
Subject of research: Inevitable Intersections in Gender and Ethnic Communities: Anti-communautarianism and recent developments in French feminist and LGBT movements.
And... Involved with several not-for-profits and activists groups, including demonstrations, Eve more than fulfilled her initial wish to get out of the classroom and onto the pavement! Which didn’t keep her from producing a highly regarded historical-analytic research paper.

Try this on for size: fashion and feminism in one magazine

Name: Alice H.
Undergraduate major field(s): Comparative Literature, strong interest in fashion
Goals for her IFE Field Study semester: Use solid oral French skills to become fluent in French as a professional language; explore possibilities of a career in media and the arts.
Placement: Editorial staff of the leading French women’s magazine Marie Claire
Responsibilities as intern:
- Research proposed stories.
- Transcribe and translate interviews.
- Assist in all aspects of preparation of content for a monthly magazine.
Subject of research: Freedom, Femininity and Identity: The image of women in women’s press.
And... Alice discovered the other side of the camera and notebook when she was chosen as one of the subjects for a story in Marie Claire on what young women are wearing. Also, she has maintained contacts with the editorial staff for possible future work with the magazine.

Women in sports

Name: Leslie J.
Undergraduate major field(s): Political Science and Sports Studies
Goals for the internship experience: Combine both major fields in one internship, in France
Placement: The International Bureau of the Ministry for Sports and Youth Affairs
Responsibilities as intern:
- Participation in all the activities and daily tasks of the International Bureau of the Ministry of Sports
- Focus in particular on activities linked to the ministerial theme “Women in Sports” including translation and preparation of minutes of meetings, participate in international lobbying activities, etc.
- An active role in the development of a survey instrument on women in sports in Europe, for the Council of Europe.
Subject of research: Women and Sports: Planning and implementing policy for equality of opportunity for women in sports.
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