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Immerse yourself in la dolce vita (the sweet life) and choose to intern in Italy! Known internationally for its mouth-watering cuisine and its ancient history and impressive sights, Italy gives you the opportunity to explore one of the oldest civilizations on Earth while gaining valuable work experience. Many internships in Italy are available with the option to be tailored to your own personal, academic, and professional goals depending on the provider.
For those on the outside, finding an internship in Italy without assistance or personal connections can be very hard due to their tight-knit work culture. If you are hoping to eliminate these types of problems, then taking the time to research different providers that will have someone organize it on your behalf can be very helpful.
For those looking to work in an exciting and fast paced environment, Milan, the fashion capital of the world, is a great place to immerse yourself in the culture especially if you're interested in Fashion or Finance. If Marine Biology is more of your thing, then make sure to check out cities near the breathtaking Mediterranean. If that doesn't suit you, you can always choose Rome or Florence, where a vast majority of internships in Business, Communications, Tourism, and Hospitality are available. While internships in Italy are generally available year-round, try to avoid working in August, when many businesses are shut down.
Most internships available in Italy take place in big cities such as Rome and Milan which means that the cost of living can be a lot higher than in the rest of the country. On average, the rent per month for a one-bedroom apartment in the center of a large Italian city is 600 Euros ($765). Try to avoid eating at restaurants and shopping at stores that are aimed at reeling in tourists. It is best to find yourself walking away from the sights, turning the mysterious corner, and supporting the many family businesses that are scattered all over Italy to get a more genuine (and cheaper) experience! For more information, visit Numbeo.
There are many professional networking organizations that can help you find the right internship in Italy. These include:
US citizens are allowed to stay in Italy for up to 12 weeks. After that, a student visa is needed. Due to visa regulations, all Italian internships are unpaid. However, some companies may offer a bonus, living allowance, or other types of perks for your efforts and this is at the discretion of the employer.
What better place to gain great professional experience than by interning in Italy, the second most visited country in the world? From the towering Colosseum and beautiful Trevi Fountain to the leaning tower of Pisa, Italy is a beautiful place to explore as well as intern. Whether you dream about perfecting your culinary skills or becoming the next top fashion designer, Italy has an abundance of internships to choose from.
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