Paris Program / University Paris Val de Seine and Professional Internships

Architecture Internships in Paris, France

Program Overview

Unique to international study abroad programs, the KU Paris Academic Internship Program in Architecture places  final year Master of Architecture students into professional internships within Europe’s most prestigious practices.   Following the direction of Hatch Professor Wojciech Lesnikowski for nearly twenty years, the program continues its mission to expose KU students to the cutting edge of international practice.

Some recent firm partners include:

- Architecture Studio

- Ateliers Jean Nouvel

- Frédéric Borel

- Emmanuelle Gautrand

- Ibos & Vitart

- Odile Decq Studio

- Viguier & Associés

- Wilmotte Architecte

In past years, students have worked on a broad range of projects: museums, housing competitions, urban design and high-rise developments, to name but a few.   Historically, many KU Paris Students have maintained long-term ties with the offices and teams in which they work.  These experiences have proven to be pivotal in participant’s professional paths as they bring their experiences back to US firms or continue their professional trajectories abroad.  Internship hours are eligible for NCARB AXP credit. 

A key complement to the professional internship is the academic component offered through KU and the Architecture School at Paris Val de Seine.    After interning from early June through early August and completing a workshop with KU Professor Steve Padget in mid-August, students will complete a structures course and a studio course at Val de Seine during the fall semester.  The fall course work at Val de Seine is required to average 5 hr.’s/week. Internship schedules are to accommodate this academic component.

For information regarding the following topics, refer to the Office of Study Abroad web site.

Academic Program/Credit

Program Support and Structure




Financial Aid

Application Procedures

Important Note about Passports & Visas

For More Information

Associate Professor Steve Padget, AIA

Director, KU Paris Academic Internship Program in Architecture
Department of Architecture
402 Marvin Hall
Lawrence, KS 66045-7590

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