Internships

Credit Internships

A select number of highly motivated graduate students may conduct an internship for credit, at no extra cost, during the fall semester while studying at the Middlebury School in France.

Through internships, students enhance and strengthen their foreign language skills, deepen their immersion in a foreign culture, and gain in-depth experience within a foreign work environment.  This experience can also provide participants with new knowledge and skills that may lead to greater career advancement, graduate school, and other opportunities in the future. Interns will earn credit (one unit) equal to that of a regular course for the internship and take one less class that semester compared to the normal course load. Internships will receive a letter grade.

Past graduate internship descriptions can be found here.

Interns will be required to fulfill a variety of work-related and academic assignments:
  • Interns will participate in workshops organized on topics such as how to prepare for the interview in French, how to market their internship experience on their CV, etc.
  • Interns will work 16 hours a week during an eight-week period of the semester.
  • Interns will complete an independent research paper in the target language that will be graded by a faculty member on site.
  • Interns will keep a daily journal in the target language of their activity at the internship that should be a record of the internship experience: recording assignments given, tasks completed, personal impressions (of the field of employment and host site's role in it), etc.
  • Upon completion of the internship, Students must submit a 1-2 paragraph summary description of the internship (in English) for posting on our webpage.
  • Interns must also complete an evaluation form at the end of their internship.
  • Interns will earn credit equal to that of a regular course for the internship and take one less class that semester compared to the normal course load. Students may not take the normal full load of courses for their site AND also receive academic credit for their internship. Internships will receive a letter grade.
  • Interns are not allowed to receive any salary or other financial support from their internship hosts.

    At the start of the internship, internship students, their internship supervisor and the internship coordinator will sign a form agreeing to the terms for receiving credit. At the end of the internship, all parties will sign a similar form verifying that all requirements were met. Upon receiving these three signatures, the internship will appear on the student's Middlebury transcript and the student will receive academic credit.

Non-Credit Internships

Students may choose to pursue an internship for the experience alone, and not for academic credit.

Such interns will still be required to fulfill a variety of assignments, minus the formal academic paper:

  • Students will work from 10-15 hours a week.
  • Interns will keep a daily journal in the target language of their activity at the internship that should be a record of the internship experience: recording assignments given, tasks completed, personal impressions (of the field of employment and host site's role in it), etc.
  • In addition, interns must submit a 1-2 paragraph summary description of the internship for posting on our webpage (in English).
  • Interns must also complete an evaluation form at the end of their internship.

The French School

Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
P: 802.443.5526
F: 802.443.2075

Mailing address
French School
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT  05753

Sheila Schwaneflugel, Coordinator
sschwaneflugel@middlebury.edu