Highlights of the program:
A new way of considering an internship in renowned public institutions in Toulouse,France
8-week internship in France (June and July 2018)
French is not required but you will be able to practice the language if you speak it.
Any field of study may be accepted
You will participate in a 48 hour-policy Hackathon and you might have the chance to present your solutions at the European open science forum.
You know exactly what you will be doing in the organization
You will pick the institution depending on the topic you would like to work on
You will have a real impact on French policies by initiating and designing a project
You will learn about local governance in France
You will work in multicultural teams to solve complex problems in short periods of time
The program allows a limited number of students to immerse themselves in French policy making.
1 st week - Free Seminars by Sciences Po Professors to better understand the socio economic and political environment in France:
- Intercultural management by Adrien Pénéranda
- European economic policy and economic integration by Stefano Ugolini
- Innovation and cluster policy in France and Europe by Jérôme Vicente
- A political science analysis of Emmanuel Macron’s election by Olivier Baisnée
- An overview of the French political regime and the French administration by Jean-Michel Eymeri-Douzans
You will become more familiar with the institution / organization you will have picked amongst which the regional energy agency, the Public Hospital of Toulouse, a local radio, Science Po, the Regional Council, and two other state authorities.
End of the second week: Hackathon. Depending on the institution you will have picked, you will work on one of the following topics for 48 hours with French students who speak English. You will then present the solutions you will have come up.
For example, with:
- The regional energy agency: How to use behavioral insight to drive change in people’s energy consumption habit?
- The Public Hospital of Toulouse: How to use big data to improve medical research while respecting patients’ privacy?
- The local media group: How to deal with fake news while respecting freedom of speech?
- Sciences Po Toulouse: How to promote social mobility through education?
- the Regional Council: How to adapt to new forms of youth civic engagement?
- The State local authority: How to increase employment of young people from socioeconomic minorities?
- The State local authority: How to improve socio-economic inclusion of young refugees?
6 remaining weeks:
You will implement the solutions you will have come up with for the organization.
All accepted MIT candidates will be funded through the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives. Harvard encourages accepted candidates to apply for funding through their Harvard schools. Campus France will help you secure accommodations in Toulouse.