Imagine having an internship in Milan — home to the Borsa Italiana (stock exchange) and Milan Fashion Week, and the design and business capital of Italy. Here you can spend the semester honing your craft at an atelier or in public relations for an international fashion house, not to mention internship opportunities in e-commerce, luxury companies, and music.
With five major train stations and high-speed links to other Italian cities, you feel like you’re at the center of everything. For your daily commute to your internship, utilize the Milan Metro, the city tram, or Il Passante, the underground railway.
While exploring the city, make sure to do a tour of Milan’s other specialty – food! On your lunch break, enjoy a plate of risotto alla milanese and if it’s around the winter holidays, follow it with a slice of panettone – mangia! The benefits of an interning abroad are many. An international internship develops your professional skills, your ability to communicate across cultures, and provides substantive work experience to jump-start your career in today’s competitive job market.
You’ll be guaranteed an unpaid, for-credit semester-length internship placement at a local business or organization, where you’ll work for at least 25 hours a week. Before you leave to intern in Milan, we will work with you to fine-tune your résumé, perfect your cover letter, and hone your communication and interview skills as we prepare you for working in a new cultural environment. We will work with you to help find the closest match between your expressed preferences and professional goals with what’s available via IES Internships in Milan.
When you arrive, the staff at our Milan Center will welcome you for orientation. This includes an introduction to the city, housing, commuting, and professional and cultural expectations. The Milan Center is your central place for instruction, support, and meeting other interns. You also will enroll in a required 3-credit academic internship seminar with other IES Internships students, where you’ll learn about a variety of local business settings and opportunities.
With IES Internships’ dedicated staff and international connections, you can be sure that you’ll find a semester internship in Milan that meets your goals. You’ll learn, and learn to stand out!
Past students have interned in the fields listed below. Keep in mind that this list is by no means exhaustive. We encourage students of all majors to apply.
- Arts (Art Gallery, Music Studio Production, Theater)
- Luxury Companies
- Not-for-Profit Organizations
And more! In fact, we guarantee we’ll find you an internship placement in your field. Reach out to your IES Internships Representative to learn about all of our internship offerings. *Some fields may require a knowledge of the local language. Speak with your IES Internships Advisor to learn more.
- Center: IES Abroad Milan
- City: Milan
- Country: Italy
- Program Credits: 3 credits
- Language of Instruction: English, Italian
- Language Prerequisites: None
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
September 3 - December 14
Upcoming Application Deadlines:
Spring 2019 - October 01, 2018
Before you go, we work with you to fine-tune your résumé, perfect your cover letter, and hone your communication and interview skills as we prepare you for working in a new cultural environment. You’ll be guaranteed a placement at a local business or organization that fits your professional interests.
While working in Milan, you’ll also enroll in a required 3-credit academic internship seminar with other IES interns, where you’ll gain context for your internship placement by examining cultural issues in the workplace. Topics covered include:
- Understanding workplace culture
- Improving communication
- Strengthening work attitude and aptitude
- Navigating issues, challenges, and opportunities so you can succeed on the job in Milan and when you return home
Your internship coordinator will work with you to find a placement in the field of your choice, where you will work for 25 hours per week. We’ve placed past interns at companies and organizations in the following fields:
- Non-for Profit Organizations
Don’t see your field listed here? Just talk to your IES Internships Representative—new internships in Milan are always being added!
Survival Italian Language Course
In your first few weeks in Milan, you'll have the opportunity to participate in a Survival Italian Language course in order to learn some basic Italian that will help you navigate the city and your workplace. This 15-hour Survival Italian Language course will be optional and does not carry any credit.
Internship Seminar IN 395 - Internship Seminar (Fall, Spring)
We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Milan, it will feel like home.
Furnished apartments are single-sex and typically house three to six IES Abroad students and interns, in double or triple rooms. Live-in Italian Community Assistants guide your cultural integration. Meals are not provided but apartments have fully-equipped kitchens with dishwashers. Internet access and a washing machine are provided.
Placements are available in Milanese homes throughout the city. This is a priceless opportunity to learn about Italian families first-hand and engage directly with Italian culture. You have a private room at your homestay and receive breakfast and dinner daily. Enjoy your other meals at university cafeterias, bars, or restaurants.
Collegio di Milano - Residence Hall
This residence for Italian and international honors students offers single rooms with private bathrooms and balconies. The facilities include a computer room, library, small gym, cafeteria, private park, security system, kitchenette, and an auditorium for special cultural programs. Breakfast and dinner are provided daily and lunch is available on weekends. Space is limited and students are chosen by the Collegio based on academic merit. Because of the extra amenities, this option carries an additional fee.
The program begins with a short orientation to help you become familiar with the IES Abroad Milan staff, your fellow students, and the city of Milan. Topics such as internships, housing, transportation, and health and safety are covered during orientation. The Milan Center is your central place for instruction, support, and meeting other interns.
Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events
Spend your free time seeing Milan’s treasures first-hand, like Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper, the Duomo, and the local boutiques, art galleries, and cafés of the Navigli area.
- 18 years of age
- In good standing at your home school
- 2.5 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale (GPAs under 2.5 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
- At least sophomore standing prior to application; rising junior status at time of program departure. (Students who have completed one year of undergraduate study may apply and will be considered on a case-by-base basis.)
- Non-U.S. citizens must refer to their local consulate to learn about visa requirements and determine eligibility; IES Internships cannot advise on visa regulations for non-U.S. citizens.
- Non-U.S. citizens attending school outside the U.S.: Native English fluency or IELTS score of 6.0 or above, taken within the last two years. Visit the IELTS website to find a test location near you. IES Abroad reserves the right, in its sole discretion, not to accept students who it believes do not have the necessary English language competency to succeed in an Internship Program, irrespective of the applicant's score on a language proficiency exam.
- Students may be enrolled in a full-time degree program, or a graduate intending to begin their internship no more than 5 years after their graduation date (solid academic credentials related to studies or experience in the desired field of placement required); graduate students enrolled in a full-time degree program may apply and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Passport & Visa Requirements
A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the program, with at least two blank pages is required. A student visa is required for U.S. citizens to enter Italy. Upon admission, you will receive more information about the application process and any related fees. The visa application process for non-U.S. citizens can be extremely lengthy, please contact us for more information.
- Tuition: $5,130
- Housing: $3,630
- Insurance: $230
- Total: $8,990
Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.
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