Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services

General Delegation of International Relations

Summer 2016 

Position: Relations Intern
Student: IRG Senior

This summer of 2016 I interned for the Delegation of International Relations for the Mayor of Paris. The DGRI is a bureau of Paris City Hall that deals with international affairs at the municipal level. The DGRI is headed by Aurelien Lechavallier, the Diplomatic Advisor to the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo. Mayor Hidalgo is the first female Mayor of Paris in history, and it is an honor to work for her. Hotel de Ville is the building of the headquarters of the municipality. Located in central Paris, this building dates back to the 1300s, centuries older than our country of the United States itself. Working here is like working in a castle that emanates history and culture. This internship is a dream come true, not to mention that my colleagues are some of the nicest, most personable, fun, and intelligent people I have ever met.

Examples of the work that has been assigned to me as an intern of Monsieur Lechavallier’s are: doing translations, writing emails/memos/notes to/for/from Mayor Hidalgo, working on refugee projects, and yes…writing speeches for the Mayor. This summer, Mayor Hidalgo helped to host the Euro Cup 2016, ordered to build two refugee centers in the next months, hosted cultural events, and was elected the first female president of C40. I wrote Hidalgo’s speech that she gave in front of the Eiffel Tower to Irish soccer fans, greeted ambassadors at the entrance of cultural events, and even wrote emails to mayors all around the world on her behalf. All of this I did while interning a 9-5 job with flexible hours and over hour-long lunch breaks that included walks in beautiful parks.

The skills I have learned and bettered from this internship are priceless, and this experience has helped assure me that I want to work in international relations and European politics for the rest of my life. I am extremely motivated, excited, and confident about my future career, and I most certainly feel of value and competent. I was able to network, drastically improve my French (for all communication at work was in French), and understand professionalism and structure in the French workplace. I am so grateful for this experience and all of the suits and ties I got to wear because of it!

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