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Paris Industry Placement Program a success

13 Aug 2014

Paris IPP group The Dean of the Business School, Professor Greg Whitwell, has declared the Paris Industry Placement Program a resounding success with students offered an opportunity to experience today's business world by working with a leading European organisation.

The Business School partnered with SciencesPo in late 2012, one of France's leading universities, to deliver the Paris Program adding to its international placements already offered in Asia and the US.

Professor Whitwell describes the program as "a very exciting" opportunity for Business School students wishing to gain international work experience.

"We believe that students' ability to succeed depends on the opportunity to immerse themselves in a practical business environment before graduation," Professor Whitwell said.

The six week placement saw 16 students live and work in the heart of Paris during semester break. The group, the second to join the program, have now returned to Sydney.

"I was delighted to hear how impressed placement supervisors were with the quality of Business School students," said Professor Lyn Carson, Paris Placement Program Academic Advisor.

Students who participate in the program undertake an internship through the day with a public or private sector organisation and attend class at Sciences Pro four nights a week.

Host organisations this year included the OECD, Kimberly Wealth Management, Sybille Accessories, Altios International, Frederic Calinaud Legal and Grameen Credit Agricole.

Participating students were immersed in both the French language with classes mounted as part of their European Studies program, and in French culture with the opportunity to explore the famous European city.

The group also travelled to the European Parliament in Brussels.

SciencesPo 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 Paris program is part of the Business School's Industry Placement Program, offering domestic and regional study and work opportunities, as well as internationally in both the US and China.