The Academic Internship Program provides students with opportunities to gain firsthand experience working within an Italian business, artistic or cultural institution, or NGO while earning academic credit towards an undergraduate degree.
The type of work an intern carries out varies according to the nature of the host organization and the student’s academic objectives, but the basic structure of all internships is the same: an assignment(s) carried out on-site followed by a final project which reflects upon, or in some way sums up, the student’s experience from an academic standpoint.
Internships are offered for academic credit only. The final grade reflects both the quality of the work carried out on-site and the degree of professionalism and reliability demonstrated throughout the internship.
Applying for an Internship
- Review Host Organization Descriptions
- Complete the Internship Request Form in your Syracuse Abroad application portal, indicating up to three host organization preferences. Include a current resume (recommended, but not mandatory.)
The deadline to submit applications is the same as the academic deadline to add courses (see Program Calendar).
Once you’ve been approved for an internship, program coordinator Debora Spini will contact you with the name of your assigned faculty supervisor. It is your responsibility to make contact with the faculty member.
Prof. Spini places students with host organizations according to the students’ academic objectives and the host organizations’ needs. Every effort is made to satisfy students’ preferences, yet first choices cannot be guaranteed.
If only one host organization interests you, that should be stated on the application, but, again, this does not guarantee your request can be satisfied.
If you are seeking a type of internship experience not listed in the booklet, indicate this on the application and make an appointment with Prof. Spini when you arrive in Florence. It may be possible to build an internship around your needs.
Some internships are not offered every semester. To the extent possible, this information is updated regularly in the Host Organization booklet, however, it may be impossible to include last-minute changes.
Important: It is the student’s responsibility to check email regularly. Messages requesting a reply should be answered promptly.
Completing an Internship
To successfully complete an internship, all forms, assignments, and progress reports must be handed in by the assigned deadlines.
Credit Drop and Withdrawal Policies
There are strict policies regarding internship withdrawals. The following deadlines must be adhered to:
- Drop deadline (no record on transcripts): See academic deadline to drop courses on the Program Calendar.
- Withdrawal deadline (WD on transcripts): See academic deadline to withdraw from courses on the Program Calendar.
(In the case of particularly poor performance, students may be required to withdraw from an internship).
- Failure to complete an internship: Students who have not followed the appropriate procedures to withdraw from an internship (see below) and have not completed all assignments by the end of the semester will receive an “F” on their transcripts.
To Drop or Withdraw from an Internship: Any student who drops or withdraws from an internship must notify his or her faculty supervisor and file a “drop” form with the Syracuse Florence Registrar (rm. 21) immediately. Failure to do so will result in an “F” on the student’s transcripts.