Learn about the impact humans are having on the environment, and the effect of environmental conservation techniques. Customized internship placements are available in analysis laboratories, public offices for environmental protection, environmental product companies, national parks, and associations for ecology and environmental protection.
This is an in-country internship, with accommodation and meals provided.
Environmental Conservation & Ecology internships in Italy are perfect for interns looking to kick start your career in environmental advocacy. You’ll learn about the impact humans are having on the environment and the effectiveness of techniques that aim to minimize that impact.
There is a broad range of placements available, and your internship is customized to suit you. That means you’ll be gaining highly relevant career experience and building your skills in a specific field of interest to you.
Interns have opportunities to participate in ecology days, organize campaigns to protect local flora and fauna, and collaborate with environmental protection entities. Some of the specific tasks you can expect to be involved in include (but aren’t limited to):
- Crop research, analysis and reporting
- Air/water/soil analyses
- Dissemination of project results
- Liaising with politicians/companies/associations regarding environmental protection
- Assisting at international fairs
- Assisting with tasks related to animal and environmental protection
- Business administration and development (i.e. website content, social media campaigns, marketing, event planning, fundraising)
Interns should be aware that some placement organizations are located outside central Rome, and you may have a 60-90 minute train ride to get to your host placement each day. This is a great opportunity to complete your learning reflections while they’re fresh in your mind, giving you free time to enjoy your evenings.
It is important to 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.
There is a lot to do in your spare time while completing your internship in Italy! Rome is an absolutely fantastic city to explore. Having been inhabited for the last three millennia, it’s brimming with ancient history, including almost 300 fountains and nearly a thousand churches. Not to mention the amazing eateries that will constantly tempt you! Walking tours of the city are highly recommended, as a fun and an interesting way to discover your bearings, along with everything else that the city has to offer. Our team in Rome is incredibly warm and welcoming, so you’ll have excellent support and advice when you’re looking to plan excursions and social activities. Considering that the pizza, pasta and gelato are so good, you’ll appreciate the fact that walking through the city is such enjoyable exercise!
Environmental Conservation & Ecology interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
- Analyzing and reporting on the health of different environments
- Analyzing the effectiveness of conservation techniques
- Contributing to conservation campaigns
- Organizing events and international fairs
- Providing marketing assistance in digital and social media campaigns
Professional development opportunities:
- Build your understanding of the effect of humans on the environment
- Understand the effectiveness of conservation techniques
- Build your research and reporting skills
- Develop marketing knowledge and skills
- Develop 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.
- Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm
- Gain contemporary knowledge about the state of natural environments
- Contribute to conservation efforts and gain experience raising awareness in the community
- Explore all the attractions of Rome and wider Italy, while enjoying amazing Italian food
Types of host organizations:
- Environmental conservation organizations
- Environmental product companies
- National parks
Keen to get started?
Taking the first step is easy! It is free to apply and takes just 5 minutes.Submit an application
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$449 to confirm your place. The remaining balance of your Program Fee (less your initial US$449 deposit payment) will be due no less than 60 days before your internship start date.
Beginner Italian Language Speakers
|Internship Duration||Program Fee (USD)|
|10 weeks||10 weeks||$6,582|
|11 weeks||11 weeks||$6,974|
|12 weeks||12 weeks||$7,371|
Intermediate Italian Language Speakers
|Internship Duration||Program Fee (USD)|
|8 weeks||8 weeks||$5,499|
|9 weeks||9 weeks||$5,959|
|10 weeks||10 weeks||$6,357|
|11 weeks||11 weeks||$6,748|
|12 weeks||12 weeks||$7,145|
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.