Department of Foreign Languages

Internship Program Overview

Students pursuing the B.A. in Modern Language & Culture (primary language of French or Spanish) are required to complete an internship or a study abroad. The Department of Foreign Languages also offers any student the opportunity to participate in an internship who has completed the courses numbered 3302 (Conversation) and 3303 (Advanced Grammar and Composition) in Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

A foreign language internship is a partnership between the university, the student, and the host-organization in which motivated students gain valuable knowledge of the target language and culture(s) that cannot be acquired in the classroom. The experience gives students an opportunity to enhance their language skills in a professional environment as well as to learn skills that will prepare them for their future career(s). In some cases, an internship may lead to obtaining a job.

Interns earn credit hours, which vary according to the number of hours spent at the host-organization (see the chart below). These host-organizations can be quite diverse; they have included major international companies like CNN, Coca Cola, or Delta Airlines, and small companies like LATN (Latin American Translator's Network). Usually, interns find positions in governmental organizations, local businesses associated with the target language and culture(s), schools, and non-profit organizations such as Misión Católica or the Latin American Association. Depending on the nature of the host-organization, interns may be paid for their work by the host-organization. Although most host-organizations are located within the Metro Atlanta Area, some possibilities exist for internships outside of the state, and even internships abroad.

An internship is a time-consuming endeavor that can be extremely rewarding if well planned. To maximize effectiveness, students must play an active role at the different stages of the process:

  • Students must be familiar with the Foreign Language Internship Program (FLIP).
  • Students must define their goals and objectives (and develop a Learning Contract in consultation with their faculty supervisor).
  • Students must participate actively in finding a host-organization (students are responsible for arranging interviews at the proposed host-organization).
  • Students must fulfill their Learning Contract activities, reflect upon their experience, and be actively involved in all aspects of the target language and culture(s) during their internship.

Since planning for an internship takes time (anywhere from two weeks to three months), interested students should start the process early on in the semester preceding the internship.

For more information, please contact the following advisors according to your language interest and at the beginning of the semester prior to the semester of the proposed internship (i.e., contact in early September for a Spring internship, etc.): Noah McLaughlin for French; Dr. Jaime Cruz-Ortiz for Spanish; Dr. Sabine Smith for German; Dr. Federica Santini for Italian; Dr. Liuxi Meng for Chinese.