The PPLE curriculum does not provide for an internship, which doesn’t mean that it’s impossible. However, similar to adding an exchange to your study plan, doing an internship requires some flexibility on your part. Most of the students who choose to do an internship at PPLE either do it during their third year but alternate their study schedule (by postponing a course for example, and with that adding an extra year), or do it during the summer holidays.
We want to give you this information not to discourage you from taking on extra things like an internship, but to make sure you know what to expect. Since the PPLE standard of teaching is very high, it can be quite challenging to combine a full study schedule with an internship placement, and we don’t want you to get overwhelmed.
While it’s not uncommon for students to do an internship over the summer just to supplement their studies, it is also possible to replace one of their elective courses with an internship or get study credits for their internship. In order for the internship to be recognised as an academic activity, a number of criteria must be met, and it must be approved in advance.
PPLE has an internship coordinator - Burcu Özkan - who points out interesting internship opportunities to PPLE students, helps plan the internship in concordance with the students’ individual study plan, and supports PPLE students during their internship placement. You can get in touch with Burcu here.