Study Abroad in Rome, Italy - Internship

Study Abroad in Rome Internship: Academics

Richmond, The American International University in London – Rome Center

The academic programs are designed in conjunction with Richmond, The American International University in London. The University is an independent, non-profit international university of liberal arts and professional studies. It is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

The Director of the programs is appointed by Richmond and supervised by the Richmond administration in London. The Rome faculty credentials are reviewed and approved by Richmond University.

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, just next to Piazza Navona and the Pantheon. The Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Colosseum, Trastevere and the Vatican City can be reached on foot in a few minutes.

In addition to classrooms, the Richmond in Rome Center houses administrative offices, a computer lab with 13 computers, 18 IT stations with WiFi hotspots, a laser printer, a reference library, and two small student lounges. The center is entirely WiFi accessible. Students and faculty regularly gather in the welcoming spaces of the Study Center to study and socialize. A dedicated team of qualified English-speaking staff members is available to support students with a range of services from academic queries and advice on adjusting to the new culture to travel advice and local area information.

Academic Overview

Internship Program

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 semester credits. The Program consists of a 3-credit Art and Culture in Rome course running alongside a 7-week unpaid work placement, with regular academic analysis of workplace issues. Students will spend their time balancing classroom based study and research with a work placement in a museum, gallery or cultural institution.

On the Internship Program students will:

  • Experience and participate in international, intercultural learning and friendships
  • Develop personal skills and strengths that improve confidence as well as future employment opportunities
  • Work in a different culture
  • Develop a strong resumé
  • Participate in career opportunity networking

The objective of the Internship Program is to provide a learning experience that focuses on the realities of a multicultural and interdependent world. International work experience offers students the opportunity to test their personal interests and abilities in a specific career field.

An international internship also provides a valuable cultural perspective and the opportunity for interns to experience other approaches and viewpoints in the workplace. Please see below for course descriptions

Depending on the area of specialization your internship coordinator organizes a customized program for a dynamic and rewarding experience that will provide:

  • A chance to learn more about the art and culture of the Eternal City
  • The opportunity to meet with locals and other interns who share your fascination with history, science, and culture
  • Invitations to staff events and exhibition previews
  • Supporting museum activities for specific projects, visitor services and special events
  • Assisting Museum Staff in leading special tours of temporary exhibitions or reserved areas
  • Supporting backstage activities such as Management, Human Resources and Education
  • An opportunity to experience Arts Marketing & Fundraising

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 for this experience. Throughout the internship students will study the excellence of the artistic and historical heritage of the city and learn how to promote, communicate and create networks to enhance its value and significance.

The Internship coordinator advises and supports you throughout the program in individual meetings and seminars. Internships are arranged by the Internship coordinator, after an assessment of his/her eligibility based on skills, interests and abilities in relation to what the organization is seeking. All academic aspects of the program are monitored and assessed by the Dean and faculty advisors.

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. Placements are made with both small and large organizations, and selection is based on a number of criteria.

Please note: students must attend interviews with suitable organizations; 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.

Internship locations The University arranges internships in a variety of museums, galleries and cultural institutions in the center of Rome

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 letter grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available.

Registration Students must register for classes online. More information will be provided upon acceptance.

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