Intern in Rome

Intern abroad in Rome, Italy to improve your Italian language, immerse in the culture, and gain incredible professional experience in your field of choice. Spend one to three months during the summer or any other time of year working and living in magnificent Rome!

We offer a customized internship placement. We want to make this experience a memorable one, so we cater to each and every participant’s specific career goals. With nearly forty subject fields available, we’ll be able to find the perfect fit for you! The internship placements range anywhere from journalism, international relations, business and even wedding planning! Because we custom-fit your internship experience specifically to your needs, we ensure and guaranteed resume boost and an unforgettable experience!

There will always be someone to assist you. A good majority of our staff at CISabroad have traveled abroad multiple times and understand the value of an international internship. We also understand just how many questions go along with international travel and are more than happy to assist you with anything and everything! We employ a staff located in Rome who are available 24/7 to answer questions or respond to any emergencies on our emergency phone line. Upon arrival, participants receive a comprehensive orientation and many workshops throughout the duration of their stay. 

We’ve got the most affordable internship in Rome. Here at CISabroad, we understand that college students are on a strict budget and are looking for a program that will give them the biggest bang for their buck. To offset the cost of international travel, we offer our participants financial aid, scholarships and other methods of financial support in order to make their dreams a reality.

Intern in Rome with CISabroad to experience the best of personal and professional development while enhancing your Italian language skills and immersing in the culture of the "Eternal City!" CISabroad's Intern in Rome program provides a custom international internship, housing, support services, cultural activities, and everything else you need to make the most of your time in Rome. 

Here are some great features of the Intern in Rome program:

Customized internship placement - Whether you are interested in international relations, photography, studio art or nutrition, we have the internship for you! Rome is the perfect place for an internship abroad with either an international or local focus because it is home to hundreds of large organizations including UNICEF, UNESCO and more. Our internship program is geared towards a wide variety of fields, and we try to accommodate every major. We tailor each internship to match your professional and personal academic goals, while taking into consideration your background, skills, and placement preferences.

Customizeable program - Choose to intern in either English or Italian, depending on your skill and language abilities. Make the most of the local culture through a variety of program activities - choose your favorites (or do them all!), with activities such as local tours, restaurant outings, gelato tours, open air market tours, olive picking (seasonal), and hiking. Internships are available year-round, during your semester, summer, winter break or J-Term, or post-graduation, from 8 to 12 weeks for all fields.  There are some placements available for 6 weeks as well. If you want to earn academic credit, you have a couple options to do so. 

International business and career coaching - This program features business and career coaching for each and every participant. Workshops take place at the end of the program and focus on how to use this international internship to jump-start your career. Our on-site staff works with you to boost your resume, prepare for interviews, become a better public speaker, and will give you all of the necessary skills to be a good candidate in the international job market. 

Immersion in the Italian language and culture - The great thing about interning in Rome is that you can immerse yourself in the Italian language just by living and working within the city. You will be given the unique chance to work alongside Italians, but we also offer Italian language classes to get you started. No previous Italian language experience is required. The first week is intensive, focusing solely on improving your language ability. From there on out and through the duration of your program, you can take language classes around your work schedule. The language classes are a great tool to integrate yourself into the local community and are included in your program fee!

360° Networking Toolkit - With our unique networking toolkit, interns will receive a crash course on the international business world. We will provide you with business cards, resume rebuilding, mock interviews and a congratulatory certificate upon completion of the program. Interns will also have access to seminars covering a wide range of topics such as: building LinkedIn accounts, interview tips, international resume experience and more!

We know that the opportunity to do a customized international internship in the "Eternal City" of Rome is pretty amazing, and here are just a few reasons why you will probably think the same:

  • Enjoy food from local markets or try an on-site cooking class
  • Cultural activities including olive picking (fall only), a welcome/farewell dinner and a hike to Castel Gandolfo Lake 
  • Free airport pick-up
  • Comprehensive Italian language classes with tours of Rome included
  • International career and business counseling workshops 
  • Weekend excursions and independent travel advice -- 2 day trips included!
  • Diverse internship placement working alongside Italians 
  • 24/7 on-site support from our full-time, English-speaking staff 
  • Pre-departure advising, orientation and weekly meetings with a Rome tutor
  • Full medical and accident insurance as well as a 24-hour emergency hotline

Included in your program fee are local tours around Rome, as well as two day trips to outlying areas. Typical excursions for Intern in Rome participants are a day trip to Perugia and a day trip to Castel Gandolfo. 

Additional excursions may be offered at an additional cost. Travel advice for independent travel is offered by CISabroad staff, free of charge.

Intern in Rome offers a diverse set of fields for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent college graduates. Placements are available in both English and Italian, depending on your language abilities and preferences. 

Internship durations vary by country. For the Intern in Rome program you may choose: 6 weeks, 8 weeks, or 12 weeks. Prospective interns should keep in mind that a longer internship duration period often offers more specialized placements and greater opportunity for growth and responsibility within the internship.

The following is a list of sample placement fields. This list is not comprehensive and it does not determine the availability of these fields or any others:

Business

  • Business Administration
  • Event Management
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing

Communications

  • Communications
  • Journalism

Education

  • Education
  • International Education Program Management
  • Teaching Assistantship

Social Sciences & Humanities

  • International Relations
  • International Studies
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Women's Studies
  • Food and Wine Studies

Visual/Performing Arts & Design

  • Art History
  • Culinary Arts
  • Digital Imaging
  • Studio Arts
  • Graphic Design
  • Media Studies
  • Photography
  • Visual Arts
  • Web Design

Don't see your field? Not to worry - this is a short list. Each applicant is provided with a customized placement search according to his/her background, skills and interests. Given Rome's size and diverse economy, chances are we can find something for you! You can either apply, after which point we will begin the placement search process, or you can contact us to inquire about specific opportunities.

You may be able to receive undergraduate academic credit for your internship through CISabroad’s partnership with Plymouth State University or through your school. 

Option 1: Credit through CISabroad
Through our partnership with Plymouth State University, you can earn between 3-12 credits in the fields listed below. Note: the field is listed, the Plymouth State University course number that will appear on your transcript, as well as the range of credits available. Contact an advisor to see if the the following fields are available in your study abroad location. 

Course Name/
Syllabus
Course
Number
Credits Applicable Fields for Transfer Credit
Art History AH 4880 3-6 Museum Studies, Curation
Anthropology AN4610 3-12  
Business  BU 4600 3-12  Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Economics, Finance, International 
Communications and Media Studies
CM 3950 3-6  Advertising, Communication, Film and Television, Journalism, Public Relations.

students must have taken "Intro to Media and Cultural Studies" and "Intro to Communication"
Criminal Justice CJ 4580 3-6  Criminology, Law, Political Science
Dance DN 4410 3-12      
English  EN 4950 3-12 English and Literature 
only offered as pass/fail. 
Environmental Planning  EPL 3960 3-6  Environmental Science and Sustainable Development
Geography GE 3960 3-6
Graphic Design
AG 4900 3-6  only offered to students with senior status (students must have completed the equivalent of 90 credits).
History HI 4000 3-6       
Music  MU 4410 3-12      
Philosophy  HI 4000     
Political Science PO 4010 3-12  
Social Sciences SO 3910 3-6 Psychology, Political Science.
Sociology SO 4601 3-12  
Theater  TH 4410 3-12      
Tourism Management  TMP 4000 3-12  Eco-tourism, Hospitality, Tourism, Recreational Management.

Eligibility
To receive credit from CISabroad through Plymouth State University, interns must have completed a minimum of 60 hours (approximately 2 full years) of college or university credit before going on the program and be majoring or minoring in one of the fields listed above.

GPA 2.5

Cost
There is an $800 fee for interns who wish to receive credit from Plymouth State University. There is no price difference for 3, 6, 9, or 12 credits.

How is credit given?
Credit will be assessed and given based on the successful completion of a variety of assignments. Assignments include an essays, journals, and evaluations and will be assessed based on the grading rubric.

  • Minimum 3 page pre-departure paper based on intern’s goals for the program
  • Directed, reflective internship journal completed by intern during the program (four entries)
  • Mid-term Online Evaluation completed by intern
  • Evaluation completed by internship supervisor
  • 8-10 page reflective essay on overall learning experience


Credit is given in letter grade format (A,B,C,D,F) in a specific academic discipline. The amount of credit is awarded based on the number of hours interned: 120 hours = 3 credits, 240 hours = 6 credits, 360 hours = 9 credits, 480 hours = 12 credits. Interns will receive a transcript 6-10 weeks after the program ends stating the grade and the number of credits earned. The number of hours that can be completed depends on type of internship and location.

Plymouth State University, CISabroad’s accrediting partner, is a NEASC accredited institution with over 20 years of experience awarding internship credit both domestically and internationally. Plymouth State University has been nationally recognized for its commitment to the environment and for innovative programs that are making an impact both regionally and globally.


Option 2: Credit through your university

Many students are able to arrange for credit through their home universities. Contact your study abroad office, academic advisor, or career services to see if this option is available at your school!

We’ve tried to make the internship application process as smooth and simple as possible to ensure a quality experience for you. Follow the steps below to a fantastic internship in Rome!

Step 1: Complete the CISabroad Online Internship Application to begin the application process. After filling out the online application, an advisor from our Global Advising Center will grant you portal access with a set of preliminary forms.
Step 2: Pay the $200 application deposit and schedule your pre-acceptance interview with a member of our staff. This is NOT an extra fee, but a deposit applied towards your total program fee.
Step 3: Complete all application pieces in your portal. After being introduced to your Program Coordinator, your Program Coordinator will add program-specific application pieces to your portal. (Please note: Both preliminary portal pieces and program-specific tasks must be completed by the application deadline.)
Step 4: Complete an interview so the US based CISabroad Italy program coordinator and staff in Rome can learn more about your skills, interests, and ideal internship to determine which placement may be the best match.
Step 5: After all of your materials have been received at CISabroad and your interview is complete, wait for your acceptance decision!
Step 6: Submit the $500 internship deposit. This is NOT an extra fee, but a deposit applied towards your total program fee.
Step 7: As your internship departure date approaches you will receive an online pre-departure orientation.
Step 8: Off you go and the fun begins. You’ll be greeted at the airport by a local staff member and begin your Roman adventure!

GPA Required: 2.5. If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Please contact an advisor or call 877-617-9090 to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you.

Did you know that 70% of all CISabroad students receive scholarships or grants to study or intern abroad? Scholarship and grants are awarded for everything from applying early to blogging about your intern abroad experience in Rome, to taking photos of the fabulous scenery on a weekend excursion, or volunteering with a local green organization!

For details on all scholarship and grant offerings and to apply, please click here.

Rome is the hub of European politics, art, fashion and more! It offers a wide variety  of cultural sites for interns to explore including the Capitoline museum, Galleria Borghese, the Coliseum, and everything in between! Snap some photos on the Spanish steps, throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain and catch a glimpse of the Pope near St. Peter’s basilica. Enjoy the mild Mediterranean climate as you walk through the local markets and explore the ancient ruins scattered throughout the city. After doing so, it will become easy to see why Rome earned the nickname of the “Eternal City” after standing as a central Italian city for over 2,000 years.

While in Rome, you can hop over to one of the smallest countries in the world, Vatican City. It houses the breathtaking Sistine Chapel and endless amounts of beautiful artwork. The best part is that interns are given the chance to travel to other countries during their time in Europe. Spain, France, the Netherlands, Germany and Greece are only a two hour plane ride away!

During your internship, you will be given the opportunity to experience everything that Rome has to offer. You will enjoy a jam-packed cultural calendar full of events in music, art, dance, markets and food. The program includes weekend excursions, intensive Italian classes and tours all over Rome. Some of the most popular tours include a “best of gelato” tour, an open markets tour, olive picking in the countryside outside of Rome and hiking by the Castel Gandolfo Lake. 

You’ll sample delicious Italian food regularly with free cooking classes available on-site and local family-owned restaurants on every corner. Art-lovers will rejoice with the many museums located within the city, where they can view masterpieces from around the world. There are many beautiful parks in the city as well, including the Villa Pamphili, where you can go to nap, picnic or get some exercise. 

Several housing options are available in Rome. The two most popular options include staying in the student residence or in a shared student apartment. Studio apartments and homestay options are available upon request for an extra fee.  

Student Residence - These two large dormitory buildings are located in the Roman district of Trastevere, situated between the river Tiber and Monteverde Vecchio. They happen to be surrounded by the largest private European-style garden in all of Rome. The gardens and terrace located right off each room provide a great space for students to dine al fresco, do homework or bask under the Roman sun. The student residence is a short walk from the historic center and is conveniently located near restaurants, cafes, shops and convenience stores.

Shared Student Apartments - Student apartments house up to four to six students and include a living and dining area, as well as multiple bedrooms and bathrooms. Bedrooms are shared between two or more students; single rooms are available upon request for a small fee. These apartments are also fully furnished and come with all of the necessary supplies to live comfortably. Each apartment comes with bed linens, pillows, kitchen essentials, a washing machine and a television set. For a minimal fee, students can also get hooked up to the internet. The apartments are located close to downtown and are within walking distance of popular markets and restaurants. 

CISabroad’s Site Director in Italy:

Romina is a native Roman, who graduated with a degree in International Communications at the University for Foreigners of Perugia in 2005. In the same year, she returned to Rome where she started working for IES. In the following two years she decided to study International Relations and enrolled in the MA in International Affairs at the SIOI school in Rome. In 2007 Romina graduated in International Relations at the same University of Perugia and after completing the MA she undertook an internship at the Italian Development Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome. At the beginning of 2008, after completing the internship, Romina was offered a position to work as a Communication and Public Information Officer within the civilian component of the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Herat for the NATO mission in Afghanistan. Between 2008 and 2009 she accomplished two missions in Afghanistan.

In 2009 she started working for the Italian Development Cooperation Office at the Italian Embassy in Beirut. In Lebanon she worked as a Communication and Public Information Officer and she was also in charge of the joint projects which were later carried out together with the Italian troops within the United Nations mission in Southern Lebanon. In the summer of 2010 Romina left Lebanon to work in Yemen, where she held the same office within the Italian Development Cooperation Department of Sana’s. In the spring of 2011, due to the serious and uncertain situation in Yemen, all the Italian Embassy staff was ordered to leave the country for security reasons. Because of the consequences of the Arab Spring in all Middle East, the Arabian Peninsula, and in Northern Africa, Romina has decided to work in Rome and enjoy with her friends and family the beauty of the Eternal City.

Romina will be present in Italy and available to participants for activities, emergencies, issues or concerns around your program, or just if you’re feeling out of place and need some support. All participants will be formally introduced to her prior to the start of the program and she will maintain contact with you throughout the program, to ensure that everything is going well.

We know you have questions, and we have answers! Until this section is populated with frequently asked questions, please contact an advisor and we'll be happy to answer any question you have about Intern in Rome. 

Term: Fall 2017
Arrival Options September 5 | October 3
Application Deadline May 15 | June 15
Arrival September 4 | October 2
Application Deadline May 15 | June 15
Term: Spring 2017
Arrival Options Jan 9 | Feb 6
Application Deadline October 1 | November 1
Term: Summer 2017
Arrival Options May 8 | June 5
Application Deadline January 15 | February 15
Prices
Term: Fall 2017 Price: $5,990-$6,990* more info
Term: Spring 2017 Price: $5,990 - $7,590 more info
Term: Summer 2017 Price: $5,990 - $7,290 more info


Dates posted here are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.

To view expected additional expenses for this program, click here.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Pre-departure support
  • Internship placement and supervision
  • Housing (shared or single bedroom in apartment or student residence)
  • Airport pick-up
  • Cultural activities and field trips
  • Full-time on-site support staff
  • On-site orientation
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Carbon offset of travel

The accommodation portion of our program fee assumes self-catered, shared accommodations. Participants choosing single accommodations or homestay options may be subject to additional charges.