INSTRUCTOR: Anne-Marine Feat (Modern Languages & Literatures)
Course Description: This course will provide students with an overview of the French-speaking workplace, as well as industry-specific language skills in a professional environment. We will be based in Western France allowing the students to understand the wide variety of French regional cultures. Students will have the opportunity to converse and interact with leaders from local organizations and governmental branches as well as to intern in companies/organizations linked to their professional field of interest. This practical experience will give participants specific duties and responsibilities in a business environment. Each intern will have an opportunity to be trained by French professionals on the site (such as family businesses, restaurants, youth, and social centers, schools, banks, hospitals, vet clinics, and farms…) providing valuable on-the-job experience. Travels will be framed by the rich and complex city of Paris—with the opportunity to compare different perceptions of provincial vs. urban economy.