Internships in Italy are located in Rome, where nearly 3,000 years of global influence have earned it’s moniker as the Eternal City. Considered the birthplace of western civilization, the city’s attractions are infamous, awe-inspiring, visually stunning and seemingly endless. There’s no better place to intern abroad, if you’re looking for an epic European internship experience that’s both personally enriching and professionally outstanding.
Intern Abroad HQ offers an affordable combination program, including an internship placement in Rome, accompanied by Italian language lessons. Durations are available from just 6 weeks for intermediate Italian speakers (B1 and B2 or higher) and 8 weeks for beginners. The Italian language lessons are included in the chosen internship duration and are taken prior to beginning internship placement activities. This academically focused approach builds confidence and language competency prior to the commencement of the internship. Exciting internship fields include architecture, cultural and artistic heritage, international law, human rights, ecology and more.
International Law & Human Rights internships in Italy offer a range of placements across agencies and associations for human development and the protection of human rights. Internship activities can involve research, data analysis, reporting, event planning, social media development, marketing and more.
Architecture internships in Italy offer opportunities within placements such as architecture studios, interior design studios, website agencies and graphic design agencies. Interns typically have the opportunity to assist with project design and should come prepared to utilize computer software for various rendering and graphic design tasks.
Cultural & Artistic Heritage internships in Italy offer a broad scope of creative placement opportunities, which can be based at museums, galleries, local and international cultural and artistic associations. Interns typically have the opportunity to participate in the planning and organization of events, exhibits, and cultural activities.
Marketing & Communication internships in Italy offer placement opportunities within the marketing and communication departments of various companies, as well as marketing agencies, communication and graphic design agencies. Activities typically have a focus on social media marketing and digital communications, so an understanding of these mediums is required.
Sales internships in Italy offer placements across a broad variety of companies, with different areas of interest and stores. Internship tasks can include assisting with business development strategies, helping to conduct research for investors, assisting vendors, fiscal, administration and accounting activities.
Social Work internships in Italy offer placement opportunities within social assistance bureaus and cooperatives. These may be local, national, or international associations for the support of disadvantaged people. Interns may participate in various planning events to promote economic and social welfare.
Agriculture internships in Italy offer placement opportunities at farms and other agricultural ventures outside of Rome, such as food analysis laboratories and food production companies. Internship activities can be related to business administration and development, production harvesting, and laboratory data analysis.
Environmental Conservation & Ecology internships in Italy offer placement opportunities within analysis laboratories, municipal offices for ecology and environmental protection, environmental product companies, national parks, and associations for ecology and environmental protection.
Sustainable Tourism internships in Italy offer a broad scope of placement opportunities, which are primarily based with sustainable tourism companies/associations. Interns typically have the opportunity to participate in the creation of sustainable relationships between Rome’s tourist sites, visitors, and local authorities. Activities can include the planning of itineraries and tours.
All Intern Abroad HQ programs include a guided reflection course, which combines personal development with professional competency building. Interns receive weekly reflection modules to complete during their program, which foster the acquisition of essential soft skills for employability and a resilient career. Each reflective journaling task introduces a new topic, presents learning objectives, and provides specific prompts that inspire and guide the learning process.
Intern Abroad HQ does not award grades for the completion of our internship programs, but interns can be supported to independently arrange academic credit through their home educational provider. Upon completion of the internship duration and reflection course, interns receive a portfolio as documentation of their experience. This includes a certificate of internship completion, alongside a summary of the internship goals, skill development, highlights, and a compilation of the reflection work.
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. Note that all participants are advised not to book flights until they have first registered to confirm their internship placement.
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).
All interns in Rome are hosted in various homestay accommodations. Living with an Italian family offers full daily cultural immersion into the lifestyle, language, and cuisine.
Homestays are typically situated within 20 minutes walking distance to the local team’s office (where the Italian language lessons also take place). The maximum commute time to internship placements is usually between 30-40 minutes by public transportation (metro or bus). If interns prefer to stay at a homestay that’s further from the office, yet closer to the internship placement instead, this request may be granted (subject to availability).
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 - usually it will be done once a week.
Internships in Rome include two meals per day, served at the homestay (Italian breakfast and dinner).
Breakfast may consist of coffee and milk (or tea), bread or biscuits and jam. (Other breakfast items, such as cereals and fruits are not provided).
Lunch time in Rome is typically between 1 and 2:30 pm. There are many excellent restaurants to choose from in Rome and they typically offer special lunch menus in the afternoon, which are designed to provide an affordable set meal option (they could range anywhere between €9 and €20). One or two pizza slices can be €5-6. Some famous dishes to try include pasta all’amatriciana, pasta alla carbonara, pasta cacio e pepe, or agnello alla scottadito (grilled lamb). The internship program fees do not include lunch, so interns will be free to determine how they wish to accommodate their midday meal - whether through dining out or packing their own snacks.
Like breakfast, dinner is served at the internship homestay. Dinner time is typically served later in the evening (about 8-9pm). Typical dishes may include pasta, salads, soups, meat, rice dishes, cheeses, affettati (cold meat cuts, usually pork, chicken or beef) etc.
Please be sure to let us know of any specific dietary requirements that you have in advance (i.e. allergies and intolerances), so that we may ensure your hosts are aware and make recommendations to you accordingly.
Beginner Italian Language Speakers
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Intermediate Italian Language Speakers
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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 8 weeks, which includes a 4-week introductory Italian language course and the remaining weeks in a full time internship placement. Intermediate Italian speakers (B1 or B2 or higher) must commit to a minimum duration of 6 weeks, which includes a 6-week Italian language course and the remaining weeks in a full time internship placement.
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- All programs attract a Registration Fee of US$299 on top of the Program Fee (partially refundable until 60 days before your start date*). A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
- * Terms and Conditions do apply
What extra costs will I have?
- Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check.
- Transfer back to the airport at conclusion of the program.
- Souvenirs + tourism/leisure activities during free time.
- Personal spending money to cover basic expenses such as drinks, snacks, and public transportation. Interns generally find US$90 per week to be sufficient.
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.
Beginners to the Italian language must complete the 4-week introductory Italian language course (included in their total duration) before beginning their full time internship placement. Intermediate Italian speakers (B1 or B2 or higher) must complete the 2-week Italian language course (included in their total duration) before beginning their full time 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.
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.