UT LWB Summer Internship in Longué-Jumelles, France
Any student currently enrolled in the LWB program in French and who is in good academic standing may apply.
To apply, students should submit a resumé and a cover letter outlining how the internship compliments his/her academic and professional interests while also explaining a potential project with Abbottagra. Submit materials to LWB Assistant Director, Allison Weems, firstname.lastname@example.org by March 28, 2014. Students will be notified by April 21, 2014. Please direct all inquiries to Dr. Weems.
ABBOTTAGRA is a small family farm (30 acres) run by the Franco-American couple Maud and Jason Abbott, both UTK grads, located near the village of Longué-Jumelles, in the Loire Valley. The main activity revolves around the introduction of a new grain crop, quinoa, to the local agricultural landscape: evaluating different varieties and growing techniques, supplying seed and technical advice to area farmers, and developing the market for the locally-grown crop through market research, recipe development and promotion. Please see the websites www.abbottagra.com and www.quinoadanjou.fr.
The intern will spend most of his or her mornings (when it is not raining) pulling weeds by hand from research and seed production plots. This is hard, tedious work, but good exercise. Note that we do not have poison ivy, chiggers or snakes! Afternoons will be dedicated to the formulation, execution and completion of a business development project leading to an increase in sales of French quinoa and/or an improvement in the management of the company's activities. There is so much to do, the possibilities are endless; the project will be shaped by the intern's own particular interests and strengths. In any case, it will involve lots of interaction with customers and business partners, so plenty of opportunities to perfect French language skills and to acquire some insight into how business is done in France.
The company will organize and pay for lodging near the farm and provide transportation to and from work; the company will take the intern grocery shopping and pay for the intern's groceries. The basic principle is that the company will pay for the intern's food and lodging during the internship. The intern will not receive any direct monetary compensation, but we will try to make sure the internship is an educational and enjoyable experience. The intern must arrive at the farm for the first day of work, and leave the farm after the last day of work by his or her own means.
The ideal internship would last six to twelve weeks between the beginning of May and the end of August. We are flexible as to the exact duration and dates within that range and period.
Note: Should the selected student complete 150-175 hours of service, this experience could fulfill the LWB internship requirement, French 490, as listed below and on the program website: http://french.utk.edu/world.php.
Practical Experience — LWB Internship Credit
Each Language and World Business student must undertake an internship (490), study abroad (491), or a relevant research project (493) for a minimum of 3 hours (included in major requirements).
Instructions for Receiving Credit for an Internship in Language and World Business
- 150-175 hours internship service = 3 credit hours. Internships require prior approval from the LWB director. Such approval may be obtained after handing in to the director a one-page summary of the proposed internship (which should include contact information for the supervisor and the business or other organization that sponsors the internship). After receiving approval, a student should register for French/Spanish/Japanese, etc. 490 during the semester after the internship is completed (for international internships) or during the semester in which the work is completed (for local internships). LWB students may perform an internship in a language (or a country) other than that of their major (for example, a student in LWB Spanish may perform an internship in China, Russia, etc.). The LWB Employer Internship Evaluation and final paper (explained below) must be completed and turned in before credit for 490 can be received. The LWB Employer Internship Evaluation is available to download from below link:
- LWB Employer Internship Evaluation Form [53 KB, PDF]
II. REQUIRED PAPER (TYPED) TO RECEIVE CREDIT FOR 490
- One page (double-spaced) description of the company listing what it produces or sells, how the company is structured, number of employees, countries where the firm is active, etc.
- Two to three pages describing exactly what kind of work you did, with examples. The reader should be given a clear idea of the types of tasks performed. Some students accomplish this by describing a typical work day.
- Three to four pages describing how you will be a better business person from what was learned doing the work. What limitations did you discover in yourself? Did you uncover talents you did not know you had? What are some areas you will want to try to improve in yourself to be a better worker? Do you think the job changed you or changed your ambitions about the future?
- The final page of the report will be a one-page letter of recommendation of yourself. Try to write it as if it were written by the person who supervised you during the internship.