NYU Florence welcomes curious, open minded, and hard working students to take on the challenge of developing their international work competencies in an Italian work environment.
We offer student internship opportunities across different clusters of industries and small to medium enterprises in a variety of sectors, which may include areas such as: business, arts and arts management, education, and not for profit associations*.
The NYU Florence Internship program places students, based on their individual career aspirations, in a local professional environment where they can acquire the hard and soft skills necessary to become more competitive in a global job market.
*Due to the Covid crisis students should be advised that some internship opportunities may be temporarily limited.
The Internship Program
This for-credit program includes two components:
1) Internship placement (minimum 16hr/week)
2) Participation in the Experiential Learning Seminar Course
In order to enroll in this program, students must participate in a competitive application process. Successful applicants are typically adaptable, flexible, goal-oriented, and open-minded.
Students accepted to the NYU Florence Academic Internship Program must be available to dedicate two (2) full weekdays to their internship.
Students are required to have a minimum Italian language proficiency of Intermediate Italian I in key competencies (listening, reading, writing and speaking). Without this minimum proficiency, students will not be eligible to apply for the internship program. Interested students who do not meet this language requirement are invited to write to Enrico Buonincontro, the NYU Florence Community Engagement Coordinator, at email@example.com to explore other experiential opportunities while studying at NYU Florence.
To apply to the NYU Florence Academic Internship Program, you must first submit a study application. Visit the NYU Study Abroad "Apply" page for more information. You will be prompted to upload a personal statement, resume, and other documents as part of your online internship application.
Internship opportunities vary semester to semester and reflect current trends in the Italian job market. We will do our best to match student interests. However, please note that due to the current health and economic situation in Italy, we may be unable to offer internship placements in some business or non profit sectors.
Potential placements may be in the areas of business, arts and arts management, education, and not for profit associations. If you do not see your category of interest or have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Experiential Learning Seminar Course
Experiential Learning Seminar - NODEP-UA 9982 or INDIV-UG 9250 - 4 points
Enrollment by permission only. Application required.
The seminar portion of the course explores many different aspects of your internship site. The goal is to finish the semester with an in-depth understanding of the company or organization, including its approach, its policies, and the context in which it operates. We will also discuss more generally the state of the contemporary workplace and ourselves as workers. Finally, you will use the seminar to reflect critically and analytically on the internship experience and as a way to refine your own personal and professional goals.
Experiential Learning Seminar (sample syllabus coming soon)
Students interested in participating in the NYU Florence Academic Internship Program must submit an application by May 28, 2021 (11:59pm ET). This program is competitive. Students will be selected based on their prior experiences, demonstrated language capability, their commitment to working in a foreign professional environment, and their ability to be excellent representatives of NYU Florence with our partners and in the larger Florentine community.
Detailed Application Instructions
To apply, students must complete the following steps:
(1) Have your resume reviewed by a career coach at the Wasserman Center using this Resume Review Form. Please note: Completion of this form is a required part of the application process. Review the form carefully for further instructions.
(2) Visit the NYU Study Away Apply page for instructions on submitting an NYU Study Away Application. Following submission of your study away application, you will be prompted to complete an Internship application. The internship application requires you to answer a series of questions designed to help you think systematically about what you would like to learn and accomplish through an internship experience in Florence, and to indicate what type of internship placements you would be most interested in. You will also be required to upload a personal statement and a resume in .pdf or .doc format.
Students must dedicate two full weekdays to their internship. If you plan to participate in the internship program, please keep this in mind as you begin scheduling your courses.
Questions? Email: email@example.com.
Wasserman Center Global Internship Grant
The Wasserman Center offers a $1000 grant to students who have unpaid internships in non-profit organizations or within an industry that does not traditionally pay interns (arts, entertainment, media, nonprofit, education, etc.) Check out the Wasserman website for more information.
Internships in Florence require contracts called convenzioni. All internships must be credit-bearing, including summer opportunities. NYU Florence does not permit non-credit internships. NYU will only facilitate the signing of a convenzioni for students enrolled in the Experiential Learning Seminar at NYU Florence, which is offered during the Fall and Spring semesters. See the above section for more information on this program. Please direct all questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NYU Florence Internship Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have time to pursue an internship?
All students should consider the demands of their academic schedule and workload when deciding whether to pursue an internship and, if so, which type. Students who are accepted into the academic internship program must have room in their academic schedules to enroll in the 4-credit NODEP-UA 9982/INDIV-UG 9300 Experiential Learning Seminar and to dedicate two (2) full week days onsite to their placement. The academic internship program requires enrollment and active participation in the course and the student’s placement in order to earn academic credit.
The course carries the same level of academic rigor both inside and outside the classroom as any other 4-credit course and students will be graded on their in class performance. Students must be prepared to keep a regular and consistent weekly schedule at their internship, spending a minimum of 16 hours per week in all placement settings.
Always consult with your academic advisor to confirm how the internship course will fit with your academic progress towards degree fulfillment.
How do I know if the Academic Internship is right for me?
Students should consider how much time per week they are able to commit to an internship experience. The internship will require 16 hours per week on site in their placement, 2 hours and 45 minutes of in class time every week in addition to time devoted to completing course assignments. The course assignments are an integral part of the internship experience and students’ own professional development. The seminar enables students to gain a broader appreciation of the local and global context in which their organization operates, deepen their skills, develop an in class research project related to their placement, and benefit from the peer to peer and faculty exchange during in class discussions. Therefore, when applying for the internship program students should consider the internship placement and course as a combined professional development experience. When building their schedules for the semester, students should weigh the overall time commitment required.
Do I need to speak Italian to do an internship?
Yes. Internships for credit require proficiency in the Italian Language at the level of Intermediate I in the following core competencies (listening, reading, writing, and speaking) as their work will be conducted in Italian. Having a more advanced level of Italian language, may open more placement opportunities for the 4 credit internship. Students who do not meet the minimum language requirement are not eligible to apply. However, those interested students are invited to write to the NYU Florence Community Engagement Coordinator Enrico Buonincontro to explore other experiential opportunities while studying at NYU Florence email@example.com
Can I find my own internship?
No. Students are discouraged from finding their own internship placement. NYU Florence carefully reviews all internship sites and supervisors to ensure that the student experience is aligned with the Experiential Learning Seminar requirements. Please direct all questions to firstname.lastname@example.org