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- Between literature and economics: the business of poetry
- Literature and public health come together around Africans’ personal stories
- Communications at the heart of a major publishing firm
- What do French young adults want to read?

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Between literature and economics: the business of poetry

Name: Simonne B.
Undergraduate major field(s): English and French Language and Literature, Economics
Goals for his/her Paris Field Study semester: After the Fall semester spent on her university’s program in Lyon, enroll in IFE to keep improving French while learning about French society through the lens of literature.
Placement: Marché de la Poésie/The Poetry Fair (a bi-annual outdoor Paris book fair devoted to poetry)
Responsibilities as intern:
- Assistant to the head of the event as he prepares the upcoming fair of May/June 2012.
- In charge of the Fair’s Internet site, and its Facebook and Twitter accounts.
- Other duties related to preparing the Fair include registering participating publishers and institutions representing the featured countries, and generating the catalogue for the Fair.
- Accompany her supervisor on meetings with authors, publishers and other figures
Subject of research: The influence of Paris on poets and writers in the 20th century
And... Simonne stayed on through June to participate in the Fair and in the many events scheduled around the Fair (debates with authors, seminars, etc.)

Literature and public health come together around Africans’ personal stories

Name: Suzanne W.
Undergraduate major field(s): Literature, Biology (pre-med)
Goals for her Paris Field Study semester: Perfect her spoken French and figure out if public health was really what she wanted to pursue after college
Placement: URACA - NGO for and by Paris African communities focusing on public health and culture
Responsibilities as intern:
- Assist groups of women prepare action plans for AIDS prevention activities
- Draft reports of synthesizing the actions carried out by women’s groups
- Respond to incoming phone calls, receive visitors, perform translations, help with visa formalities for the US
- Distribute meals to hospitalized members of the URACA community
- Participate in recording oral history of African patients speaking about AIDS
Subject of research: Personal stories and AIDS: Discourse analysis of twenty-one African AIDS patients in France talking about their disease
And... "Not only can I now hold a conversation in French without pantomime but I’m sure about my public health choice and maybe want to focus on women’s health after seeing the positive effects URACA has had on the community."

Communications at the heart of a major publishing firm

Name: Sarah R.
Undergraduate major field(s): Comparative literature & Jewish Studies
Goals for her Field Study semester: To become involved in the literary world in Paris while becoming fluent in French.
Placement: France’s third largest publishing firm
Responsibilities as intern:
- Prepare press reviews and distribute them to authors
- Archive articles on books published by the firm
- Prepare book/ press kit mailings for journalists
- Update files on journalists
- Assist the office with the forthcoming transition to digital archiving
- Represent superiors on telephone and in computer communications
Subject of research: Jan Karski: An attempt to broaden the Shoah discourse
And... After graduating, Sarah was accepted as a Fullbright fellow to Turkey where she taught at Belecik University. She now uses her communications experience to create marketing and publicity strategies at her job at a non-profit.

What do French young adults want to read?

Name: Alexandra L.
Undergraduate major field(s): English Literature & French Studies
Goals for her Field Study semester: To gain more experience and a global perspective in the realm of publishing.
Placement: France’s third largest publishing firm
Responsibilities as intern:
- Consult on English-language acquisitions: read manuscripts, summarize in French,
- Read the majority of incoming young adult manuscripts in both English and French and report on quality of work and viability in French market
- Assist with communications, both in French and in English, with authors, agents, and other sectors of the publishing firm
Subject of research: The Future of Publishing Young Adult Literature; Crisis and change in the face of new technologies
And... Alexandra’s internship at IFE set her firmly on her path in publishing; She is now an editorial assistant at Simon and Schuster.
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