Internship Program

The Rome Campus offers the opportunity to obtain hands-on, experiential learning through internships in a mix of settings in Rome, including museums, human rights organization, schools, government, community service, and fashion.  Preference may be given to students who have basic or intermediate Italian.  Academic credit is granted for an internship seminar about Italian workplace culture. Unless otherwise noted, internships require a minimum weekly commitment of 8 hours, which is generally spread across 2-3 days. Enrollment in the internship program is limited and will be determined after arrival in Rome. The Rome Campus does everything possible to place interested students in internships, however placement is NOT GUARANTEED.

  • Internships are unpaid and earn academic credit. 

  • Internships will be taken in conjunction with an Internship Seminar (0.5 course credit)

  • Unless otherwise noted, internships require a minimum weekly commitment of 8 hours 

  • Internship placements are not guaranteed, and may vary according to sponsor availability

  • Interested students should bring an updated copy of their resume (in English) to Rome


Rome Internship Seminar (INTR 146)


A seminar limited to students who enroll in approved internships in Rome. Interns meet weekly or bi-weekly as a group with the TC/RC internship coordinator to review their internship experiences and to prepare and present the academic component of their internships. A principal topic is the culture of the workplace in Italy. Credit for the internships is granted through this seminar.
  • Elena Fossà (0.5 course credit = 2 semester hours)

POSSIBLE PLACEMENTS


Accademia Nazionale Di S. Luca

Founded in 1593 and named after S. Luke Evangelist, painter and protector of artists, the Accademia’s main objectives include the promotion of the fine arts, the honoring of artists’ merits by electing them to its academic body, the enhancement of Italy’s great artistic tradition and the conservation of works of art. Its academic body is articulated according to the three categories representative of the “sister”arts: painting, sculpture and architecture.

The intern will be employed in the Accademia’s library and archive.

Requirements:

  • Knowledge of Italian language at an advanced level
  • Interest for Western Art History of the XVI-XX centuries
  • Basic computing knowledge (Windows, Office)             
Student Feedback:  

“The Archivio Storico of the Accademia Nazionale di San Luca is the perfect place for anyone who is seriously interested in the study of Art History and someone interested in pursuing and producing archival work. One must be patient, curious, and have a good comprehension in Italian in order to make the most of the experience. It is such a unique opportunity to work freely in one of the oldest art academies in the world, the entire collection and resources of the Accademia are at your fingertips.

I interned in the Archivio Storico of Accademia Nazionale di San Luca, the oldest art academy in Rome and the second oldest in Italy. Initially I was cataloging the Accademia’s 18th century drawing collection from the Scuola del Nudo. I re-organized and added to the catalog of the collection. My main project at the Accademia was helping catalog the collection of commemorative medals produced and designed by the Accademia from the 17th through 20th centuries. I oversaw the photographing of the entire collection as well as editing of the photos for publication. I also had the opportunity to visit the restoration laboratory and gallery in which I was able to see restorers at work and discuss the issues of conservation of works in the Accademias collection. Working in the Archivio Storico was and amazing experience, perfect for anyone interested in Art Historical research.” (M.D. Spring 2010) 

 

Biblioteca Angelica

Interns will work at one of the world’s great libraries of rare books and manuscripts, the Biblioteca Angelica (Angelica Library). The Library’s 200,000 volumes include the Antique Book Collection, an outstanding compendium of works published between the 15th and the 18th centuries. Highlights are rare editions of works by Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio. Another portion of the Angelica Library consists of the manuscript and incunabula collections. Of particular note are an edition of Cicero’s De Oratore (the first book printed in Italy in 1465) and one of the earliest known copies of Dante’s Divine Comedy.

The intern will be involved either with promotional work or the cataloguing of the photographic archive. While the former will mostly focus on the translation into English of the library’s promotional material, the latter essentially centers on a more organizational work.

Requirements:

  • Good/advanced  Italian;
  • A good disposition for organizational work, if employed in the photographic archive; 
  • Basic computing knowledge (Windows, Office). 
Student Feedback:  

”For this internship, I conducted research on many of the manuscripts and incunabula found in the library. I also translated some descriptions of manuscripts from Italian.  I used this information to write updated descriptions in English. I participated in tours of the library as well as presentations. I assisted in an presentation of several manuscripts to American students and spoke about manuscripts that I had been studying. In addition to these things, I was given a tour of the offices, from Promotion and Communications to Conservation.  I was able to see first hand how the library is run and participate as much as possible." (A.W. Spring 2011).W. Spring 2011)

Biblioteca dell' Accademia Nazionale Dei Lincei

The Accademia Nazionale Dei Lincei’s Library consists of three main sections: the Sezione Corsiniana,  donated by prince Tommaso Corsini in 1883, the Sezione Accademica, developed in 1848 through donations by its members, and the Sezione Orientale, instituted by prince Leone Caetani as a foundation specialized in studies related to the Arab-Islamic civilization, with the aim of promoting the scientific knowledge in the Muslim world.

The Academy is one of the most prestigious academic institutions not only of Italy, but in the world.

Requirements:

  • Fluent Italian
  • Basic computing knowledge (Windows, Office) 
Student Feedback:  

“ The Accademia is one of the oldest and most prestigious institutions in all of Italy, focusing mainly on Mathematics and the Sciences. Located on Via della Lungara, the library is inside what used to be the Palazzo Corsini and shares its venue with the Galleria Corsiniana. There is a reading hall where visitors can sit and use the many books and periodicals made available by the library. Many of these works date back to before the 10th century, adding to the history and prestige of this institution. As an intern, my job was to assist those who work in the reading hall with helping visitors with any questions they had, as well as watch over the clients and make sure they were handling the books and manuscripts properly while my colleagues left to retrieve requested works. This job required me to speak Italian, as many of my coworkers did not speak English, and neither did any of the visitors that I would have to deal with on a day-to-day basis. I also had another project that my tutor… had assigned me. I photographed the Collana Catalog, which consisted of thousands of handwritten sheets containing the call numbers of a variety of works found in the library.  I photographed this catalog in order to have it digitalized and available for browsing on the Internet.” (D.Q. Fall 2009) 


Cooperativa Spazio Libero

Spazio Libero is an Onlus Social Cooperative that provides tourist  services and organizes events. In recent years the Italian Ministry of International Affairs has granted Spazio Libero the permission to manage two sites of great relevance for their artistic and archeological significance: the Case Romane al Celio and the Cappella del cardinale Bessarione.

CASE ROMANE AL CELIO / ANCIENT ROMAN HOUSES ON THE CAELIAN HILL
This very important archeological site was reopened to the public in 2002 and the Cooperativa Sociale Spazio Libero is entrusted with its management and reception of visitors to whom it provides a guiding service as well. It is situated below the Basilica of Saints Giovanni and Paolo which, according to a tradition, was erected on the site where these two former members of the Costantinian court suffered martyrdom under the emperor Julian the Apostate. The site consists of 20 rooms disposed on various levels showing traces of frescoes dating back to the III-IV centuries A.D. as well as to the medieval period. It is a complex of residential edifices from the imperial time to which belong a characteristic lower class housing, insula, and a domus (single-family home) with a private bathing system. During the III century A.D., these two features came to form one elegant domus inside which originated a place of worship and, afterwards, the christian titulus.

The Cooperativa Sociale Spazio Libero organizes tours of this site that alternate the guiding done by expert archeologists with the declamation by an actor of verses from Latin poets such as Martial, Juvenal and Propertius and the tasting of dishes prepared according to ancient recipes going back to the imperial period.

“A peaceful archeological site with a tranquil environment that is rich in historical significance.” My experience at the Roman Houses has been an overall positive one...once I did the guided tour for the other students in the seminar and was given responsibility of translating the panels, I felt like I was making an impact and really doing something positive for Spazio Libero. Working and conversing with the other interns has given me a new perspective of Italian culture and really helped me to improve my language skills. I would recommend this internship for those students that love art, Italian culture and yearn to improve their language abilities.(P.B. Spring 2010)   

CAPPELLA DEL CARDINALE BESSARIONE / CARDINAL BESSARIONE CHAPEL
Cardinal Bessarione, a humanist and diplomat, is a very important figure for understanding  the history of the Renaissance and humanism. Situated within the Basilica of the S.S. Apostoli, his Chapel is a well known jewel of  Italian Renaissance art, mainly because of the beauty of its frescoes, the work of famous artists of the 1400s like Antoniazzo Romano e Melozzo da Forlì.


The intern will have to conduct some library research in order to collect as much material as possible on this chapel. This work will help in preparing the promotional material for this site. He/she will collaborate with the local personnel to welcome the visitors and eventually lead visits of the site in English.

Requirements for both Spazio Libero placements:

  • Advanced Italian
  • Motivated and enterprising person
  • Basic computing knowledge (Windows, Office) 


Gladiatori Roma: Rome's American Football Team

Originated from an idea of Bruno Beneck, a TV director, and Bob Kap, the President of the Intercontinental Football League Inc., which pursued the diffusion of American Football in Europe by founding some teams in major European cities, the Gladiatori Roma were founded in 1973 thus becoming the first professional team in Italy. In addition to the “prima squadra’ (main team) that competes in the Superbowl League - Serie A1, the Gladiatori Roma include an Under 17 and Under 21 team as well as a “Senatori” team formed by the over 40 years old veterans of the main team. While pursuing the noble purpose of drawing more youth to this sport thus helping considerably its diffusion, the team’s Football Schools provide access and training to those teenagers that are fascinated by this discipline.

The intern will to participate in the activities of the Gladiatori toward the promotion of football and contribute in written on their social networks (twitter, facebook and youtube Gladiatori Channel).  The activities are divided in 3 portions: mornings in the schools of Rome, afternoon in the Gladiatori Football School and evening in senior team training.

The intern will select during which timeframe he will participate and help the italian facilitators organize and run the activities; after each meeting, the intern will write a diary of his experience and impressions and submit it to the Gladiatori public relations delegate. At the end of the semester, all the essays will be reunited and submitted to the school for filing.  The diary will be published on our facebook page and excerpts will be used as tweets.

Based on the competences of the intern, the Gladiatori organization will reserve the right to utilize their talents in different contexts.

Requirements:
  • Intermediate Italian
  • Basic computing knowledge (Windows, Office)
Student Feedback: 

“This internship has been nothing like any of my internship experiences in the U.S. This has definitely been more of a cultural internship rather than an academic one. My work with the Gladiatori immersed me in the culture and language of Italy; I became a part of a team and got to know my new Roman friends and teammates well. I never expected to have as much fun as I did. There was a lot of time involved and committed to my internship but it was well worth it. In the U.S. I would generally not look forward to my internship, but here in Rome I couldn’t wait to step foot on that field and do my job.     I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed an internship as much as I have with the Gladiatori . . . . 

The majority of my time during my internship was spent at various football fields. Our home field is in Pietralata at the Centro Sportivo Fulvio Bernardini. I spent every Monday and Thursday nights at practice there and some of our games were also at that field. Otherwise, our away games are at other football fields: one was in Ostia, another in Terni (Umbria), and other fields in Rome. During practice I helped run drills and when it was needed I did small tasks for my sponsor, Fabrizio. During the games I usually would collect the statistics of the game (tackles, play types, points, time, fumbles, sacks, etc.) and when necessary I would have other roles. I also wrote a blog for the Gladiatori website that detailed my experiences at my internship but also of my time here in Rome. After I submitted them to the PR man Marcello he would post them onto the website along with Facebook and Twitter . . . . 

I suggest that future interns take the initiative to get to know the players names and bond with them early on, it really makes the experience so much better to have close friendships with some (if not most) of the players . . . .  I couldn’t be happier as an intern for the Gladiatori. The internship did take a lot of free time away from school and social life, but I didn’t mind in the slightest. It was a commitment I was prepared to make and I’m so glad that I did.” (S.P.Spring 2012)

Keats-Shelley House

Piazza di Spagna, 26, is where the brilliant, young poet, John Keats, died at the age of 25. Today it is a permanent memorial to two of the greatest British poets who ever lived, Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley. It contains one of the finest libraries of Romantic literature in Europe, as well as a superb collection of manuscripts, paintings, sculptures and memorabilia. It is now a place of literary pilgrimage for visitors from all over the world.

The intern is normally asked to work alongside the management and staff on the priorities that they have at any given time. These include the management of events, publications, web site work, archive and conservation work. Interns always work under close supervision by the curator or assistant curator.

Requirements:

  • Intermediate level of  Italian
  • Flexibility, creativity, proactive attitude and a good disposition for organizational work
  • Basic computing knowledge (Windows, Office)
Student Feedback:  

" The Keats-Shelley House is a romantic literary museum. It is located directly to the right of the Spanish steps. It has four floors: the first is a basement with stock for the shop, the second is the shop, the third is the museum, and the top floor is the office. The shop is new and is very nice. It is relatively small, but has a lot of quality merchandise. The actual museum is made up of four rooms, with a collection of art, manuscripts, letters, and books. It is very warm and has the feel of a romantic library. The office has two large desks in the main room, a desk in the back room, and a coatroom and restroom. As an intern I did a variety of tasks. My daily activities ranged from taking inventory, stocking the store, taking pictures of the merchandise, updating the accounts, depositing money in the bank, taking pictures of old books, scanning documents, and running various errands." (H.O. Fall2010)​


M.A.I.S. Onlus

(Movimento per l’Autosviluppo Internazionale nella Solidarietà
Movement for International Selfdevelopment in Solidarity)

MAIS Onlus was founded in 1865 following a journey to Brasil in order to examine the difficult reality of the favelas and the precarious conditions of living of millions of children, women and men. Its main goal is that of gaining human and economic support all over the world to allow children and youth facing difficult conditions to fulfill their right to education and basic needs as well. MAIS pursues its objectives along with the local public institutions and associations of every country in which it operates through distance support finalized to their achievement and micro projects in favor of the related communities. In this respect MAIS guarantees to its sustainers and beneficiaries the transparency and quality of the projects pursued and the contributions collected. Nowadays MAIS is present in 9 countries where it is operating on 21 projects and micro projects and distance supporting about 1.200 children with the collaboration of 12 local referents and 40 among volunteers and managers in Italy.

The intern will be employed in the translation of the web site and correspondence as well as in the accounting.

Requirements:
  • Intermediate level of Italian
  • A strong interest in contributing to help the people in need
  • Basic computing skills (Windows, Office)
Student Feedback:

“MAIS onlus is a sponsorship adoption agency where they coordinate long distance support and initiate other projects to help the children in their initiative to get out of poverty and allow them the opportunity to go to school and get an education.  They have programs in 9 different countries throughout Africa, Asia, South America and Eastern Europe.  MAIS is a great organization doing amazing things so interning here was very interesting and my sponsor was great, however interns will be doing primarily administrative work.  I performed all of my work on the computer at their office.  For the first half of the semester, I worked on translating their website from Italian to English and for the second half, I scanned all of the children’s records (letters, pictures, grades, etc.) into the computer so they would have electronic copies.  There was great communication and relationships between myself and my sponsor and most of the time, there are only two other people in the office, both of which are very friendly and willing to help.  I am extremely interested in working with a non-profit so this was a great opportunity for me to find out about how one is run.  It was especially interesting comparing my experiences here to that of a non-profit in the United States so I can figure out what is most interesting for me.  This is a great internship if you are interested in finding out more about the non-profit sector and are aware that your duties will consist mostly of office work. (C.C. Spring 2012)


Tours, Cooking & Events

 Anna Maria Nardi focuses on a number of activities which range from wedding plans to personal shopping and cheese tours in her property near the outstanding archeological area of Villa Adriana (Hadrian’s Villa) at Tivoli.

The intern will have to work mostly on the web and contacting hotels, agencies, shops, tour operators and companies that properly fit the fields of interest in question being willing, at the same time, to take important personal initiatives.

Requirements:

  • Intermediate level of Italian
  • Pro-active, autonomous and independent attitude
  • Punctuality, respect of a dress code, politeness, sensibility
  • Basic computer knowledge (Windows, Office) and of the web as well. 
Student Feedback:  

Tours Cooking and Events is s a small company run by Signora Anna Maria Nardi, the office consists of a small room with a single computer; therefore it is very easy to get to know your sponsor because you are in constant contact with her. Because TCE is a relatively new line of work that Anna Maria does everything is new. During the past semester I worked under the guidance of Anna Maria to publicize the company and generate new customers and interest into the company website. I spent a lot of time researching different types of ways to advertise, for example one day I spent my efforts writing a general email to send to a list of contacts that basically introduced the company and how TCE would love to be in collaboration with the other businesses. Another time I spent the day calling and emailing schools in Rome, to discuss the possibility of having a cooking class for students to learn healthy cooking, eating, and lifestyle. I had a great level of communication with my sponsor because she spoke very good English. But I honestly wish I came into the internship with a previous knowledge of Italian Language because I think speaking to Anna Maria in Italian would have exponentially improved my skills. In order to be a good intern, one must be able to take initiative and find things to do. As Professor Fossa will mention, our sponsors love when we ask for things to do, and would rather have us ask than they themselves demand us to do things.” (C.O. Spring 2012)
 
The Tours, Cooking, and Events Company offers a wide range of cultural activities that a family, couple, or large group, can do while they are in Italy. Anna Maria can organize an itinerary for a week or just a half-day tour. She works with tour guides to create specialty tours such as the Angels and Demons Tour. She organizes cooking classes in Rome and at her country villa, the Villa del Senatore in Tivoli. Cooking classes are usually combined with wine, cheese, and olive oil tastings. Anna Maria Nardi wants to create experiences that last a lifetime and are special. I helped think of activities that foreigners would like to do in Italy and we collaborated to create a package. If you want to have an intimate one on one experience where you will have the opportunity to really carry out your ideas on event planning, this internship will be great for you. We worked in a small office, each of us on our laptops constantly e-mailing and exchanging information. We were very good at communicating with eachother and I think she was facinated to hear my perspective on Italy and how she can increase her clientel in the United States. I suggest that interns go into the experience with an open heart and mind, enthusiastic about helping improve the business.” (R.D. Spring 2012)


  

RISTORANTI / RESTAURANTS


Ristorante Al Callarello


Welcomed by such an appealing and vast “antipasti bar”, the customer finds in this restaurant, situated at the top of the San Saba hill, a way to explore “con gusto” the nice array of local Mediterranean dishes enlisting fish garnished pastas, fresh fish entrees as well as some of the more renowned arrangements of good quality meat. For those who crave instead the thinly made Roman Pizza, “Al Callarello” responds with its wood oven baked traditional delicacies. Inside the restaurant as well as outside during the warm season, the ambiance is pleasant and friendly. Definitely a place for “ tutti i gusti”.
Requirements:

  • Intermediate level of Italian;
  • A keen interest in food culture
Student Feedback:  

“This semester I interned at the restaurant Al Callarello. Al Callarello is a small restaurant, located on San Sabina hill, only a five-minute walk from campus! I worked one dinner shift and one lunch shift each week. During dinner, I was a waitress and did everything from seating customers to clearing plates. During the lunch shift, I would waitress as well and from time to time, I got to help out in the kitchen. In the kitchen, I would help the chefs chop and grill vegetables, among other things. The internship was a great opportunity for me to improve my Italian and to interact with locals. 
All of the waiters, chefs and owners at Al Callarello are very welcoming and fun to work with. The restaurant has a great atmosphere and many regular customers, who you will get to know well. If you are looking to improve your spoken Italian and to meet local people, then I would definitely recommend this internship. Anyone who is interested in cooking would also love this opportunity, since the chefs were very willing to let me into the kitchen to both help and to observe. Overall, it was a fun and unique opportunity and I am so glad I did it!“ (E.V. Spring 2012)

"It was a cultural experience unlike any other I had while in Rome." (J. D. Spring 2011)


Trattoria Da Luigi

Ideally located at a short distance from both Piazza Navona and the Vatican, Trattoria “Da Luigi” is a good expression of the Italian cuisine, regional and national, performed through an appealing menu consisting primarily of an ample variety of pasta dishes as well as meat and fish specialties. Established on a two storey apartment and enriched by a wide outside area, “Da Luigi” offers a warm and comfortable ambiance, a very friendly service and a pleasant setting especially for a dinner in the Summer evening. 

Assisting in waiting on tables, observing closely the organization of the daily activities in the restaurant and participating, whenever possible, in the ordering and purchasing supplies will be the intern’s main tasks.

Requirements:

  • Intermediate/advanced level of Italian
  • A keen interest in food culture
Student Feedback:  

"Through my internship at Da Luigi, I was primed in Italian language and culture through the medium of food. The restaurant is a wonderful place with kind people and delicious food. There, I helped set up the restaurant for lunch and dinner openings, arrange the menus with the new daily menu, wait and bus tables, and take drink orders. I was also able to observe the cooks in the kitchen and ask questions and occasionally assist with food preparation. Everyone at the restaurant—managers, waiters, and cooks—was all very welcoming to me. In fact, my favorite part of the internship was talking to the other people in the restaurant and practicing my Italian with them. The waiters welcome and always did their best to answer my questions about grammar and Italian culture. My Italian improved dramatically as a result of this internship. Aside from the initial orientation to the restaurant, the intern is pretty on his or her own, so asking questions, and self-advocacy is a must if you want to get the most out of the experience." (S.V. Fall 2011)

 “Located directly across Chiesa Nuova in piazza Cesare Sforzini in the middle of the centro storico downtown, Trattoria Da Luigi is an ideal spot for tourists and locals alike. To and from the convent, the walk is only about 25 minutes, though the 175 bus is useful after night shifts. A Da Luigi intern will spend his or her time assisting the waiters, and occasionally, the chefs. Tasks include serving dishes, clearing tables and minor cleaning and food preparation. If possible, try to intern during different times of the day i.e. having a lunch shift and a dinner shift, as it is fun and interesting to see how the restaurant operates in a full day. Having unrelenting self initiative is a must; don’t be afraid to stick your hands in everything, or at least, ask to. (Talk and ask as many questions as you possibly can!) Flexibility, in terms of work ethic as well as humor and personality, is another imperative. Especially if you are a girl, you will be the only female in a completely male environment and must be able to not be intimidated by the sometimes less than delicate humor and/ or tones of voice. You will be involved in many different aspects of the restaurant and will often be juggling several tasks at once. Your ability to and confidence in speaking Italian will also improve dramatically as a result of talking with the wonderful and hilarious staff. Some of my funniest and favorite memories of the semester are from da Luigi, so you can be sure that you will have a great time!” (M.C. Spring 2012)


Ristorante Le Fate

Situated on the main boulevard of Rome’s traditional district of Trastevere, “Le Fate” is a very pleasant family- run restaurant. Ideally inspired to the fairy-tale world, with its cozy and dimly lit ambiance the customer is soon captivated by the warm and homey atmosphere. Meanwhile, Andrea, the chef and a cooking teacher, is ready to impress his clientele with his menu of traditional cuisine.

The intern will be employed in the preparation of the dishes as well as waiting on tables.

Requirements:

  • Any level of Italian
  • A keen interest in food culture
Student Feedback:  

Il cibo non è solo nutrimento. All the students in the Trinity program learn about Italian dining/food culture to some degree during the semester. Interning at a restaurant has added on to that experience as I saw how a local restaurant functioned, inside and outside of the kitchen, and interacted with an Italian family (as Le Fate is a family-operated business). Intern responsibilities included preparing for the dinner shift, serving dishes and beverages, and resetting tables. The tasks may sound simple and repetitive, but each day is a different experience with different customers, conversations, and happenings.  Initially, I was nervous since I had just started studying the language, but Gabriela, the mother and hostess, was so patient and willing to engage in even the most stunted conversations (which of course became more complex over time). Everyone in the Consoli family including Gabriela, the chefs, and other family members who drop in time-to-time are unbelievably sweet and accommodating. They love to feed, help out, and teach any eager intern. Also, the restaurant itself is such an inviting place, and I have been able to meet all kinds of guests who are drawn to cozy Le Fate from locals to distant travelers. If you want to learn more about Italian/Roman cuisine and food culture in a warm environment and are willing to endure some long but rewarding nights, I highly recommend this opportunity! It has enriched my time in Roma in innumerable ways.” (J.K. Spring 2012)

Gelateria del Teatro ai Coronari

("Teatro ai Coroni's Ice Cream Palace")
On Rome’s best reputed street for its antiques , Via dei Coronari (crown-maker street), at a stone’s throw from the uniquely outstanding  baroque of Piazza Navona, and next to the site of the old Teatro ai Coronari, stands the Gelateria del Teatro, a paradise for those who are inclined to give in easily to the sensuous temptation of a delicious ice cream. While providing a wide choice of flavors, the result of  the mix of always fresh and natural ingredients, which is the feather in the owner’s cap, the Gelateria del Teatro  draws to its alley lots of locals as well those tourists who pleasantly stroll through the historical center and are eager to experience the delicious taste of the homemade  Italian ice cream. A Cozily seductive ambiance, another remarkable tassel of Italian culinary creativity. 

The intern will be employed in the preparation of the ingredients for the ice cream. Occasionally, he/she will also be asked to assist in its production. Serving customers and, whenever necessary, making sure that the counter and tables are clean, complete the gamut of tasks. 

Requirements:
  • Intermediate level of Italian
  • A strong communicative aptitude
  • A real keenness to deepen one’s interest in the Italian culinary tradition
  • ​An aptitude and skill for manual work


SCUOLE / SCHOOLS

Scuole Elementari / Elementary Schools

(6-10 years of age)
  • Scuole Elementare Statale "Gian Giacombo Badini"
  • Scuola elementare Statale "IV Novembre" 
  • Scuola Elementare Statale "Leopoldo Franchetti"

Interns will serve as ”experts in English language” at these public elementary and middle schools near Trinity College/Rome Campus. They will make a substantial contribution to the teacher’s program by participating in regular classes and by organizing conversation groups that he/she will lead independently. Class preparation is considered part of the time commitment of this internship. Candidates should be responsible, engaging, and creative.

Student Feedback:  

"For the internship, I was placed at Scoula Elementare Badini and Scoula Media Foscolo.  It was the best experience I had in Rome, and one of the best life experiences I’ve had. I gained friendships with both the teachers and students, a better understanding of Italian culture, and a priceless experience working with children in a different setting from any other setting I’ve worked in before.  Scuola Elementare Badini was the most welcoming, warmest school I’ve ever entered.  Every teacher, even the teachers I did not work with, smiled and said “ciao” every time I came.  The children were enthusiastic, silly, and sweet.  Scuola Media Foscolo was a slightly different experience but still a fantastic one.  The kids there taught me a lot about Rome like dishes I should try and sites I should visit.  I would recommend anyone to work at Foscolo with Professor Nigro; someone with a lot of energy and decent Italian speaking skills is necessary to get the most out of the internship at Badini." (M.L. Spring 2011)

 

"An Internship with One Requirement: A Loud Voice.  This semester, I interned at two elementary schools: Scuola IV Novembre, in Testaccio and Scuola Franchetti, in San Saba. Both of these neighborhoods are fifteen-minute walks from the convent. I worked in four different classrooms, with students ranging in age from 8 to 11. I spent the first part of the semester observing the teachers English lessons, and helping as needed. As I became more comfortable, I began to bring in activities and lessons to do with the children. Most of the activities that I planned were relevant to upcoming holidays, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. I found that this allowed us to use arts and crafts to learn English, at a very basic level. Because I am not fluent in Italian, the teacher and I often ran the classes together. It was very helpful to have clear communication with the teachers, for this reason. I was lucky to enjoy excellent, clear communication with my supervisor, Consuelo Rosato. The other teachers were not as fluent in English, but that only encouraged me to practice my Italian!"  (E.C.Fall 2011)


Scuole Medie/Middle Schools 

(11-14 years of age)

  • Scuola Media Statale "Carlo Cattaneo"
  • Scuola media Statale "Ugo Foscolo"
  • Scuola Media Statale Sperimentale "G. Mazzini"

Interns will serve as ”experts in English language” at these public elementary and middle schools near Trinity College/Rome Campus. They will make a substantial contribution to the teacher’s program by participating in regular classes and by organizing conversation groups that he/she will lead independently. Class preparation is considered part of the time commitment of this internship. Candidates should be responsible, engaging, and creative. 

Student Feedback:  

“Scuola Media Mazzini: A Great Internship for an Energetic English Speaker Looking to work with Italian Students and Improve His/Her Italian.  The internship at Scuola Media Mazzini (a middle school) is a great option for those interested in learning more about the Italian education system, as well as getting to know a really good group of younger native Italian students.  The school was one metro stop away, very close to the Coliseum, which made the commute very pleasant and convenient.  I worked with three different English professors, helping assist with five different classes one day a week; the students were 11-14 years old.  Some students spoke really good English, others were at a very basic level.  My job was to lead oral discussions in English, asking questions and providing vocabulary lists and other model sentences for the students to use to answer them.  Usually, I took half of the group of students, worked with them, and then switched groups and worked with the other.  If I was planning a longer lesson, I would take two weeks to teach the one topic, working with one group one week and the other group the next.  The teachers I worked with at Mazzini spoke English, too, and offered me feedback about how I was doing, which was really helpful. This is also a great internship for someone looking to improve their Italian: going into the internship, I knew barely anything, and by the end of it I was very comfortable working with the Italian-speaking students by myself.  I really enjoyed the internship because I loved working with the kids and also loved the fast-paced environment at the middle school, which provided a lot of changes of pace and allowed me to work with different groups of students and different professors.” (R.Sz. Spring 2012)

"I worked at both the Mazzini Middle School and Novembre IV Elementary School. Both institutions were public schools within walking distance of campus. Each week I would prepare a lesson on a topic recommended by the teacher. Depending on the teachers choice I would give the lesson to a small group of ten students for the entire hour or work with half of the class for the first thirty minutes and then switch with the teacher. At first, figuring out how to plan my lessons was difficult, but as I became more comfortable and knowledgeable about what works best with each group of students it became easier. The teachers were extremely nice and understanding. They are just as afraid that they will mispronounce a word as you will be during your first few weeks! I had no Italian background and the children try extremely hard to connect with you with their small amount of English. I loved getting to know the students and their excitement to see you each week makes the time and effort worthwhile. It was a very rewarding experience and definitely forced me to grow and become more independent."  (C.F.Fall 2011)

"As an English instructor, I taught classes equivalent to the American seventh and eighth grade. I had five classes in a row (from eight in the morning until one in the afternoon) every Thursday. Mazzini middle school is located across from the Colosseum, so it was a very convenient trip from the Trinity College campus. After shadowing for two lessons, I planned with each teacher my course for the rest of the semester. Some teachers wanted me to take half the class in a separate room and teach my own lesson, while other teachers preferred I work as their aid in the same classroom. As I became more comfortable with the school, I preferred to teach my own lessons. I felt that the small group setting allowed the students to become more comfortable with me. In terms of teaching my own lesson, I had quite a bit of freedom. While the teachers would assign a general topic for each week, I had the choice of activity type and specific material. After learning more about the level and interests of the students, I was able to plan lessons more interesting to them. If I had any questions, the teachers made it clear I could always contact them. The biggest challenge with planning lessons stems from the fact that students are not grouped by their level of English; some lessons proved to be challenging for some while extremely easy(boring) for others. Although difficult, it is a task that all teachers at Mazzini have to face. My favorite part of the internship was getting to know the students and experiencing a special part of Italian culture many of my peers were not exposed to. (O.P. Fall 2011)


Liceo Classico Statale "Socrate"

(State Classical High School "Socrate" 14-18 years of age)
Interns will serve as ”experts in English language” at Rome’s oldest Liceo Classico, a type of high school emphasizing mostly the classical learning, situated right in the heart of Rome. They will make a substantial contribution to the teacher’s program by participating in regular classes and by organizing conversation groups that he/she will lead independently. Class preparation is considered part of the time commitment of this internship. Candidates should be responsible, engaging, creative and flexible. 

Student Feedback:  

"Working at the Italian high school provided an immersion opportunity, while granting me freedom to explore American culture in a foreign setting. Working with local teachers I organized activities to engage the students in American culture and to improve their English speaking and comprehension. My sponsors were very eager to make me feel comfortable in their classrooms and to help me design lesson plans. I would recommend this internship to people who have a high degree of motivation and are willing to take a leap of faith. It is often intimidating to stand in front a group of foreign teenagers, so it is certainly helpful if you are outgoing. The work itself is usually fun and I developed a liking for the neighborhood in which my school was located."  (D.C. Fall 2011) 


Liceo Scientifico Statale "C. Cavour"

(State Science Lyceum "C. Cavour," 14-18 years of age)

Interns will serve as ”experts in English language” at Rome’s oldest Liceo Scientifico, a type of high school enphasizing mostly the scientific learning, situated right in the heart of Rome. They will make a substantial contribution to the teacher’s program by participating in regular classes and by organizing conversation groups that he/she will lead independently. Class preparation is considered part of the time commitment of this internship. Candidates should be responsible, engaging, creative and flexible. 

Student Feedback:  

"This internship was a worthwhile experience...twice a week I went down to a high school with a beautiful view of the Colosseum to teach 5 classes. I worked with three different teachers, teaching English classes to Italian students. With help and a few suggestions from the teachers I had to create a lesson plan or activity for each week in the class. For the most part I was basically running the class, although the teachers definitely do help out and some a lot more than others. Communication is extremely important for this position you must be outgoing enough to discuss with the teacher what they want from you and equally, what you want from them. Most teachers will not just assume you need help unless you ask them. Constant communication makes this position much easier and more enjoyable! Italian schools are run very differently, so you need to have an open mind about different ways of teaching and education. For instance, each class has students at very different levels of English and it can be hard work preparing a lesson that will be beneficial to all of them, but again the teachers will be full of suggestions if you just ask! It’s important not to be intimidated in this position, because the teachers really love having you there to help in the class. For lesson plans some simple and safe suggestions from my experience would be to teach English through teaching something about American culture, like music, cinema, short stories, politics, school etc. The internet is very useful for ideas and even some already set up worksheets and activities." (B.J. Fall 2011)


Istituto di Istruzione Superiore "Via Salvini 24"

(State Scientific High School, 14-18 years of age)

Interns will serve as ”experts in English language” at this Liceo Scientifico, a type of high school emphasizing mostly the scientific learning. They will make a substantial contribution to the teacher’s program by participating in regular classes and by organizing conversation groups that he/she will lead independently. Class preparation is considered part of the time commitment of this internship. Candidates should be responsible, engaging, proactive, creative and flexible.

“Intern in a high school in the beautiful neighborhood of Parioli! During my time in Rome I interned as the “English Expert” in a typical Roman Linceo, or high school. The school is located in a neighborhood called “Parioli”, an upper level income area with beautiful architecture and an amazing lookout located right next to the school. The only downside of the location is it can take around an hour in the morning to get there, but it goes by pretty quickly. Although it is not quite as nice inside as most America high schools, it is a typical Italian public school and is perfectly comfortable.  As an intern, I traveled around the school with different teachers. I had a normal routine of five classes per day, but would sometimes substitute into other classes when their lessons called for some “English expertise”. For example, I worked with a class one week on historical American figures and helped explain famous speeches given by previous presidents in relation to the period of history. Most of my lessons, however, were a bit more playful. I often taught lessons on American pop music, slang, advertising and other aspects of culture. Overall, I had good relationships with the teachers; I could tell my insight was valuable to them and they enjoyed having me in class. The students were also receptive as well, inviting me out to sit with them in the courtyard and constantly asking me about life in America and telling me about themselves. My only advice would be, don’t be afraid to be assertive with the teachers in relation to organization. As the first intern, I had to be more direct in what I needed from them (e-mails by certain days, subject for lesson plans, schedules, etc.). Once I got comfortable in letting them know what I needed to be successful, the internship was an absolute joy! “ (E.B. Spring 2012)


 HOTELS

GRAND HOTEL de LA MINERVE

Enhanced by the solemnity of the nearby Pantheon and in close view of Bernini’s Little Elephant, the Grand Hotel de la Minerve is an enchanting five-star hotel housed in a magnificent palace dating back to the 1600’s, uniquely placed in the heart of Rome. Completely renovated to better meet the needs of its sophisticated clientele, the hotel has retained its elegant style and the warmth of a comfortable and elegant “home."

A special mention to the sight of its artistic Grand Hall and the Roof Garden where one may dine all year around while enjoying spectacular sunsets and a breathtaking view of the city. 

The intern will be employed as a hostess/steward to welcome and assist the patrons in various sectors of the hotel like the Conciergerie, for bookings, in the many halls providing different services and also receiving phone calls to be put through to different areas of competence. Last but not least, the intern is encouraged to favor some conversation in English with his/her colleagues.

Requirements:
  • Intermediate level of Italian
  • A cordial attitude in interaction with the public

HOTEL de RUSSIE

Hotel De Russie is a luxury five-star hotel amazingly located in the center of Rome, on the Via del Babuino, between the Piazza del Popolo and the Spanish Steps. Often the “home” of international music and cinema stars during their sojourn in Rome, the Hotel De Russie, provides with its stunning facilities like its terraced gardens, so called the Secret Garden, the Stravinsky Bar, not to mention its elegant restaurant, Jardin De Russie, a very comfortable oasis amidst the bustle of central Rome.

The intern will be employed in the Administration Office focusing primarily on billing, income revenue and general financial needs.

Requirements:
  • ​Intermediate level of Italian
  • Intermediate level of Italian
  • A cordial attitude in interaction with the public
Student Feedback:

"Working at Hotel de Russie was an amazing experience, and I would recommend it to anyone in the program. Located between Piazzo del Popolo and the Spanish Steps, Hotel de Russie is a beautiful five-star hotel that serves upscale clientele. As the first intern to work at Hotel de Russie, I was placed in the accounting department, which is located in the building next door to the hotel. They requested an intern who could speak Italian, but were still very welcoming to me as a beginner of the language. 

At the hotel, I emailed and called clients who spoke English, while also helping with the various paperwork required in accounting. I was also able to spend time in the reservations and events departments, and get a feel for what these sectors did for the hotel. Everyone I worked with was extremely friendly and always eager to talk to me, and I was able to learn a lot from the various people I met. Additionally, since the hotel dealt with clients all over the world, most people were able to comfortably speak English with me, and also helped me with my Italian.

Since I was able to interact with many people at the hotel, I was able to get a better feel for Italian culture. Everyone I worked with was extremely welcoming and they were always telling me good places to eat, less touristy places to shop, and cool sights to see. They gave me a better perspective on what Italian culture is truly like, and I felt I was able to learn a lot from the experience. I loved my time at Hotel de Russie and am so grateful I was able to intern there.” (A.H. Spring 2012)



DEPENDING ON AVAILABILITY

Archivio Centrale Dello Stato (Central State Archive)

The Archivio Centrale dello Stato (ACS) preserves and enhances, under a cultural profile,  the  documents of historical relevance produced by the central state offices, such as the Presidency

of the Council of Ministers, the state department and the consultive and judicial bodies as well. Therefore, the ACS is the Italian equivalent of the great national archives operating in countries with similar historical traditions, like the National Archives in Washington.

Requirements:

  • Knowledge of Italian language at a good/advanced level
  • Basic computing knowledge (Windows, Office)
Student Feedback:  

“The Archivio Centrale dello Stato (ACS)is the equivalent to the National Archives in Washington. The institute’s mission is the conservation of relevant historical documents that are no longer necessary for the Italian government offices, administration, courts, etc. The ACS is the location for research on the history of Italy. Hundreds of thousands of Italian documents are located in the Archivio and accessible for historical research. Users have access to the sala di studio (study hall) and biblioteca (library), as well as meeting halls, exhibition spaces, and a convention room. As an intern at the Archivio, I worked in both the sala studio and the library. I translated several important documents (rules, regulations, service charters) for both rooms. I also assisted the personnel in the library by cataloguing an entire library of books which were donated to the Archivio and checking them against the books in the online database. However, projects could involve assisting researchers, working with microfilm, or other tasks depending on the needs of an intern’s particular tutor. Interns should expect to speak only in Italian and should not pursue this internship if they are not conversationally comfortable in Italian and especially if they are not confident in their listening comprehension.” (S.P. Fall 2008) 

 Comunita' di S.Egidio (Community Service Organization)

 In Rome the Comunita` di S.Egidio is especially active in providing assistance to those who are homeless through a soup-kitchen service, the distribution of clothes as well as groceries and the provision of meals for the homeless who reside in places such as railway stations, etc. The assistance to elderly people who live alone, the organization of events for those in need as well as the correspondence online with those who are sentenced to death complete the gamut of tasks that have placed  the Comunita` in the foreground of voluntary work.   

In the wake of the Vatican Council II, Andrea Riccardi founded the Comunita` di S.Egidio in Rome in 1968. As a young man, Andrea Riccardi initially gathered a group of schoolmates who, in imitation of the first Christian community of the Acts of the Apostles and of S.Francis from Assisi, pursued their goal of studying the Gospels and putting them into practice. The small group began by going into the periphery of Rome, among the poor who lived in sheds, and gave birth to the Scuola Popolare, an afterschool teaching assistance, today School of Peace in so many parts of the world. The Comunita` has grown enormously since those days. It is now a lay movement involving more than 50.000 people, engaged in the diffusion of Lord’s word and in charitable activities in more than 70 countries of the four continents. The various twin communities spread all over the world share the same spirituality and the fundamentals on which is based that of S.Egidio, that is prayer, communication of the Gospels, solidarity for the poor, ecumenism and promotion of dialogue.
 
Requirements:
  • Knowledge of Italian language at a good/advanced level
  • Basic computing knowledge (Windows, Office)
  • Interest in social issues and communication skills


Europa Editions

Europa Editions is a Rome - and New York - based independent publishing house. They publish literary fiction, mysteries, memoir, and non-fiction. They publish about 20 titles a year, about two-thirds of these titles are works of literature in translation, making Europa Editions the leading publisher of translated fiction in the United States.
An intern at Europa Editions can expect to gain experience in the following areas: sales & distribution; vetting submissions; copywriting, copyediting and development of promotional materials; proofreading, web site content and management of sector-specific online presence; organization of promotional activities.
All are skills that will prove useful to anyone hoping to pursue a career in publishing.           
 
Requirements:
  • English Mother Tongue; good Italian a plus; other languages a plus
  • Working knowledge of MS Word, Excel, Photoshop, PowePoint
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • A keen interest in contemporary literature and publishing is a must
  • Ability to work independently
Student Feedback:  

Europa is a great position for anyone interested in publishing....The office itself is on the second floor of a beautiful building in the Vatican region of the city... I had one semester- long project I continually worked on, with smaller projects interspersed throughout the time. The big project was organizing and creating a filing system for all of the press related to books the house had published or was considering publishing and the press topically related to publishing, translation, the house itself, etc. My smaller projects included reading a manuscript and writing a reader’s report on it, reading the translation file and writing a summary/assessment of it available online on the website, and preparing a list of questions for a Q & A session with one of the authors. Overall, my internship got progressively better as I was given more and more interesting responsibilities that those with which I had begun.” (C.H. Spring 2010) 

Portolano—Colella—Cavallo Studio Legale

(Attorneys at law)

The Portolano - Colella - Cavallo Studio Legale (Attorneys at Law) was founded in 2001 by the partners Manuela Cavallo, Domenico Colella and Francesco Portolano. The activity of the Firm focuses mainly on corporate/M&A and on the Media sector. In recent years, they have worked on share and asset transactions, venture capital and private equity investments, company restructurings, corporate governance and conflicts between shareholders.

In the Media sector, the Firm has worked on all of the most complex and current topics: supply of multi-platform and interactive content and “transactional TV”, digital terrestrial television, DVB-H, product placement, TV call games, online and television games, betting, etc..

The Firm operates mainly in the international sector: 60% of their clients are not from Italy. They also provide legal advice to Italian clients in relation to their activities and investments abroad.

Requirements:

  • Intermediate/good Italian
  • Seriousness, reliability and interest for legal matters
  • Basic computing skills (Windows, Microsoft) and capacity to create databases
Student Feedback:  ​

“This fall semester I interned at the law firm Portolano Colella Cavallo Studio Legale, which was founded in 2001 and is located off of Via del Corso near the Trevi Fountain. The firm specializes in corporate law, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Media/Entertainment law. Portolano Colella Cavallo is an international firm and 60% of their clients are not from Italy. Everyone in the Rome office speaks both Italian and English and French; Spanish, and German are also spoken. The office itself is very modern and contemporary providing a nice physical space to work in. During my three months at Portolano Colella Cavallo I participated in research, editing, and article writing. I completed research on various aspects of the media sectors, especially pertaining to current high-tech and digital media (such as radio, TV, and internet). I used this research to compare the different types and practices throughout the world with a special focus on the United States and Europe. I helped lawyers edit pieces of writing, articles, newsletters, and surveys in English. I mostly edited grammar on these pieces and made suggestions on word choice, order, and content. I also helped with the AIJA (International Associate of Young Lawyers) monthly newsletter and preparation guide for the upcoming annual event. I did not get to go to court or participate in any negotiating meetings. Overall, the experience was rewarding and I learned information about sectors of law that I did not really know about. Portolano Colella Cavallo Studio Legale is a progressive, successful and well-organized law firm.” (C.H. Fall 2009) 


Scuola Media Paritaria Della Comunita Ebraica 

"Angelo Sacerdoti"

(Jewish Community’s Middle School “Angelo Sacerdoti” - 11-14 years of age) 

Interns will serve as ”experts in English language” at this public middle school near the Colosseo, one metro stop from the school’s. They will make a substantial contribution to the teacher’s program by participating in regular classes and by organizing conversation groups that he/she will lead independently. Class preparation is considered part of the time commitment of this internship. Candidates should be responsible, engaging, and creative.



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