Pariscoop: The BU Paris Internship Program

The Paris Internship Program (PIP) is a semester long program at Boston University. The first eight weeks are dedicated to taking classes, while the next eight weeks are dedicated to an internship at a French company.

After studying abroad in Rennes, France during my junior year in high school, I knew I wanted to have another experience like that in college. So with my French minor and a good amount of knowledge in the language, I decided that BU’s study abroad program was the perfect way to test my skills in an academic and professional setting.

And after 18 months and three study abroad applications later, I finally made it to Paris! Although I have been here for nearly two months now, the wonder of the city has not worn off and there is still so much to explore.

I am in the Paris Internship Program, a study abroad experience where the first half of the semester is classes and the second half is a full-time internship. In terms of classes, students have the option of taking two elective courses in French or English, in addition to a French language class. I decided to take Modern & Contemporary Art in Paris and Literary Representations of Paris for my French electives, and Living French in Paris: Practical Communication and Current Culture, for my French language course. 

For my internship, I will work as a Marketing & Public Relations USA intern for Connecting Food, a French blockchain company that promotes traceability and transparency in the food industry. I had the opportunity to intern with them virtually last semester and it was such a great experience I decided to work with them again. 

While a whole semester of classes squeezed into eight short weeks can be intense, I wouldn’t change a thing. The magic of living and studying in Paris is too great of a chance to pass up. Thankfully, we do have a one-week break in between classes and the internship where I will travel to Barcelona, Spain, and then Nice, France. More pictures from that trip to come later!

Living in France this time is completely different from my previous experience because now I’m in a big city and have more liberty with how I can spend my time. Although it is more responsibility, it is a great opportunity to figure out your way in life as a young adult.

While abroad, everyone faces the challenges of adapting to a new language and familiarizing themselves with new customs. That’s why it’s so important to surround yourself with good people. Even though I came to Paris without knowing anyone, it was easy to make friends in the program.  Take a look at some of the fun adventures I’ve had with my friends so far! 

Here’s my friend, Elan, and I frolicking in front of the Eiffel Tower on Champ de Mars. I highly recommend bringing a blanket and sitting on the grass around sunset. The Eiffel Tower has a light show once the sun sets and it is such a magnificent sight to see!
Here’s my other friend, Nick, and I at a movie premiere by the Arc de Triomphe. This was a really cool event to attend because we were able to speak with various French directors all night and see the Arc de Triomphe from a rooftop bar.

Besides hanging out with my friends, I love exploring the city! There is so much to do and see — you really can’t ever get bored.

Another great part of living in Paris is that there is a café on every corner. If you want to decompress after a long day, you can grab a bite and relax. Here are some delicious desserts from a café near Rue de Rivoli, a popular shopping street in the city.
If you feel like exploring a different side of Paris, you can check out the Secret Passages, one of the oldest parts of the city. Galerie Vero-Dodat is an elegant Secret Passage in Paris. In its former glory, the passages provided a way for the wealthy to shop and dine on rainy days. Currently, the Secret Passages host a number of stores, restaurants, and bars.
The Latin Quarter is the oldest part of Paris and where the Notre Dame Cathedral is located. Unfortunately, due to the fire in 2019, Notre Dame is closed, however, there are still other places to visit in the area, such as the Saint-Michele Fountain.

Although the semester is already halfway through, I love what I experienced so far and I can’t wait to see what else Paris has in store for me.  So, if you are on the fence about doing this program, take this article as a sign to do it. Because when you think about it, when’s the next time you’ll get to live in Paris? 

P.S. The program takes you on a wine tasting 😉

Madison Imoto, Terriers Abroad Blogger

Born and raised in Kane‘ohe, Hawai‘i, Madison Imoto is a senior in the College of Communication studying Media Science with a minor in French. She is currently studying abroad with BU’s Paris Internship Program! Outside of school and work, Madison enjoys baking, traveling, and dancing. She is so excited to be a part of The COMmunicator team in Paris!

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