Architecture & Design internships in Rome
Exciting Architecture and Design internships for students looking to gain experience, build portfolios and contribute to real life projects in Italy. With placements in studios, website agencies and graphic design agencies in Rome, interns assist with project design work and a range of rendering and graphic design tasks.
- Gain hands-on skills contributing to architecture and design projects
- Build your design portfolio with real life examples of professional work
- Explore all the attractions of Rome and wider Italy, while enjoying amazing Italian food
Type of host organizations:
- Architecture and design studios
- Website development agencies
- Graphic design agencies
Exciting Architecture and Design internships for students looking to gain experience, build portfolios and contribute to real life projects in Italy. With placements in studios, website agencies and graphic design agencies in Rome, interns can assist with project design work and a range of rendering and graphic design tasks.
This is an in-country internship which includes accommodation and Italian language lessons. Click here to view remote Architecture internships, which you can undertake from home.
When you start your career in architecture or design, your ability to get a good job can depend on your demonstrated skills and experience. Having a broad portfolio of work to showcase provides a huge advantage. Architecture & Design interns contribute to a range of real life projects that will add to your portfolio and experience, helping you to stand out to future employers.
As an intern, you can be placed in architecture or design studios, or within website or graphic design agencies. You’ll use computer software to make original renderings or designs, building your skills and gaining experience that will be highly relevant for your career path.
Due to the broad scope of this internship field, we take a customized approach to match each intern to their best placement opportunity. Examples of internship activities may include (but aren’t limited to):
- Assisting your tutor with project/product design tasks
- Using various program design software such as AutoCAD or ArchiCAD
- Performing graphic design tasks
- Assisting with the presentation of projects to clients
- Helping to prepare projects for international architecture and design competitions
- Producing renderings and graphic design content for interior design concepts
Please make note of any specific skills or areas of interest in your application so you can be matched with an appropriate internship placement. In all cases, interns should expect that the first week of your experience will focus on settling in and gaining some introductory knowledge, as you will not “hit the ground running”. Rather, you should start with learning about the placement to gain an understanding of what you can build upon, develop, learn, and contribute. Ensure that you ask questions and provide feedback during the introductory period, so that your supervisor understands how you’re progressing. This will help them to better understand important details, such as how quickly you learn, what you find challenging, what you find interesting, etc.
Understand and expect that individual internship experiences vary, as the specific placement that you’re assigned will depend on review of your resume and your current level of studies and experience. Therefore, if you’re at a more introductory level, you should reasonably expect a more introductory internship. Likewise, if you’re interning for a shorter duration, you will have a different experience from someone who is interning for a longer duration. Placement preferences are considered but always subject to availability.
Note that internships in Rome include mandatory Italian language lessons, which are included within the minimum duration requirement of the internship. While your internship can be conducted in some English, a language barrier can still be encountered to a certain extent. Interns should be prepared for the very natural and normal frustration of not always understanding what is being said around them. Most interns are able to have a successful internship experience and it is essential to come prepared and willing to surmount a language barrier, as opposed to being intimidated by it.
For beginners to the Italian language (levels A1 and A2), you’re required to complete a four-week Italian language course at an accredited language school in Rome before you start at your internship placement.
Interns with intermediate Italian will complete two weeks of language lessons, prior to commencing the placement. If you have intermediate language skills, please note that you will be required to provide verification (such as a B1 or B2 level certificate) and/or demonstrate your listening comprehension and spoken proficiency. These two abilities (listening and speaking) are the most important skills that will be assessed, to determine if you’re able to complete your internship as an “intermediate” speaker of Italian.
Additional language lessons can be arranged in-country, for those who wish to continue classes.
Architecture & Design interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
Making original renderings and designs
Presenting designs to clients
Contributing to various stages of a range of projects
Professional development opportunities:
Gain experience completing projects to specific briefs
Build your all-around design skills contributing to a range of projects
Develop your skills using industry software tools such as AutoCAD and ArchiCAD
Build your creative skills by learning from experienced local architects and designers
Gain first hand understanding into unique design elements and trends in Italy
Build Italian language skills in a professional environment
Gain practical skills and boost your employability, with guidance from Intern Abroad HQ’s Experiential Learning Curriculum to support your learning and cultural intelligence.
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What recent interns said about their experience
My whole Architecture & Design internship experience was amazing. I honestly can not pick a single memory to be my favorite. I learned so much about the culture, people, language, and the essence of Italy! I had the privilege to work with a company that had amazing and friendly employees. Everyone was very mature in stating their opinions and listening to what others had to say. Everyone in the company had the same goal of finishing a beautiful project which only encouraged me to do my absolute best! During my internship I worked on a lot of the presentations, did a lot of product research, and spent time on residential design. The company I worked for ensured everyone worked across all projects, which encouraged many design ideas. I helped and learned a lot from the company in terms of how they work, how they present to clients and why they use the methods they do. Coming away from the experience I have definitely learned more about how an office environment works. My placement has been great and learning to work under pressure and finish projects in tight deadlines is a skill I will always use.
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Academic credit available for all internships
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It’s free to apply for this internship. Once we have reviewed your suitability and accepted you onto this program, you’ll need to pay a deposit of US$499 to confirm your place. The remaining balance of your Program Fee (less your initial US$499 deposit payment) will be due no less than 60 days before your internship start date.
Program Fee (USD)
|$5,598 Equivalent to $99 /day
|$6,390 Equivalent to $91 /day
|$7,083 Equivalent to $84 /day
- Airport pick-up
- 24/7 in-country support
- Program orientation
- Dedicated support before, during, and after your internship
- In-country guidance for social and tourist activities
- Sourcing and securing your internship placement
- Personalization of your internship plan
- Coaching from your supervisor
- Documented portfolio of your experiential learnings
- Academic credit facilitation
- International reference letter
- Certificate of Internship Completion
- All meals
- All in-country transportation
- Return transportation to the airport at program conclusion
- Visa (if required), flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check
- Transfer back to the airport at the end of your internship program
- Personal spending money for snacks, drinks, public transport, laundry, and leisure activities during your free time.
- A deposit of $499 (approximately 499) is required to secure your internship
- It is important to note that internships in Rome include mandatory Italian language lessons, which are taken in conjunction with the internship program. Beginners to the Italian language must commit to a minimum duration of at least 10 weeks, which includes Italian language lessons for the first 4 weeks. Intermediate Italian speakers (B1 or B2 or higher) must commit to a minimum duration of 8 weeks, which includes at least 2 weeks of Italian language lessons, prior to commencing the placement. If you have intermediate Italian language skills, you will be required to provide verification (such as a B1 or B2 level certificate) and/or demonstrate your listening comprehension and spoken proficiency. These two abilities (listening and speaking) are the most important skills that will be assessed, to determine if you're able to complete your internship as an "intermediate" speaker of Italian.
- Balance of your Program Fee is due 60 days before your internship start date.
- All payments attract a 5% transaction fee to cover international banking fees and currency charges.
- Terms and Conditions apply.
Arrival and Orientation
Internships in Rome begin monthly, with the exception of August. Other exceptions to general start date availability throughout the year may occur when start dates are closed due to public holiday disruptions or if the program has already reached capacity. Beginner Italian language speakers typically begin the program on the first Monday of the month. Two start dates per month are available for intermediate Italian language speakers (B1 and B2 or higher).
Airport pick up and accommodation are included in the Program Fee. The accommodation is covered from the Sunday night before the Monday start date - interns are required to arrive no later than the Sunday before their Monday start date, as all orientations are held on Mondays.
All participants fly into the Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO) or Ciampino–G.B. Pastine International Airport (CIA), in order to receive their airport pick up and be transported to the homestay accommodation.
Orientation is held on the afternoon of the Monday start date and covers important details for your internship, including introductions, information about culture, customs, rules, expectations, safety, language lessons, cultural excursions, and more. Your specific internship placement orientation will follow, as you’ll be shown how to travel to and from your internship and be introduced to the team you’ll be joining.
If you are planning to spend time independently in Italy prior to your internship and will not require an airport pick up, we can arrange an alternative pick up from another location within Rome. Otherwise, you may make your own way to the local team’s office on Monday for your start date (and opt to have the return transportation to the airport covered, instead of your airport pick up).
The last night of the accommodation is the Friday night of the final week, leaving interns free to depart on Saturday. Extra nights of accommodation, outside of the program dates, can be arranged in advance and are subject to availability.
All participants are advised not to book flights until they have first registered to confirm their internship placement.
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Accommodation and WiFi
Interns in Rome are hosted in friendly and welcoming homestay accommodations. In the event that home-stay accommodation has reached maximum capacity, interns can alternatively be accommodated in an apartment, sharing with other interns or Italian language students.
Interns can expect to have their own bedroom but may be accommodated alongside 2 to 3 other students or interns. Bathrooms are shared. Living is comfortable and WiFi is provided. Laundry is included within homestay accommodation - usually it will be done once a week.
Accommodation is typically situated within 20-30 minutes walking distance to the local team’s office (where the Italian language lessons also take place). The commute time to internship placements can vary. Although some are quite nearby, in many cases, interns should expect a commute time of 30-45 minutes by public transportation (metro or bus). If interns prefer to stay at accommodation which is further from the office, yet closer to the internship placement instead, this request may be granted (subject to availability).
Please note that the accommodation pictured in the photo gallery of this webpage is provided as an example. Since we work with more than one apartment, the exact accommodation that you’re assigned may differ from the photos. Rooms sizes vary.
Internships on this program do not include meals, as affordable supermarkets are easily accessible and accomodation will have kitchen facilities for you to utilise. Italy has a thriving coffee culture which is delightful to partake in (there is also WiFi in almost all coffee shops and restaurants). For eating out, interns may budget approximately 3 - 5 Euro for a light breakfast (about US$5 - 7) and 5 - 10 Euro for a simple lunch (about US$5 - 12). There are ample dining options ranging from budget to high end. Italian cuisine offers a range of incredible dishes to experience, including well known classics such as pizza, pasta, and more.
Language lessons and internship schedule
It is important to note that internships in Rome include mandatory Italian language lessons, which are taken in conjunction with the internship program. This approach is designed to enhance the enjoyment of being in Italy, while developing professional social, and cultural competencies. While your internship can be conducted in some English, a language barrier can still be encountered to a certain extent. Interns should be prepared for the very natural and normal frustration of not always understanding what is being said around them. Most interns are able to have a successful internship experience and it is essential to come prepared and willing to surmount a language barrier, as opposed to being intimidated by it.
Beginners to the Italian language must complete the 4-week introductory Italian language course (included in their total duration) before beginning their internship placement.
Intermediate Italian speakers (B1 or B2 or higher) must complete at least 2 weeks’ Italian language course (included in their total duration) before beginning their internship placement.
The Italian language instruction is offered through an accredited provider and member of the Association of Schools of Italian as a Second Language (ASILS).
Weekends and travel
There’s so much to see and do within the city of Rome, it can almost seem overwhelming! However, our internship hosts in Rome have the best advice and know all the tricks for getting around and making the most out of your time. They are happy to coordinate cultural excursions directly - whether you want guided museum tours, evenings at the opera, or tickets to sporting events. When you’re ready get out of the city and explore the Roman countryside, you won’t be disappointed by a visit to Sermoneta. With its Caetani Castle and beautifully preserved medieval churches, it’s considered to be one of Italy’s loveliest towns. Sermoneta is also home to the Gardens of Ninfa. Famed for their romantic atmosphere, the expansive gardens contain ruins, towers, frescos, and over 13,000 varieties of plantlife. Rome’s central location in Italy makes it conveniently situated to visit other Italian cities, such as Florence, Venice, Milan, Sicily, and Tuscany, as well as other destinations within Europe. Transportation systems are fast and economical, connecting Rome to both regional and international destinations.
Essential country information
Weather and climate:
Italy has a diverse climate, which is influenced by the Apennine Mountains, which form the peninsula’s backbone, and the Alps, which make up most of its northern boundary. Four different seas also surround the Italian Peninsula and influence it’s weather patterns - the Mediterranean, Adriatic, Ionian, Ligurian, and the Tyrrhenian. Due to its geography and longitudinal stretch, the climate ranges from humid subtropical to oceanic. In particular, the Po valley has harsh winters and hot summers.
Focusing on Rome, where the internships are based, summers are short, hot, dry, and humid, while the wintertime is long, cold, wet, and often cloudy. The hottest months of summer are from mid June till mid September. During this time, the average daily high temperature is above 82°F / 28°C. The colder months are from late November through late March, when the average daily high is below 60°F / 15°C. The coldest day of the year is typically recorded in January. The wetter time of year is usually September through May.