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Summer Interns in Paris

June 16th, 2017 · No Comments

This summer, Keystone students Mariana Correa Costa and Joanna Wallace are interning with the Sodexo company in Paris, France.  Follow the students through their amazing experience!

Sodexo France Interns - Week 1&2

We’re Mariana and Joanna, and we are currently interning at Sodexo in France. Our internship consists of a nonchalant environment with people always willing to help us out whenever we have any questions, site visits, and getting to know Sodexo even more. Besides work, we’ve also managed to have time to go through some hardships at the post office, walk a lot around the streets of Paris, with the Seine watching our every move.

When it comes to work, I (Mariana) have been doing the fun job of finding cat pictures that fall into profiles that many companies use to catch the attention of people around the world, such as the sense of belonging, or the opportunity to relax. Joanna has been reading consumer analysis reports and gathering the most important information into a power point presentation. We have started helping out with Sodexo’s internal database on writing small descriptions for different researches that are in the database as well as small “fresh thinking” blog posts to highlight certain researches. We have also had the opportunity to go on a meeting on a boat in the Seine that is managed by Sodexo called Yatch de Paris. We got the chance to visit a business center called Etoile St Honoré, in which the conference rooms were managed by Sodexo. And, lastly, we were able to go to VivaTech, which is a technology convention in Paris.

We have done a good amount of sightseeing in France, including the Eiffel Tower (during golden hour), Montmartre and the Sacre Cœur Basilica, Versailles ( on one of the hottest days. Thanks, Sun King!), we also went to the island where Norte Dame is. Our favorite thing so far has been drinking a good wine and eating something while sitting by the Seine surrounded by fellow Parisians, we also got to see a band rehearsing as well as people dancing at the Jardins Toni Rossi. Another fun opportunity we had, thanks to the people at Sodexo, was to see a baroque opera concert at the St Severin Cathedral. We also had the fun experience of going to the post office and using my very limited French to ask for stamps to send post cards to the U.S. (I’m still proud of myself).

Our adventures in the City of Light have just begun, there’s still a lot more to come but hopefully no more post office adventures.

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