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INTERN: Cultural Services of the French Embassy

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S. are happy to launch the new edition of the Innovation Policy Internship Program! This 8-week internship program in France is designed to inspire a new generation of students committed to promoting innovation and change in the public sector.

This year, the program will take place in Toulouse and Strasbourg from June 1 to July 25, 2020.


  • This unique program is open to students from the following American partner universities: Brown University – Columbia University – Cornell University – Dartmouth College – Duke University – Georgetown University – George Washington University – Harvard University – Johns Hopkins University – Louisiana State University – Massachusetts Institute of Technology – New York University – Northwestern University – Princeton University – Texas A&M – Tufts University – University of California Los Angeles – University of Florida – University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign – University of Southern California – University of Texas at Austin – Yale University – University of Wisconsin at Madison – Webster University.
  • Undergraduate, graduate and PhD students are eligible to apply.

Host institutions

  • Toulouse: Federal University of Toulouse, City of Toulouse, Occitanie Regional Council, Groupe Dépêche Foundation, Occitanie Data, University Hospital Center of Toulouse
  • Strasbourg: European Ombudsman, Diplomatic Mission of the Prefecture of the Grand-Est Region, City of Strasbourg, Bas-Rhin Deparmental Council, Rhin National Opera, University of Strasbourg

The list of internship subjects can be found on our website:

Please note that the French language is not mandatory. Selected students will be working closely with English-speaking French students during their internship who will help them understand the administrative and social context of the host institution.

Program fees

Approx. $3,000 (the amount might slightly change depending on the currency rate), including:

– Furnished studio apartment in a residence with other American interns for the duration of the program;
– Transportation from local airport or train station to the apartment;
– Local transportation pass for the duration of the program;
– Health and liability insurance;
– Cultural visits in the host city;
– Seminars at prestigious French schools of Public Affairs during the first week;
– Internship in a public institution in France;
– Logistical support from the Embassy of France in the U.S. and local partner institutions.

Please note that the airfare between the U.S. and Toulouse/Strasbourg is not included in the program fees. Selected students will have to book round trip plane tickets themselves. As internships are unpaid, candidates are encouraged to apply for funding through their school.

Application process

The call for applications is now open! Students can apply until February 24, 2020 (12 pm EST time) via the following online application form:

If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact us at

Best regards,

The Higher Education Team

Embassy of France in the U.S.