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?
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 placements like the examples listed below. Keep in mind that this list is by no means exhaustive. We encourage students of all majors to apply.
- Marketing combining data analysis, service design, creativity, content, and technology to offer customers marketing and communications solutions
- English-language international school for Italian students
- Advisory and coaching service helping companies and public sector bodies with digital transformation and entrepreneurial innovation
- Modern art gallery
- Research institute specializing in studying new economic models with a focus on sustainability
- High-fashion clothing and accessory rental service with an online presence and showroom in Milan’s historic center
- Contemporary music orchestra with education initiatives
- A literary agency representing writers from around the world, which supports them throughout the editorial and publication process
*Some fields may require a knowledge of the local language. Speak with your IES Internships Advisor to learn more.
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. 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.
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
- Increasing adaptability
- Navigating issues, challenges, and opportunities so you can succeed in 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 - Leading Across Cultures: Internship Seminar - 3 credits
- IN 395 - Leading Across Cultures: Internship Seminar - 6 credits
Field Trips & Events
All field trips are optional for Internship students and additional costs apply. Your participation will depend on your availability based on your work schedule. These trips are academic, not solely touristic, in nature. Potential destinations include:
- Cinque Terre
- Lago Maggiore
Field trips are an additional cost and availability will depend on your work schedule.
Part of making you feel at home in Milan is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, housing that is well-located and comfortable, or networking and social events with Milanese professionals—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.
The staff at our Milan Center will welcome you for orientation. This three-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.
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 rooms. Some single rooms may be available for an additional fee. Some apartments are also shared with a live-in Italian Community Assistant who will guide your cultural integration. Meals are not provided but apartments have fully-equipped kitchens with dishwashers. Internet access and a washing machine are provided.
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.
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.
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.
Scholarships & Aid
Summer Need-Based Financial Aid
Up to $1,000.
Open to students who apply to and attend an IES Abroad or IES Internships summer program.
Criteria reviewed to determine award:
- Level of financial need as determined from the information provided on the application. Priority is given to Pell Grant recipients.
- IES Abroad program location.
- IES Abroad membership status of the home campus
Summer Social Impact Internship Scholarship
Up to 100% of room and board costs based on financial need + $1000 travel grant.
The Summer Social Impact Internship Scholarship was initiated by the Hemera Foundation, whose mission is to foster basic human goodness in individuals and society. This Scholarship, which will be sustained through a foundation collaborative, aims to inspire students to make a social impact through summer internships within philanthropic or direct service/social service organizations.
The IES Abroad Milan Center is located in the city’s bustling historic center, within walking distance of the Duomo, DaVinci's "Last Supper" and the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.
- High-quality multimedia classrooms
- Music practice rooms
- Student lounge
- Digital photo facility
- Video editing lab
- Library and reading rooms
- WiFi Internet access
- Student computer lab and printers
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