International internship programs in Italy, Sicily

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International internship programs in Italy provide a meaningful and professional hands-on experience, allowing students to build their knowledge of the global workplace, enhance intercultural skills, and boost employment desirability.

All internships in Italy are conducted in Italian.

Students with advanced Italian language proficiency can begin their study abroad internship course in Italy immediately at the start of their program. Students with elementary or intermediate level language proficiency will study Italian before beginning their internship program.

Students work one-on-one with a mentor within the Italian company alongside the Babilonia Advisor to ensure a smooth transition, facilitate communication, and assist in the achievement of the student’s professional goals.

Academic internships in Italy are available in diverse companies and organizations. Italy’s unique location has made it one of the most globalized nations and Italy ranks 5th in the world as a tourist destination. Internship opportunities include companies that conduct business on a local, regional, cross border, and global level.

Academic international internships are available Spring, Summer and Fall Semesters.

Students enrolled in a 15 week internship program in Italy can earn 15 credits (one language course, two content courses which a student can choose to take in either Italian or English and a 130 hour six credit internship).

Students enrolled in a 12 week internship program in Italy (one language course, one content course which a student can choose to take in either Italian or English and a 130 hour six credit internship).

Students with a variety of majors can be placed in academic internships with a focus on…

  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Event Management
  • Retail and Merchandising
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Communication and Media
  • Culture, Art and Museum
  • Food and Agriculture

Internship in Italy students must:

  • currently be enrolled or recently graduated from a U.S. university
  • have a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • be self-motivated and comfortable in an international environment
  • be flexible and willing to adjust to the working environment in Italy
  • have an interest in Italian culture
  • have Intermediate Italian II level of language proficiency prior to the start of the internship program


  • Complete online application
  • Submit Resume and Introductory Letter
  • Submit Letter of Recommendation
  • Submit transcript
  • Online interview
  • Match of internship
  • Schedule start date

Internship Semester in Sicily Dates:

  • Summer Semester 2019
    May 26 to Aug 18 (12 week/ 12 credit program)
    May 12 to Aug 25 (15 week/ 15 credit program)
  • Fall Semester 2019
    Aug 25 to Nov 17 (12 week/ 12 credit program)
    Aug 4 to Nov 17  (15 week/ 15 credit program)
  • Spring Semester 2020
    Jan 26 to April 19 (12 week/ 12 credit program)
    Jan 26 to May 10 (15 week/ 15 credit program)
  • Summer Semester 2020
    May 24 to Aug 16 (12 week/ 12 credit program)
    May 10 to Aug 23 (15 week/ 15 credit program)
  • Fall Semester 2020
    Aug 30 to Nov 22 (12 week/ 12 credit program)
    Aug 9 to Nov 22  (15 week/ 15 credit program)
  • Spring Semester 2021
    Jan 24 to April 18   (15 week/ 15 credit program)
    Jan 24 to May 9  (15 week/ 15 credit program)

At the completion of the internship program students receive a Certificate of Completion from the company along with a recommendation. Students transferring credits to their universities additionally receive a transcript and grade.


Scholarship opportunities are available at BABILONIA – Center for Italian Studies. Please, check our webpage

Dress Code

Although in Italy workers tend to dress more formally than in the U.S., while interning in Italy business casual is often acceptable especially during the summer months. A dress shirt with long pants or a dress are appropriate for most companies. Ties and jackets or suits are generally not needed.


Students are advised to bring a laptop or other electronic devices to assist them with their internship course.