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.

Regulation of the Degree programme

  1. Goals
    The internship for the International Trade 3-year degree program has a significant International disposition and aims to develop the understanding of decision processes, structures and mechanisms of coordination, as well as providing insight into operational roles, functions and tasks present in international business environments. The traineeship may take place either in Italy or abroad.
    In particular, the internship abroad provides students with a wider understanding of international markets and competitive economic systems in other countries, developing the ability to operate in competitive international organizations and improving their linguistic understanding.
  2. Destinations Abroad
    The traineeship abroad can be carried out at public and private businesses either abroad or based in Italy with offices abroad, business centers, companies, Italian or Foreign Chambers of Commerce, international organisations, university offices etc.
  3. Duration
    The internship must have a duration of a minimum of 150 hours certified by your company mentor, to equal the 6 formative university credits (CFU), to be carried out over a minimum period of 1 month.
  4. Requirements
    At the time of submission of the application for the internship, the student must, as a rule, be in their third year of study with at least 72 CFUs.
    In the case of an internship abroad, the student must pass the language exam of the chosen country in which they are undertaking the internship, or the exam of the vehicular language.
  5. Application for internship for destinations associated with/disallowed by the University
    To undertake an internship abroad, students must follow the recommendations on the internship abroad page.
  6. Insurance Coverage
    The University covers students wishing to undertake an internship with occupational accident insurance and civil liability.
  7. Beginning your internship
    The process of applying for an internship can be found on these pages:

    Students should attach a printed copy of their personal study plan to their training program, showing that they possess the necessary requirements to undertake an internship.
    Students must go to their representative professor, whom they have been assigned to by surname, to sign the training program,. The representative professors are  identified by the School and will maintain this responsibility until the new decision is made by the School. 

    • Academic Group 1 (professor Diana Barro) for students with surnames A to Buona
    • Academic Group 2 (professor Martina Nardon) for students with surnames Buonc to Del
    • Academic Group 3 (professor Giuliana Martina) for students with surnames Dem to Len
    • Academic Group 4 (professor Antonio Paradiso for students with surnames Leo to Pasi
    • Academic Group 5 (professor Francesca Parpinel) for students with surnames Pasl to Sen
    • Academic Group 6 (professor Paolo Pellizzari) for students from surnames Seo to Z

  8. Final Report at the Internship
    The final report should be written by the student with particular reference to the objectives achieved (and the possible difficulties they came across) during the internship.
  9. 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, signed by the company mentor and co-signed by the student
    Before delivering these documents, the student must also produce their original attendance register to their university professor/tutor, as well as a report on the activity they undertook during their internship
    After receiving the internship report, the university professor/tutor will evaluate it, hear a report from the student and read the evaluation of the company mentor, and acknowledge the 6 CFU for the minimum 150 hours of work carried out (1 CFU = 25 working hours)
  10. Specific Cases
    The internship can only be interrupted for serious reasons, and in any event upon request, sent by email to the Stage and Placement Office. Students should fill in the following ‘changes to internship’ form after having received approval from both their university and internship tutors. 

Recognitions, Internships as extra or substitute ECTS

For enquiries regarding the recognition of internships and traineeships with additional credits or as substitutes for chosen exams, contact the Treviso Campus

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.

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.

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.

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.

Experiences such as volunteering can be recognised after evaluation by the Coordinator of the Teaching Committee.
Before starting the activity, ask for a prior evaluation by sending the educational project/related documentation to your reference Campus, which will be submitted to the Coordinator of the Teaching Committee.
Once the activity is complete, send all the documentation in your possession to the Campus, which will submit it to the Coordinator of the Teaching Committee for final recognition.

Moreover, the University also offers the possibility of carrying out a student collaboration by participating in a call for applications. However, it is not possible to consider this activity as a replacement for the internship foreseen, since it must be carried out at facilities other than the University.

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.

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.

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.

The procedure for requesting recognized work as a substitute for completing an internship is as follows:

  • before proceeding, check the provided regulations for the economic fields of study
  • fill out the request form [ITA]
  • send a copy of the employment contract and adequate statement of the employer to in PDF format. It should state the duration of the activity and its relevance to the topics of your degree you intend to carry out (see fac-simile [ITA])

The students will recieve an email regarding the verdict of the application. In the event of a positive outcome and acceptance of the request for recognition, it will be the responsibility of the Treviso Campus to send the documentation to the Student Career Sector for the career update.


  • Request by 20th November: acceptance by 1st December
  • Request by 20th January: acceptance by 1st February
  • Request by 20th March: acceptance by 1st April
  • Request by 20th May: acceptance by 1st June
  • Request by 20th August: acceptance by 1st September

Last update: 23/12/2022