Internship/Traineeship

The internship is a period of on-the-job training offered to students and recent graduates to acquire knowledge and professional skills that can be put into practise in the world of work, experiencing the life of a company.

It is a compulsory part of the all Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes. The internship can be linked to the final exam and it is recommended that you do it during the final year of the programme.

To calculate the required duration of the internship, multiply the number of credits provided by your study plan by 25 hours: for example 6 ECTS = 150 hours, 9 ECTS = 225 hours, 12 ECTS = 300 hours.

Internships in Italy
Students interested in finding an internship in Italy can consult the possibilities and apply by following the instructions in the appropriate section.

Internships abroad
Ca’ Foscari promotes and organises internships all over the world. For students who choose to do an internship abroad, the University awards bonus points to the final degree mark.

How to choose your university tutor
Once you have identified an internship or a useful contact and you are a candidate according to the necessary procedure, you will have to ask the university tutor to accept your research project. You may choose a professor in the field of economics as your tutor, or you may choose a professor whose discipline is similar to your internship field. For any clarification you can also contact the president of the Teaching Committee of your study course.


Internship Regulation for the Bachelor's Degree

Business Administration curriculum

The general regulations for the internship for Economics are valid for the Curriculum in Business Administration (in Italian).

Economics and Management curriculum

For the Economics and Management curriculum in the Business Administration – Economics and Management degree program, consult the following regulations.

Regulations for undertaking an Internship/Traineeship in Italy and abroad

For an internship in Italy and abroad

  1. Goal
    The internship for the Economics and Management 3-year degree program has a significant International disposition and aims:

    • to develop an understanding of the international market and of the industrial, economic and competitive systems of other countries
    • to understand decision-making processes, structures and mechanisms of coordination in international businesses and corporations.
    • to develop the ability to operate in the context of international organizations.
    • to improve your own linguistic and intercultural understanding
    • to develop skills of relations, initiative, autonomy and self-efficacy.

  2. Destinations
    In coherence with the objective indicated in Article 1., students are highly recommended to apply for destinations in countries other than their country of origin.
    Internships with significant international disposition can be considered, as well as internships in the country of origin, provided that in these institutions or companies, the internationalization of their activities and relationships are characterized to a high degree.
    In such a case it may be required that the internship’s content has significant international activity (e.g. leads to frequent use of a foreign language, communication and relations with an international speaker, travel abroad to visit a client/for a fair/exhibition/to collect data etc…).
    The specific and well-explained internship projects, that may not meet the target requirements, will be evaluated by the School of Education for the Degree Program.
    The internship can be carried out at public businesses, business centers, companies, non-profit organizations, Italian or Foreign Chambers of Commerce, international organisms, institutions or international centers of research.
  3. Duration
    The internship must have a duration of a minimum of 225 hours to equal the 9 formative university credits (CFU)

Just for an internship abroad

  1. Final report at the internship
    The final report must be written in English according to the standard format.
  2. Ending the internship and credited recognition
    In order to conclude their international internship, the student has 15 (fifteen) days to return to Italy and produce their original attendance register to the Internship Abroad Sector.Before delivering their documents, the student should also produce their original attendance register to their university professor/tutor, as well as a report on the activity they undertook during their internshipAfter receiving the internship report, the university professor/tutor will evaluate it, hear the student’s report and read the evaluation of the intern’s business mentor, and acknowledge the 9 CFU for the minimum 225 hours of work carried out (1 CFU = 25 working hours)
  3. Particular Cases
    Students that undertake their study abroad for the achievement of a double qualification or an internationally joint qualification (e.g. Project Atlantis) should follow the provided procedure for the regulation of their specific program.

Recognitions, Internships as extra or substitute ECTS

For enquiries regarding the recognition of internships as a substitute for chosen exams or internships with additional credits to chosen exams, contact the Economics Campus  campus.economico@unive.it.

Extra-curricular internship

It is possible to include an extra-curricular internship into the study plan, that is, in addition to the total credits already foreseen by your programme, with modification of the study plan assessed by the Teaching Committee.

The request must be forwarded to the appropriate campus before starting the internship in all the following cases:

  • Further training in the curricular already carried out
  • Training that includes more hours than the curricular one
  • Extension of an ongoing traineeship

You will have to fill in the appropriate form of modification of your study plan and send it over via e-mail to your campus along with the documentation indicated.

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The Campus will send your documentation to the coordinator of the Teaching Committee for prior authorisation. If you have obtained prior authorisation, you will have to keep the form until the end of the internship and then request the final recognition, re-transmitting everything to your Campus.

Once you have obtained final recognition, the campus will send the documents to the Students Career Service for a career update.

Internship as a substitute for an open unit

The Teaching Committee consent to the substitution of an open unit with an internship only under certain conditions.

Before starting the internship, you must complete the appropriate form to request the modification of your study plan that will be sent via e-mail to your Campus, together with the documentation indicated in it.

file pdfModify your study plan for an internship [ITA]117 K

The Campus will send your documentation to the coordinator of the Teaching Committee for prior authorisation. If you have obtained prior authorisation, you will have to keep the form until the end of the internship and then request the final recognition, re-transmitting everything to your Campus.

Once the final recognition is obtained, the Campus will send the documentation to the Career Service for the career update.

It is possible to choose the internship among free-choice credits:

  • in degree programmes with a maximum of 18 ECTS for the whole course.
  • in Master’s degree programmes with a maximum of 6 ECTS. Furthermore, a total of 12 ECTS can not be added to the study plan.

Further credits for internships can be recognised as additional credits.

These limits are valid both for the degrees of new D.M. 270/04 and for the D.M. 509/99 degrees.

Recognition of volunteer work, student collaborations or internships with AIESEC

Other internships or voluntary work not affiliated with the University could be recognised after evaluation by the coordinator of the Teaching Committee. Before starting the role, request a preliminary evaluation by sending the training project / documentation related to your Campus that will submit it to the Coordinator of the Teaching Committee.

Once you have finished your work or volunteering, send all of the documentation to the Campus, which will submit it to the Teaching Committee for final recognition.

If you are interested in doing an internship with AIESEC, consult the legislation to request recognition.

There is also the possibility of holding a student collaboration by participating in a call. To request recognition of the collaboration, once completed, you will have to send your Campus a statement from the Office / Sector Manager, which certifies the duration of the activity, the average hours done and the tasks performed. The coordinator of the Didactic Board will evaluate the request and authorise the attribution of credits or not.

Recognition of work as a substitute for an internship

In place of the curricular internship, various activities can be recognised that will be subjected and evaluated by the coordinator of the Teaching Committee on the basis of relevance with your Bachelor’s / Master’s degree. 

The compulsory internship can be substituted by work carried out, for example at a company or a professional firm. To request recognition of the work you will need to send your Campus:

  • a copy of the contract
  • a declaration from the employer stating the duration of your work, the average hours done the tasks performed.
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In the case of self-employment, you will need to send a company certificate (or similar certification) and a detailed self-certification that specifies:

  • the nature and duration of the work
  • the tasks performed
  • the skills acquired

And report and name any companies or customers with whom you have collaborated.

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The coordinator of the Didactic Board, after evaluating the relevance of the request received, can authorise the attribution of credits.

The work carried out before enrollment, for the purpose of recognition of the curricular internship:

  • for Bachelor's degree programmes it can be considered as long as it is consistent with the programme.
  • for Master’s degree programmes cannot be considered.

The job can only be recognised in the place of compulsory credits.

Last update: 06/11/2018