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Although Paris is often referred to as the City of Lights, it could be called the City of Startups. Paris has recently seen massive growth in its startup ecosystem, largely due to the government’s support in opening massive startup campuses and funding programs. Startup leaders in the city also boast that Paris is becoming even more accommodating to English speakers and that entrepreneurs are becoming more ambitious and taking more risks.

Program Highlights

  • Make the most of your summer by spending 8-weeks in Paris, gaining valuable work experience at a startup across a variety of industries
  • Live with other Sage Corps interns in apartment style housing or a student residence

  • It’s no surprise that Paris has some of the most recognizable landmarks in the world, the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame the Louvre – you will not run out of places to visit while living here

  • Paris is known for its cuisine, but you don’t have to dine at Michelin-star restaurants to try it – there are amazing options all over the city

  • Gain unique global experience that will make you stand out in future job interviews

Program Overview

Internships at startups in Paris include sales/business development, digital marketing, data analytics, software development, UX/UI design, graphic design and finance/business analytics across a variety of industries.

Example Placements

    Please note that these are just examples of placements from previous years. Internships depend on our startup partners and available roles for your term.

    • Noleo Care is a startup committed to simple and safe skincare products. Help them bring transparency to the personal care market in a marketing or business analytics role.
    • Intern with Watch Certificate in a business development role. This startup hosts a trusted third-party marketplace for watch buyers and sellers.
    • Intern with Footbar, a device designed to track and analyze your performance during a soccer match. The device connects with the user’s smartphone helping to improve the game experience and compare stats to professional players and other users. Marketing interns have helped with content creation, increasing social media engagement, and analyzing data.
    • Paradigme Mode is revolutionizing the fashion industry by focusing on accessibility and sustainability. Business development and marketing interns have assisted with helping Paradigme Mode grow their brand and expand their network.

    How does this program work?

    • Apply on our Website – it’s free to start your application and apply in under 10 minutes.
    • Interview with Sage Corps – we want to learn more about you and see if you are a good fit for the program.
    • Accept Offer – Selected candidates will receive an offer to join our program. To accept, you will sign our enrollment agreement and make your initial program payment to secure your spot.
    • Enroll in Skills Academy – You will start your hard and soft skill training online in your selected track to help prepare you for your internship.
    • Interview with Startup – Based on your internship role and location preferences, we will match you with a startup for an interview. 
    • Pre-Departure Process – We will prepare you to go abroad. This means help with everything from applying for your visa to booking flights. We will book your housing and medical insurance for you.
    • Intern Abroad – Arrive in Paris for your orientation program and then start your 8-week internship. You will attend included cultural activities with your cohort and our staff.
    • Join our Alumni Network – after the program you join our alumni network with networking and career opportunities.
    • 3.0 min GPA to apply*
    • Currently enrolled university student or recent graduate
    • All majors are eligible to apply
    • All internships are conducted in English unless discussed otherwise

    *If you fall below the GPA requirement you will be asked to provide an additional GPA statement.

    You have the option to receive academic credit for this program through our School of Record, Trinity. Students typically earn between 3-6 credits and there is an additional $350 cost for the transcript. Learn more.

    Sage Corps Orientation

    Our orientation program is designed to acquaint you with your new home and prepare you to make the most out of your internship. You will meet your local staff and the other Sage Corps interns in your city cohort.

    Cohort Events

    You will meet with your cohort throughout the program to participate in cultural events. Our staff will plan an event schedule specific to your time in the city. Past cohorts attended activities such as a boat ride along the Seine River in central Paris and a Parisian picnic in the park with your cohort.


    Your housing is pre-arranged as part of your program. All housing is shared apartment style accommodation with other Sage Corps interns in the city and near public transportation. Although placement locations vary, all housing is within commuting distance of your host company.

    Local Staff

    Your Paris City Managers are your go-to local staff during your time abroad. You will meet them upon arrival and they will support you as needed throughout the program.

    Sage Corps closely monitors students’ health and safety during our programming. We work with our international medical insurance provider, the U.S. State Department, local government authorities, and our in-country staff to ensure our students’ health and safety.

    Learn more about our Health & Safety protocols here.

    March 20, 2024 – Late Application Deadline

    April 11, 2024 – Extended Deadline for Select Locations

    May 26, 2024 – Arrive in Paris

    May 26-27, 2024 – Sage Corps Orientation

    May 28, 2024 – Start Internship

    July 19, 2024 – Internship Ends

    July 20, 2024 – Program Ends

    Summer 2024

    Program fee and housing: $8,899

    Program Inclusions

    • Sage Corps Skills Academy
    • Resume review
    • Interview preparation training
    • Pre-departure advising
    • 8-weeks furnished housing
    • 2-day Orientation
    • Welcome, midpoint, and final cohort dinner
    • Internship with startup
    • 4 included group activities
    • Medical insurance
    • 24/7 local staff support
    • An unforgettable summer abroad!

    What’s not Included

    • International flight ($800-$1,200)
    • Transport to/from the airport ($15 (public transportation), $75 (taxi)
    • Visa for U.S. Passport holders – N/A
    • Food ($500-$800/per month)
    • Public transportation ($75/per month)
    • eSIM or phone data ($30/per month)
    • Laundry ($8 per wash and dry)
    • Gifts/Souvenirs ($200)

    There are a variety of ways Sage Corps applicants typically fund their program, from university grants, external scholarships, partial Sage Corps scholarships, and parental support. Many of our internship placements also provide a small stipend to help reimburse students for basic costs while abroad. Learn more.

    Ready to go abroad?

    Curious to find out more? Get in touch with us today!