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Florence Internship Opportunities
Puts the 'world' in real world learning.
Excited to study abroad, but looking for a way to really get out and immerse yourself in the culture of your host city? Why not participate in one of Athena's numerous internships available and start building your resume right away! 
Earn College Credit While Learning On the Job!!

Internship Benefits

  • Gain international career experience
  • Sharpen interview skills & build your resume
  • Earn additional credits
  • Cultural integration with the locals
  • Learn the different aspects of how the European marketplace is structured
  • Move one step closer to becoming a true global citizen!

Learn the global marketplace, live the European experience

ITALY: FLORENCE
OVERVIEW

The internship component is part of your semester or summer course load. Summer internships take place over the course of two summer sessions.

How it Works

  • Indicate the professional or academic area and type of internship you desire during the application process
  • Submit required documents along with regular Athena application
  • Upon provisional acceptance into an internship program, interview with prospective Italian businesses
  • Begin internship!

Requirements

  • Professional-style resume
  • Two letters of reference
  • Formal essay
  • Portfolio (if applicable)
  • ~Italian language not required for most internships but some background recommended for increased placement opportunities
  • Internship requirements vary depending on the subject matter in question, as does the supporting documentation for each internship request. Please refer to list below for details about each type of internship offered.
  • The student's application for an internship is due upon course registration, along with the required supporting documentation.

Sample Internships

  • Art History/Museum Studies
  • Business
  • Marketing
  • Communication
  • Fashion Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Italian Language
  • Service Learning
DETAILS

Athena Italy Internships

  • Athena's credit-bearing internships offer students the possibility to learn different aspects of working in the Italian marketplace. Italy is known for its artisan and small business structure and Athena and our partner Lorenzo de' Medici (LdM) strive to place students in these types of companies, which offer not only greater interaction with the student but the opportunity for the student to come to understand the strengths and structure of the Italian workplace.
  • Placement opportunities are limited.

Credits

  • The standard internships are 3 credits per semester, depending on the requirements of the type of business where the student is interning. A 3-credit internship corresponds to a minimum of 135 hours including journals and papers, to be distributed throughout the semester (10-12 hours per week in the company, excluding the first and last week of classes and the break).
  • Internships for 6 credits are also available. These internships correspond to a minimum of 260 hours, including journals and papers, to be distributed throughout the semester (20 hours per week in the company, excluding the first and last week of classes and the break).

How to Apply

  • During the registration process, a student who is interested in an internship, and who meets the basic requirements, should indicate the choice of an internship on his/her course registration form, with an alternate course in case the internship placement is not possible for any reason.
  • Athena and LdM must receive all required documentation (e.g. student's resume, essay, portfolio) during the registration process, which occurs after acceptance.
  • The essay should discuss the student's reason for applying, expectations about the internship period, and a detailed description of the duties the student would like to carry out, so that Athena and LdM are best able to match up the company with the student's request. Athena and LdM will look over the material and contact our internship partner businesses about the student, sending the student's supporting documentation. The business will then let us know if the student has been provisionally accepted as an intern.
  • An on-site interview is required for all internships.
  • Placement in internships is not guaranteed, and choosing an alternate course is required.

Academic details

  • The internship will appear on the student's course schedule and will therefore be considered a regular academic course. The internship will also appear on the student's final transcript, with the corresponding grade and credits.
  • The intern will be assigned a tutor inside the company who will follow the student and give the student practical support, as well as an LdM professor who will act as the student's academic supervisor.
  • The student will be required to write a weekly internship journal, and present at least two papers to the academic supervisor. The subject, due dates, and procedures for these assignments will be decided with the academic supervisor.
  • At the end of the term, the company tutor will evaluate the student's work by filling out LdM's Internship Evaluation Form. The final grade will be given by the academic supervisor based on the Internship Evaluation Form and the student's assignments.

Legal Requirements

  • Upon arrival in Italy the student will be responsible for fulfilling all necessary bureaucratic steps according to Italian internship regulations (such as the Codice Fiscale, which is the Italian version of a social security number, Permit of Stay, etc.). LdM staff will assist the student with these steps.
Florence
Department Code/ Title Prerequisite Italian required? Required Documents Placement Examples
Art History/ Museum Studies ART360 Museum Experience Art History and Museum Studies majors no, but recommended for more placement opportunities Student's resume, two reference letters, formal essay Various museums and churches-Students have worked on cultural mediation and museum education, and participated in guided tours.
Business/Marketing/Advertising BUS361 Marketing/Advertising Marketing/Advertising majors, Minimum Junior standing with at least 2-3 courses in the field no, but recommended for more placement opportunities Student's resume, two reference letters, formal essay Marketing/Advertising Office - Students perform duties such as market research, develop marketing, price distribution & promotional strategies; creating ads; website content mgmt, etc.
Business/ Marketing BUS362 Marketing Business/Marketing majors, Minimum Junior standing no, but recommended for more placement opportunities Student's resume, two reference letters, formal essay LdM Marketing Office-students work on current marketing projects. Past projects have included internet marketing strategies and "LdM Web TV."
Business BUS371 International Business** Int'l Business/Marketing majors, Minimum Junior standing 4 semesters prior to internship (Intermediate level - ITL 202) and concurrent enrollment in an Italian class at LdM. Student's resume, two reference letters, formal essay Int'l Commerce Office - Students develop & carry out activities such as organize conventions, create int'l marketing strategies, social media mgmt, translations, etc.
Fashion Design FAS362 Fashion Design Fashion Design/Product Development majors, Minimum Junior standing 2 semesters prior to internship (Elementary 2 level) and concurrent enrollment in an Italian class at LdM. Student's portfolio, resume, two reference letters, formal essay. Small fashion boutiques-students have worked on fabric/garment prototyping, design assistance, window displays, and merchandising.
Fashion Marketing & Merchandising FAS363 Fashion Marketing, Retail Management & Merchandising Fashion Marketing/Fashion Merchandising majors, Minimum Junior standing. 2 semesters prior to internship (Elementary 2 level) and concurrent enrollment in an Italian class at LdM. Student's resume, two reference letters, formal essay. Small independent fashion and related businesses, boutiques, galleries, offices. Work in retail management, merchandising, display, sales, customer service, e-commerce, events.
Graphic Design GRA360 Graphic Center Internship Graphic Design majors, Minimum Junior standing no, but recommended for more placement opportunities Student's resume, two reference letters, formal essay. LdM's Printing Center - Students perform professional print services such as the design and printing of brochures, posters, textiles, etc.
Graphic Design GRA361 Graphic Design Internship Graphic Design majors, Minimum Junior standing, proficiency in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Mac computers. no, but recommended for more placement opportunities Student's resume, two reference letters, formal essay. Advertising/Communications Agencies - Students perform duties such as graphic design, packaging, corporate identity, layout of e-commerce websites, etc.
Communications COM361/FVM361 Communications: LdM Web TV Communications/Journalism/Film majors, Minimum Junior standing no, but recommended for more placement opportunities Student's resume, two reference letters, formal essay LdM Web TV - Students carry out activities such as scrip-writing, multimedia writing, interviews, video work, editing, website management.
Communications COM362 Communications Communications majors, Minimum Junior standing no, but recommended for more placement opportunities Student's resume, two reference letters, formal essay A publishing company-students have written articles for a tourist information magazine, filed database entries, and updated articles.
Communications COM364/ITC364 Communication in Public Administration Proficiency in Italian, translation experience 4 semesters prior to internship (Advanced 1 level - ITL 301) and concurrent enrollment in an Italian class at LdM. Student's resume, two reference letters, formal essay in Italian Florence's Public Administration - Student translate important news, summarize main points of an official document for online publication, work as a liaison with external offices, draft translations from English into Italian.
Jewelry-Making JWY316 Jewelry Marketing, Retail Mgmt & Merchandising Jewelry/Fashion majors, Minimum Junior standing no, but recommended for more placement opportunities Student's resume, two reference letters, formal essay Independent Jewelry Stores - Students perform activities such as retail management, visual merchandising, window display, sales, customer service, marketing, assistance to the buyer.
**This internship is for 6 credit hours (260 contact hours)

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