Study Abroad in Rome, Italy - Internship

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Study + 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. Course syllabi and faculty credentials are reviewed and approved by Fairfield University.

Academic Overview

Study + Internship Program

Students wishing to undertake an internship placement can choose a 7-week Study + Internship Program which consists of a 3-credit course on the Traditional Academic Program chosen from those listed for Session 1 plus a 3-credit internship course and accompanying 7-week internship placement for a total of 6 semester credits.

The program offers a guaranteed internship in your desired career field, award-winning professional development program, résumé, cover letter, and interview prep, on-site orientations, full-time local staff and 24/7 support, LinkedIn profile coaching, and post-program career development toolkit.

The internship provides students with the opportunity to gain experience in workplace settings and to translate classroom learning into practice. It is a substantive career development experience with the intent being for the student to be exposed to business ideas and concepts while being mentored. Doing analysis, contributing to decisions, and communicating meaningful ideas should form the bulk of the work, although some low skill work (for example, data entry and making phone calls) can be a part of the assignment. At the end of the internship experience, students will be able to reflect on their personal and professional growth and begin seeing themselves on their career path.

While every internship is different, AIFS has adopted the internship definition recommended by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE.) The criteria are as follows:

  • The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.
  • The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
  • The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
  • There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework.
  • There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.
  • The experienced supervisor will provide routine feedback.
  • There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals. Students are expected to dress and behave professionally throughout their internship assignment and adhere to the agreed-upon internship standards and requirements as described by GE and the host organizations.

In addition to the internship course students take one 3-credit course selected from the Session 1 courses.

Internship locations: internships can be arranged in a wide range of relevant areas including art, architecture, business, communications, design and fashion.

Attendance Classes are held five days a week in Session 1. Attendance is required to receive full credit. Students exceeding the permitted number of absences will not be granted credit.

Credit Recommended credits are shown in parentheses. Credits for each course are equal to American credits based on one credit for a minimum of 15 classroom hours plus home study.

Grades No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available. All students take an end of course exam.

Transcripts are issued by Fairfield University. An official transcript will be sent directly to the student’s home university on completion of the program.

A minimum of 10 students must enroll for classes to be offered.

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