Intern in Rome

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Live like a local in the Eternal City.

Intern in Rome with CIS Abroad to experience the best of personal and professional development while enhancing your Italian language skills and immersing in the culture of the “Eternal City!” Work alongside local professionals in a wide range of fields, from communications to culinary arts, business, fashion, non-profits, and more! Explore the ancient city of Rome while boosting your resume with international work experience.


What to Expect:

  • Language: Italian and English
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5

Highlights:

  • Diverse internship placement working alongside Italians
  • Weekend excursions—two-day trips included
  • Complete coursework guiding your way through your internship with our partner university PSU (academic credit for this coursework may be added for an additional fee)
  • Weekly cultural activities
  • 24/7 on-site support

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>Photography Assistant Intern at Photography Collaborative</h4>

Photography Assistant Intern at Photography Collaborative

Work with a start up photography/tourism collaborative. You’ll work on many tasks, including taking photos for different marketing and ad campaigns for clients, assisting with major shoots, and editing photos. In addition, you’ll spend time working directly with customers, going on their tours, and photographing the favorite times of people in and around Rome. With Rome as your backdrop, and happy travelers all around, this is a fun, dynamic internship.

<h4>Floral Design and Wedding Planning Intern</h4>

Floral Design and Wedding Planning Intern

You’ll work with a company that offers tailor-made Italian weddings to foreigners. One of your primary roles will be arranging flowers and centerpieces for the tables. You may assist before and during the weddings, update the website content, and research new channels to promote the business. Your experience may also involve travel outside of Rome to venues like hot springs, castles, and churches.

<h4>Art Gallery Assistant</h4>

Art Gallery Assistant

Work inside a Roman art gallery with a constant flow of changing artwork. This local exhibit hosts a variety of traveling artists’ work throughout the year. Responsibilities range from public relations, promoting, marketing, taking photos and videos, social media management, and office hours.

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>International Business Intern with Wedding Planner</h4>

International Business Intern with Wedding Planner

Work with a company that offers tailor-made Italian weddings to foreigners. In your work you may assist before and during the weddings, update the website content, and research new channels to promote the business.

<h4>Accounting Assistant at Local Business</h4>

Accounting Assistant at Local Business

While practicing your Italian, you’ll be able to gain valuable knowledge about how an Italian business operates on a local and potentially international level. Your tasks may include receipt logging, expense reporting, price analyzing, bookkeeping, and tax filing. You’ll take your skills to the next level with this internship.

<h4>Business Development Intern at International Student Housing Provider</h4>

Business Development Intern at International Student Housing Provider

This is a large organization that houses international students in apartments all over Europe. The intern in the Rome office would assist with marketing campaigns, planning weekly activities, speaking with clients, and managing check-ins/check-outs. Additional projects include making the building more environmentally friendly through recycling and energy efficiency.

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 Aide at Unique Bilingual School</h4>

Teaching Aide at Unique Bilingual School

Intern at a bilingual school for Roman children in one of the world’s greatest cities. Your role will include assisting with lesson planning and creating unique classroom activities, as well as helping with English and exam preparation. This school focuses on each child’s psychological profile to help them learn and develop as best as possible.

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English Teacher's Assistant at English-Only Summer Camp

Students come from around Italy to take part in this English-only summer camp designed to strengthen their language abilities and gain confidence by talking with native speakers. In addition to normal responsibilities around classroom prep and teaching lessons, you can join sports events. Along with English, the big focus of the camp is sports.

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Teacher's Assistant at School for Young Children

Work at an educational daycare, teaching children between the ages of zero to six as a teacher’s assistant. You’ll help the main teachers with class planning, as well as teaching English courses. You can be involved with other parts of the curriculum as well, including dance, music, and role playing.

Entrepreneurship internships available in Italy

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

Other countries with Entrepreneurship internships
<h4>Intern for Real Estate Company</h4>

Intern for Real Estate Company

This real estate company works with clients from all over the world that want to rent or buy property in and around Rome. They are new to the scene, so you’ll be involved with different types of activities that help the business move and grow. These include arranging meetings, managing relationships with new and current clients, translating documents into English, and other special projects.

<h4>PR/Marketing and General Support Intern for Startup Magazine</h4>

PR/Marketing and General Support Intern for Startup Magazine

Work with a new free press magazine designed for expats in Rome. You’ll work on the business side of things, promoting releases and other events that the company puts on. While you’ll be involved in a bit of everything, responsibilities will primarily be around press releases, social media initiatives, and marketing campaigns.

<h4>Business Intern at Startup</h4>

Business Intern at Startup

Intern at a local organization in the center of Rome that focuses on incubating new companies. You’ll research how new businesses can flourish in the Italian capital, and you’ll be instrumental in helping individuals jumpstart their business ventures. Past clients include mobile apps, fashion startups, and language learning initiatives.

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 Intern at Startup</h4>

Fashion Intern at Startup

Work in Rome’s exciting fashion scene, working with startups to take their brand to the next level. Past interns helped with marketing campaigns and had the opportunity to design their own fashion pieces. If you have experience with Etsy, it’s a plus.

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>Event Planning Intern with Local Wedding Planner</h4>

Event Planning Intern with Local Wedding Planner

Intern with a wedding planner that puts on weddings in and around Rome. You’ll help with research, planning, set up, and communication with clients. You’ll also assist at the actual event, so some work on weekends and nights is required. In addition, some travel may be necessary to areas outside Rome, including country villas, castles, and hot springs.

<h4>Event Coordination Intern at Local Magazine</h4>

Event Coordination Intern at Local Magazine

Work for an insider guide for tourists and expats on how to live like a local. It’s the first free press event and lifestyle magazine devoted to Rome and written entirely in English. Your role will be with the event planning team, helping to create fun events for expats and locals. You’ll participate in event coordination, marketing, and communication for the event.

<h4>Hospitality Intern at a Local Restaurant</h4>

Hospitality Intern at a Local Restaurant

Work at a restaurant in the heart of Trastevere. You’ll work in a lovely restaurant for 4 – 8 or 12 weeks, on tasks created around your interests and background. You may create articles and posts in English, and help to get the restaurant in international magazines and guides.

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>Business Promotion Intern at Housing and Student Affairs Company</h4>

Business Promotion Intern at Housing and Student Affairs Company

Work for a company that focuses on providing international students with great housing options throughout Rome. You’ll help promote available housing options by creating print and digital materials and updating the website. Plan on attending strategic meetings and creating follow-up marketing campaigns.

<h4>Communication and PR Intern at Medical Organization</h4>

Communication and PR Intern at Medical Organization

You’ll work in an English-speaking medical office, promoting the organization’s work, writing blog posts, undertaking market research and surveys, and working with the public relations staff. This is your chance to increase your skills and experience in the historic city of Rome.

<h4>PR and Marketing Intern for Lifestyle Magazine</h4>

PR and Marketing Intern for Lifestyle Magazine

As this English-language lifestyle magazine hosts its first free event, you’ll be there to help promote it. You’ll work on public relations and social media initiatives, assist with event planning, and promote the magazine’s latest projects, including a pocket-sized version of the full magazine.

NGOs and Non-Profit internships available in Italy

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

Other countries with NGOs and Non-Profit internships
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Intern at Women's Rights NGO

Work at an amazing NGO focused on women’s rights. Housed in a very large building, there is a store front selling handmade crafts by local women, a book and coffee store, plus event space where you’ll help organize performances and exhibitions by the community, to promote equality and raise money. In addition, you can assist the president in her daily duties, attend meetings, and more.

<h4>Intern for NGO Working to Eradicate Poverty</h4>

Intern for NGO Working to Eradicate Poverty

Work with a non-profit whose mission is to eradicate poverty by supporting economic institutions in their social solidarity, and building a network of philanthropists with similar values. Your role will be to do a bit of everything, including PR, creating promotional materials, conducting research, coordinating events, taking photos, and other tasks as needed.

<h4>Intern at an Italian NGO</h4>

Intern at an Italian NGO

This organization produces and distributes soap to parts of the world at high risk of life-threatening illness due to poor sanitary conditions and inadequate hygiene practices. You can expect to contribute through a variety of different positions, such as a grant researcher, social media assistant to raise awareness, and partnership ambassador to help grow the organization.

<h4>Fundraising Intern at Local NGO</h4>

Fundraising Intern at Local NGO

Global Soap Europe is an NGO whose mission is to bring life-giving soap to those in need. We receive donations of partially-used soap from hotels that would otherwise be discarded, and facilitate a process by which it is repurposed into brand-new bars. Perform online research to identify donor organizations, online giving mechanisms, crowdfunding platforms, and other funding sources, in order to develop a targeted fundraising plan.

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 Rome

Rome (Roma in Italian) is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and the reasons are clear. The city’s unparalleled glimpse into the past is a sight to behold! Rome offers countless historical, cultural, artistic, and even modern attractions to keep you busy while you live abroad. Italy’s capital is home to around 2.7 million people. The mild, Mediterranean climate makes it a great place to live year round.

Rome is a hub of European politics, art, and fashion. Your head will turn in every direction as you explore this city, including the Capitoline museum, Galleria Borghese, the Vatican, and the Coliseum. 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. And did we mention food? You can eat your way through this city! Italy and Rome are known for its delicious cuisine. Cap dinner off with an espresso and you’re living like a true Italian.

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. If you’re inspired to see the rest of Europe, you can easily travel from Rome. Spain, France, the Netherlands, Germany, and Greece are each only a two-hour plane ride away!

Live La Vida Local

  • Food Festivals - Local “Sagra”

    The sagra is an Italian festival, organized in some towns, or regions, and is always linked to a local tradition or food celebrated in the course of the event. There are several “sagra” around Rome including truffle festival; seafood pasta festival; suppli festival; wine & grapes festival.

  • Rock in Roma Music Festival (June-August)

    Rock in Roma Festival is the largest festival in Rome with over forty bands performing over three months at the enormous, Ippodromo delle Capannelle.

  • Soccer Games

    Get a glimpse of the Italian soccer culture at one of Rome’s games! It’s a great way to also meet locals and also other study abroad students. Don’t forget to wear the local team jerseys!

  • Local Restaurants

    Don’t feel like cooking or simply want to try some local specialties? Venture out to the local tiny restaurants for amazing experiences! Don’t forget to ask on-site staff for recommendations!

  • Farmer’s Market

    Check out and get your daily shopping done at the local market. Get to know the farmers, practice your Italian and stay healthy by eating seasonal products!

Housing in Rome

Location

Students will live in a fully furnished apartment. Apartments are located close to downtown and are within walking distance of popular markets and restaurants.

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

Meals

The apartments all have fully-equipped kitchens, so you can cook your own meals. Put that on-site cooking class to good use!

Inclusions and Amenities

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

What's Included

Inclusions

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Pre-departure support
  • Internship placement and supervision
  • Plymouth State University internship coursework & grade report (please note this is not a transcript; a transcript is available for an additional fee)
  • 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
  • La Vida Local cultural program

Welcome & Orientation

Upon arrival you’ll take part in a comprehensive orientation program. You’ll learn the “do’s and don’ts” of living in Rome like where to go out, how to stay safe, how to blend in like a local and where to shop. After orientation, there will be a fabulous welcome dinner at one of our favorite spots in town, featuring local, seasonal products and dishes.

Farewell & Re-Entry Program

At the end of the program we will all get together for one last epic meal and talk about your adventures and experiences. Our staff will also share some precious tips on going back home feeling like a champ! Your study abroad experience is something to be cherished and shared with your family and friends 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.
Eataly Food Tour

Eataly Food Tour

If you’ve never been to Italy before . . . this is a must when in Rome. Eataly’s goal is to demonstrate how high-quality products can be easily available at affordable prices. You’ll taste the famous durum wheat pasta from Gragnano, Piedmontese egg pasta, the water of the Maritime Alps, and Piedmont and Veneto wine, as well as Italian meats and cheeses.

Castel Gandolfo Day Trip

Castel Gandolfo Day Trip

Castel Gandolfo is a beautiful, small town located in the green Alban hills, overlooking a breathtaking volcanic crater lake. The area is now famously known as the Pope’s summer residence. You’ll enjoy a delicious lunch at Sorcapanna restaurant, located a few steps away from Palazzo Pontificio​. After lunch, you’ll have some free time to explore the town and treat yourself to gelato before returning to Rome. ​

Gianicolo Walking Tour

Gianicolo Walking Tour

The Gianicolo is the second tallest hill in Rome, which provides the most breathtaking view of the city. The tour includes exploring famous monuments, churches, and the beautiful Fontana dell’Acqua Paola. The walk is quite the hike, but the wonderful view will be worth every step. You’ll also discover the reason behind the traditional firing of the cannon at noon that sets off the church bell towers of Rome.

Site Director

Travel Tip:

If while traveling there’s no internet, embrace it. Play a card game with someone in the hostel common room, read a book, lie on the beach, go for a walk, talk to a stranger, think about life. Some of my favourite travel memories are from times when I didn’t have an Internet connection.

Travel Tip:

If while traveling there’s no internet, embrace it. Play a card game with someone in the hostel common room, read a book, lie on the beach, go for a walk, talk to a stranger, think about life. Some of my favourite travel memories are from times when I didn’t have an Internet connection.

About:

Romina is a native Roman with degrees in International Communications (2005) and International Relations (2007) at the University for Foreigners of Perugia. Shortly after graduating, she moved back to Rome and began her study abroad career working for IES. In Rome, she began pursing her M.A. in International Affairs at the SIOI. After completing an internship at the Italian Development Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome, her career took a turn as 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 2008-09, Romina completed two missions in Afghanistan. In 2009, she began working for the Italian Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, which then led her to cover the same position at the Italian Embassy in Sana’a, Yemen. In Spring 2011, the Italian government ordered embassy staff to return home due to the uncertain situation of the Arab Spring. Ever since, Romina has enjoyed her return to the eternal city, and to her career in study abroad through CIS Abroad.

Your Support Staff

CIS Abroad Advising & Support
Travel Tip:

You’ll be supported every step of the way!

Global Advising

Our advising team will help match you with a program that fits your academic and personal needs. Once you have selected your program our advisor will help you complete your Online Application.

Program Enrollment

Once you’ve started your application and submitted the $90 deposit, you’ll be assigned a program enrollment coordinator who will guide you through the enrollment process to get you abroad!

COVID-19 Plan

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.

Program Suspended

This program is currently not available for the Academic Year 2020/21. Please consider other options by exploring our Open Summer and Fall 2021 Programs or consider a Virtual Internship.

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: May 15 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: September 7 (Estimated)
  • Departure: November 27 (Estimated)
  • Price: $6,990 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Oct 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: January 5 (Estimated)
  • Departure: March 27 (Estimated)
  • Price: $6,990 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Feb 15 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 3 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 30 (Estimated)
  • Price: $6,990 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: May 15 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: September 7 (Estimated)
  • Departure: November 27 (Estimated)
  • Price: $6,990 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

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.