Business, fashion, and design all converge in Milan— Italy’s second largest city—where old Italian tradition blends with modern innovation. Be inspired by Milan’s notable institutions, from the Teatro alla Scala to the Borsa Italiana, Italy’s main stock exchange. How will a full-time internship program in Italy’s business capital transform you?
You can practically feel Italy’s pulse in fast-paced Milan. Getting to work is a breeze with the tram, subway, and bus systems. For lunch, grab a quick pasta al pesto with your coworkers, fill up on risotto alla Milanese, or the region’s famed ossobuco.
An IES 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. The optional language class increases your Italian language proficiency and fluency. While Italian is not required, some fields may require a basic understanding of the local language. Speak with an IES Internships Advisor to learn more.
You’ll be guaranteed* an unpaid internship placement at a local business or organization, where you’ll work for at least 25 hours a week. 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.
Before you go, your internship coordinator 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.
With IES Internships’ dedicated staff and international connections, you can be sure that you’ll find an internship 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
*Some fields may require a knowledge of the local language. Speak with your IES Internships Advisor to learn more. Don’t see your field listed here? Just talk to your IES Internships Representative—new internships are always being added!
- Center: IES Abroad Milan
- City: Milan
- Country: Italy
- Program Credits: 3, 6 or 9 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.
Upcoming Application Deadlines:
- Application deadline has passed
While working in Milan, you’ll also enroll in a required 3- or 6-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
- Resolving conflicts
- Understanding new cultures
- Navigating issues, challenges, and opportunities so you can succeed on the job in Milan and when you return home
You may also enroll in an optional 3-credit Italian language course taught at the IES Abroad Milan Center.
This is a list of planned course offerings. A final list of course offerings will be made available to you in your MyIESabroad account.
- IN 395-A Leading Across Cultures Internship Seminar Template (3-credit)
- IN 395-B Leading Across Cultures Internship Seminar Template (6-credit)
- IT 105 - Beginning Italian I (Summer)
- IT 205 - Intermediate Italian I (Summer)
- IT 305 - Advanced Italian I (Summer)
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. Homestays 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 staff at our Milan Center will welcome you for orientation. This 2-day orientation includes an introduction to the city including housing, commuting, and professional and cultural expectations. 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 before application; rising junior status at the 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.)
- Students must be enrolled in a full-time degree program, or a graduate intending to begin their internship no more than 12 months 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.
- 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.
- Please note: while the previous study of the Italian language is not required to apply, basic comprehension and conversational ability may be preferred for competitive placements.
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. U.S. citizens in possession of a valid passport do not need to obtain a visa to enter or study in Italy for less than 90 days. Non-U.S. citizens may be required to obtain a student visa before arrival.
- Tuition: $5,355
- Housing: $1,930
- Insurance: $135
- Total: $7,420
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.