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We’re helping students bridge the gap between academic learning and real-world experience.

That’s why our Careers team collaborates with faculty to leverage our industry connections and offer valuable internship opportunities to students. These opportunities complement the professional projects already integrated into our curriculum, providing you with a chance to apply your knowledge in a practical setting.

Internships allow you to test the waters in a particular field, hone your communication and collaboration skills, and gain firsthand experience in the day-to-day operations of a company or organization. Beyond strengthening your resume and making you a standout applicant, internships can unlock valuable mentorship opportunities, recommendations, and even job offers after graduation – all thanks to the connections you forge during your placement.

We encourage students to take advantage of PCA’s extensive professional network and pursue at least one internship during their time here. Current students can access and apply for a variety of internship opportunities through the Student Portal. Students who find the most success in securing internships often possess a basic proficiency in French. This is one of the reasons why we recommend students enroll in French classes at PCA and utilize our free French tutoring services.

Are you an individual or company looking to fill a paid art or design internship spot? Please reach out to [email protected] with more details so we can add the opportunity to our Student Portal.

Applied Studies Year

Students can complete internships during their time as a student as well as during the Applied Studies Year. 

What is the Applied Studies Year?

The Applied Studies Year is an optional additional year post-graduation designed to facilitate entry into your creative industry in France. Specifically available to undergraduate, graduate, and certificate students requiring a visa to study in France, PCA can extend sponsorship for your student visa for one extra year following graduation, allowing you time to pursue internships or employment in Paris.

To join, participants in this program pay an administrative fee to PCA. While no longer enrolled as tuition-paying students, they retain student status for the year, with support from the Student Life team for visa renewal.

Those anticipating visa renewal may opt to begin their Applied Studies Year prior to securing an internship or job, thus likely avoiding the need to leave France for visa purposes. However, internships or work placements must commence within six months of graduation and may last for a maximum of two consecutive semesters. Additionally, students must maintain valid health insurance coverage for the duration of the year. 

Ultimately, the Applied Studies Year offers a dedicated period to facilitate a smooth and successful transition into the French creative workforce. 

If you are interested in signing up for the Applied Studies Year, please inform the Business Office at [email protected].

Reoccurring Internship & Networking Opportunities

Paris Fashion Week

Taking place four times a year (two women’s and two men’s), Paris Fashion Week is an international powerhouse of an event that brings the biggest names in fashion to the French capitol. PCA students can intern backstage during runway shows and learn the ropes of this exciting industry.

Paris Fashion Week

Paris Design Week

Maison&Objet’s 10-day design event features concept stores, pop-up installations, staged window displays, vernissages, meet-and-greets with designers, and product demonstrations all throughout Paris. Design Week is always free and open for the public to attend. Each year, there are hundreds of locations including hotels, restaurants, showrooms, museums, and more that celebrate a multifaceted approach to design.

Paris Design Week

Art Paris

Art Paris brings together over 130 contemporary art galleries from over 20 countries each year to display the fine art masterpieces of both leading and upcoming artists. It’s an opportunity to introduce yourself to artists, curators, and buyers all while discovering new creative inspiration.

Art Paris

Paris Photo

Paris Photo, held annually each November in the heart of Paris, stands as the foremost international art fair exclusively devoted to the photographic medium. Bringing together up to 200 exhibitors from around the globe, Paris Photo provides attendees with the most diverse and high-quality showcase of photography-driven projects available today.

Paris Photo


Each year, coinciding with Paris Photo, Polycopies transforms the Concorde-Atlantique boat and adjacent Seine quays into a bookshop exclusively dedicated to photography books. With over 80 French and international publishers and booksellers, visitors can attend events including round tables and signings. Polycopies serves as a hub for photography enthusiasts, collectors, authors, and publishers to exchange ideas, discuss publishing trends, and explore new projects.


Drawing Now Art Fair

Drawing Now Art Fair, Europe’s premier contemporary art fair solely focused on drawing, welcomes over 70 international galleries every March. These galleries showcase the creations of more than 400 artists, exhibiting nearly 2,000 works that span the diversity of drawing from the past 50 years to the present day. Collectors and art enthusiasts alike are invited to explore the pieces of emerging as well as established artists.

Drawing Now

Paris+ par Art Basel

Art Basel’s annual fair in Paris showcases galleries that specialize in modern and contemporary art, presenting exceptional quality works including paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, photography, video, and digital art. The event also installs works in several iconic locations throughout the city.

Paris+ par Art Basel

Première Vision Paris

Première Vision Paris brings together all stakeholders in fashion production, showcasing yarns, fabrics, leathers, furs, textile designs, accessories, components, and a curated selection of fashion manufacturing companies offering sourcing services. Held twice a year, the event serves as a vital hub for meetings and inspiration, providing fashion professionals with a unique business venue and trend laboratory to develop their apparel, bag, shoe, and jewelry collections.

Première Vision Paris

Where all have PCA students interned?

Alexander Wang | American Retro | Andrew GN | Anne Valérie Hash | Antik BatikAquentAesthete | Assouline Media | Aubade | Bibliothèque Kandinsky | Balmain | BETC DesignBismarck PhillipsCommunication Media | Boucheron | Carré Noir | Carven | Céline | Celio | Cerruti 1881 | Centre Pompidou | Centre de Recherche du Château de Versailles | Chloé | Christian Dior | Christian Lacroix | Christian Louboutin | Christie’s | ColorsCondé Nast Publications | Delphine Murat | Des Petits Hauts | Devi Kroell | Dice Kayek | Dim | Diane von Furstenberg | Dior Homme | DM MediaEmanuel Ungaro | Elixir | Euro RSCG | Fred & Farid | Galerie HussenotGalerie Thaddaeus RopacGiambattista Valli | Girault Totem | Givenchy | Groupe Idoine | Hachette Filipacchi | Hans de FoerHermès | Hervé Leger | Hao-Qui | IMG World | Jacques Fath | Jed Root Europe | John Ribbe | La Chambre Claire | Lehman Brothers | Lagerfeld Gallery | Lancôme | Lanvin | Libération | L’Oréal | LVMHKenzo | KaeidoMagnum Photos | Martin Grant | Martine Sitbon | Musée des Arts Décoratifs | Natalys | Nina Ricci | Oscar De La Renta | Ogilvy | Paco Rabanne | Pfeiffer Consulting | Philip Lim | QuicksandRalph Kemp | Red Dragon | Reed Krakoff | Rick Owens | Rochas | Rue Du Mail | Shigeru Ban | Smart Design | Sonia Rykiel | Sutton Lane | Sotheby’s | Swarovski | Terra Foundation for American Art | Tod’sTorrente | Tissus Malhia Kent | Tom van Lingen | Ubik | Starck Network | Van Cleef & Arpels | Viktor & Rolf | Versace | Victoria and Albert Museum | Vogue | Voulelle | Wilmotte et Associés | Woman’s Wear Daily | Young & Rubicam

Fine Arts senior Harriet Ryu interned at Jeschkelanger through our partners from ArtBound Initiative in summer 2019. Jeschkelanger is a Berlin based artist duo founded by Anja Langer and Marie Jeschke.

ArtBound Initiative (ABI) is a career accelerator in Art x Design which offers customized internship placements for students and recent graduates in creative hubs around the world. Internships can be year-round from 2 months up to a year. PCA has partnered with ABI to include guaranteed scholarships for current students and recent graduates.

Internship Highlights


PCA Partners with ArtBound Initiative to Offer Scholarships for Internships in NYC, Berlin, or Hong Kong

PCA has partnered with ABI to include guaranteed scholarships for current students and recent graduates.

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Finding a Fine Arts Internship: Interview with BFA Student Samuel Holzberg

BFA student Samuel Holzberg is sharing his internship experience in the field of Fine Arts and giving advice on how to get started on finding one.

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Class of '19 Carla Amaya on her Internship at AUS Studio

MA Interior Design alumna Carla Amaya shares her experience as a full-time intern for AUS Studio after graduating from her Masters!


Students Talk about their Internship Experiences

Ari Jimenez Hurtado, Intern, ArtBound Initiative

Learn more about how Ari completed an internship with artist Jeschkelanger in Berlin through ArtBound Initiative.

Read the full interview

Nathaly Stern, Intern, Paris Design Week

“During my Paris design week internship, I was given a lot of responsibility, such as guiding a group of 10 very international visitors through many different art and furniture galleries in the 6th and 7th arrondissement in Paris. The final stop of the tour was a beautiful exhibition at the headquarters of Baccarat, including a cocktail get-together in the garden of the villa. I was lucky to meet very interesting and friendly people that week, as well as become familiar with beautiful art and design places throughout Paris.”

Assunta Waldburg, Intern, Koch Gallery at Paris Photo

“My Internship at Koch Gallery during Paris Photo was an amazing experience as I learned a lot about the photo industry. I had the opportunity to meet most of the living artists that the Koch Gallery represents and look through the different art books. At the end, my supervisor suggested I apply for a longer term internship at their gallery.”

Courtney Leverette, Intern, Nathalie Garçon

“The internship at Nathalie Garçon was a unique opportunity for a first experience. I learned of the internship through a PCA staff member who personally knew Nathalie Garçon. Paris College of Art is amazing at connecting students with industry professionals, connections which are invaluable later on. At the Nathalie Garçon studio, I was working with an incredibly small design team, which meant that I got to learn about and participate in every part of creating the collection, from the very beginning research through to production. As an intern, to have an opportunity like that in a city like Paris is just incredible.”

Karen Shea, Intern, Muzéo

“I found an internship at the agency Muzéo when I visited their studio on a Paris Inside/Out class visit lead by Stéphanie Lagarde. I was part of the creative team where I worked on a variety of projects. I learned how the real world of creative work happens by seeing the balance between the client briefs, financial factors and project management-and of course deadlines. In addition to the work, I also attended vernissages, team meetings and office dinners. I improved my French and I got to be part of a delightful professional family.”

Emilia Petrarca, Intern, Melissa Unger Gallery

“I was the editorial assistant for Melissa Unger at Seymour Projects – an online initiative and magazine dedicated to helping artists/creative types, “nurture their imaginations and explore their subconscious minds.” I helped Melissa organize two interactive projects: a booth at the Cutlog Art Fair and the Mindsurf gallery event. They were both really exciting projects to work on because she let me help her with everything: explanatory texts, invitations, the catalog, curating, etc. As her editorial assistant, I also did interviews for the online magazine and copy-editing.”