Summer Internship Program in Rome

Summer Internship Program

Program at a glance

  • 7-week summer program in Rome, Italy
  • Open to students with a minimum 45 credits completed by the start of the program
  • No previous Italian language study required
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA required
  • Program fee includes tuition, housing, meals, excursions and cultural activities, day trips, and more.
  • Earn up to 6 semester credits
  • The local Dean and staff organize cultural activities and housing, act as a liaison between students and the university, and are available 24/7 in case of emergencies
  • One official copy of the transcript will be mailed to the student’s home college or university.

Course Description

International Internship 6972 (3)

The internship course offers students an intensive academic experience and the opportunity to study working life in Rome. In addition to the internship placement, students are required to attend specifically designed classroom-based seminars, submit a weekly journal recording duties and learning, as well as an analysis of specified aspects of the work experience and complete a final research paper describing and analyzing the workplace, the industry and goals achieved. Students will be required to make a presentation on their internship. Three units of credit will be awarded for the placement and accompanying classroom-based academic study. Internships are unpaid and supervised and monitored by the workplace supervisor and the Richmond faculty member.

Assessment is based on all the above criteria. Grades of A to F with pluses and minuses in accordance with the University grading policy are assigned and recorded on your Richmond transcript.

Seminars and interviews are conducted to prepare students to:

  • analyze skills, interests and abilities
  • establish appropriate objectives
  • interview in a professional setting
  • respond appropriately to situations in the workplace
  • develop communication skills
  • work in an international environment
  • focus on career options

The Internship Program is designed to provide an integrated learning experience of a high academic standard, combining classroom study and an internship placement for a total of 6 semester credits. Students will spend their time balancing classroom based study and research with work placement with museums, galleries or cultural institutions.

On the Internship Program students will:

  • Experience and participate in international, intercultural learning and friendships
  • Develop personal skills and strengths that improve confidence as well as future employment opportunities
  • Work in a different culture
  • Develop a strong resumé
  • Participate in career opportunity networking

The objective of the Internship Program is to provide a learning experience that focuses on the realities of a multicultural and interdependent world. International work experience offers students the opportunity to test their personal interests and abilities in a specific career field. An international internship also provides a valuable cultural perspective and the opportunity for interns to experience other approaches and viewpoints in the workplace. Depending on the area of specialization your internship coordinator organizes a customized program for a dynamic and rewarding experience that will provide:

  • a chance to learn more about the art and culture of the Eternal City
  • the opportunity to meet with locals and other interns who share your fascination with history, science, and culture
  • invitations to staff events and exhibition previews

Activities may include:

  • Supporting museum activities for specific projects, visitor services and special events
  • Supporting backstage activities such as Management, Human Resources and Education
  • An opportunity to experience Arts Marketing & Fundraising
  • Assisting Museum Staff in leading special tours of temporary exhibitions or reserved areas

The Program focuses on the fields of arts and tourism with the purpose of preparing students with the skills and expertise for management, marketing, and operations in the field of Arts and Culture. With its countless artistic and historical opportunities Rome is the perfect location for this experience. Throughout the internship students will study the excellence of the artistic and historical heritage of the city and learn how to  promote, communicate and create networks to enhance its value and significance.

The Internship coordinator advises and supports you throughout the program in individual meetings and seminars. Internships are arranged by the Internship coordinator, after an assessment of his/her eligibility based on skills, interests and abilities in relation to what the organization is seeking. All academic aspects of the program are monitored and assessed by the Dean and faculty advisors.

The ideal internship placement is a coordination between the skills and personality that an organization is seeking and those which a student presents. Each student should approach the program with cultural awareness and flexibility; this will enable the internship coordinator to identify suitable organizations at which the student may intern. Placements are made with both small and large organizations, and selection is based on a number of criteria. Please note: students must attend interviews with suitable organizations; this is a competitive process. Final selection is always at the discretion of the organization and the Internship Program is not able to honor specific requests to join a particular organization or guarantee that students will be successful at interviewing.

Enhance your career potential

“I explored every aspect and artifact that the museum had to offer. I learned so much about its significance, history, functions, and people! These activities have allowed me to understand the daily tasks and agenda of the museum and its staff. My work through research of the museum, revising texts, receiving feedback, or spearheading the social media campaign has enabled me to gain experience working alongside the staff in bettering the museum.”
Zachary Rimkus, Bradley University,  Internship at Mercati di Traiano and Fori Imperiali

Summer Internship Dates

Richmond in Rome – 7-Week Internship Program: June 2 – July 20 2018

Saturday, June 2 Optional flight from London to Rome.* Overnight in a hotel and welcome dinner for all participants
Sunday, June 3 Orientation and registration. Transfer to your accommodation
Monday, June 4 Internship begins
Saturday, June 9 to Sunday, June 10 Overnight visit to Florence
Friday, June 15 to Sunday, June 17 OR Friday, July 13 to Sunday, July 15 Optional visit to Venice ($575)
Friday, June 29 to Sunday, July 1 Optional visit to Pompeii, Vesuvius, Naples and Capri ($475)
Friday, July 20 Internship Program ends
Saturday, July 21 Departures

Internship locations

The University arranges internships in a variety of museums, galleries and cultural institutions in the center of Rome


Attendance is required to receive full credit. Students exceeding the permitted number of absences may fail the course/s.


No participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a letter grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available.


One official copy of the transcript will be mailed to the student’s home college or university.