Study Abroad in Rome, Italy - Internship

Intern Abroad in Rome: Academics

Richmond, The American International University in London – Rome Center

The academic programs are taught by 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 1,500. It is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition to the U.S. degree granting authority, it has U.K. taught degree awarding powers granted by the U.K. Privy Council. It is the first university in the U.K. to have dual degree awarding powers. The Director of the program is appointed by Richmond and supervised by the Richmond administration in London. The Rome faculty credentials are reviewed and approved by Richmond University

The Richmond Study Center is located in a beautiful building in Piazza Sant’Andrea della Valle in one of the richest areas of Rome’s historic center. The Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Colosseum, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Roman Forum, Trastevere and the Vatican can be reached on foot in a few minutes.

In addition to classrooms, the Richmond in Rome Study Center houses offices, a computer lab with internet access and printing facilities, a reference library and two small student lounges. The library has a selection of 2,000 volumes in English related to Richmond courses, a film collection and periodicals available for student reference. AIFS - Richmond students have free admission to the extensive library collections available to them in Rome and access to the university web resources for e-books such as Dawsonera, JSTOR and EBSCO. Wireless internet is available for free to all students.

Academic Overview

International Internship Program

First three weeks: preparatory seminars plus one course related to your internship (3 credits)

Following four weeks: full time unpaid internship placement (3 credits)

Students can also earn an additional credit by enrolling In AVC 4800: Introduction to Italian Art.

The 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 credits. The Program consists of a 3-credit course chosen from those offered in Session I, plus unpaid work placement, with regular academic analysis of workplace issues.

Students spend their time balancing classroom based study and research with a work placement in a museum, gallery, company or cultural institution in Rome.

All academic aspects of the program are monitored and assessed by the Internship Coordinator who advises and supports students throughout the program in individual meetings and seminars.

The Program focuses on the fields of arts and tourism with the purpose of preparing students with the skills and expertise for management, marketing, and operations in the field of arts and culture. With its countless artistic and historical opportunities Rome is the perfect location to learn how to promote, communicate and create networks to enhance its value and significance.

On the Internship Program students will:

  • experience and participate in international and intercultural learning
  • improve personal skills and strengths to help build confidence and future employment opportunities
  • work in a different culture
  • develop a strong résumé
  • participate in career opportunity networking
  • learn more about the art and culture of the Eternal City
  • meet with locals and other interns
  • participate in events and exhibition previews
  • experience related activities in Management, Human Resources, Marketing, Fundraising and Education

Internships are arranged by the Internship Coordinator, after an assessment of students’ eligibility based on skills, interests and abilities in relation to what organizations are seeking.

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 and focus on career options.

Placements are made with both small and large organizations, and selection is based on a number of criteria. The process is competitive and final selections are at the discretion of the organization. The Internship Program is not able to honor specific requests to join a particular organization or guarantee that students will be successful at interviewing.

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 coordinator to identify suitable organizations at which the student may intern.

In addition to the internship placement and seminars students are required to submit a weekly journal, a final research paper and a presentation on their experience and goals achieved.

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

Attendance is required to receive full credit. Students exceeding the permitted number of absences may fail the course/s.

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

Transcripts are issued by the Registrar’s office of Richmond, The American International University in London. One official copy of the transcript will be mailed to the student’s home college or university.

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