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Overview of Internship Programs in Italy

The World Endeavors Intern in Italy program is an excellent choice for anyone hoping to expand their knowledge of the Italian language and culture, all while gaining valuable work experience. Visitors have flocked to Italy for centuries to experience its lively food, language, art, architecture, and music. Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, has a trading reputation that dates back to medieval times. Italy today retains much of its historical charm, while also being a modern and dynamic center for many industries.

World Endeavors offers internships in a wide range of professional fields in Italy, and our advisors are proud of their ability to find great internships in unique and highly specialized fields.

WHY DO AN INTERNSHIP IN ITALY

As an intern in Italy, you’ll have the chance to work with renowned companies and industry leaders, gaining valuable hands-on experience and expanding your professional network. The Italian work environment encourages creativity, innovation, and a strong work ethic, providing you with a unique perspective on business practices and enhancing your adaptability in a global job market.

Italy’s cultural heritage is unparalleled, offering an immersive experience that few other countries can match. You’ll be surrounded by the rich history and artistic legacy of this remarkable country. Living in Italy will also expose you to a vibrant lifestyle, where delicious cuisine, lively piazzas, and a strong sense of community create a welcoming and unforgettable experience. By interning in Italy, you’ll not only advance your career but also gain a deeper appreciation for art, history, and the joy of living “la dolce vita.”

ITALY INTERNSHIP HIGHLIGHTS

Here are just a few of the best things about interning in Italy:

  • As an intern in Italy, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in this rich cultural tapestry, exploring iconic cities like Rome, Florence, and Venice, and experiencing the warmth and hospitality of the Italian people.
  • In Italy, you can find internships in some of the most renowned Italian companies, gaining valuable hands-on experience and insights into their work processes.
  • In Italy, engaging with locals and colleagues in their native language will not only enhance your communication abilities but also allow you to better understand Italian culture and build stronger connections with people during your stay.
  • From authentic pizzas and pasta to gelato and espresso, the culinary delights in Italy are simply irresistible.

Our Italy Internship Programs

Browse all of our internship programs in Italy below. If you can’t find a suitable internship, check out our main program finder to continue your search for internships beyond Italy.

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Occupational Therapy Internship in Italy

By immersing themselves in clinics and hospitals, Occupational Therapy interns in Italy receive comprehensive exposure to patient care and other dimensions of their field through their interactions with experienced occupational therapists.

Occupational Therapy Internship in Italy

By immersing themselves in clinics and hospitals, Occupational Therapy interns in Italy receive comprehensive exposure to patient care and other dimensions of their field through their interactions with experienced occupational therapists.

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Youth Development Internship in Italy

Youth Development interns based in Italy actively assist experienced educators in a wide range of initiatives, including the design and execution of interactive workshops, mentoring and guiding sports teams, coordinating entertaining youth plays, and organizing inclusive family night activities.

Youth Development Internship in Italy

Youth Development interns based in Italy actively assist experienced educators in a wide range of initiatives, including the design and execution of interactive workshops, mentoring and guiding sports teams, coordinating entertaining youth plays, and organizing inclusive family night activities.

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Web and Graphic Design Internship in Italy

Italy's thriving design industry provides an ideal setting for Web and Graphic Design interns to collaborate with accomplished professionals in design firms, marketing agencies, or the design departments of major companies.

Web and Graphic Design Internship in Italy

Italy’s thriving design industry provides an ideal setting for Web and Graphic Design interns to collaborate with accomplished professionals in design firms, marketing agencies, or the design departments of major companies. Their main objective is to produce captivating marketing materials, visually stunning web pages, memorable logos, and other visually appealing visuals that cater to the diverse needs of corporate clients.

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Public Relations Internship in Italy

Public Relations interns in Italy embark on a journey of professional growth as they work either in PR agencies or within company PR departments. Throughout their internship, they gain invaluable insights into strategic communication, brand management, and the ever-evolving landscape of market perceptions.

Public Relations Internship in Italy

Public Relations interns in Italy embark on a journey of professional growth as they work either in PR agencies or within company PR departments. Throughout their internship, they gain invaluable insights into strategic communication, brand management, and the ever-evolving landscape of market perceptions.

Location

About Florence

Florence is truly a living museum imbued with a sense of history that can be felt everywhere in the city. Here, visitors walk the same streets as the greatest artists of the Italian Renaissance. The beauty of the city is in its architecture, which dates back centuries to the greatest period of Italian history. The people of Florence take pride in their city and are excited to show visitors what makes it so great.

Dates & costs

Internships are available year-round, with flexible start dates and durations. Public holidays and seasonal work availability may impact certain start dates in some locations.

Please wait until after you are accepted into the program and you have received the confirmed arrival and departure dates before you book your flight.

Eligibility

  • World Endeavors interns should be 18 years or older and should have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the start of their program.
  • Keep in mind that all countries have different visa restrictions for varying types of passports.
  • It is recommended to have a background in your desired internship field, but not absolutely required. Internship placement opportunities increase with experience or relevant coursework.
  • For programs of more than 90 days, interns must apply for a student visa.

Housing

World Endeavors interns in Italy live in centrally-located apartments in their placement city. Participants live in apartments shared with other international interns and students, or Italian students, with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities. Depending on availability, other housing options may also be available for an additional fee.

First Month: $3,790 | Each Additional Month: $1,690

Why Intern Abroad?

Embarking on an internship abroad is a transformative experience that blends professional growth with cultural immersion. It opens doors to a world of opportunities, offering a unique blend of personal development and global perspective.

Global Networking Opportunities

Interning abroad exposes you to an extensive network of professionals from diverse backgrounds and cultures. By working alongside international colleagues, you can forge valuable connections that extend beyond borders. This network not only enhances your career prospects but also opens doors to future collaborations and global opportunities.

Cross-Cultural Competence

Interning abroad nurtures cross-cultural competence, a skill highly valued in today’s interconnected world. By immersing yourself in a different cultural setting, you develop a heightened sensitivity to diverse perspectives, communication styles, and work practices. This adaptability and cultural intelligence enable you to thrive in multicultural work environments throughout your career.

Enhanced Language Proficiency

Interning abroad presents an ideal opportunity to improve your language skills. By working and interacting in a foreign language, you can sharpen your linguistic abilities and gain confidence in communicating effectively across language barriers. This increased language proficiency not only enhances your resume but also opens doors to international job opportunities.

Personal Growth and Independence

Interning abroad pushes you out of your comfort zone, encouraging personal growth and independence. By navigating new cities, customs, and challenges on your own, you develop resilience, self-reliance, and problem-solving skills. This transformative experience equips you with the confidence to adapt to new situations and take on future professional endeavors with a sense of fearlessness.

HEALTH & SAFETY

When you feel safe and respected abroad, you will flourish. World Endeavors participants are transformed through enriching, rewarding and safe experiences around the world. We meticulously monitor travel recommendations and will only facilitate programs where we can ensure our participants’ safety. 

We take key steps to ensure our participants’ well-being, including providing a pre-trip success guide, 24/7 local support, in-country trained staff, pre and post-arrival orientation, comprehensive travel medical insurance, and Mental Health First Aid-certified staff. Please contact us if you have any specific questions or concerns.

WHAT TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME IN ITALY

Italy offers a plethora of activities to enjoy during your spare time, ensuring that you make the most of your experience in this beautiful country. Here are some exciting things to do in your leisure time in Italy:

  • Explore Historical Sites: Visit the Colosseum in Rome, the ancient ruins of Pompeii near Naples, the historic center of Florence, or the enchanting canals of Venice.
  • Savor Italian Cuisine: Try authentic pizza in Naples, pasta dishes in Rome, fresh seafood along the coast, and gelato from local gelaterias.
  • Enjoy Art and Culture: Visit renowned art galleries like the Uffizi Gallery in Florence or the Vatican Museums in Rome to see masterpieces by famous artists.
  • Attend Festivals and Events: Italy hosts numerous festivals and events throughout the year, celebrating everything from music and film to food and wine.

How to choose the best Internship program

Choosing your internship program is easy when you evaluate your priorities. Follow these steps to guide you toward your ideal program.

Explore a New Career

Interning abroad offers a great opportunity to explore your professional and personal interests, and help define your career path. Peruse our internship fields and past examples to find the best fit.

Choose Your Dream Destination

Finding a meaningful way to combine interning and travel to your dream location is a big incentive. Carefully consider which destinations suit your interests and international internship goals.

Improve Language Skills

Immersing yourself in a language-rich environment is the ultimate method for developing fluency. If language-learning is your goal, favor destinations that use your language of choice.

Fit your budget

Explore scholarships and financial aid to determine if these may impact your destination options. Consider the overall cost of the program and cost of living in-country to identify the optimal match.

Try our program finder to filter based on your choices.

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Academic Credit

Do you want to earn academic credit for your international internship? Nearly half of World Endeavors participants earn credit while interning abroad. Many students are required to participate in an internship to fulfill a requirement for their degree program. World Endeavors works closely with students and their academic advisors to ensure that our program meets those requirements. If you don’t fall into that category there is another exciting option for you. Through our collaboration with University of California Berkeley, students can earn UC Berkeley credit by taking one of two online courses while interning abroad.

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Recent Testimonials

TrentIntern in Australia

I gained a stronger sense of independence. I have always been self-motivated but this program gave me the reassurance to take on new experiences.

MeganIntern in Australia

I’m now better prepared and excited for my upcoming classes because my internship provided me with relevant experiences. Being an international intern helped me step out of my comfort zone and gain self-knowledge, which was my goal.

NidishIntern in Argentina

I’m very happy with how the program went. It was such a great experience -
I want to go back.

BrittanyIntern in Czech Republic

It was so empowering for me - a huge boost to my self esteem!

AltairIntern in Costa Rica

“It was way more than I ever expected. I wanted to do this because I’m applying to med school - It’s been life-changing and so worth my time. I feel like I got so lucky.

KristenIntern in Morocco

It was amazing! Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone - the spontaneous adventures are gold!

WhitneyIntern in Costa Rica

Absolutely amazing. I learned so many new things I had never learned before and I’m still in touch with my host family.

BridgetIntern in Czech Republic

I went into it having high expectations and everything was completely fulfilled. I learned a lot - it was amazing.

CourtneyIntern in Ecuador

Oh my goodness, it was incredible! It was so cool! I got to travel and see and do much more than I was anticipating! My Spanish improved so much while I was there! I definitely got a lot of experience in OT, and was able to clock all of my shadowing hours for OT school.

Italy FAQs

Where is Italy?

Italy is a country located in southern Europe. It is situated on the Italian Peninsula, which extends into the Mediterranean Sea. Italy is bordered by France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia to the north. It also includes the islands of Sicily and Sardinia and several smaller islands.

What is the capital of Italy?

The capital of Italy is Rome.

Is Italy safe to travel?

Yes, Italy is generally safe to travel to. It’s a popular tourist destination known for its rich history, culture, and art. Travelers should exercise standard safety precautions: be cautious in crowded areas, watch out for pickpocketing, and adhere to local guidelines. It’s also wise to stay informed about any travel advisories or updates from official sources before your trip.

Do I need a visa to travel to Italy?

Visa requirements for Italy depend on your nationality and the purpose of your visit. EU citizens and others might not need visas for short stays (usually up to 90 days). Check the Italian embassy or official sources for current info before traveling, and reach out to the World Endeavors team if you want to know more about what visa is valid for your program with us.

What to wear when traveling to Italy?

In Italy, dress stylishly and comfortably, avoiding overly casual attire. Opt for well-fitted clothing, comfortable shoes, and cover shoulders and knees in religious sites. Adapt to the weather and respect local customs.

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How to apply for an Internship Abroad

You’ve decided to intern abroad – congratulations! Applying for your World Endeavors program is easy and stress-free. Get ready to PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE!

STEP 1
EXPLORE & ASK

Research and compare. If you can’t decide on a program, we can guide you toward the best fit.

STEP 2
SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

Fill out our online application form to share all your relevant details with our team.

STEP 3
ENROLL & PREPARE

Receive your official acceptance and enroll. We’ll give you all the info you need to get ready!

STEP 4
START YOUR ADVENTURE!

You’ve researched, planned and saved. Now you’re ready to gain skills and grow your network abroad!