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  • Locations: Strasbourg, France
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:


What You Need to Know

Would you like to put your working knowledge of the French language to great use? Syracuse Abroad offers internships in Strasbourg, France, for qualified students in language, business, politics, education, media, art, community service, etc.

Community Internship details:
  • Placements are made overseas by our on-site internship coordinator
  • Pre-Placement phone interviews & on-site placement interviews are required
  • Interns must be flexible about their internship placements
  • Interns should have an intermediate or advanced level of French, as most placements require a good working knowledge of the language
  • Internships may entail some research and investigative work
Students are supervised by their on-site supervisor, and have weekly meetings with the Madame Hardenberg, the Syracuse Strasbourg Internship Coordinator. Students must submit a final report.

All Community Internships can be combined with the Religion, Law, and Human Rights in a Comparative Perspective course or the French for Diplomacy course, both also run through the Strasbourg Center. A Community Internship can be done for 2 credits, if combined with one of these other courses.

Those interested in an internship with the Council of Europe (COE) will go through a different application process. The COE Internship(s) are done for 3 credits and are not able to be combined with another course. If you are interested in this unique opportunity, please contact your Admissions Counselor. For specific questions on the COE Internships, students are asked to work directly with the Director of the Strasbourg Center, Dr. Raymond Bach.

While in Strasbourg, students receive the full support and services of the Syracuse Strasbourg Center and its five staff members. The Syracuse Center organizes 3 all-day excursions to local sites of interest, including the Black Forest (just over the border in Germany) and the impressive Haut Koenigsbourg castle in Alsace. These trips are led by local SU staff and their cost is included in the program fee. The Syracuse Center also organizes and finances a weekly outing to a local market, followed by a picnic lunch with all the summer students and staff, as well as a farewell dinner for students and their supervisors.

visiting student in strasbourg

 "“With its German and French influences, Strasbourg is a cultural hub with a charming atmosphere. It’s tram and bus system made the city very accessible. The best decision I made was renting a bike. The city is very bike friendly and makes late night travel much easier. There are a couple lakes right outside the city which were great to bike to and a relaxing way to spend the day.” Antoine Lagasse, Strasbourg Internship Summer 2018

Eligibility and Requirements

Participants must have the fundamental background and skills required in their area of interest, as extensive training is not possible. Nearly all placements require a good knowledge of French, i.e., the equivalent of four college semesters.

Applicants are required to submit a resume (in English) with a cover letter in French. The cover letter should indicate the general objectives and motivations for interning in Strasbourg, as well as your address, phone number and e-mail address. After acceptance, Madame Hardenberg will work closely with students find the placement that best corresponds to their qualifications and interests.

Those interested in an internship with the Council of Europe (COE) will go through a different application process, so if you are interested in this unique opportunity, please contact your Admissions Counselor. For specific questions on the COE Internships, students are asked to work directly with the Director of the Strasbourg Center, Dr. Raymond Bach.

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Travel and Living

Students arrange and pay for their own round-trip transatlantic flight to Strasbourg.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not purchase your airline ticket before receiving written notification from us that you can book your flight. You will have to present this notification if we cancel the program at a later date, and you want to be reimbursed for the cost of the ticket.

You will be housed in private homes with hosts who provide 7 breakfasts and 5 dinners per week.  Students who accept longer internships (those that begin before the program begins or end after the program ends) will be charged an additional room and board fee.

*Travel and living arrangements are subject to change. Syracuse Abroad will provide detailed information prior to the program start date.


Experience Credit
FRE/IPA/PSC 470/670, 3 Credits, Undergraduate/Graduate

This course provides internships in a wide range of organizations, businesses and professional sectors.

For most placements students should have experience in the field, and a good level of French.

You'll be expected to carry out the projects assigned by an on-site supervisor, and will meet on a weekly basis with your faculty sponsor, Madame Hardenberg. 

Students may be asked to start their internship before the program officially begins or stay after the program ends. Students who accept longer assignments will be billed by Syracuse University for extended living arrangements.

Students are required to keep a daily journal of their activities and to write a final report.  Final grades are based on the journal and report, the student’s presence on the internship site, weekly meetings with Madame Hardenberg, and the evaluation of the on-site supervisor.

*It is the student's responsibility to confirm with their home school/college that the course(s) taken as part of this program will satisfy their degree requirements.

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Mick Hardenberg is in charge of community internships and housing for the Syracuse University Strasbourg Center. She received her DEA in English from the Université de Strasbourg and her M.A. in French from the University of Houston Central Campus.  Feel free to contact Madame Hardenberg for further information:


 Program begins:  May 14, 2020
 Program ends:  June 27, 2020 
 Application deadline:   February 20*

* Applications received after February 20 will be considered if there is still space in the program.


 UNDERGRADUATE (3 credits)
 Tuition  $3,891 (2019 rate) 
 Program Fee  $2,400 (estimate) 
 Total  $6,291 (estimate)
 GRADUATE (3 credits)
 Tuition  $4,860 (2019 rate)
 Program Fee   $2,400 (estimate)
 Total  $7,260 (estimate)


Additional Financial Information: We estimate that students should budget accordingly for the following expenses:

Air travel: $1,400
Books & Supplies: $50
Personal: $500
Lunches and other meals: $700

*Please note that there may be additional fees associated with this program if a visa is required.

These figures are for expenses not covered in the tuition or program fee and are paid out-of-pocket.


For questions on the application, please contact:
Stephanie Ramin, Admissions Counselor for Summer Programs (

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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.