Program Overview

Our Intern in Florence program offers great placements ranging from six to twelve weeks. You can go just for the summer or settle in for a longer stay in this stunning city in the heart of Tuscany. Outside of your internship hours, stroll the cobblestone streets with your camera and capture dazzling pics that are sure to make your friends at home envious of your Italian experience. Your internship will be tailored to your Italian language abilities, as well as your personal, academic, and professional goals. With intensive Italian language classes (required for external placements, optional for internal placements), you’ll find yourself loving your Florence experience and enjoying life in the birthplace of the Renaissance.

GPA Requirement
Application Deadlines
Summer: February 15 | March 1 | March 15
Fall: June 1
Spring: October 1
Avg Course Load
U.S credit may be available through CIS Abroad and/or your home university
Language(s) of Instruction
English and Italian
  • Diverse internship placements working with Italians
  • Comprehensive orientation and on-site support
  • Delicious food that put Italy on the map
  • Apartments close to campus or homestay options
  • A full cultural calendar filled with music, art, dance, and food
Your Journey Begins Here
  • Connect with your friendly Global Advisor to ask questions and find the best fit program. Start planning for on campus processes, and apply by the application deadline.
  • Meet your Program Enrollment Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, and payments. Attend one our our LIVE pre-departure orientations.
  • Fly away! You'll be greeted at the airport (comforting after a long flight!) and experience a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.

Internship Placement

Below are a few sample art and design internship placements undertaken by past participants.
There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized.
Contact an advisor to learn more!

Special Projects Intern at Interior Design Firm
Work with a renowned interior design firm as their special projects intern. You'll work on solo projects such as drafting design layouts, as well as team based projects using AutoCAD layouts and rendering. There are some logistical job duties, as well as work with some clients, depending on your level of Italian.
Photographer Assistant at Visual Arts Gallery
Develop a trained eye in Florence, one of the most picturesque cities in Europe. You'll have the opportunity to learn from seasoned professional photographers and work in photo labs. Your role will be multifaceted, including developing research and preparation for photo shoots, scouting diverse shooting locations, and assisting with photo assignments. You may also assist with image processing and printing, photo shoot logistics, handling photographic equipment, and archiving.
Assistant in Fine Art Gallery
Have you always dreamt of curating a show at a fine art gallery? Through this internship, you'll collaborate with curators and gallery managers to help plan and produce an art exhibit. Interaction with local and international artists will be a fundamental aspect of your role, and your duties will range from logistical preparation, promotion and press documentation, and administrative tasks for the gallery management.
Earn credit 

Through our partnership with Plymouth State University, you can earn between 3-12 credits in the fields listed here. Alternatively, many students are able to arrange for credit through their home universities. Learn More →

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.

CISabroad Study Abroad Semester Program chianti italy excursion vineyard wine tasting


Discover quaint towns and villages set in the rolling hills of Chianti and learn about the olive and grape production that makes this region famous. Visit during the harvest season to see the changing colors of fall and sample products at small, family run wineries and oil producers.


Strategically located on the Serchio river, Lucca is a famous Tuscan town primarily known for the Renaissance walls that still encircle the historic city center. Strolling or biking along the tops of the wide, tree-lined ramparts remains a favorite pastime for tourists and locals alike. Lucca is also the birthplace of famous Italian composer Giacomo Puccini (La Bohème and Madama Butterfly) and Pope Lucius III.

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team

Travel Tip: We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Jessica Aharon
Internship Enrollment Coordinator - Internships

Travel Tip: Leave everything you think you know about traveling, the country, culture, or people, behind you! You’ll most likely be surprised, so discover everything as new. Take public transportation and make friends with locals- they will show you the best places and usually hook you up. Most of all, stay present and enjoy! 🙂

Learn more about Jessica

Molly Bond
International Operations Manager - Europe (South)

Travel Tip: The first chance I have in a new place, I like to either rent a bicycle or go running to get a better feel for my surroundings. Not only does this feel refreshing after time spent on the road or in the air, but it also gives you a great orientation to your destination.

Learn more about Molly

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Spring 2020
    Application Deadline
    October 1
    January 29
    January 30-31
    April 3 | April 24
    $7,590 - $7,890
    9 week internship: $7,590 12 week internship: $7,890 **Please note: students in external placements are required to enroll in a 3-week, non-credit Italian course (an additional cost of $645).**
  • Summer 2020: Session 1
    Application Deadline
    February 15
    May 17 (Estimated)
    June 28 | July 19 | August 9 (Estimated)
    $6,890 - $8,290 (Estimated)
    6 week internship: $6,890 9 week internship: $7,590 12 week internship: $8,290 **Please note: students in external placements are required to enroll in a 3-week, non-credit Italian course (an additional cost of $645).**
  • Summer 2020: Session 2
    Application Deadline
    March 1
    June 7 (Estimated)
    July 19 | August 9 (Estimated)
    $6,890 - $7,590 (Estimated)
    6 week internship: $6,890 9 week internship: $7,590 **Please note: students in external placements are required to enroll in a 3-week, non-credit Italian course (an additional cost of $645).**
  • Summer 2020: Session 3
    Application Deadline
    March 15
    June 28 (Estimated)
    August 9 (Estimated)
    $6,890 (Estimated)
    **Please note: students in external placements are required to enroll in a 3-week, non-credit Italian course (an additional cost of $645).**
  • Fall 2020
    Application Deadline
    June 1
    August 28 (Estimated)
    November 2 | November 26 (Estimated)
    $7,590 - $8,290 (Estimated)
    9 week internship: $7,590 12 week internship: $8,290

CIS Abroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.

Program Inclusions

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Internship placement and supervision
  • Housing in apartment or home stay
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • Pre-departure and onsite orientation
  • Local activities
  • Re-Entry Workshop
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Airport pickup service
  • On-site support
  • La Vida Local cultural program