Study Abroad in Florence, Italy - Internship

Intern Abroad in Florence: Courses

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Internship Program

The International Internship Program is designed to provide an integrated learning experience of a high academic standard, combining classroom study and an internship placement for up to 7 semester credits. The Program consists of a 3-credit course running alongside a 7-week unpaid work placement (3 credits), with regular academic analysis of workplace issues, plus a 1-credit course (AVC 4800 - Introduction to Italian Art) if students attend the optional visits to Rome and Venice.

Internship Course

International Internship 6861 (3) | International Internship

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 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. Studentsí final grades are based on several factors including, written assignments and a report from their workplace supervisor which is taken into consideration.

Assessment is based on all the above criteria. Grades of A to F with pluses and minuses in accordance with the University grading policy are assigned and recorded on your Richmond transcript.

Seminars and interviews are conducted to prepare students to:

  • analyze skills, interests and abilities
  • establish appropriate objectives
  • interview in a professional setting
  • respond appropriately to situations in the workplace
  • develop communication skills
  • work in an international environment
  • focus on career options

The 3-credit course which students take in addition to the placement is selected from the 3-week Maymester program courses for the standard Florence summer program.