AIFS Abroad

AIFS Summer Internships in Florence, Italy
Summer 2019
Course Descriptions


Internship Program

The 7-week Internship Program is designed to provide an integrated learning experience of a high academic standard, combining classroom study and an internship placement for a total of 6 semester credits. The Program consists of a 3-credit Italian Food and Culture course running alongside a 7-week unpaid work placement, with regular academic analysis of workplace issues.

Course Code and Credits: HST/ANTH 315 (3)
Course Title: Italian Food and Culture
Course Description:
According to anthropologist Jon Holtzman the tastes and flavors of a country’s traditional table are a meaningful representation of its collective memory. This course will thus show the deep link between geography, history and the culture of Italian regional dishes which have made Italy known worldwide. Attention will be devoted to the development of the Italian food culture, and students will be introduced through lectures, seminars, guest lectures and a visit to a wine and olive oil farm in Tuscany, to the ‘invisible’ thread that links the resources of many Italian areas to their food practices. During the first weeks we will also analyze different food practices of the Italian and Mediterranean diet, highlighting regional gastronomic traditions and their origins. Among the topics to be discussed are the issues of Italian regional differences in how food is prepared, the representation of Italian food practices in media and cinema, food symbolism in Italian culture, food ethics and sustainable agriculture, with an examination of today’s fast and slow food traditions in Italy. Students should budget approximately 50 euros for course-related field trips. Course related visits and activities: Local farms, Winery in the Chianti, Cooking Class, Slow Food workshops, Oil Mill.
Course Code and Credits: International Internship 6972 (3)
Course Title: Internship In Hotel Management and Tourism
Course Description:
The Florence internship is a student work placement that aims to provide students from all disciplines and majors with the intellectual, professional, and personal skills that will enable them to function well in a culturally diverse working environment in all key job sectors. All internships are supervised by faculty, and all 3 credit internships last a minimum 6 weeks in length and are carried out part time Monday to Wednesday or equivalent. Each student will also complete 3 assessments throughout the internship, namely: keeping a written journal of their experience, completing an industry review, and preparing an internship portfolio. These assessments have been designed to help the student reflect on the skills they are learning and the benefits gained from the internship experience, and also to help them determine if their current career goals are the correct fit for them. During the internship, the staff of the Internship Office and a faculty supervisor work closely with each student to ensure that the placement is a successful one. Students’ final grades are based on several factors including, written assignments and a report from their workplace supervisor which is taken into consideration.