Field Work is a required internship for all Sciences Po students that must be completed in the summer after their first year of enrollment. During this internship, students work full time for one month in a supporting position that helps make up the building blocks of a public or private organization (business association, public administration, etc.). Field work is not job shadowing, but is instead an experience that requires first-hand participation in providing services directly to the individual business' clients or customers.
This experience aims to allow students to better understand working conditions among support staff, and to lead them to consider how organizations function from the point of view of those whose positions make up the building blocks of the organization. The Field Work requirement can be completed in France or abroad.
Positions frequently held during the Field Work internship include receptionist, salesperson, server/restaurant employee, bank teller, camp counselor, caregiver, laborer, etc. Exemptions may be given to students who have already had one or more professional experiences that meet the Field Work requirements within the three years prior to their first summer and who present proof of this position.
Upon completion of the internship, students are expected to write a paper chronicling their experience. Students who successfully complete the Field Work requirement will be awarded academic credit.