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Careers in French and Italian

Why Study French?

With the economic outlook uncertain, many students and their families are concerned about job prospects after graduation. We are happy to say that you need not choose between your love for French and your ambitions to succeed professionally. We've set this portion of the website aside as a resource for our students as they plan their careers.

The materials begin with a brief video introduction by Marysia Wowro, who compiled the information in this section. This is followed by a series of three PowerPoint presentations. The first two discuss the importance of French and French-speaking countries in the world today. The third goes into more detail about internship and job opportunities for French-speakers. You'll also find a downloadable brochure that summarizes much of this information and a link to other useful websites.

We try to keep this information up-to-date. If you find errors or have further ideas, please let us know by contacting the Department office. We are also in the process of expanding this site to include interactive features such as a job forum for our students and alumni. You should also visit Miami's Career Services for more general information.

New Career Oriented Course

As part of the College of Arts and Science's efforts to provide career development opportunities to our students, CAS301 is being offered this winter semester on Mondays from 5:30-6:20pm. A description of the class is below.  Contact Dr. Christopher Makaroff if you have questions about this course.

CAS 301 is a 1 credit hour course offered by the College of Arts and Science to help students explore and more fully understand the critical links between a strong liberal arts undergraduate education and diverse career paths including choices in business, government, and the private, non-profit sector. This course is particularly relevent for students who are majoring in the liberal arts areas, i.e. students with majors and/or minors in the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences or any of the interdisciplinary programs. Through selected readings, facilitated discussions, and experiential exercises students will examine a variety of foundational skills and dispositions that are all grounded in experiences within their majors and minors in the College of Arts and Science, including: critical, strategic and analytic thinking; writing competence; quantitative literacy, transformative leadership; and professional ethics and integrity. Students will also explore practical applications of those skills and dispositions in diverse careers. Student work in the course will be facilitated, in part, by mentorship from distinguished College of Arts and Science alumni who have established successful careers in business, government or the private-non-profit professions. These alumni will interact with students both virtually and through an "alumni in residence" program.

Articles of Interest

Click on the title below to access a prominent article and video that was run in the Wall Street Journal on April 5, 2012.  This article and video stressed the value of the liberal arts-and the humanities in particular.

What can a major in the humanities do for you? Read the story of one former French major's rise to success in an April 14, 2014 Miami Student article.

Career PowerPoint Presentations:

Job Postings

TEACHING ASSISTANT PROGRAM IN FRANCE

Work in France for 7 months teaching English to French students!

Job Duties: Assistant teaches English classes for a total of 12 hours per week in up to 3 schools. Assistant serves as a resource person in conversation groups,
organizes activities and tutorials for small groups, facilitates language clubs, and/or works alongside the teacher with the entire class present.

Benefits: Salary of €790 net per month. Health insurance provided. Housing not provided (host schools and program organizers offer advice and support whenever possible).

Eligibility: Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. French nationals and French-American dual citizens are not eligible to apply. Must be between 20 and 30 years old and have completed at least 3 years of higher education by October 1 of each application cycle. Must be a native speaker of English with at least an intermediate level of proficiency in French.

Internships and Career Opportunities Resources

Student Programs and Career Opportunities Offered by the U.S. Department of State

Student Programs

  • Cooperative Education Program
  • Fascell Fellowship Program
  • Presidential Management Fellows Program
  • Stay-In-School
  • Student Disability Program
  • Student Internships (Spring, Summer, Fall)
  • Summer Clerical Program
  • Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs/Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program

Career Options

Les services de l'Ambassade à Washington qui recrutent des stagiaires sont les suivants Service Culturel

(éducation et événements culturels à Washington)
ATTENTION: Tous les candidats pour un stage au service culturel doivent obligatoirement transiter par le bureau des stages du MAE (Ministère des Affaires Etrangères). Pour ce faire, veuillez contacter:

Ministère des Affaires Etrangères
Direction des ressources humaines
Sous-direction de la formation
Département de la formation
Bureau des stages étudiants
34 rue La Pérouse
75016 Paris
FRANCE
Tel: +33 (0)1 43 17 70 23

Les stages au service culturel sont pour la plupart de longue durée (6-9 mois).

Alliance Française de France

Il faut vous adresser aux alliances spécifiques qui vous intéressent.
Vous pouvez trouver leur coordonnées ici:

Email : info@alliancefr.org
Telephone: +33 (0)1 42 84 90 00

Alliance Française de Washington
Pour votre information, voici les coordonnées de l'Alliance de Washington, DC:

Email: alliance@francedc.org
Telephone: (202) 234-7911 (Ext. 860/861)
Fax: (202) 234-0125

Mission Economique

N.B.: La Mission Economique reçoit de très nombreuses candidatures, rendant le processus de recrutement très compétitif.

France Magazine (English-language magazine distributed by the French Government)

En général, France Magazine ne recrute qu'un seul stagiaire. Enfin, vous pouvez aussi essayer de contacter nos missions diplomatiques à New York (en particulier la Mission Economique et le Service Culturel qui s'y trouvent).

Programs for Americans in France

LONG-TERM INTERNSHIPS

French-American Chamber of Commerce

  • Three months to 18 months in duration
  • Private firms and companies only are eligible
  • Candidates must be American citizens and in college (or have a degree) and be between 18 and 35 years old
  • Internships must be paid at least the French minimum wage
  • Candidates usually find the position on their own, with FACC help

SHORT-TERM INTERNSHIPS

French Embassy

  • One month to one year in duration
  • Private and public sectors, non-profits and NGOs are eligible
  • Candidates must be enrolled in an American college or have finished less than 2 years ago
  • Candidates do not need to be American citizens
  • Internships are not always paid
  • The French Embassy can help you find a position

ASSISTANTSHIPS

French Embassy

  • Six to nine months teaching English in France
  • Candidates are placed in schools (école primaire to IUFM) by the French education ministry
  • Candidates must be between 20 and 34 years old as of October 1, 2010
  • Participants act as English language assistants for 12 hours per week and receive a stipend of 890 euros per month

Websites of Major French Companies Where Internships May be Offered

International Career Development Program Websites

International Organizations with French as the Official Language

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Organization Name Official languages Headquarters
Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (Francophonie) French Paris, France
Union africaine (AU) Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, Swahili Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) English, French Paris, France
Bureau international des poids et mesures (BIPM) English, French Sèvres, France
Tribunal Arbitral du Sport (CAS) English, French Lausanne, Switzerland
Communauté des Etats Sahélo- Sahariens (CEN-SAD) Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, Swahili Tripoli, Libya
Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques (CMAS) English, French, Spanish Rome, Italy
Conseil de l'Europe (CoE) English, French Strasbourg, France
Marché commun de l'Afrique orientale et australe (COMESA) English, French, Portuguese Tripoli, Libya
Union européenne de radio-télévision (EBU) English, French Geneva, Switzerland
Communauté Économique des États d'Afrique Centrale (ECCAS) French, Portuguese, Spanish Libreville, Gabon
Communauté économique des États de l'Afrique de l'Ouest (ECOWAS) English, French, Portuguese Abuja, Nigeria
Agence spatiale européenne (ESA) English, French, German Paris, France
Union européenne (EU) 23 Languages of the EU
The European Commisison conducts businessin English, French, and German.
Brussels, Belgium
Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) English, French Lausanne, Switzerland
Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI) English, French Lausanne, Switzerland
Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) English, French Paris, France
Fédération Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) English, French Geneva, Switzerland
Fédération Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Toboganning (FIBT) English, French, German Milan, Italy
Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE) English, French Athens, Greece
Fédération Internationale d'Escrime (FIE) English, French, Spanish Lausanne, Switzerland
Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) English, French, German, Spanish Zürich, Switzerland
Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) English, French Moutier, Switzerland
Fédération Internationale de Hockey sur Gazon (FIH) English, French Lausanne, Switzerland
Fédération International de Luge de Course (FIL[1]) English, French, German Berchtesgaden, Germany
Fédération Internationale des Luttes Associées (FILA) English, French Lausanne, Switzerland
Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) English, French Mies, Switzerland
Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) English, French Lausanne, Switzerland
Fédération Internationale des Quilleurs (FIQ) English, French Pasig City, Manila, Philippines
Fédération Internationale de Roller Sports (FIRS) English, French Rome, Italy
Fédération Internationale de Ski (FIS) English, French, German Oberhofen am Thunersee, Switzerland
Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d'Aviron (FISA) English, French Lausanne, Switzerland
Fédération Internationale de Tir à l'Arc (FITA) English, French Lausanne, Switzerland
Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) English, French Lausanne, Switzerland
Cour Pénale Internationale (ICC) English, French The Hague, Netherlands
Cour internationale de Justice (ICJ) English, French The Hague, Netherlands
Fédération internationale des journalistes (IFJ) English, French, Spanish Brussels, Belgium
Autorité intergouvernementale pour le développement (IGAD) English, French Djibouti, Djibouti
Union Géographique Internationale (IGU) English, French Brussels, Belgium
Organisation hydrographique internationale (IHO) English, French Monaco
Mouvement international de la Croix- Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge (International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement) English, French, Spanish Geneva, Switzerland
Interpol (Interpol) Arabic, English, French, Spanish Lyon, France
Comité International Olympique (IOC) English, French Lausanne, Switzerland
Association internationale de science politique (IPSA) English, French Montreal, Canada
Autorité internationale des fonds marins (ISA) English, French, Spanish Kingston, Jamaica
Organisation internationale de normalisation (ISO) English, French Geneva, Switzerland
Secrétariat International de l'Eau (ISW[2]) English, French, Spanish Montreal, Canada
Union Latine (Latin Union) Catalan, French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish Paris, France
Médecins sans frontières (MSF) English, French Geneva, Switzerland
Accord de libre-échange nord- américain (NAFTA) English, French, Spanish Mexico City, Ottawa and Washington, D.C.
Organisation du traité de l'Atlantique Nord (NATO) English, French Brussels, Belgium
Organisation des États Américains (OAS) English, French, Portuguese, Spanish Washington, D.C., USA
Organisation de coopération et de développement économiques (OECD) English, French Paris, France
Organisation de la conférence islamique (OIC) Arabic, English, French Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Organisation pour l'interdiction des armes chimiques (OPCW) Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish Washington, D.C., USA
Reporters sans frontières (RWB) English, French, German, Spanish Paris, France
Communauté de Développement de l’Afrique Australe (SADC) English, French, Portuguese Gaborone, Botswana
Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) English, French Aigle, Switzerland
Union Internationale des Associations d'Alpinisme (UIAA) English, French Berne, Switzerland
Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) English, French Monaco
Union Mondiale de Billard (UMB) English, French Madrid, Spain
Organisation des Nations Unies (UN (and all its agencies)) Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish
The Secretariat conducts business in English and French
New York, USA
Union postale universelle (UPU) French Berne, Switzerland
Agence mondiale antidopage (WADA) English, French Montreal, Canada
Association mondiale des journaux (WAN) English, French, German, Spanish Paris, France
Union de l'Europe Occidentale (WEU) English, French
Organisation Mondiale du Commerce (WTO) English, Franch, Spanish Geneva, Switzerland
Zone de Paix et de Coopération de l'Atlantique Sud (ZPCAS) English, French, Portuguese, Spanish) Brasília, Brazil

Other Organizations

Peace Corp Logo The Peace Corps is actively looking for applicants with French language skills.  Miami has historically had a strong tie with the Corps and many of our graduates have found it to be a rewarding experience that can lead to international careers in public service and non-governmental organizations.  For more information, click on the Peace Corps seal.
Cultural Services French Embassy Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Southern Teacher Agency

The Southern Teachers Agency is the premier PK-12 teacher recruitment service in the South.  STA offers free teacher placement for candidates, and it is the only agency that focuses on private and independent school placements.  STA provides personal service to their candidates and their schools.  Each candidate is treated as an individual with unique talents and search parameters.  For further information, click on the STA seal.

Going Global

Going Global is a provider of both country-specific and USA city-specific career and employment information. Going Global's unlimited access subscription database features 30 Country Career Guides, 41 USA City Career guides, corporate profiles and more than 500,000 internship and job listings within the USA and around the world.  Click on the GOINGGLOBAL image to access the site.  It does require that you log in using your Miami unique ID and password.

Career Services

For even more assistance with career planning, visit Miami University's Career Services.