Elizabeth Wautlet got a job in film production in Paris, with an assist from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Professional French Master’s Program (PFMP).
Wautlet did her PFMP internship in Paris with Paramount Home Entertainment. She then found work with the film production company Morgane, where she produced both feature films and documentaries.
“The fact that I was physically in Paris—and had the legal status of ‘stagiaire’—thanks to my PFMP internship was invaluable because I was able to go and meet people who worked at companies that interested me,” Wautlet says. “The internship was important, but I really thought of it as a good base in Paris that gave me the time to figure out what I’d do after the internship.”
UW-Madison’s Professional French Master’s Program is geared toward students who want to use their advanced French in professional settings in the U.S. and abroad, whether in business, education, international development, or cultural affairs. The program is offered in a full-time academic track that students can complete in a year, or in a three-year summer institute track designed for teachers and working professionals.
Depending on their area of interest, students take courses across the UW-Madison campus, from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication to the Department of Political Science. The program also connects students with a French-speaking internship in a business or organization directly related to their career goals.
Wautlet says the Professional French Master’s Program is geared toward helping students get the job they want.
“The program is flexible enough that you can make it work for you,” she says.
For more information about UW-Madison’s Professional French Master’s Program, see here.