Global Experiences Internships in Florence, Italy

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Experience Italy with the award winning Global Experiences internships in Florence. Interns in Florence can take advantage of all the beautiful history around them, as well as enhance their resume to reflect newly acquired skills in an international workplace. In Florence, Global Experiences interns will develop their language skills in Italian and gain a global perspective while enjoying all that Tuscany has to offer.

Global Experiences allows its participants to understand their careers of choice with internships that are specifically matched with one-on-one consultation. Florence is full of opportunities in fashion, event planning, journalism, marketing, business administration, and other exciting fields. Global Experiences offers support and years of experience to make your internship in Florence unforgettable.

Highlights
  • Personalized Attention: We work with you on a personal level to understand your career interests and internship goals. Starting from the first phone call to the end of your internship, we offer you individualized support to give you all the resources you
  • Immersion Language Classes: For the first few weeks of the program you will take part in immersion-style Italian courses to help jumpstart your internship experience in Florence
  • Professional Development: Through one-on-one coaching and webinars, we assist you in improving in your professional documents, prepare you for an interview with a potential employer, establish internship goals, and discuss your strengths.
  • Local Staff and Social Events: Our Location Coordinator lives in Florence year-round and provide interns with an insider's glimpse of the city. The Location Coordinator is there to provide 24/7 emergency support and host all of the interns
  • Guaranteed Internship: That means not having to worry about your future plans for the summer, fall, or spring or the quality of the internship. With an internship with Global Experiences we will work on your behalf to find a high-quality internship

Questions & Answers

Hi Mandie! There are plenty of Advertising and Marketing internships available in Florence. I myself did a marketing internship abroad there for a Tuscan wine touring company, and my roommate did her Advertising internship with a student travel company. My placement was very English friendly and was a great opportunity to learn Italian as well. Your options (and English friendly placement...
Hi Danielle! Many of our GE interns and alumni have graduated college before going on their internships abroad. In Florence, Italy and many of our other global cities, you can be visa eligible to intern abroad without needing to be a current student. - Lydia T. | Student Experience & Marketing Coordinator
Hi Grace! Airfare is not included in your program tuition. Janissa had great advice to book early and look for the cheapest and shortest flight. We have a partnership with STA Travel, who can offer student discounts and deposit options. Hope that this helps! - Lydia T. | Student Experience & Marketing Coordinator
Hi Coty! Many of our GE interns and alumni have graduated college before going on their internships abroad. In Florence, Italy and many of our other global cities, you can be visa eligible to intern abroad without needing to be a current student. - Lydia T. | Student Experience & Marketing Coordinator

Reviews

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based on 32 reviews
  • Growth 9.3
  • Support 9.7
  • Fun 9.3
  • Housing 9.6
  • Safety 9.8
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Lydia
10/10

Experience of a Lifetime

I knew from the moment that I went to a Global Experiences interest meeting my junior year, I was hooked (and it wasn't just the free pizza). The idea that I could spend three months doing a credited internship in one of the most beautiful cities in the world was a dream. The team at Global Experiences helped make this dream a reality. The entire process was not confusing due to how organized and helpful they made it. My hometown is the same city as their office, so I stopped by to meet everyone, and their office had such a cool vibe and the people were so welcoming! Later on in the process, they even had a coach call me and help me work on my resume and cover letter for my possible internships. They want to prepare you the best they can for your future endeavors!

As for my internship, they really took the time to make sure that I was matched with one that was well suited for me. I did marketing and social media for a bicycle touring company, and they honestly became my family as I was working for them. I joined many of their tours, biking through the stunning hills of Tuscany, touring through family owned wineries, eating delicious food, and meeting people from all over the world. They taught me so much not just about the touring business, but Italian culture and their language. Also, I can now I can make a mean cup of Italian coffee.

As for the city of Florence, it can seem scary to some to live in a foreign country for any amount of time. Global Experience quickly helped make this city a second home, giving us a coordinator, aka "mom" during our stay (I love you, Rachel!), making many group activities, tours, and always checking up on us. I never felt alone in Florence, and this was because they made us an awesome tight-knit group. I also loved my housing, as I was right next to the duomo and basically in the center of the city. Being able to walk everywhere was such a refreshing change than that I was used too.

I would give Global Experiences a 10/10 overall for so many reasons, but most of all for how much they care about anyone going through the process. You are not just a number, and they really want to make sure that your dreams come true during your intern abroad experience. Thanks GE!!!

Yes, I recommend
Janissa
9/10

Go Global Experiences

Through my internship with Global Experiences I found lifelong friendships and countless networking opportunities.
I traveled to Milan and Paris to work in showrooms for my internship company. I would not have been afforded these opportunities had I interned in the states.
If you are looking for a killer internship to put on your resume, look no further than letting Global Experiences place you in the prettiest city in the world.

How can this program be improved?
The housing placements were very lopsided considering we all paid the same amount of money for housing. I did not enjoy my housing and did not like the fact that I was not placed with other GE interns. Housing needs to be looked at for the future as several other interns were not happy with their housing placement.
Yes, I recommend
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Vanessa
10/10

Amazing Experience

My 3 months in Florence was a dream true! I would recommend anyone fresh out of college to intern abroad (especially Florence). I've lived at home my whole life and living in Europe has definitely enhanced my level of independence and has made me more worldly overall. The first month was great because I brushed up on some of my italian and had a lot of free time to explore the beautiful city of Florence. The last eight weeks were equally as great because I was working at a contemporary art gallery and learned so much. My employers were very kind and made me feel that I was at home. My favourite part about this program was that every week we had scheduled events with GE interns and our internship advisor Rachel. She set up the best weekend excursions in cities all over Tuscany and organized amazing activities in Florence. She made me feel very comfortable as she was always there whenever I needed her. Overall, the food, culture, beautiful scenery and amazing relationships I created along the way made this experience all the more wonderful!

Yes, I recommend
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Laura
10/10

Marketing Intern- Florence

I am so grateful for my experience abroad. Interning in Florence gave me the most unique experience to fully submerge myself in a new culture and help me find myself a long the way. Its not until your so far away from everything that is familiar to you, that you begin to realize what your capable of. I encourage everyone to go abroad that has the chance. I promise it will change your life, if you let it.

How can this program be improved?
One request I would have is to only be placed with roommates from the Global Experiences program and more centrally located. I found that it was not as beneficial living with people who were only engaged in the language classes separate from our program.
Yes, I recommend
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Maggie
10/10

Time of my life

Studying in Florence was hands down the best decision I've made in my life. For 3 months I lived and worked in one of the most culturally stimulating and beautiful cities in the world. My initial internship placement didn't work out, but the Florence GE staff was so helpful and accommodating in quickly helping to resolve that issue. Interning at the Florence Newspaper was a great experience that got me involved in various events throughout the city and made it feel more like home with every assignment. From morning cappuccino in a side street "bar" to wine at sunset in Piazzale Michelangelo...I loved every minute of it and can't imagine not having had that experience. If you're considering studying in Florence, I have only piece of advice for you: GO!!! :)

How can this program be improved?
I would have language classes extended through the entire program, not just the first month.
Yes, I recommend
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Andrew
10/10

No Better Way to Spend Your Summer

I had the opportunity to be part of the Global Experiences program in Florence this past summer. My experience with the program went well beyond my expectations.
I greatly improved my Italian language skills at the language school. The professors are incredibly helpful and there are students from all over the world, so not only will you make friends with your fellow Global Interns, but you have the chance to become friends with students from other countries as well.
After the three weeks of the language school, I had an awesome, one-of-a-kind legal internship where I was able to experience the Italian civil legal system, work with international business contracts, write and prepare legal documents, and get client interaction. Best of all, I developed close connections with my supervisor and co-workers that made going to the internship great everyday.
The staff was very kind and helpful, the trips were fun and exciting, my housing was conveniently located, and the other students in the program were awesome people. Your transition to living in Florence will be easy and effortless thanks to the support you will be surrounded by.
I really have no complaints from this summer. It was an unforgettable experience that has no comparison. I wish I was still working there!

How can this program be improved?
I know that some students did not have as great of a work experience as I did. This could have been due to a language barrier. I think that maybe there should be more language preparation for interns who have little to no Italian language skills. Also, it is important that if the intern is having a difficult time the internship, that he/she talk with the support staff. They can help you with any problems that may come up at work!
Yes, I recommend
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Gabriella
9/10

My Favorite Summer

This past summer I spent in Florence was one I'll never forget... and one I wish I could go back to every day! I'm bilingual in Italian, so I started the program after the language school portion. I wouldn't say I'm the most outgoing person, so it took me a little to meet all the other interns. However, as soon as I got comfortable, I had the best summer of my life. Not only did I have an awesome internship (yes, I cried when I had to say bye to my co-workers) but I had so much fun exploring Florence and all the other cities Global Experiences takes you to! For my internship, I was in a small showroom in a town right outside downtown Florence. There were only 7 sellers and 2 secretaries who worked the showroom, so I quickly got to know everyone and how everything worked. It was amazing getting to see all the spring/summer collections a whole year before they are released to the public and be able to sit in on client meetings with buyers who came in to purchase merchandise for their stores. I was also lucky enough to be placed with another intern who has become one of my closest friends! In the end, I gained some incredibly valuable experience in fashion business and had an amazing summer while doing it. Plus adding a fashion internship in Italy on my resume doesn't sound too shabby! This was my first internship I've ever had and it is definitely one I will never forget.

How can this program be improved?
The housing! Some interns had an awesome apartment and others weren't even comparable. Unfortunately I didn't get the great end of the bargain.
Yes, I recommend
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lcunningham
10/10

Couldn't Have Asked for More

The internship I did through global experiences was incredibly multidimensional. Not only did I actually get do so some designing for the fashion brand I interned with, but I also got experience in brand development, graphic design, and marketing. I even got the opportunity to go and participate with them in the huge trade show in Florence. Who gets the chance to do all of that in a single summer?? Global Experiences provided me with an internship experience that has, no doubt, shaped my career path as a college graduate. So happy I chose them.

How can this program be improved?
I know some other people didn't have internship experiences as good as mind. I would hope, in the future, more companies can be researched who were beneficial and didn't seem trivial.
Yes, I recommend
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Ava
10/10

Unforgettable experience!

I traveled to Florence a year ago right after graduating college. I wasn't sure what to expect and I was extremely nervous and excited. Thankfully, I was paired up with an awesome roommate and we did a lot of group activities to help everyone get to know each other. The activities that Whitney had planned for us were so much fun! I loved the scavenger hunt around Florence and was even better when my roommate and I won! We went on a weekend wine tasting trip as our prize and it was fabulous!

I was placed with a design studio to study graphic design, textile design, and product design. I was unsure how much I would actually learn as there was a language barrier. My bosses were outstanding, fun, and welcoming, which was a huge relief. I learned a lot from them, the design industry abroad, and most importantly, being able to successfully produce designs even if I couldn't completely communicate with my boss. It was such a rewarding experience!

Also, I really enjoyed finally figuring out where everything is in Florence. I feel like the next time I go back (hopefully soon!) I will know where to go without a map, know where all the best restaurants are, and how to avoid looking like a tourist! :)

Thanks Global Experiences for a memory that will last a lifetime!!

How can this program be improved?
I think more one on one teaching at the school or some homework/quizzes prior to arriving. I felt like I learned quite a bit but it was a lot of information to take in for the time we were there. I would have loved to learn more!
Yes, I recommend
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Sophia
9/10

Bucket List Material

Italy is one of the most beautiful countries I have ever traveled to, and the entire city of Florence is like an outdoor museum. There was nothing I enjoyed more than sitting at a cafe and watch people walk by. The Italians are wonderful people, so strong in character, filled with emotion, and passionate about food. They truly know how to appreciate and enjoy every day that goes by. When I chose to go abroad with Global Experiences I had an idea of where I was headed, but I did not expect to be blown away by such a rich and fascinating culture. The experience began at LinguaViva, where I made friends from all over the world that came to Florence to learn the language and seek a life changing experience like I was. Global Experiences made a wonderful job placing us in homes that were in the heart of the city. My apartment was literally two blocks away from Il Duomo. After a month of intensive Italian lessons, we were placed in an internship. I must say, when I first walked into the design studio I was placed in, I was terrified. It was a firm of two architects and a few interns besides myself. The studio was filled with all kinds of bizarre and funky objects, a collection of Barbie dolls that took up an entire wall, a collection of eccentric canes that one of the architects designed, and it was all cramped up in this small town house. Although I had a shocking first impression, the warmth and kindness of these two wonderful designers made my experience in Florence extremely pleasant. We had very fun projects, and the creativity and skills of my mentors gave me so much to learn from. Apart from assigning great jobs, and a wonderful school, Global Experiences did an awesome job at giving us a glance of Florence and Tuscany with excursions to Lake Garda and Cinque Terra and events like aperitivos on rooftops. Over all, I would not change a single thing about my internship and experience in Florence. It has changed me in all positive ways, and I would be blessed if one day I could call Florence my home.

How can this program be improved?
I would recommend that the language lessons last longer, or kept going at the same time as the internship.
Yes, I recommend
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Nina
8/10

Global Experiences Florence

I had the best experience with Global experiences in Florence. I had studied abroad there and wanted to stay for summer and i'm so glad i did because i definitely picked the right program. They were so helpful in getting me set up earlier than the rest of the ladies because i was already in florence and didn't have to fly over. I got into my new apartment and schooling right away, which was one of the best parts. The school that they use is amazing and taught me so much italian that i didn't already know, and i also got to meet other international students also studying in the school. I was able to make new friends and take field trips with them and the school. The first two weeks we just focused on learning italian which was so incredible and worthwhile. After school i had time to explore the city and hang out with people from schools as well as travel. When everyone arrived we had a dinner to get to know each other which was so much fun, and we continued to have these dinners (apperitivo) throughout the program time which was so great. it was nice to bring everyone together and have something to do with other people. they also had an extensive interview process for internships, so i got placed in one that matched me after meeting with the boss. The internship was a great learning experience however it turned out it wasn't exactly what they said it would be so Global moved me to another one right away that was AMAZING and i couldn't have been happier. I learned so much in such a short amount of time even and it was so worth it. I met amazing people and had the internship and summer of a lifetime!

How can this program be improved?
If i had to change something it would be the schooling. I LOVED the school we were in and i would have also loved to have kept learning. If we could have done a couple hours before internships in the morning and kept learning i think it would have benefited everyone.
Yes, I recommend
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Kaitlin
9/10

I'm still here!

I came to Florence for the summer 2013 internship program with Global Experiences and I couldn't have made a better decision in my life. Global Experiences interviewed me to get to know me perfectly! They couldn't of found a better internship to fit my goals and personality. I ended up interning at a small art gallery right next to the Arno River (which is beautiful). My mentors at the gallery named me the "assistant art director" and I don't know what I would of done without them. Not only did I learn about the business/marketing side of the art world, but I learned a new language and the hospitality side as well. I applied right before graduation not knowing what I wanted to do with my life. After going through this program, I now have a clear view of my future and what I want to do with the rest of my life. When I was done with my internship, I had an epiphany. I literally never want to leave this amazing country! I fell in love with the culture, people, and history of Italy. Instead of leaving, I found a new job in the advertising industry and I am still learning and working to this day! This has been the most amazing and eye opening experience of my life. Not only that, but also the best decision I have ever made and I wouldn't change a thing!

How can this program be improved?
Be VERY specific about what you are looking for. Don't be nervous about anything you want in life or else you won't find it.
Yes, I recommend
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Vincent
10/10

My Journey in Florence Fall 2012

The moment I made the decision to apply for the Florence program with Global Experiences, I knew it was going to be an extraordinary experience. I was a managerial intern at a restaurant for two months. I learned about all aspects of the restaurant industry from two fabulous owners that I worked for. Global did an amazing job in positioning me with the right people and company during my internship abroad. I also learned a lot about the city of Florence from my personal adventures through Global Experience's Scavenger hunt. Through this scavenger hunt, I met many interesting people and found many unique places that allowed me to make the most of my time in Florence. Furthermore, the field trips that Global took us on were to Cinque Terre, Verona and Lake Garda, Florentine Soccer game and Chianti. I was more than content with all of these diverse trips because it allowed me to really understand what the Italian culture was all about. The Global Experience program was absolutely incredible. It opened up many doors for me in the professional world. I recommend the Florence Internship Abroad program to anyone who enjoys being part of an extraordinary program in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The combination of the two doesn't get any better.

Yes, I recommend
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Heather
10/10

My Summer in Florence

This summer i ventured to Italy alone to do an internship through GE. I was nervous about not only my job but also the people i would meet. Looking back, I would love to relive the experience over and over again. I wouldn't trade the world for the people I meet this summer. The other interns along with Whitney served as an incredible support system to getting used to living and working abroad. I had traveled to Italy many a times with my family but this time I had a whole new experience. The nostalgia from this trip seems to never end, the relationships I formed with my coworkers and with the GE team were remarkable. I truly learned so much from my Italian coworkers and am so thankful to have gotten placed with them. They taught me a lot about their culture and the process I learned a lot about my own culture. GE does an excellent job with the placement and with the social aspect. Meeting new people can be tough, but the school and GE both make this simple. Through apertivos and field trips you broaden your social horizon in ways unthinkable. I still am in contact with my coworkers and my teacher and am so thankful that I choose this program. I encourage everyone I can to do the same.

How can this program be improved?
If I could change one thing about this program I would make the school aspect longer. Learning Italian was truly valuable to many jobs and I think a little extra time in school would benefit many of the interns.
Yes, I recommend
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Rachel
9/10

I would do it all over again

Overall, my experience was great! The Italian language course was a good start to the program. Don't expect to be proficient but you'll learn a lot of the basics. Although the class was only about 3-4 weeks long, I made incredible friends that I continued to spend time with throughout my stay in Florence. All of us "GE kids" (the nickname given to us from our classmates/friends) got along well and became good friends. And the trips we took together as part of the GE program were always fun. Do not miss out on those trips! As far as my internship placement goes, personally I had a few ups and downs in the beginning. My first placement did not work out so well (language barrier). So I switched and my new placement turned out to be better and I enjoyed it far more. But don't let that scare you, it is rare to switch placements!!!! There's more to the story for why I switched so don't hesitate about joining GE. They were helpful in setting me up at my new placement. I interned at a printmaking studio/gallery that related to my college degree and I enjoyed the working environment. I learned a lot of new techniques with the printmaking medium and it was enriching. In the end, any new experience is what you make of it!

Yes, I recommend

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