Global Experiences Internships in Florence, Italy

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Florence is an incredible city full of history and fantastic internship opportunities. In Florence, there are international internships in nearly every career field. Some of the most popular internships include event planning, journalism, marketing, business administration, and fashion.

As an intern, you’ll have the chance to immerse yourself in your approved career field and Italian culture. You will develop language skills and gain professional experiences all while enjoying everything Tuscany has to offer. We do our best to tailor an internship that matches your background and future goals. We are dedicated to making your international internship in Florence an unforgettable experience.

Highlights
  • Guaranteed Internship: As part of the Global Experiences' program you are guaranteed an internship in your host city. We do our best to tailor your internship to match your background and future goals.
  • Personalized Attention: We want this experience to be as fulfilling as possible. From the first phone call, we support you and give you all the resources you need to make sure your internship is a success.
  • Centralized Housing: You’ll be living in accommodations centrally located in Florence with other Global Experiences' interns. Your housing will have access to public transportation, ensuring it is easy to get to and from your internship.
  • Professional Development: Through one-on-one coaching and webinars, we assist you in improving your professional documents, prepare you for an interview with potential employers, establish internship goals, and discuss your strengths.
  • Local Staff and Social Events: Our Location Coordinator lives in Florence year-round and provides interns with an insider's glimpse of the city. The LC is there to provide 24/7 emergency support and takes all the interns on a range of social events.

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

Reviews

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based on 39 reviews
  • Growth 9.4
  • Support 9.7
  • Fun 9.4
  • Housing 9.6
  • Safety 9.8
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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Katie
10/10

Great Program in an Awesome City

My experience in Florence through Global Experiences was great. I had never left the country before this trip and was a bit nervous as expected. GE was really helpful in not only preparing me, but in placing me with my employer and providing on-the-ground assistance. I was matched with a student travel agency where I was a communications intern. GE was great with preparing me for my interview. I got to experience real life office environment, the flow of communication between employees, overcoming challenging tasks and the overall camaraderie of a workplace. Aside from all of this was the intimidating language barrier and cultural differences. I definitely came back to the states more confident in my abilities. Another cool thing about GE were the trips included in the program cost. We saw some beautiful regions of Italy. I also made some great friends from the housing GE provided. We all spent a lot of time together in class, exploring the city and museums , checking out nightlife, the awesome culinary scene and just relaxing after work. I really had an unforgettable experience in Florence.

How can this program be improved?
It took a while for me to get placed with my employer once I arrived in Europe. The match was fine, it was just a bit of a waiting game.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Cassandra
10/10

Fun,Challenging, Exciting and Life Changing

When I first became part of GE's 3-month internship program in Florence, I was not sure what to expect. Of course I was excited, scared and unsure of my future.... however, when I arrived I knew I chose the right path. My apartment was right in the center of town with roommates from around the world (who were all in the same boat as I was). My internship was so great that I even returned and worked for the company a few years later. Who would have thought I could do event planning overseas! Before heading to Florence I never would have expected to call a foreign country home. Don't miss this chance. With the support of the GE staff you can have a fun stress free experience you will not regret!

Yes, I recommend this program

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