Why Rome?

The city is virtually an outdoor museum and history lesson with streets filled with ancient buildings, statues, and monuments: the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, and the Vatican. Rome is home to both multi-national organizations and many smaller, family-owned companies.

Rome, with 2,500 years of history, is the apex of archaeology, art, and museums in Italy. Walk to work or take the Metropolitana (subway), bus, or tram. Lunch is a culinary indulgence of fresh pasta, seafood, and, of course, pizza.

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.

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 Rome.

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.

  • Archaeology
  • Art, Art History & Humanities
  • Business
  • Education
  • 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 are always being added!

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad Rome
  • City: Rome
  • Country: Italy
  • Program Credits: 3, 6, or 9 credits
  • Language of Instruction: English, Italian
  • Language Prerequisites: None

Program Dates

After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.

Summer 2018

May 23-July 20

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

Application deadline has passed


While working in Rome, 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 Rome and when you return home

You may also enroll in an optional 3-credit Italian language course taught at the Center.


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

Internship Seminar

  • IN 395-A Leading Across Cultures Internship Seminar Template (3-credit) - Summer 2018
  • IN 395-B Leading Across Cultures Internship Seminar Template (6-credit) - Summer 2018


  • 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 Rome, it will feel like home.


Furnished apartments are single-sex and typically house four to seven other IES students, with the option to live with an Italian Student Companion, a local university student. The apartments offer Internet access and a washing machine. Meals are not provided, but all apartments feature a fully-equipped kitchen.

Student Life

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.

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.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 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.
  • The previous study of the Italian language is not required; 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. Non-U.S. citizens may be required to obtain a student visa before arrival.


Summer 2018 3 credits

  • Tuition: $4,585
  • Housing: $1,775
  • Insurance: $135
  • Total: $6,495

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.

Program taught in:
  • English
  • Italian
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