Laura Tallerico '11
Major: French and Economics

I participated in the IFE Program in the spring of 2010. IFE provided me with one of the greatest opportunities of my life thus far. My accommodations in the student residence and my internship allowed me to feel very at home in Paris. My internship at the U.S. Commercial Service was definitely at the core of this experience. While there, I aided the Environment/Energy Attaché in networking French and American environmental technology companies across borders. My duties included market research, translating, and contacting French companies for appointments. The highlight of the internship was the FedEx Green Industries Trade Mission, which consisted of both a conference on green technologies and business meetings between French and American companies. Even with all that work and the conference, there was still plenty of time to explore Paris, travel, and meet some fantastic French people.