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At the end of his placement Steven
was asked to submit an evaluation of his internship agency to his
university evaluating his time at La Giraudiere.
Steven decided to add some extra comments to his evaluation. He sent
us a copy and we are pleased to show them to you. You will find a
link to a copy of his evaluation at the end of this testimonial.
Steven said......,"I decided I would add the extra
comments of my evaluation of the internship program at La Giraudiere
separate form the document itself" . First, to explain a couple of
8. I was asked to perform duties that were not a part of my original
agreement with the agency.
"I answered, “agree,” however, I feel obligated to specify that the
extra tasks that I was assigned were not mundane grunt work, but
rather special opportunities that I feel positively contributed to
my experience as an intern. For example, contributing to the local
elections in Brossac and assisting one of the councilor candidates
was something I was quite happy to be involved in, and an experience
that I am proud to have taken part in. It contributed greatly to the
lessons learned that I can take away from my internship with La
10. There is a good chance I will work for the agency upon
graduation from NGCSU.
"I answered, “strongly disagree,” because it is not possible.
Interns at La Giraudiere are all volunteer trainees working for the
purpose of learning a wide variety of skills necessary in various
job markets, not for the possibility of becoming full-time staff.
Even so, I think it is a very good internship program that allows
students to learn and develop a wide array of skills that will help
them find different jobs, whether in the United States or abroad.
Due to the nature of the company, interns are not assigned as the
“coffee-guy” or the “paper-shredder-guy,” but instead are placed in
positions designed to teach them as much about as many different
skills as is possible, all in a comfortable and respectful
"In addition to international affairs students looking for an
internship in Europe, this program could also benefit students at
school who study French and are looking for an authentic experience
and extra language practice."
Steven Hawkins - Intern at La Giraudiere Spring 2014
Here is a link to the appraisal Steven did for his University about
La Giraudiere you might like to read it as
you may have to complete one for your University
La Giraudiere appraisal
is an accredited
receiving organsiation for the Erasmus Plus program a program
operated by the European commission under
its life long learning program. For further information visit
Erasmus Project in France
The 2018 internship season starts from the 23rd April 2018 and we are open until
the 28th October 2018
You can apply from 4 to 12 weeks for more information on dates
The association Les Amis De La Giraudiere
is a non-profit NGO registered in France
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