Rome Summer Internship

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 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.

First three weeks: Preparatory seminars plus one course related to your internship (3 credits)

Following four weeks: Full time unpaid internship placement (3 credits)

During the first three weeks students choose one course among:

  • AVC 5849 (3 credits) Art and Culture in rome : 800 BC – 2000 AD
  • HST 5815 (3 credits) History of Food and Table Manners
  • RLG 5810 (3 credits) Comparative World Religions

In the following four weeks students participate in internship seminars and take a full time unpaid internship in one of the following:

  • ADM 6861 – ART, DESIGN & MEDIA
  • AVC 6861 – ART HISTORY
  • HST 6861 – HISTORY

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. The program consists of a 3 credit course at choice among those offered in Session I, plus unpaid work placement , with regular academic analysis of workplace issues.

Students will spend their time balancing classroom based study and research with work placement with museums, galleries or cultural institutions in the center of Rome.

The Internship coordinator advises and supports you throughout the program in individual meetings and seminars.

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.

On the Internship Program students will:

  • Experience and participate in international, intercultural learning
  • Improve personal skills and strengths to help build future employment opportunities
  • Work in a different culture
  • Develop a strong resumé
  • Participate in career opportunity networking
  • Learn more about the art and culture of the Eternal City
  • Meet with locals and other interns
  • Participate in staff events and exhibition previews
  • Experience backstage activities in Management, Human Resources, Marketing, Fundraising and Education

Internships are arranged by the Internship coordinator, after an assessment of students’ eligibility based on skills, interests and abilities in relation to what organizations are seeking. All academic aspects of the program are monitored and assessed by the Internship Coordinator who advises and supports students throughout the program.

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

Placements are made with both small and large organizations, and selection is based on a number of criteria. The process is competitive and final selections are are at the discretion of the organization. The Internship Program is not able to honor specific requests to join a particular organization or guarantee that students will be successful at interviewing.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Summer Internship Dates

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

Saturday, June 2 Arrive in 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 Program 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 (€550)
Friday, June 29 to Sunday, July 1 Optional visit to Sorrento, Pompeii, Vesuvius, Naples and Capri (€450)
Friday, July 20 Internship Program ends
Saturday, July 21 Departures

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