Danielle Savage from the career development office reminds students of the possibility of interning, for example at Shakespeare and company:
Legendary? Mythical? Unique? These words don’t begin to do justice to Shakespeare and Company, the bookstore and cultural institution that has been serving the international literary community for over 50 years. Many know it as a place where a used book in English can be picked up for as little as 2 euros seven days a week, but it is also an antiquarian bookseller and unofficial cultural center, hosting dozens of author signings, readings, plays, and other happenings a year, along with a literary festival. A recent Friday evening witnessed a free concert by indie-folk band Moriarty which drew crowds out to beyond the courtyard in front of the store, making it impossible to actually go in and buy a book.
This small and usually packed shop on the Left Bank is listed among the “10 Things to Do in 24 Hours in Paris” by Time magazine and ranked the number one bookshop in Europe by Lonely Planet. Its hallowed halls are filled with travelers from afar seeking Allen Ginsberg’s ghost as well as regulars who hang out in the cozy reading room. Its very existence seems remarkable in an age where even big bookseller chains such as Borders teeter on the edge of bankruptcy.
In March, S & Co Bookseller Hilary Drummond was at AUP for the Global Career Forum to promote internship opportunities for Comparative Literature majors. The positions are competitive, drawing applications from the US, the UK, and elsewhere around the world. “If possible, before we agree to take on an intern we bring them in for a day for them to see what really goes on. Often, it’s not at all what they expected,” she cautions. Every day is different, and those who crave order and routine will likely find the experience disconcerting.
Depending on their skills and interests, interns can do anything from assisting customers and manning the tills to participating in events–and that can involve moving boxes and furniture or serving wine–to contributing to the Facebook page and newsletter.
“Every day working at Shakespeare and Company provided some interesting experience or encounter. The environment is dynamic and lively and storied, and the duties are varied – you get out what you put in. My internship there provided me with one of my strongest networks and communities in Paris; most of my closest friends now are people I met there, through there, or have a separate connection with the bookshop. It was the most wonderful launching pad into the literary scene and I am so grateful for all of their continual support with my literary magazine, too.” Harriet Lye, writer and founder of the literary magazine Her Royal Majesty, and a former visiting student at AUP
Internships are unpaid and last up to 2 months, and can be pursued part-time during an academic semester or the summer. AUP students interested in being considered for internships as of September should send an application (resume and cover letter) to firstname.lastname@example.org.