Internships in Italy

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The Italian Internship Service deals with the promotion and setting-up of internships throughout Italy.

An internship is a period of on-the-job training that gives students and recent graduates the opportunity to acquire professional skills and know-how transferable to the world of work and to gain experience of a real work environment.

The relationship between intern and organization shall not be considered an employer-employee relationship.

If you are enrolled on a Professional Master’s Programme you must fill in the relative form published on the Internships page in the website of the Ca’ Foscari Challenge School, which will be directly responsible for carrying out the procedures to set up your internship.

Contacts and Reservations

How to find an Internship

There are three ways of finding an internship:

Check the Internships on Offer

Go to your Personal Area to check the postings published by companies. Apply for any offers that seem interesting by sending your CV to the contact references given in the offer description.

Access the Personal Area

Contact the Companies that have Agreements with Ca' Foscari

In your Personal Area you will find a list of all the companies that have agreements with Ca’ Foscari University. You can find a list of companies in a given area by entering the name of the local municipality. Send your CV to the company that you are interested in (you can find their contact details online). Remember that the companies may not necessarily have internship vacancies at the time.

Find an Internship by yourself

You can get directly in touch with the companies or organizations that you are interested in and ask whether they have any internship vacancies. Take a careful look at their website to find out the procedure for sending a CV and cover letter.

The University will provide you with any support you need to draw up the documents necessary to set up an internship. Just write to us at  stage@unive.it.


How to set up an Internship

To set up an internship you will need to follow the steps described below, and prepare all the documents necessary, asking the company/organization hosting the placement to carry out any steps necessary:

  • First of all, the company/organization must sign an agreement with the University;
  • Once the agreement has been signed or after checking that such an agreement exists (by checking the list of companies that have agreements with the university), you will need to prepare the training project together with the company tutor and the university tutor;
  • The internship shall last for a minimum of one month and a maximum of 12 months. In the case of curricular internships, you must do the number of hours necessary to obtain the ECTS required in your study plan (you will be allocated 1 credit for every 25 internship hours);
  • If you are enrolled in the Foreign Trade or Economics and management degree programmes, check their regulations to make sure that you meet the requirements necessary for the internship to begin and to be awarded the relative credits;
  • As an intern you must be informed about risks and safety at work. We recommend taking the safety-at-work training course organized by Ca’ Foscari;
  • As an intern you should be adequately aware of the risks and security of the workplace. To follow the course that Ca' Foscari has specifically created for this reason, you should ask for instruction at the Internship Office  stage@unive.it, after having filled in the formative project.
  • Should you need to change any of the information entered in the original training project during the course of your internship, please communicate eventual changes such as interruptions, extensions, transfers or changes carried out by the company tutor by sending an email ( stage@unive.it) to the Internship Service;
  • At the end of your internship you and your company tutor will be required to fill in an internship assessment questionnaire.
  • After completing your internship you must return the documentation to the Internship Service as soon as possible (N.B. Documentation should only be returned AFTER you have obtained credit recognition from your university tutor).

Internship Agreements

In order to request an agreement between Ca’ Foscari and a company, you must ask the company to draw up the document by submitting a request for a new agreement according to the procedure below:

  • Fill in all required information in the form;
  • Send the information to our office and to the printer by pressing the “invia dati” button;
  • Print 2 copies of the agreement (select two-sided option to reduce environmental impact);
  • The company’s legal representative or proxy must initial and stamp every page then sign the last page in full. Under current Italian laws, regional and local authorities must sign the agreement with a digital signature otherwise the act will be null and void;
  • Attach a 16-euro revenue stamp  to one of the two copies (local and regional authorities and non-profit-making organizations are exempt);
  • Send both hard copies of the agreement (with revenue stamp) to the following address:
    Università Ca' Foscari, Servizio Stage, Dorsoduro 3246, 30123 Venice
    You can also deliver the documentation by hand (by appointment only).

After receiving the agreement and checking that everything has been done properly, we will put it online so that you can begin organizing the training project.

We will take care of sending the company its copy once it has been countersigned by our manager.

Training Project and attached Documentation

After consulting your company tutor and receiving approval from your university tutor, you will have to prepare your training project using the training project application form and following the procedure below:

  • Fill in all the fields in the training project form;
  • Send the information to our office and to the printer by pressing the “Save” button;
  • You can print all the documentation by using the print window that opens automatically to obtain the following:

    • a reminder;
    • three copies of the training project;
    • an attendance register (including the credit recognition page);
    • a statement of responsibility to be signed by the intern.

  • You must sign all three copies of the training project and get them signed by both your university tutor and your company tutor.

One of these copies is yours, one must be given to the company tutor and the third copy must be submitted to us when your placement ends along with the rest of the documentation.

Start and End of your Internship

Start of your Internship

On the first day of your internship remember to send us a scan of the training project ( stage@unive.it) so that we can check that it has all the necessary signatures and that you are in the company.

From the first day you should carefully record your hours in the register – signing it daily and getting your company tutor to sign it every day.

The register is an extremely important document both for insurance purposes and for credit recognition.

End of your Internship

On the last day of your internship you should ask your company tutor to write an assessment on the last page of the register along with the total hours of your internship.

Together with your company tutor you should fill in and print the End of Internship assessment, which will help us monitor the progress of internships and find out what aspects could be improved.
You will need to print the receipts so that we know that you have completed them. The information in the questionnaire can be printed once only, immediately after entering “ok” in response to the request to print.

You are now ready to provide us with the complete end-of-internship documentation consisting of the following:

  • A copy of the training project;
  • The attendance register (including the page with the company tutor’s assessment and eventual credit recognition by your university tutor);
  • The questionnaire receipts (or completed questionnaires).

You can submit the documentation in any of the following ways:

  • by e-mail to  stage@unive.it attaching a single pdf file containing the scanned documents;
  • sending the originals by post to: Università Ca’ Foscari, Settore Stage, Dorsoduro 3246, 30123 Venice;
  • bringing us the documentation in person after booking an appointment.

Extensions, Interruptions and Transfers

If necessary, you can change the details of your internship given in the training project but you must inform us promptly by sending an email to  stage@unive.it.

Extensions

To request an extension of the duration of your internship (to a maximum of 12 months including extensions) send us an email a few days before the end of your internship, including the following information:

  • your name and student’s number;
  • name of the host company;
  • new end of internship date.

Interruption / Early Termination

To request the interruption of your internship, send us an email a few days before the end of your internship, including the following information:

  • your name and student’s number;
  • name of the host company;
  • new end of internship date.

Transfers

In case of transfers, send us an email a few days beforehand, including the following information:

  • your name and student’s number;
  • name of the host company;
  • your destination;
  • transfer duration;
  • means of transport.

Equivalent Activities

Internships can be replaced by other training activities allowing you to meet your degree programme internship requirements provided that they offer equivalent training content.

In some cases the Teaching Committees for each degree programme may recognize professional skills and know-how (certified in compliance with current Italian laws) as university credits (ECTS). The recognized ECTS can be considered as being equivalent to Internship Credits (DM 509/99).

More detailed information and the application form to request recognition of an equivalent activity  can be found online on the degree programme webpages or in your Personal Area (Online forms  > Student Administration).

The above application form must be completed and signed by the company and by the Head of Studies/representative of the Head of Studies and sent to the Student Administration Unit, snot to the Internship Unit).