Summer Study + Intern on the Italian Coast

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Study + Intern

Learn and live la dolce vita

Head to beautiful Sorrento, Italy on the Amalfi Coast for a life-changing summer! This unique program combines traditional study with an academic internship that will put your studies into practice and prepare you for the working world. You’ll live and learn at Sant’Anna Institute, a beautiful campus overlooking a quaint fishing village and marina. Take a short stroll into Sorrento to enjoy its cafe-lined streets and soak up la dolce vita.

What to Expect:

  • Language: English and Italian
  • Average Courseload: 1-2 courses per session (3-6 US credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 3.0 (based on internship component)


  • Beautiful campus hugging the cliffside, with views of gardens and coves
  • Stroll around Sorrento's scenic streets or hike down the coast
  • Catch a ferry to Capri or Naples, or hop on a train to Rome
  • Academic internship builds upon your studies and prepares you for the working world
  • Numerous beaches and coves at your fingertips

Program Details


Study + Intern Sorrento

The Experience

As part of the  Study + Intern experience, you’ll participate in an internship course which includes a 3 or 6 credit internship with a local organization in your field of study as well as academic coursework that will help you reflect and document the skills practiced. While gaining real-world work experience at your internship, as part of the course you’ll also be meeting weekly with an Internship Coordinator who will be your mentor throughout the program to ensure your learning and success.

Please note: The internship is academic and credit-bearing through Sant’Anna Institute and their accreditation partner, Jacksonville University. Regardless of how students choose to receive credit at their home institutions, students must agree to all Sant’Anna policies to receive credit and grades, as part of their permanent academic record.

After a video chat interview with the on-site Internship Coordinator at Sant’Anna, you will be matched with a local company whose needs and goals best align with yours.

Internships are available in the following fields:

  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Art History
  • Community Health
  • Culinary Arts*
  • Education
  • Emergency Management
  • Environmental Science
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Fitness Management
  • Geology/Volcanology
  • Hospitality Tourism & Beverage Management
  • Human Services Management
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • Interior Design
  • Italian Studies
  • Journalism
  • Marine Biology
  • Marketing
  • NGOS and Non-Profit
  • Nutrition
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Social Work
  • Sports Business
  • Studio Arts
  • Sustainability and Social Activism
  • Veterinary Science
  • Women’s Studies

*Culinary arts placements are available but no credit is available through Jacksonville University. Students must be getting credit through their home institution.

See the list of internship courses and the rest of the course options under “Choose Your Courses” on the Academics tab.

Sant'Anna Institute

Located atop a seaside cliff, the Sant’Anna Institute is housed in a prominent building offering breathtaking views of the Marina Grande of Sorrento. Courses are rooted in experiential learning, which means you’ll get a unique, hands-on experience.

The grounds offer a tranquil garden, and the campus building houses classrooms, a student lounge, a kitchen, and residential rooms on the top two floors. From the Institute, you can reach the city center by foot in just fifteen minutes, and the train station is a quick 20-minute walk. When you’re not studying, you can join service learning opportunities, language exchange groups, and volunteer projects – as well as explore the city and relax.

The Sant’Anna Institute, founded in 1998, is a private institute accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education, and is a member of Edu Italia. Courses are accredited by Jacksonville University, which is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Accredited by Jacksonville University (Florida), which is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Areas of study with at least 2 classes available

  • Communications

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

Areas of study with 3 to 7 classes available

  • Art & Design
  • Business
  • Natural & Applied Sciences

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

Areas of study with 8 or more classes available

  • Humanities
  • Italian

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

Study + Intern

As a participant of this program, you’ll undertake an internship for 3 credits (135 hours) or 6 credits (270 hours). You may also choose 1-3 academic courses, depending on your program and internship duration.

Please note: The internship is academic and credit-bearing through Sant’Anna Institute, so you won’t want to consider receiving credit or adding any internship component from your home college/university.


While you’re in sunny Sorrento, an internship can help you meet locals and practice career skills. Internships are credit-bearing, awarding 3 credits (135 hours) or 6 credits (270 hours).

Most internships can be conducted in English, without a prior knowledge of the Italian language. See individual fields and placements for language specifications.

Placements are made according to your background and interests while assessing needs at potential host organizations. For an idea of what’s available, feel free to peruse the “Fields and Placements” here.

Course Selection

Depending on your internship and program duration, you may also choose to take 1-3 courses from the following:

WL 101 Elementary Italian Language
WL 102 Elementary Italian Language
WL 201 Intermediate Italian Language
WL 202 Post-Intermediate Italian Language
WL 325 Advanced Italian Language
WL 325 Special Topics: Post-Advanced Italian
WL 325 Medieval Italian Literature I – Dante
WL 325 Contemporary Italian Literature
ENG 306 WI Creative Writing
ENGL 203 World Literature
HUM 399 Special Topics: Archaeology Field Study
PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 375/RELG 350 Religions of the Classical Antiquity
HIST 350 – Greek Influence in Southern Italy: Colonization & Culture
FVA 276 History of Italian Cinema
ART 376 Special Topics: Drawing on Location
ART 205 Introduction to digital photography
INB 303 Competing in the Global Environment
INB 421 Global Business: Italy and Tourism
ECON 335 / GEOG 335 / SUST 335 Sustainability
MKG 320 Product Management: Food Marketing
JU 330 Italian Community, Management and Professional Culture
HIST 350 Special Topics: History of the Mafia
HIST 165 Western Civilization Since 1648
IS 305 Special Topics: Mediterranean Culture and History
JU 330 Anthropology of Europe (only Summer I)
POL 208 International Politics
POL 375 Special Topics: Human Rights
WGS 201 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
HIST 350- IS 305 History of Italian food and culture
MSC 113 Introduction to Marine Biology
MSC 430 Marine Conservation
JU 330 Introduction to Volcanology
BIOL 221 Human Nutrition
JU 330 New York calls, Naples responds (only Summer II)
PHYS 152 General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism (4 credits – only offered across both sessions, 1 and 2)

Please click here to view the course descriptions for the courses above.

Note: Courses will run subject to demand and adequate enrollment, so it is important to get additional alternate courses approved.

Why Life in Sorrento

The gateway to the Amalfi Coast, the town of Sorrento is easily described as a paradise by the sea. From Sorrento, you can catch the train to Rome, take a ferry to the islands of Capri and Ischia, or reach Naples 20 miles away.

This famous, quaint city in Campania is a popular tourist destination, but don’t let that fool you. The small city and friendly people make it easy to quickly become a member of the community. Beyond the tourists, make time to wander the citrus-lined streets, saunter through the Villa Communale Park, or just enjoy the sweeping views of the Bay of Naples and Mt. Vesuvius in the distance.

Hiking trails abound for the mountain adventurer looking to conquer the Amalfi coastline. A beautiful bay with incredible beaches and sheltered coves lures any water lover. Sorrento is the producer of Limoncello, delicious food, and stunning sunsets. After we help you acclimate to the Mediterranean lifestyle, you’ll have the confidence to roam the city like a true local.

Live The Local Life

  • Cooking Class and Dinner

    Learn how to make your favorite dishes and eat them too at fattoria Terranova.

  • I Limoneti di Sorrento

    Enjoy a visit to “I Limoneti di Sorrento” and food tasting. Take the train or arrange for private transportation.

  • Napoli Sotterranea

    Visit the underground city of Naples and see the historic places where it all started, including a Greek-Roman Aqueduct.

  • Capri

    Explore Capri, arriving on a scenic ferry ride from Sorrento.

Sant’Anna Institute Residence Hall


Sant’Anna Institute’s new residence hall space occupies the top two floors of the Institute (talk about an easy walk to class!). Students share double rooms with an en suite bathroom in each bedroom. There’s a shared kitchen and common area, as well a beautiful terrace overlooking the bay. Rooms will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.


You’ll have access to a fully equipped kitchen. Put your skills to the test and try cooking local favorites.

Plus, all Sant’Anna students regardless of housing choice get a special card that gives them discounts at local stores and restaurants.

Inclusions and Amenities

  • Air conditioning
  • BathroomEnsuite
  • Bed linens
  • CommuteWalking
  • Double Room
  • Hair Dryer
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • Single Room
  • Study Areas
  • Towels
  • Wi-Fi

Shared Apartments in Sorrento


If the residence hall fills, you’ll live in double rooms in shared accommodations. The apartments are fully-furnished.

Note: Apartments in Italy, especially in the historical centers, are all situated in antique buildings.

Check out the photo gallery to get an idea of what your housing could be like. The photos are of apartments that have been available in the past.


In your apartment, you’ll have access to fully equipped kitchen. Think: Italian dinner parties with your housemates and friends!

Don’t forget – you’ll also get a discount card from Sant’Anna to use at local restaurants and stores.

Inclusions and Amenities

  • Bed linens
  • CommutePublic TransportationWalking
  • Double Room
  • Laundry
  • Single Room
  • Towels
  • Wi-Fi

What's Included


Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Jacksonville University Transcript
  • Day excursions to local sites (previous excursions: Pompeii, Mt. Vesuvius, Naples)
  • Discount card for local restaurants and shops
  • CIS Abroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Full-time tuition & fees
  • Housing (shared bedroom in a dorm, apartment or homestay; single room supplement fee applies if available)
  • Pre-departure and on-site orientation
  • Airport pickup & drop-off at the end of the program
  • Medical & Accident Insurance
  • The Local Life cultural program

Welcome & Orientation

Upon arrival you’ll be collected from the airport and taken to your accommodation. In the first few days you’ll take part in both the Sant’Anna and CIS Abroad orientation programs. You’ll learn practical tips for living in Italy like where to go out, how to stay safe, where to shop. We will also take you to explore the local eateries in Sorrento and you’ll enjoy a welcome meal.

Farewell & Re-Entry Program

At the end of the program we will all get together for one last tasty 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, so we’ll help you process before you start sharing.

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.
Pompeii, Naples and Amalfi Coast

Pompeii, Naples and Amalfi Coast

To get the full experience of the famous buried city of Pompeii, take a guided tour of the ruins. From there, head to the dramatic and stunningly beautiful Amalfi Coast, which looks over the Mediterranean Sea from its rocky shores. Included is a ferry ride for a day trip to the stunning island of Capri. Finally, shop in local stores and dine at famous pizzerias in Naples.

Mt. Vesuvius

Mt. Vesuvius

Mount Vesuvius is a stratovolcano in the Gulf of Naples, about nine kilometres (5.6 miles) east of Naples and a short distance from the shore. Vesuvius consists of a large cone partially encircled by the steep rim of a summit caldera. Mount Vesuvius is best known for its eruption in AD 79 that buried and destroyed the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.



A resort since the Roman Republic, Capri is still a tourist destination for both Italians and travelers. Features of the island include the Marina Piccola (the little harbor), the Belvedere of Tragara (a high panoramic promenade lined with villas), the limestone crags called “sea stacks” that project above the sea (the Faraglioni), the town of Anacapri, and the ruins of the Imperial Roman villas.

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.


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.

Frank Angelo Casale III
Travel Tip:

Step out of your comfort zone by trying new things. Be willing to talk to the locals and ask them questions! I’ve discovered this is the best way to have an authentic travel experience and really get to know the place you happen to be.

Travel Tip:

Step out of your comfort zone by trying new things. Be willing to talk to the locals and ask them questions! I’ve discovered this is the best way to have an authentic travel experience and really get to know the place you happen to be.


Studying abroad in Madrid as a college student sparked my interest in international education. After finishing my studies in International Relations and Spanish stateside, I decided to make a move back to Spain to start a career as an ESL instructor. Since then, I have worked as a teacher, director, and international program coordinator throughout Europe. Travel and education are my biggest passions in life. I believe exploring the world is one of the greatest ways to learn and bring people together. Outside of work, I am always planning my next adventure and looking to find the next best restaurant or bar to get a taste of local culture. I have travelled to over 50 countries and have no plans of slowing down anytime soon!

Your Support Staff

Kayla Weiss
Travel Tip:

Create an impromptu picnic. Find some strawberries from a farmers market or some bread and cheese from a little shop or maybe a fresh pastry, make your way to a green space, and just take it all in.

Advising and Enrollment
Travel Tip:

You’ll be supported every step of the way!


Our advising team can help match you with a program that fits your academic and personal objectives. It’s not always an easy choice, but you can’t go wrong! Once you’ve decided, we’ll guide to you submit an online application.


Once you’ve submitted your initial application and the fee, you’ll be assigned a Program Enrollment Coordinator. We’ll work closely together to guide you through the enrollment process and prepare you for a life-changing experience!

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: Mar 1
  • Arrival: May 28
  • Departure: July 1
  • Price: $6,490 - $7,490
  • Application Deadline: Mar 1
  • Arrival: July 2
  • Departure: August 5
  • Price: $6,490 - $7,490 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Mar 1
  • Arrival: May 28
  • Departure: August 5
  • Price: $10,490 - $12,490 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

Price range:
Session 1 or 2:
3 credits = $6,490
6 credits = $7,490
Sessions 1 & 2:
6 credits = $10,490
9 credits = $11,490
12 credits = $12,490

Double occupancy room in apartment or dorm
Supplemental fee:
Supplemental fee applies to single occupancy room in apartment or dorm housing
Homestay option is available for an additional fee, with a range depending on single or double occupancy

Please contact us for details.

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.