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International Relations Internships | Master's and PHD Students

Internships

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

During the Master's or Ph.D. in International Relations and Diplomacy at AGS, you have the opportunity to do an internship in an intergovernmental organization, an NGO, or another type of organization where you will gain relevant experience in international relations. This allows you to explore career paths, make useful professional contacts, and enhance your international profile. M.A. students have the option to pursue their internship for credit as part of the degree program

Most AGS students do their internship in Paris, during the fall or spring semester, along with classes. You may also choose to do your internship in another city of France or another country, if scheduling allows (summer, semester abroad.)

We provide support, advice and contacts with potential organizations to support your internship seach, as well as the required legal document allowing students to intern in France––a three-party formal agreement named "convention de stage". However, note that you are responsible for finding your own internship, as this is part of the educational process.

AGS has a very good track record for internship placement. Over the years the school has developed connections and gained a strong reputation with a large number of organizations that have regularly taken AGS interns and know their qualifications.

Here are some examples of organizations where AGS students have interned in the past (this is a non-comprehensive list):

  • UNEP (United Nations Environment Program)

  • UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)

  • OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development)

  • IEA (International Energy Agency)

  • Human Rights Watch

  • NATO

  • USAID

  • World Food Programme

  • Académie Diplomatique Internationale

  • International New York Times

  • Time Magazine

  • International Chamber of Commerce

  • Solidarité Aide Humanitaire d'Urgence

  • Different Country State Departments' Embassies in France (USA, Germany, Nigeria, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, etc.)

Internships-for-credit: Policy

In order to count for credit, internships have to be pre-approved by AGS to ensure that they properly complement the program and best serve your job aspirations. Internhips for credit have to be at least 220 hours spread over one semester (a typical internship is 15 hours per week over 15 weeks.)

When you opt to do your internship for credit, you are assigned a dedicated internship director who guides you in the fulfillment of written and oral requirements designed to help you make the most of your internship experience and fully integrate it with the academic program. These requirements include:

  • An oral presentation on the internship experience during a mid-semester workshop with the AGS internship director and fellow students

  • Researching and writing a paper about the internship (10-12 pages)

  • A completed supervisor evaluation form as produced by the organization providing the internship.

When meeting these requirements, the internship receives 3 credits as an elective course (out of the 42 required for the M.A. or 36 required for the Ph.D.).

 
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