Experiential Learning

Our department actively supports students as they seek out internships and other experiential learning opportunities. Departmental faculty members interface closely with the staff of APEX. A number of our students have applied for and received APEX Fellowships to support their participation in unpaid internships in the US and abroad. Please consult the APEX Fellowship information page for more details on how to apply. Many of the study abroad programs that our students choose now offer internships. We encourage students to actively explore internship options as they are preparing for study abroad.

The Department of French and Francophone Studies offers its own experiential learning opportunities. Many of our majors and some of our minors participate in our tutoring program, by providing one-on-one support for students in beginning and intermediate French courses. Students gain valuable teaching experience through this program, and are also paid for each hour of tutoring they complete.

Faculty members also periodically select students to work as research assistants during the academic year or during the summer months. Other advanced students choose to work as TAs in upper-level courses in the department. These opportunities are limited and the selection of TAs is the prerogative of individual faculty members. Each year, a student is selected to serve as the departmental assistant. The assistant helps out with promotional efforts and cultural programming. In addition, the assistant is directly involved in the organization of our yearly French and Francophone Film Series. Other students interested in gaining valuable experience may also volunteer to assist with the film series.

Students should feel free to contact any member of the department for practical advice on how to seek out enriching experiences like the ones described above. We also encourage students to schedule a meeting with the APEX staff during their first year at the College to create an experiential learning plan.