13 October 2010

Business and Engineering students at The University of Queensland (UQ) now have the opportunity to work in France thanks to a new partnership established between UQ and the French Embassy.

The Embassy of France in Australia is offering UQ students a chance to do a six or 12-month internship at a French company as part of The French Company Internship Program.

The internship program is one of a kind in Australia and includes return airfares to France, medical expenses coverage, intensive language courses and a $30,000 per annum salary.

UQ is the only university in Queensland to offer access to this program.

Director of UQ’s Office of Undergraduate Education, Professor Sushila Chang, said the program would provide students with invaluable international work experience and would also foster stronger cross-cultural understanding between the two countries.

“This is an excellent opportunity for UQ students who may have wanted to work in Europe but did not have the opportunity or resources to do so,” Professor Chang said.

“It will create pathways for students to look at working internationally and help broaden their horizons intellectually and as global citizens.

“Successful students will spend the first half of the internship working at a French company’s Australian office to become familiar with the company’s operations and then spend the rest of the internship working in France.”

The French Embassy hopes the internship program will attract more Australian students to study French as a second language and encourage more Australian graduates to work for French companies.

For more information on the internship program, please visit http://www.uq.edu.au/undergraduate/internships#international

Media: Professor Sushila Chang (07) 3346 7012 or sushila.chang@uq.edu.au or Izzy Koh (07) 3346 7696 i.koh@uq.edu.au