Intern in Florence

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Uncover your passion in this art-adorned city.

Our Intern in Florence program offers placements ranging from 6-12 weeks and tailored to your Italian language abilities, as well as your personal, academic, and professional goals. 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 wish they’d come with you! 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.

What to Expect:

  • Language: English and Italian
  • Average Courseload: U.S. credit may be available
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5


  • 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

Internship Placements

Art and Design internships available in Italy

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

Other countries with Art and Design internships
<h4>Special Projects Intern at Interior Design Firm</h4>

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.

<h4>Photographer Assistant at Visual Arts Gallery</h4>

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.

<h4>Assistant in Fine Art Gallery</h4>

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.

Business & Economics internships available in Italy

Below are a few sample Business & Economics placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

Other countries with Business & Economics internships
<h4>Management Intern at Local Business</h4>

Management Intern at Local Business

Work as a management intern for a highly respected and long standing business in Florence. Each project is developed to align with your strengths and talents, which means you’ll be in charge of a single, overarching project that helps grow the company, while maintaining a strong commitment to the company’s original values and original business practices.

<h4>General Projects Intern at Accounting Firm</h4>

General Projects Intern at Accounting Firm

Gain experience within an accounting firm as their general practices intern. You’ll do some accounting, and will also work on other projects, such as communicating with clients and researching new ones, often in the international sector. You’ll also be involved with daily business operations and special projects.

<h4>Management Intern at Local Restaurant</h4>

Management Intern at Local Restaurant

Work with a local restaurant, on the management side. You’ll assist with all aspects of running a restaurant business, working on everything from menu planning with wine accompaniment, to record keeping of customers, sales, and costs. Some time will be spent on the floor, greeting customers and observing food safety and sanitation, but most work will be done prior to the peak operating hours of the restaurant.

Education internships available in Italy

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

Other countries with Education internships
<h4>Teaching English as a Foreign Language Intern</h4>

Teaching English as a Foreign Language Intern

Intern as a teacher of English as a foreign language. You’ll teach both children and adults from a wide range of language levels, socio-economic backgrounds, and educational experience. Your role will consist of lesson planning, tutoring, language assessment, and at times, research duties. Great for someone interested in teaching English abroad!

<h4>Study Abroad Assistant at School</h4>

Study Abroad Assistant at School

Here’s your chance to help other students study abroad. You’ll assist with planning, organizing, and promoting activities, contribute articles to school publications, and undertake general office duties. This role requires organizational skills as you prepare orientation materials for students and guide facility tours. You’ll also need to show sensitivity as you encounter issues related to culture shock and adjusting to studying/living abroad.

<h4>Educational Daycare Assistant</h4>

Educational Daycare Assistant

You’ll have the opportunity to be involved in the field of childcare education. Locations include childcare institutions, private households, and public and private schools. You’ll interact with children and help them with different activities, such as stimulating cognitive skills through games and animation of body language, language development, creative art-based activities, and daily operations as required by the organization.

Fashion internships available in Italy

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

Other countries with Fashion internships
<h4>Fashion Management Intern at Design Boutique</h4>

Fashion Management Intern at Design Boutique

You’ll work for a student run fashion company as their fashion retail management intern. You’ll work on special projects that include store organization, research, and client relations. In addition, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in the day to day of running the boutique, learning business practices, and customer service.

<h4>Fashion Merchandising and Design Intern at Student Boutique</h4>

Fashion Merchandising and Design Intern at Student Boutique

Work for a student-operated fashion boutique called FLY, whose merchandise sales fund scholarships for fashion students. You’ll brainstorm merchandise, design proposals, and produce garments and accessories in the laboratory spaces of FAST, the academic department that houses FLY. Garments that you produce will permanently remain at FLY for placement in window displays, photo shoots, and installations.

Hospitality Tourism & Event Planning internships available in Italy

Below are a few sample Hospitality Tourism & Event Planning placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

Other countries with Hospitality Tourism & Event Planning internships
<h4>Learning Assistant for Educational Field Trip Company</h4>

Learning Assistant for Educational Field Trip Company

Get ready to help plan educational field trips in Italy. You’ll create field trip itineraries and participant lists, assist with hotel and tour reservations, and manage trip reminders and pre-departure information. Your role will include promotional activities using social media updates and bulletin announcements. This placement will require working on some weekends.

<h4>Hospitality Industry Intern for Restaurant/Wine Bar</h4>

Hospitality Industry Intern for Restaurant/Wine Bar

Your placement will introduce you to hospitality management and operations through internships in hotels, restaurants, and wine bars in Florence. You’ll develop an understanding of the activities and functions that take place at a hotel/restaurant/enoteca, polishing your skills in management procedures and client relations. Marketing may be included as part of your role.

<h4>Wine and Beverage Service Assistant for School Restaurant</h4>

Wine and Beverage Service Assistant for School Restaurant

Through this internship, you’ll acquire and practice skills related to managing the wine and beverage service at a local school restaurant. Under the supervision of wine service professionals, you’ll also develop an understanding of the activities and functions that take place at a restaurant and/or wineries. Plan to increase your knowledge of wine service, presentation methods, restaurant procedures, and wine pairing and expertise.

Marketing Advertising & PR internships available in Italy

Below are a few sample Marketing Advertising & PR placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

Other countries with Marketing Advertising & PR internships
<h4>Visual Content Intern for Media Company</h4>

Visual Content Intern for Media Company

For this company, you will work on the visual communication of ads and product releases. Your role on the visual content team will include tasks related to graphic design, photography and video shooting, and updating websites and other materials. Your visual and aesthetic inspirations will be utilized, as interns are given flexibility in creating content.

<h4>Special Projects Intern at Publishing Firm</h4>

Special Projects Intern at Publishing Firm

Work with a publishing firm in the heart of Florence as their special projects intern. You’ll learn about the entire publishing industry, from concept creation to marketing and distribution. You’ll get to spend time with many different teams, as you watch different projects get pushed through the publishing process. You will also have the opportunity to do some writing, and learn about many different aspects of business.

<h4>PR Projects Intern with PR Firm</h4>

PR Projects Intern with PR Firm

Work for a PR firm that manages brands and key messages for different companies around Florence. Your role will be to help the team doing this through content management, so you’ll use different communication strategies, such as social media, to reach as many clients as possible for each brand. As each brand is unique, you’ll have the opportunity to work across many fields and with many different clients.

<h4>Marketing Intern for Local Hotel</h4>

Marketing Intern for Local Hotel

Intern for a local Florence Hotel as their marketing intern. You’ll help the communications staff create content, reach out to new potential clients, and promote the newest happenings at the hotel and in Florence. A large part of the role will include communication with international audiences and keeping the social media platforms updated.

<h4>Project Manager Intern for Marketing Firm</h4>

Project Manager Intern for Marketing Firm

This internship will help you enhance your experience and knowledge of marketing strategies and techniques in an international context. Working in a professional business environment, you’ll be a valuable team player contributing your skills as you acquire new ones.

Sports and Exercise Science internships available in Italy

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

Other countries with Sports and Exercise Science internships
<h4>Special Projects Intern at Fitness Center</h4>

Special Projects Intern at Fitness Center

Intern at a local fitness center where you will work with clients and on the admin side of running a fitness center. You’ll collaborate with the sports director on classes, review fitness plans, and work with clients. In addition, you will work with the communications team on promotional materials and do research on local activities that the fitness center might want to work with.

<h4>Assistant at Sport Venue and Training Center</h4>

Assistant at Sport Venue and Training Center

You’ll have the opportunity to shadow the daily routine of professional sports trainers. You’ll assist trainers in implementing a comprehensive performance and enhancement program for athletes dedicated to building proficiency and training techniques that may include acceleration, multi-directional movement, and agility. Interns will be expected to participate in training sessions and collaborate in projects.

Program Details

Intern for Credit

Want credit for your internship? We can do that for you!

A respected New Hampshire university, Plymouth State University is CIS Abroad’s accrediting partner for internship programs. Plymouth State University 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.

Learn more about interning for credit through Plymouth State University here.

Why Life in Florence

Florence (Firenze in Italian) is a culturally vibrant city located in the heart of Italy’s Tuscany region. Around every corner you’ll encounter jaw-dropping architecture, like the terra-cotta-domed Florence Cathedral. The mild weather makes it ideal for exploring the city on foot—we recommend getting lost so you can meander the streets and interact with the friendly locals.

Thanks to the city’s small size, you’ll feel like a local in no time. You can explore the historic city center and beyond in less than 30 minutes. Florence is also an art lover’s dream! Must dos: visit the Galleria dell’Accademia—home to Michelangelo’s David, the world-renowned Galleria degli Uffizi, and the iconic Duomo. Explore the lesser-known Boboli Gardens and Palazzo Pitti. Art is a great way to soak in the culture and history of this wonderful city. The views from the Ponte Vecchio and Piazzale Michelangelo will steal your heart, but the food, culture, and people will make you want to stay forever.

To explore outside the city, you can easily hop on a bus and head up to the hillside town of Fiesole. You’ll catch a full panoramic view of Florence and enjoy the peaceful Etruscan ruins. Sienna, San Gimignano, and other Tuscan villages are also a short bus ride away. If you have the travel bug, trains and nearby airports make it easy and affordable to travel to Milan, Venice, Rome, and beyond in Europe.

The best way to experience Florence is simply to wander through its wonders. This is how you’ll find the hidden gems not mentioned in any guidebook.

Live La Vida Local

  • Florentine Fridays

    On no-class Fridays, we meet for breakfast and explore Florence! Discover markets, museums, art galleries, churches, beautiful gardens, and many of the city’s hidden treasures!

  • Sports Events

    Florence is the home of the Fiorentina soccer club. Attend a game and cheer “Forza Viola!” from the stands with the locals.

  • Cooking Class

    Attend a cooking or pizza-making class and learn how to cook like a local! Fresh pasta is always on the menu, along with fresh, seasonal produce!

  • Opera

    Where better to enjoy a glittery evening performance of La Bohème or Madam Butterfly than in the birthplace of Italian opera? Join us for an evening at Florence’s stunning new opera house!

  • Theatre

    Florence is well-known for its many ornate theaters and theater productions. Spend an evening at Teatro Verdi, founded in 1854 at the site of an old prison and listen to a performance by the Orchestra della Toscana. Or attend a Medici Dynasty Show, set in a stunning Baroque church and learn about the cultural heritage left to the city of Florence by 300 years of Medici family rule.

Homestay in Florence


A homestay option is available upon special request. Your homestay might be further from campus. There are a limited number of participating families, so please let your program enrollment coordinator know of your interest during your application process.

NOTE: This housing option has a supplemental fee, but offers an additional immersive experience!


If you decide to double-down on the cultural immersion side of your study abroad experience by staying with a homestay family, they will provide some AWESOME Italian meals!

Inclusions and Amenities

  • CommutePublic Transportation
  • Homestay
  • MealsHomestay

Apartments in Florence


Semester in Florence students stay in apartments close to campus that house 4-8 students and are fully furnished with multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as a living/dining space.

Watch Faith’s video tour of her Florence apartment to get an idea of what your housing could be like.


Apartments come with a kitchen to prepare your own meals (put your on-site cooking class to good use!) and are within walking distance of markets and restaurants.

Students at FUA also get points they can use at student-run restaurants – read one of our alumni’s blogs about it!

Inclusions and Amenities

  • BathroomShared
  • Bed linens
  • CommutePublic TransportationWalking
  • Desk
  • Double Room
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • LaundryOn-site
  • Single RoomOptional
  • Triple Room
  • Wi-Fi

What's Included


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

Welcome & Orientation

Once you have arrived and settled into your apartment in Florence, you will attend two comprehensive orientation sessions. The first will be led by staff from your academic institution in Florence and may cover topics such as academics, student life, housing, and health and safety. You will then participate in a second session, presented by your CISabroad onsite staff. We’ll introduce you to Florence, help you become familiar with many practical matters relating to your stay in the city, equip you with tips and suggestions for a safe, healthy, successful, fun term abroad as well as answer any questions you may have. Specific topics covered during orientation may include housing, health and safety, emergency response and the Italian Permit to Stay process. After orientation, students and onsite staff attend a fabulous (and plentiful!) Welcome Dinner at a well-known Florentine restaurant.

Farewell & Re-Entry Program

Towards the end of your study abroad term you may feel a little nervous, or perhaps anxious, at the thought of leaving your new home and returning to your old. If you asked around, you’d find that a lot of study abroad participants share your apprehension. It is not uncommon to wonder what re-entering your home culture will be like after having spent time in a new – and different – culture. To make things a little bit easier, we will come together for a Farewell Event (it includes amazing Italian food, of course!) and talk through some of the things to expect as you return, positive things to focus on as you leave your host country, and essential tools for how best to share your important experience with people back home.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CIS Abroad 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.


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.

Site Director

Travel Tip:

Travelling can be overwhelming, so many things to see and do! I don’t like to plan everything ahead but I love researching: looking into guides, books and travel diaries, watching documentaries, reading articles and talking with friends who visited already. They’re a great source of information!

Travel Tip:

Travelling can be overwhelming, so many things to see and do! I don’t like to plan everything ahead but I love researching: looking into guides, books and travel diaries, watching documentaries, reading articles and talking with friends who visited already. They’re a great source of information!


Originally from Florence, Italy, Chiara graduated from the London College of Communication in Photography with a special focus on alternative processes and darkroom printing. Following graduation she exhibited her work and curated exhibitions in Italy and abroad, slowly approaching the education field by designing art workshops and educational programs. More and more interested in languages and cultures she obtained a CELTA teaching certificate and taught English in Italy and Italian in Australia. She spent the past year working and volunteering in Melbourne, teaching, facilitating, curating, travelling, making art and making friends. Since a young age she has been an avid traveller and explored Europe thoroughly. Throughout the years Chiara also visited the United States, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and New Zealand. She believes International education is the key to gain a global mindset, to step out of your comfort zone and discover more about yourself and the world we live in. Outside of work Chiara wonders around museums and galleries, hikes in the woods, reads, fights for the environment and plays hide and seek with her precious maltese Charlie.

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 text, phone call, email or personal visit—you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Michelle Everard
Travel Tip:

Journal, journal, journal! Write down the little things, the strange details & whatever made you laugh. It’s the little things that make a trip amazing and are easily the most forgotten.

Linda Hallbäck
Travel Tip:

Be patient with yourself and kind to those you meet along the way. Show gratitude daily, laugh often, and give thanks for the journey you are on. There will be hard days, but remember, the magic is in the journey and each day makes that journey complete. Smile!

COVID-19 Plan

We believe that study abroad is still possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, but certain policies and procedures will need to be in place to ensure every student can be safe and healthy during their semester abroad.

We monitor international indicators and health standards in the country and our risk management team makes decisions based on those and our own policy. We will make a decision no less than 45 days before a program starts what options are available to you and what the contingency plan is for your program. We will do all that we can to support you during this time. 

Learn more about CIS Abroad’s Risk Management Team’s three step process for operating  our programs around the world and important program refund policies.

On-Site Program Modifications

We are excited to offer you this program after many months of travel restrictions! Just as you’ve experienced at home, many aspects of day-to-day life and program components may be altered to keep you and the community you are visiting safe. These may include single accommodations, certain academic offerings being delivered online, safety protocols such as mask-wearing, and other changes.

While some excursions and activities we’ve offered in the past may not be available, we do know that you’ll still be able to soak in the beauty of the country and immerse yourself in the local culture.

 Prices and dates are subject to change based on any changes that are required to accommodate changing local laws and guidelines.

See our COVID-19 page for more information. Speak to your Program Coordinator or Advising Team for the most up to date information about any changes to this program.

Dates & Prices

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

  • Application Deadline: Jun 1
  • Arrival: August 28
  • Departure: November 2 | November 26
  • Price: $7,590 - $7,890
  • Application Deadline: Oct 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: January 27 (Estimated)
  • Departure: April 2 | April 23 (Estimated)
  • Price: $7,590 - $7,890 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Feb 15 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: May 17 (Estimated)
  • Departure: June 27 | July 17 | August 7 (Estimated)
  • Price: $5,490 - $7,690 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Mar 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 7 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 17 | August 7 (Estimated)
  • Price: $5,490 - $7,690 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Mar 15 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 28 (Estimated)
  • Departure: August 7 (Estimated)
  • Price: $5,490 - $7,690 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

Summer: 6 week internship: $5,490, 9 week internship: $6,790, 12 week internship: $7,690
Spring or Fall: 9 week internship: $7,590, 12 week internship: $7,890
**IMPORTANT: Students in external placements are required to enroll in a 3-week, non-credit Italian course, which is an additional cost of $645.**

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

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