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Business School students experience Europe

02 Jul 2013

A group of 18 Business School students have travelled to Paris this month to take up internships as part of the School's coveted international Industry Placement Program.

Earlier this year, the Business School expanded the reach of the program following the formation of a partnership with leading French university Sciences Po, allowing students to work and study in Paris for six weeks, from mid-June to the end of July.

"Participating students will intern at a public or private sector organisation in Paris during the day and study four nights a week at Sciences Po," said Dr Leanne Piggott, Director of the Business Programs Unit at the Business School. "This is a very exciting opportunity for our students to gain work experience in a major European city."

Included among the placements are a number of commerce-related Directorates at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), an opportunity that arose following the signing of a historic internship agreement between the OECD and the University of Sydney.

The agreement was signed in Paris by Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence, who took part in the 2013 OECD Forum, and M. Yves Leterme, Deputy Secretary General of the OECD.

"Students who participate in the Paris Industry Placement Program will receive credit towards their degree for both the Science Po subject they complete, and the placement they undertake," Dr Piggott continued.

"The Industry Placement Programs are part of the Business School's commitment to providing our students with a well-rounded education that includes not only theory, but practical business experience," said Associate Professor Philip Seltsikas, Associate Dean (Undergraduate) of the Business School.

Sciences Po is one of Frances top universities, occupying seven campuses in the heart of Paris. Founded in 1872, today it has more than 10,000 students, from more than 130 different countries, and offers courses in a range of languages. The Business School students are studying French as a part of their European Studies program.

The Paris program is part of the School's Industry Placement Program, offering international study and work opportunities in the US and China, as well as several domestic and regional programs. For more information, please visit the Industry Placement Program website.