Rome - Full-Time Semester Internship

General

Program Description

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Why Rome?

Live and intern in Rome—the capital and largest city in Italy. Built on nearly 3,000 years of history, Rome is home to almost 3 million residents. In addition to the world-famous art, architecture, food, and fashion, you’ll find bustling finance, start-up, and technology scene.

Your Internship

An IES Internship abroad 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. Our 14-week program in Rome guarantees an unpaid, for-credit internship placement at a local business or organization, where you’ll work for at least 25 hours a week.

Before you leave to start your internship in Rome, 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 Rome.

When you arrive, the staff at our Rome Center will welcome you for orientation. This includes an introduction to the city, housing, commuting, and professional and cultural expectations. The Rome Center is your central place for instruction, support, and meeting other interns. You also will enroll in a required 3-credit academic internship seminar, conducted in English, 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 Rome that meets your goals. You’ll learn, and learn to stand out!

Placement fields

  • 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.
  • Tourism company that specializes in unique and creative ways to see Italy
  • Startup accelerator that provides young startups with funding and networks
  • Neuroscience research and health care company developing new research and technologies
  • Archaeological-research organization investigating historical sites around Rome
  • Creative agency serving companies through both traditional communication and the production of multimedia tools such as web sites, apps, and motion graphics
  • Center promoting social inclusion for homeless people in a process of welcome, integration, and conviviality
  • Locally-renowned chef-operated cooking school
  • Well-known Italian wedding planning business
  • Association founded immediately after the bombing of Iraq in 1991, which promotes solidarity initiatives for Iraqis who suffered during the war
  • An organization dedicated to the preservation and appreciation of Italy’s unique cultural heritage

Don’t see your field listed here? Just talk to your IES Internships Representative—new internships in Rome are always being added!

Daily Life

Commute to your internship in Rome via the Metropolitana (railway), bus, tram, or by foot for a picturesque stroll For lunch, stop into a tavola calda to enjoy a fresh, hot meal and coffee, followed by a scoop of gelato on your walk back to work.

Academics

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.

Academic Seminar

While interning in Rome, you’ll also enroll in a required English-taught 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 Rome and when you return home

Personalized Placements

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:

  • Archaeology
  • Arts, Art History & Humanities
  • Business
  • Environment & Community Service
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Immigration & Social Inclusion
  • International Development
  • International Relations & Politics
  • IT
  • Marketing
  • Media & Journalism
  • Social Action
  • Travel & Tourism
  • Visual Arts

Don’t see your field listed here? Just talk to your IES Internships Representative—new internships in Rome are always being added!

Italian Language Courses

You will also have the opportunity to take a 4-credit Italian language course.

Courses

This is a list of planned course offerings. After you are accepted, you will see a list of tentative course offerings in your MyIESabroad account.

  • Internship Seminar
  • Social Action Seminar

Field Trips & Events

You can participate in field trips and extracurricular activities in and around Rome, and cultural activities at the Rome Center.

All field trips are optional for Internship students and additional costs apply. These trips are academic, not solely touristic, in nature and your participation depends on availability within your work schedule. Potential destinations include:

Amalfi Coast

2 Days | Fall & Spring

Explore the stunning coastal towns of Sorrento, Positano, and Amalfi with a visit to a local producer of wine and a limoncello factory.

Tuscany

2 Days | Fall & Spring

Tour the countryside of one of Italy’s most unique regions, with its gorgeous landscapes and rich artistic legacy. You will also visit the sites of the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.

Daily Life

Part of making you feel at home in Rome is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it’s the orientation program that prepares you for what’s ahead, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.

Orientation

The staff at our Rome Center will welcome you for orientation. This 2-day orientation includes an introduction to the city and program, including housing, commuting, and professional and cultural expectations. The Rome Center is your central place for instruction, support, and meeting other interns.

Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home.

Housing

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 Rome, it will feel like home.

Apartments

Apartments are furnished, single-sex, and generally accommodate four to seven students, with two to three IES Abroad students sharing a bedroom. Internet access is available in every apartment. Meals are not included, but apartments offer equipped kitchens. Apartments may also have an Italian Student Companion, or ISC, a local Italian student who provides opportunities to engage in cultural activities.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Spend your free time exploring Rome, one of the most photogenic cities in the world, with its beautiful piazzas; breathtaking statues, parks, cathedrals, and fountains and winding historic streets.

Program Cost

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.

Term: Spring 2020

Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Spring 2020 $3,670 $3,690 $230 $7,590

Our Center

Situated in the heart of Rome along the Tiber River across from the Castel Sant’ Angelo, the IES Abroad Rome Center is a newly renovated 1920s-era building within walking distance of the Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, and the Vatican.

Features include:

  • Multi-media academic facilities
  • Auditorium used for conferences and guest lectures
  • Rooftop terrace with city views
  • Internet and WiFi printer access
  • Reading room and study area
Last updated Nov 2019

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