Study Abroad in Rome, Italy - Internship

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Intern Abroad in Rome: Academics

AIFS Global Education Center

The AIFS Global Education Center is located in the heart of Italy’s capital city. The Resident Director and staff are based here and most classes are held in the center. Students have access to free Wi-Fi during office hours.

Academic credit for the AIFS Rome program is awarded by Fairfield University. Fairfield University is a private Jesuit university founded in 1942 in Fairfield, Connecticut, well known for their commitment to international education. Fairfield is a fully accredited university and member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

In 2020 Fairfield and AIFS partnered to develop a school of record relationship that will allow academic credit to be available for both Fairfield and non-Fairfield students. The Rome faculty credentials are reviewed and approved by Fairfield University.

Academic Overview

International Internship Program

The International Internship program combines practical work experience in a foreign country with structured preparation and reflection opportunities. The course aims at providing students of any discipline and majors with the professional skills required by today’s culturally diverse working environment. This student placement opportunity will help students think about their own skills, those they would need to acquire according to their professional plans, and whether their own professional paths are coherent with their goals. 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.

Faculty supervise the internships and make sure that students get a successful experience. The course consists of 20 contact hours of seminars & workshops and 100 hours of supervised work placement.

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.

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 Fairfield University. One official copy of the transcript will be mailed to the student’s home college or university.

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