Curricular internships must have the following characteristics regarding duration, objectives and content, location and positioning.
- Minimum 12 weeks full-time, if in Italy;
- minimum 10 weeks full-time, if outside Italy;
- minimum 16 weeks in the case of part-time internships, whether in Italy or outside Italy.
Due to the continuing health emergency regarding Covid-19, the minimum duration of internships with start dates before 31/12/2021 has been changed as follows:
- minimum 8 weeks full-time whether in Italy or outside Italy;
- minimum 11 weeks in the case of part-time internships, whether in Italy or outside Italy.
The number of weeks is understood as continuous and non-cumulative.
For variations on duration, see paragraph 2.4.5. Postponement, Suspension, Withdrawal/Interruption.
Objectives and content
The internship is an in-the-field training experience and not an employment contract. Its regulations are valid in Italy and are set by law (national and regional law) and by the University. The objective of internships is to educate. They allow students to:
- learn about the world of work,
- develop professional skills and knowledge,
- they facilitate their professional choices.
The content of internships must be aligned with the educational objectives of the Program the student is enrolled in. The in-the-field experience includes a company tutor (professional expert) supporting students.
The company tutor should be referred to for anything the student needs or the company needs within the University.
Internships may be completed - in Italy and outside Italy - in professional firms, companies, public and private institutions, international organisms, diplomatic agencies, cultural institutions and other organizations (hereinafter company).
Internships held on the premises of the participant's family property are not accepted.
In addition to at the facilities of the host organization ("in person" mode), after evaluation and authorization by the University and the host organization, internships can be carried out remotely ("remote" mode) or in "mixed mode" (in person/remotely).
The University reserves the right to evaluate the eligibility of the internship location.
Students may participate in internships during their fifth year of studies.
Students may participate in an internship only after completing fourth-year lectures.