Cannes, France (French Rivera)

Cannes, France (French Rivera) – The American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival INTERNSHIP

May 10 – May 24, 2020

Cost $4,000 (appx) + airline ticket, one credit internship (HRTM 172) or 1-3 credit independent study (HRTM 296) with Professor Rowen, some meals (lunch & dinner), and spending money

 Since 1989, The American Pavilion has enabled access for thousands of students to the world’s most exclusive film festival, Cannes! Students like you will a close-up view of the inner workings at the event in Cannes, France. The following are programs offered for students:

 Cannes ImageCannes Hospitality & Event Management Program - Gain a greater understanding of the production of a global event. Hands on-experience in event planning, catering and set-up. Work closely with industry professionals in producing a broad range of events — from press conferences to movie promotion parties to intimate dinners on The American Pavilion Terrace. Meet like-minded students in your field. Network with professional event planners and industry insiders.

Cannes Film & Business Program - Complete an internship at The American Pavilion, the de facto headquarters for the American film community, or at a company doing business at the Marché du Film. Partner companies include talent agencies, production/distribution companies (both domestic and international), trade publications, and PR firms. • Participate in The Roundtable Series. Attend Festival and Market screeningsScreen your film in the Roger Ebert Conference Center. Network with industry insiders. Meet like-minded students from all over the world

Cannes Culinary Program - Help prepare over 1,000 meals a day for film industry professionals in The American Pavilion. Plan and prepare cuisine for high-profile parties, intimate dinners and celebrity events. Experience the cuisine of the South of France. Visit wineries, working kitchens, vineyards and outdoor markets. Meet other working chefs. Meet other like-minded culinary students 

Cannes ImageThousands of industry professionals including award winners such as Morgan J. Freeman, Jeff Nichols, and Alexa Alemanni are alumni of these programs. All program participants receive accreditation to the Festival, a privilege normally reserved only for industry professionals.

Prior to the start of the Festival, students participate in an orientation and tour of Cannes. During this time, students attend workshops and seminars designed to help them gain a greater understanding of the history of Festival and the business side the industry. Once the Festival begins, students start their four-to-five-hours-per-day work placement with the American Pavilion, with one of our sponsors, or with other companies doing business at the Festival. All students have the opportunity to meet and interact with industry professionals, observing firsthand the fast-paced nature of the Festival and Market. Participants are also paired with an advisor (Shannon Rowen, UNL HRTM faculty) to help them navigate the festival.  

Cannes ImageThere are many benefits to participating in the program:

  • Lodging & daily breakfast
  • Unique and exclusive Cannes International Film Festival accreditation
  • Guidance from an advisor
  • Admission to the roundtable and panel discussions
  • End-of-program party

Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis; candidates who apply by the early decision deadline (December) have an increased chance of acceptance into the program. The deadline for general admission is after the first of the year.  Building on the success of the previous 30+ years, The American Pavilion looks forward to offering students selected for the 2020 program a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the most prestigious film festival in the world. The application will open during fall semester. For more information about each program, click on the link provided.


For hospitality students

For film & business students 

For culinary students (reduced cost as students work more hours)

 Please contact Shannon Rowen to discuss the application process or with questions at or 402-472-3097. 


There are scholarships available to support this internship, see below:

Education Abroad Administered Scholarships
These scholarships are awarded by either the Education Abroad Office and/or an external committee, and have various types of award criteria, including: language learning, previous travel, program sponsor, host country, and program type. Some are merit-based ("essay-based"), and financial need may also be considered. There are three distinct applications: the MAPS Scholarship Application to apply for several awards at one time, the Early Abroad for students going abroad within their first two years at UNL, and the Wiebers for students studying a language abroad. Students are encouraged to apply for any and all applications that they are eligible for. Students may start scholarship applications prior to acceptance into a program.

*Please note that in order to apply scholarships to a program abroad, students must pursue academic credit for and properly register for their term(s) abroad. Be sure to review all the eligibility requirements for scholarship awards. You will apply through this link Ed Abroad Scholarships


Career Connection Scholarship (offered by UNL Education Abroad)

Application Due by Jan. 10

This scholarship if for those of you who want to complete an internship in Cannes, France at the American Pavilion during the Cannes International Film Festival in May of 2020 (or other international internships).

This scholarship rewards students who draw a strong connection between their education abroad program and their academic and career goal OR students pursuing credit-bearing, unpaid or low-paid internships, research, or service learning abroad.

Award Amount Year at UNL based on Admit Term:

1st & 2nd year at UNL $2,000
3rd year $1,500
4th year $1,000



Ready Set Go Scholarship (offered by the College of Education and Human Sciences – CEHS)

Contact Global Exchange Coordinator Jim Benes, for details and application dates at  

CEHS is serious about making opportunities available for students to experience education abroad. To help you get out there, the Ready/Set/Go seminar will prepare you and provide a $1,000 scholarship to support your CEHS global experience.

If you apply and receive the scholarship, all you have to do is attend the Ready/Set/Go seminar. It’s a six-week class that helps you prepare and plan for travel abroad. It also gets you plugged into additional resources to make your trip a successful and rewarding experience. Ready/Set/Go is held in both the fall and spring semester, but availability is limited. If you are a CEHS student, you can learn more about CEHS scholarships here:



Paying for the World Scholarship (offered by the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources - CASNR)

Contact Jon Kerrigan for details and application dates at

CASNR offers a global access travel grant that provides students with $150 to apply against an Education Abroad experience. This grant is equivalent to the cost of a passport, and all students are encouraged to apply for a passport while in CASNR. If you are a CASNR student, you can learn more about CASNR scholarships here:


For this international experience/internship, a student will apply with the American Pavilion organization directly. They can apply for scholarships, hopefully get one through college and maybe one through Ed Abroad, then they register for their summer internship or independent study by obtaining a code from Professor Rowen The cost of the two-week program is approximately $4,000 + airline ticket, and some meals (breakfast, housing, airport transfers included – see American Pavilion website for details.