Study Abroad in Florence, Italy - Internship

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Intern Abroad in Florence: Academics

Academic Programs

Internship opportunities include art history; art, design & media; communications; economics; education; international business; hotel management and tourism; and marketing

Program Options

The Internship Program consists of mandatory Italian language for a total of 3 credits, a 3-credit, unpaid, résumé-enhancing internship and two or three additional 3 credit courses related to the chosen internship chosen from the Traditional Academic Program courses. Students may also choose an additional 1-credit optional Introduction to Italian Art course, taught only during the field trips to Rome and Venice, for a total of up to 16 credits.

In a competitive world, practical experience is an invaluable addition to classroom learning. Richmond’s Internship Program provides vital insights into a career field, experience in the global workplace, practical exposure to the demands of specific jobs and development of professional and personal skills.

International work experience helps students test a potential career path while exploring interests and abilities in new ways. Working side by side with Florentines is the best way to gain insight into their culture, understand different approaches and prepare for the realities of working in a multicultural and interdependent world.

Richmond has specifically designed the International Internship Program to combine an academic program and individual attention with a unique opportunity to spend 135 hours in a Florence-based organization.

The program benefits students by enabling them to:

  • apply academic training to practical situations in business and other organizations
  • work alongside professionals and managers to observe different work styles and techniques
  • relate work experience to classroom situations
  • enrich employment opportunities and establish a work record for their résumé
  • acquire skills and strengths essential to the development of personal confidence
  • gain contacts and insight into a career area

The ideal internship placement is a coordination between the skills and personality that an organization is seeking and those which a student presents. Each student should approach the program with cultural awareness and flexibility. This will enable the internship office to identify suitable organizations at which the student may intern. Placements are made with both small and large organizations, and selection is based on several criteria. In some workplaces the language barrier is not considered a problem although some places require a good knowledge of the Italian language.

Students on the Internship Program may use public transportation to get to work if necessary. Interns should budget approximately 50 euros per month for a bus pass.

Please note: Students must attend interviews with suitable organizations and understand that this is a competitive process. Final selection is always at the discretion of the organization and the Internship Program is not able to honor specific requests to join a particular organization or guarantee that students will be successful at interviewing.

In addition to the internship coordinator who supports students on an individual basis throughout the program in the seminars, internship faculty advisors are assigned to monitor the internship. They are in regular contact with the student and the workplace supervisor and contribute to the academic component of the Internship Program grade.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester up to 16 minimum 2.75 GPA*


Admissions Guidelines

Students must meet all the required criteria for admission to Richmond, The American International University in London and have:

  • enrolled at least 45 semester credits at the time of application and enrolled in a full-time degree program
  • 2.75 minimum GPA for students with at least 75 semester credits; 3.0 minimum GPA for students with 45-74 semester credits (3.0 for all students seeking placements in finance)
  • a thoroughly and thoughtfully completed internship application which forms part of their portfolio and a completed academic year and semester application
  • paid or unpaid work experience during the last two years
  • letter of reference from a former employer
  • two letters of academic reference
  • a current résumé
  • students must have a minimum age of 18 by the application deadline

*Students with only 45-74 semester credits or those seeking placements in finance require a 3.0 GPA.

**Credits for each content course are equal to American credits based on one credit for a minimum of 15 contact hours plus home study or the equivalent in independent research or tutorials. The 3-credit International Internship course has 45 contact hours per credit.

No AIFS student is permitted to take a course without receiving a grade. Pass/Fail options are not available.

Richmond, Florence Center

This program is taught by faculty of Richmond, The American International University in London. The university is an independent, non-profit international university of liberal arts and professional studies with a student population of approximately 2,000. It is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

The Dean and the Director of the Richmond Florence Program are appointed by Richmond and supervised by the Richmond administration in London. Professors in the Richmond study abroad programs are appointed by the university both from its own faculty and from cooperating institutions. With its elegant, gracious rooms, the Center serves as a convenient, attractive, welcoming environment for students and teachers.

The Center in Florence is equipped with classrooms, offices, a library with computers and printers and a student lounge. Wi-Fi is also available during office hours to students with laptops.

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