Meet Our Interns!

Do you want to join the team at Alliance Française? Get to know our interns to see if you would make the right fit!
For the summer of 2024, we have six interns: Carlee Lynn, Emma Dilworth, Jo Pringle, Kate Webb, Lucia Bauza, and Mark Adams. 
At l’Alliance, we make it a goal to present opportunities to young adults of all backgrounds, ages, and availabilities. Our current pool of interns includes everyone from college freshmen to college grads, from students learning right here in Atlanta to those at schools abroad. We even take interns with different levels of French, from levels B1 to C1. Our interns help organize events and our website, help out at our office, and of course, always speak French.

 

 

 

Carlee

Q:  How old are you, and what year of schooling are you in?

A:  I’m 22, and I’ve already completed my associate’s degree. Right now, I’m in the senior year of my Bachelor’s.

Q:  What university do you currently attend?

A:  I’m currently studying at Georgia State.

Q:  What is your area of study?

A:  My degree is in International Economics with Modern Languages, and my concentration is in French.

Q:  Why did you choose to spend your time at the Alliance Française this summer?

A:  Since sophomore year of college, I’ve been looking for internships to gain experience with business since I feel like there’s so much to learn, and so much that I don’t know. And this institution allows me to learn about not only business, but it also helps me improve my French, especially my listening comprehension.

Q:  Do you have a favorite part of French culture or history to learn or talk about?

A:  I love the architecture, all the famous monuments, like the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Élysées, and my personal favorite: The Louvre Palace. The appreciation for the arts in France is so inspiring to me, it makes me want to not only live there, but become a member of the culture.

Q:  What do you like to do outside pursuing your passion for French?

A:  I have a pretty busy schedule at the moment. I work part time at the mall on top of this internship. I’m also a green belt in mixed martial arts, and I’m just now starting art classes in painting.

Q:  Do you have any words of wisdom for anyone learning French or aiming to join the team at Alliance Française?

A:  For learning a language, my advice would be watching movies or tv shows with English subtitles. Two categories that matter the most when learning a language would be getting the correct pronunciation and listening comprehension, and cinema helps so much with that.

 

Emma

Q:  How old are you?

A:  I’m 22.

Q:  What year of schooling are you in?

A:  I’m a senior currently, with one semester left!

Q:  What university do you attend?

A: I’m a student at Kenyon College.

Q:  What is your major?

A: I study languages, specifically French and German.

Q:  Why did you choose to spend your time at the Alliance Française this summer?

A:  Well, I wanted to be able to work with the intersection between French and German culture. For that reason, I aimed to work specifically at the Peachtree Center location because it’s shared with the German Institute. My primary language is French, so I’m working as a French intern, but I help produce the Kultur Ensemble (see our next blog post to learn more!)

Q:  Do you have a favorite part of French culture or history to learn about?

A: I really love learning about the history of Alsace and the overlap of Franco-German culture there. I was fortunate enough to study abroad in Strasbourg, and experiencing that history and culture was like a dream. Something that I think captures the culture beautifully is a sculpture in one of the town squares of Strasbourg. It’s called “Monument aux Morts de Strasbourg,” and it shows a mother mourning over her two children in a Pietà. It’s meant to be “Mother Alsace,” symbolizing the city of Strasbourg, holding her dead children, France and Germany. In WWI, the city lost men to both sides of the war.

Q:  What do you like to do outside pursuing your passion for French?

A:  I like outdoorsy stuff, like hiking and high-adventure activities, zip-lining and white-water rafting. I love amusement parks too. And of course I love seeing my friends. We go thrifting, get boba, play board games… all the usual things.

Q:  Do you have any words of wisdom for anyone learning French or aiming to join the team at Alliance Française?

A: As hard as it is to keep making mistakes, and as daunting as it may seem, I would encourage any student to embrace the mistakes. Surround yourself with a community that is encouraging and accepting of your drive to learn, and all the mistakes that come with it. The best way to learn a language is through resilience and persistence.

Jo

Q:  How old are you, and what year of schooling are you in?

A:  I’m 22, and I’m going into my senior year of college.

Q: What university do you currently attend?

A:  I’m at Georgia State for my undergrad.

Q:  What is your major?

A:  I’m studying Communications.

Q:  Why did you choose to spend your time at the Alliance Française this summer?

A:  Mainly just to practice French. It’s so important to keep immersion up, especially outside of the classroom and in the real world. 

Q:  Do you have a favorite part of French culture or history to learn about?

A:  It’s hard to say, but I’d have to go with the architecture in France. Not so much the Gothic period, but more so the Neoclassical era. Like all the apartments and opera houses in the arrondissements of Paris.

Q:  What do you like to do outside pursuing this passion for French?

A:  As funny as it sounds, I love to shop. I love spending a day browsing through small, local boutiques. Even if it’s just window shopping, I find it so relaxing and therapeutic.

Q:  Do you have any words of wisdom for anyone learning French or aiming to join the team at Alliance Française?

A:  Make sure to make time for it! Even if you feel like you’re busy the entire day, listen to French podcasts on your commute or French music while you clean. Try to surround yourself with as much French as possible. The effort really does pay off, but it takes time, so don’t be too hard on yourself!

Kate

Q:  How old are you, and what year of schooling are you in?

A:  I’m 18 years old, about to turn 19, and I have just finished my first year of university.

Q:  What university do you currently attend?

A:  I’m currently studying at the University of Cambridge for my undergraduate degree.

Q:  What is your major?

A:  I do kind of a double-major degree, it’s called History and Modern Languages, but that basically just means history and French. At Cambridge, it’s really nice because students are able to choose what period of history they want to study and also what era of French literature. For next year, I’m planning to study specifically mediaeval British history and mediaeval French literature. 

Q:  Why did you choose to spend your time at the Alliance Française this summer?

A:  I was looking for professional experience that related to my degree, and I’ve always wanted to help out at l’Alliance. It’s literally a dream that I’m able to use my French all day in the workplace, and I love being surrounded by people who love the language and culture just as much as me. 

Q:  Do you have a favorite part of French culture or history to talk about?

A:  Obviously I love Early Medieval France, especially the literature at the time. Last year, I read Marie de France’s Lais and immediately fell in love. I love the mysterious fairy tales and fables in the Anglo-Norman tongue. I’m currently reading La Chason de Roland for my curriculum next year, and I absolutely love the whimsy and cadence of the story. Outside of my coursework, I have quite the hyper-fixation on 20th century French philosophers, like Camus and Foucault. 

Q:  What do you like to do outside pursuing your passion for French?

A:  My biggest passion outside of French is definitely long-distance running. I’ve officially completed two marathons and two 50k races, and I plan to run many more.

Q:  Do you have any words of wisdom for anyone learning French or aiming to join the team at Alliance Française?

A:  Dedication and consistency. I lost so much French fluency last summer because I hardly touched it, and it definitely did not help for my first year of university — half my classes were literally in French. So keep practicing every day, even if it’s just for 10 minutes!

Lucia

Q:  How old are you?

A:  I’m 23 years old.

Q:  What university did you attend?

A:  I graduated from the University of Georgia in May of 2023.

Q:  What was your major?

A:  I got my degree in French and Linguistics.

Q:  Why did you choose to spend your time at the Alliance Française this summer?

A:  I chose to intern at l’Alliance Française this summer because I have been interested in working here for a while; I had always heard the name around. And now, I’ve just gotten back from teaching English in France, and it seemed like the perfect time. My French is better than ever, and I wanted to continue working in a professional, French-speaking environment.

Q:  Do you have a favorite part of French culture or history to learn about?

A:  My favorite part of French is definitely the more technical side of the language, like the details of linguistics and etymology.

Q:  What do you like to do outside pursuing your passion for French?

A:  My other hobbies include yoga, crocheting, and reading!

Q:  Do you have any words of wisdom for anyone learning French or aiming to join the team at Alliance Française?

A:  For those who are interested in interning at l’Alliance Française, I would highly suggest keeping a notebook with you to write down new words or grammar that you may learn while you’re on the job.

Mark

Q:  How old are you, and what year of schooling are you in?

A:  I’m 21, and I’m going into my senior year of college at the University of Georgia.

Q:  What is your area of study?

A:  It’s kind of complicated, but I’m a double major in International Affairs and French, with a minor in English.

Q:  Why did you choose to spend your time at the Alliance Française this summer?

A:  In my future career, my goal is to work in international organizations and NGOS. Alongside that, French has always been an interest. For example, I did a study abroad program in Lyon for a year. I wanted to get a certification there to prove I was fluent, so I got my C1 degree. I became comfortable with the French system and what it’s like to use professional French. So, in short, I’m here to gain more experience with non-profits and to keep using my French.

Q:  Do you have a favorite part of French culture to talk about?

A:  Weirdly enough, I love Quebecois culture. It all started when I stayed with a host family in Quebec in 8th grade. Since then, I’ve immersed myself in that culture. For example, all the French music I listen to now is French-Canadian. My favorite band is Les Cowboys Fringants, and their music is part of what inspired me to learn French. It’s very poetic. My best friend from my year abroad in Lyon was Canadian. I love Quebec because it’s both familiar to us North Americans while also being very European. You can see how important their French identity is to them even just by looking at their politics. Keeping French in the culture is of national importance, and the French speaking areas unite to keep it alive. There’s a song lyric that I think sums it up nicely: “Dans notre village d’Astérix / Au nord de l’Amérique.”  Like how Asterix’s Celtic village defended their city from the Romans, Québec is a rare spot in North America defending their culture from being dominated by English.

Q:  What do you like to do outside pursuing your passion for French?

A:  Let me think… something kind of cool is that I backpack. Although to say it’s completely separate from my French would be untrue; it’s presented me with amazing opportunities to use my French. Like I did the GR 20, which is an advanced trail that entails a 14-day, 110-mile trip through Corsica. I spoke French that whole time, and I’ve also backpacked to Mont St. Michel. At UGA, I get to use this skill by working as a camping instructor, which is pretty fun. 

Q:  Do you have any words of wisdom for anyone learning French or aiming to join the team at Alliance Française?

A:  I’ll think of a quote… Ok, this is another song lyric: “Petit à petit, l’oiseau fait son nid,” which comes from an Afro-French song. I think the quote pretty much speaks for itself. Practice every day, and little by little, you’ll become secure in your French.