Study Abroad in Rome, Italy - Internship

Intern Abroad in Rome: Academics

Academic Programs

Internships in art, design & media, art history, communications, economics, education, finance, history, international business, international relations, management and tourism, marketing, museum studies, political science, social science.

Program Option

In a globalized world, practical experience in an international environment is an invaluable addition to classroom learning. Richmondís interns in Rome gain vital insights into a career field, experience in the global workplace, practical exposure to demands of specific jobs and development of professional and personal skills.

Students in the Internship Program take Italian language courses for a total of 6 credits, a 6-credit unpaid internship placement and 1 additional 3-credit course related to their internship. Students may also choose an additional 1-credit optional Introduction to Italian Art course, taught primarily during the field trips to Naples and Florence.

International work experience helps students test a potential career path while exploring interests and abilities in new ways. Working side by side with Italians 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.

In Rome, students have an internship placement plus specially designed seminars, tutorials focused on Italian business culture and cross-cultural management and review meetings for a total of 270 hours for 6 credits. They will be engaged in different fields ranging from traditional Italian small and medium enterprises (SMEs), international embassies, NGOs, to museums and cultural institutes, from humanitarian associations to fashion companies.

The Internship program combines workplace learning with classroom-based study with Richmond faculty. Credit is awarded after successful completion of all aspects of the program. To receive credit, students report to their supervisor regularly. In addition to working and attending the internship seminars and tutorials, they submit an analytical paper, write a daily journal and organize an oral presentation. Grades of A to F, in accordance with the University grading policy, are assigned and recorded on Richmond transcript.

The ideal internship placement is the successful combination between what an organization is seeking and the studentís skills.

Placement is subject to the successful outcome of the interview. Final selection is at the exclusive discretion of the company/organization. Students may work in small or large organizations, located in different areas of the city; some working places may require good communication skills in Italian language.

Internships available in:

  • Art, Design and Media
  • Art History
  • Communications
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Finance
  • History
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • Management and Tourism
  • Marketing
  • Museum Studies
  • Political Science
  • Social Science
Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester up to 16 2.75 GPA*

Admissions Guidelines

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

  • enrolled at least 45 semester credits by the time the program begins 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 political science)
  • a thoroughly and thoughtfully completed internship application which forms part of their portfolio
  • paid or unpaid work experience during the last two years
  • letter of reference from a former employer
  • two letters of academic reference
  • a current resumť

Completed applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee and students will be notified of the admissions decision.

The Internship Program at a Glance

  • Tailor-made internship seminars and tutorials
  • Intensive language classes (6 Credits)
  • One other class of your choice related to your internship (3 credits)
  • Internship placement and work (6 credits)

Plus Optional Introduction to Italian Art (1 Credit)

Richmond University, 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 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. 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 Santí Andrea della Valle in one of the richest areas of Romeís 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 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 at no extra charge, although a deposit of 10 euros is required to check-out books. 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 Dowsonera, Jstore and EBSCO. Wireless Internet is available for free to all students. A dedicated team of qualified English speaking staff members is available to support students with a range of services from academic queries, accommodation, advice on adjusting to the new culture to travel advice and local area information.