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Full Time Internship | Florence

Italy | Optional Credit Available | Summer 2023
Girl looking over Florence.
A group of students sitting on a bridge in Florence, Italy.

Overview

Located in the heart of the stunning Tuscany region, Florence is surrounded by natural and manmade beauty at every turn. It’s home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. It’s a gorgeous city with streets to wander, towers to climb, places to shop, and lots of gelato to eat!

As our flagship international internship location, Global Experiences has been placing interns in Florence since 2001 with the goal of providing you with an unbelievable adventure with valuable career experience. Florence offers unparalleled opportunities in fashion, business, art, gallery and museum management, and so much more.

As a part of our internship program, a two-week language course starts within a few days of your arrival. This will help you learn key phrases for getting directions, ordering food, and for better understanding the local culture. Gain a unique glimpse inside Italian life and immerse yourself in the passion and historical brilliance of the city with an international internship in Florence, Italy! 

What’s Included

The AIFS Abroad inclusive program fee includes all of the great features below in addition to many pre-departure, on-site and upon-return services to help interns make the most of their time abroad.

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  • Guaranteed Internship Placement

    Once accepted into program we guarantee an internship in one of your approved career fields.

  • Global Career Readiness Program

    Connecting academic goals to professional experiences

  • Housing

    Student Residence

  • Excursions & Day Trips

    Day trip to a vineyard

  • Cultural & Social Activities

    A wide range of AIFS-organized cultural activities and social events to enrich your experience.

  • On-Site Location Coordinator

    to help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program

  • Green Initiative

  • Health & Safety

    24/7 emergency support and comprehensive insurance
  • Personal/Professional Development

    Access to the renowned Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and alumni network

Additional Options & Opportunities

  • Flight Package

    Round-trip flights from 25 U.S. gateways

    Airport transfers to and from accommodation

  • Credit

    Credit can be obtained through our School of Record, Fairfield University

    Earn up to 6 credits during the summer, and up to 12 during the semester

    Some universities require credit to be earned, and we cannot change a universities requirement

Program Details: Full Time Internship | Florence Multiple Career Fields

Dates

May 28, 2023July 22, 2023

Term

Summer

Application Deadline

March 1, 2023

Inclusive Fees

$8,490

Eligibility

Open to

Minimum of GPA

Additional requirements may vary by course selection. See Academic section below.

Visa Requirements

A visa may be required for this program. Please contact your advisor or log into your portal for more information.

Global Themes

  • Arts, Culture & Creative Industries
  • Business, Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship
  • Education & Social Services
  • Language, History & Culture
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Internship Opportunities

AIFS Abroad offers a unique global educational experience for students on this program, with the following academic options available:

The Global Experiences Enrollment Team reviews application materials, which are a combination of relevant work experience, college or university level course work, and an assessment of maturity and readiness for working in a professional setting. After a participant has been accepted, we guarantee an internship placement. 

Our team works with applicants 1:1 to gain a better understanding of the skills they will bring to their team, talents they want to grow, and expectations they have of their experience. By working individually with each intern we can assess academic knowledge, career goals, language proficiency, and overall expectations for your time in Florence, in order to place you in a dynamic work environment.

Once a match is found, all interns will interview by phone or Zoom with their manager before the placement is offered and confirmed. When you arrive in Florence, Location Coordinators will be there to help you start your internship and support you with on-site checkins and coaching to make the most of your internship placement. 

Global Experiences has 20+ years of history matching talented interns with top tier international companies. Our placement team is dedicated to finding the right employers for our interns in a variety of career fields. Below are some of our top fields for Florence, but are not limited to these:

  • Advertising
  • Architecture
  • Art/Gallery
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Culinary
  • Event Planning
  • Fashion Business
  • Fashion Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Hospitality
  • IT / Computing
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Photography
  • Pubic Relations
  • Video Production

Global Experiences provides an award-winning Global Career Readiness Program which combines assessments, career coaching, and experiential learning to connect students academic knowledge with their professional ambitions. The Strengths-based approach focuses on interns meeting their potential and thriving in their future careers. 

Core Components Include

  • CliftonStrengthsFinder® Assessment
  • On-on-One Career Strengths Coaching
  • Goal Setting and Career Planning
  • Interview preparation
  • On-Site Career Seminars and Networking Events
  • Leadership Training and Recruitment Opportunities
  • Summer 3-6 Credits
  • Semester, up to 9 Credits
  • Semester, up to 12 Credits

Adding credit can allow students to access existing financial aid options and gain credit towards graduation for many majors. This is suitable for students who attend a university that does not offer credit for internships. Some universities will require credit and we cannot change university requirements. For more information please discuss your situation with your program consultant at time of application.

Credit will be obtained through our School of Record, Fairfield University. 

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Three students in Florence, Italy.

Living Abroad

AIFS Abroad provides excellent accommodations, activities, resources and staff to help interns learn about and integrate into their host community.

Student Apartment

  • Shared bedroom in a shared apartment
  • Fully furnished apartment with shared kitchen and living space
  • Centrally located, close to public transportation

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Florence.

History 

Florence was one of the wealthiest cities in medieval Europe and became the epicenter of trade and finance. The city is also considered the birthplace of the Renaissance and has been called “the Athens of the Middle Ages.” 

Architecture 

Florence’s incredible artwork and architecture caused Forbes to label the city as one of the most beautiful on earth and the reason millions of tourists a year flock to see the historic center of Florence which is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Anna is the location coordinator in Florence. Originally from South America, Anna has lived in Florence for 7 years and has fully embraced the Italian culture, especially the food! She loves watching her interns grow up so much during their short programs and finds great satisfaction in helping participants throughout their international experience.

Anna has a strong background in marketing and event planning and manages the events at a beautiful rooftop restaurant overlooking the Duomo. Her favorite place in the world (other than Florence!) is Tel Aviv.

In addition to day trips and excursions, a cultural calendar of weekly activities and social events is included in your program fee. These activities will include both typical tourist sites and attractions and lesser known visits which take advantage of the expert knowledge of our local AIFS Abroad staff and give you a more authentic and insightful view of life in Florence. Typical activities, tours and visits include:

  • Sunset Cruise 
  • Affresco Painting
  • Palazzo Vecchio Tour
  • Picnic 
  • Walking Tour of Local Markets

You may be asked to pay a small supplementary fee for some events.

Excursions

This program offers a range of day trips and excursions that will take you outside Florence and deepen your social, historical and cultural understanding of Italy. Previous excursions have included:

A vineyard in Chile.

Tuscan Wine Country

Guided tour and wine tasting. Includes round-trip transportation.

  • Tuscany, Italy
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee
Lucca, Italy.

Bike Tour

Enjoy a day trip to the well-preserved Renaissance city in Tuscany.

  • Lucca, Italy
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee
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Social identity & access

One of the best things you can do before departure is enter into the journey knowing that your time abroad will be unique to this experience. The resources, community, and support available to you when abroad will likely be different as well. In order to help you prepare for your experience, we have compiled many resources about social identity and access in specific locations abroad. Your program staff will also provide you with more details pre-departure and during orientation.

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Important Dates & Deadlines

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Dates & Deadlines

Details

  • Early Application Deadline*
    December 1, 2022
  • Application Deadline**
    March 1, 2023
  • Scholarship Deadline
    April 1, 2023
  • Optional Departure Flight from US***
    May 27, 2023
  • Program Begins
    May 28, 2023
  • Program Ends
    July 22, 2023
  • Optional Return Flight to US***
    July 22, 2023
  • * We encourage applicants to apply by this date for a better chance of acceptance into their preferred career fields.
  • ** Deposits are due within 10 days of acceptance.
  • *** Included for students on AIFS flight package.

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Ready to intern in Florence?

For more dates or questions, contact your program consultant:
(203) 399-5163 or email: intern@aifsabroad.com

Two students walking in a field.

Ready to Study Abroad in Florence?

For more dates or questions, contact your program consultant:
(203) 399-5163 or email: aifsabroad@aifs.com