There are two GIIP intakes every year; one in the summer from the end of May to the end of July, and one in the fall, from September to December. Each intake is composed of 10 to 40 students who take part in various acitivities on top of their full-time research work.
GIIP interns work full-time on their research project. A supervisor is in charge of them and available for all the duration of the internship. For a list of research projects from past editions, click here.
On top of their full-time internship work, the interns take part in a scientific programme that includes seminars, visits, and assessments.
A series of weekly scientific seminars are organised after a coffee & croissant buffet : tours of showrooms, fablabs, laboratories and facilities such as the synchrotron and cleanrooms are scheduled, during which GIANT researchers and engineers GIANT researchers present and discuss their work with the interns.
Mid-term interviews are organised with a member of the organisation committee to review the intern’s work and all aspects of their stay. Interns must write a publication-like paper and submit it by the end of their stay. They also give a final presentation in front of a jury and the best three presentations are rewarded.
A 2-day event takes place during the summer intake: the French-American Workshop. It is open to all GIIP intern and represents a great opportunity to meet various stakeholders of the France-US scientific relations: the US Consul in Lyon, French diplomatic staff stationed in Washington and various Consulates in the US, representatives from funding agencies and commissions (NSF, Fulbright, Chateaubriand…), researchers and faculties. The interns present a poster and introduce themselves in one minute to facilitate the networking process.
Cultural and social activities
Outside of working hours, we organise social and cultural activities for the interns to get to know each other as well as local students, and to help them navigate the French culture and life in Grenoble. Examples of activities we organised in the past are:
- French classes: for beginners, depending on the number of people interested, and availability of teachers
- Wine tasting evenings
- Teambuilding at La Bastille, with sports and games such as zip-lining and team orienteering contest
- Invitation to parties organised by local student’s unions
- Invitation to gatherings of local expat communities