French field study and internship programs


The Strasbourg Field Study and Internship Program

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Borders divide, but they also may bring the divided together, along an interface. Lining one side of the River Rhine, the ancient and modern city of Strasbourg, capital of Alsace, has known all the roles of a boundary land, and the contemporary city is far more a center, and especially a crossroads, than it is an edge point.

Home to international institutions, the most popular international convention destination in France after Paris, its two-culture heritage alive and well as the intersection of the EU’s two most powerful member-States, Strasbourg stands as a symbol of reconciliation. Along with Alsace it is an actor in the building of European community at local, regional and trans-national levels.

Nevertheless, a good deal of the attraction for IFE of Strasbourg - the only city in Europe besides Geneva to host international bodies while not a national capital - comes from the fact that it is also a lively secondary French city. Strasbourg offers a broad, grassroots canvas of France today, beyond the confines of Paris. To the extent that all study abroad is anthropology, this teeming, ethnically diverse city is an anthropologist’s dream for seizing the reality of life in France today.

Strasbourg, Alsace, France, Germany, Europe... the future takes on a different aspect where multiple identities are the daily as well as the historical reality.

The Strasbourg program in detail

Placement Strategy
Preparatory Session
Independent Field Research Paper
Academic Credit


Weeks 1-5 Coursework in preparation for active involvement in the professional life of an organization.
Weeks 6 A break period to enable students to travel and rest before beginning their internship.
Weeks 7-18
The internship period
It is during this period that student-interns, working with their IFE research advisor, also develop and complete an independent research project on a topic related to the work of their host organization.
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