Program Overview

It’s easy to see why Florence was the birthplace of the Renaissance—on our Intern in Florence program, you’ll discover first hand that the city inspires creativity and passion. This culturally rich, absolutely stunning city might just break your camera. Absorb it all as you head to your internship, which we’ve tailored to match your career goals and interests. You’ll sharpen your Italian language skills and gain valuable professional experience while working at any number of community partner businesses and institutions within Florence. With the CISabroad Career Launch Toolkit, you’ll be well prepared to make the most of your practical experience.

GPA Requirement
2.5
Application Deadlines
Summer: March 1 | March 15 | April 1
Fall: June 1
Spring: October 1
Avg Course Load
U.S credit may be available through CISabroad and/or your home university
Language(s) of Instruction
English and Italian

Key Program Highlights

  • 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 Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.

  • Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.

  • Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in 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 weekend and 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.

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Chianti

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.

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Lucca

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.


Life in Florence

Welcome and 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 and 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.

Housing Options

Shared Apartments
While interning in Florence with CISabroad, you’ll live in shared apartments with four to six other students from around the world.

Amenities:

  • Bedrooms are shared between at least two students, some bedrooms may be shared between three or more students. You may request a single bedroom for an extra fee
  • Each apartment comes with bed linens, pillows, refrigerator, oven, stove, basic cookware and utensils, and a washing machine
  • Fully furnished with multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as a living/dining space
  • Internet is also included and available in each apartment
  • The apartments are self-catered, meaning you’ll prepare your own meals

Homestay
A homestay option is available upon special request. There are a limited amount of families who participate in homestays. If you’re interested, please let your program coordinator know during your application process. Note: This housing option has a supplement fee.

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Local Life

  • 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.

More About 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.

Student Feedback

CISabroad changed my life because it gave me the opportunity to spend four months in Florence and traveling Europe. It is something I will never forget and an experience that changed my perspective on life. It gave me an ambition to see as much of the world as I can now.

Lindsay Saracco - Quinnipiac University

Program Support

Meet Our Staff

Before, during, and after your study abroad experience, you’ll be supported by the dedicated and passionate CISabroad staff. Our goal is quick responses to your questions before you depart, and even quicker once you’ve arrived on site.

Robust Advising Center

Our team of advisors will help you choose a program, connect with your home university regarding classes and financial aid and get you prepared to apply for your program.

Team of Dedicated Program Coordinators

Your Program Coordinator will assist you in finalizing housing, enrolling in courses, booking flights, obtaining visas, arranging payments, and provide pre-departure orientation.

Experienced On-site Staff

From greeting you at the airport to a robust On-site Orientation to La Vida Local Activities our on-site staff will be there to support you throughout your time on-site.

Ongoing Support

Our support doesn’t end when your program does. We have alumni programming, webinars, and resources to help you readjust when you’ve returned from your experience.

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Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please do not book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Summer 2018: Session 2
    Application Deadline
    March 15
    Arrival
    June 3
    Orientation
    June 4
    Departure
    July 13 | August 3
    PRICE
    $5,290 - $6,390
  • Summer 2018: Session 3
    Application Deadline
    March 15
    Arrival
    June 24
    Orientation
    June 25
    Departure
    August 4
    PRICE
    $5,290
  • Fall 2018
    Application Deadline
    June 1
    Arrival
    September 2
    Departure
    November 2 | November 23 | December 13
    PRICE
    $7,490 - $8,990
  • Spring 2019
    Application Deadline
    October 1
    Arrival
    January 27 (Estimated)
    Orientation
    January 29 (Estimated)
    Departure
    March 29 | April 19 | May 9 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $7,490 - $8,990 (Estimated)
  • Summer 2019: Session 1
    Application Deadline
    March 15
    Arrival
    May 12 (Estimated)
    Orientation
    May 13 (Estimated)
    Departure
    June 21 | July 12 | August 2 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $5,290 - $7,390 (Estimated)

CISabroad 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
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program