Student mobility: new internship program in France [fr]
At the end of 2017, 9 students from some of the top universities in Australia will participate in research internships in France within the framework of a new program created by the Embassy.
As part of the “pilot” phase of this program, French universities participating in more active collaborations with Australia proposed internship topics aimed towards Australian students, with a focus on those enrolled in a Master’s or PhD, for a stay in France of 4 to 6 months. 28 internship topics were received by the Embassy, with particular consideration given to those involving an industrial partner.
The participation of the industry partner can range from an interest in the theme of the internship to co-creating the topic with the academic laboratory hosting the intern.
In partnership with numerous universities or groups of Australian universities (Macquarie University, the Australian Technology Network and certain member universities of the Group of Eight), the Embassy launched a call for applications which resulted in the selection of 9 students to undertake an internship in France. Their time in France is co-financed by the Embassy through the Nicolas Baudin Program, the hosting establishments in France through covering the intern’s allowance and the Australian partner universities through the additional provision of a $2500 AUD mobility aid.
Laureates from Curtin University, RMIT, Macquarie University, Monash University, the University of Sydney and the University of Melbourne will undertake their internships at Paris Sciences et Lettres, the University of Bordeaux, the University of Côte d’Azur and the University François Rabelais of Tours. The participating industry partners include Thales Underwater Systems, Renault and AREVA. Further information about the laureates can be found here.
The Embassy of France aims to achieve the following through this new program:
Offer Australian students a new opportunity to undertake part of their program in France and further strengthen the appeal of our universities;
Promote the training/research/industry ecosystem in France;
Consolidate scientific and industrial partners through student mobility;
Create favourable conditions for the emergence of long-term collaborations, for example cotutelle and industrial theses in international collaboration.
A new call for internship topics from French establishments will be launched shortly, with the call for applications from Australian students opening in early 2018.