2019-2020 Classes + Internship Programs: Florence University of the Arts

PROGRAM PRICE DATES PROGRAM CODE
Spring Semester 2019 – Classes + Internship in Florence, Italy $15,495* Arrive Jan. 22, 2019 – Depart May 9, 2019 FIS
Summer A 2019 – Classes + Internship in Florence, Italy (3 credits) $5,395* Arrive May 11, 2019 – Depart June 21, 2019 FISUAA
Summer A 2019 – Classes + Internship in Florence, Italy (6 credits) $6,995* Arrive May 11, 2019 – Depart June 21, 2019 FISUAB
Summer B 2019 – Classes + Internship in Florence, Italy (3 credits) $5,395* Arrive June 22, 2019 – Depart Aug. 2, 2019 FISUBA
Summer B 2019 – Classes + Internship in Florence, Italy (6 credits)  $6,995* Arrive June 22, 2019 – Depart Aug. 2, 2019 FISUBB
Fall Semester 2019 – Classes + Internship in Florence, Italy $15,495* Arrive Aug. 27, 2019 – Depart Dec. 12, 2019 FIF
Spring Semester 2020 – Classes + Internship in Florence, Italy $15,695* Arrive Jan. 28, 2020 – Depart May 14, 2020 FIS

 

ASA is pleased to offer for-credit Semester and Summer Internships and Experiential Learning Projects in Florence, Italy! Students can earn 3-6 credits for an Internship or Experiential Learning Project. Internships and Experiential Learning Projects are NOT stand-alone, but take the place of one or two of your classes at Florence University of the Arts. Internship/ELP credits will count toward the total number of credits a student is allowed to take during their academic term. There is no additional fee for credit-bearing Internships and Experiential Learning Projects.

Because an Internship or Experiential Learning Project is an opportunity to gain experience outside the classroom, and the benefit of doing an internship extends far beyond the academic credits you earn, please be aware an Internship or ELP requires you to complete a total of 150 work hours, in addition to any class hours. Work hours will be assigned to you and typically take place Monday through Friday, though may occasionally take place on weekends as well, and will not conflict with your classes.

All Internships and Experiential Learning Projects are for-credit and unpaid.

Florence, Italy: Semester & Summer Internships and Experiential Learning Opportunities

Participating in an Internship or Experiential Learning Project (ELP) during your study abroad program in Florence, Italy, is a fantastic way to gain work experience, meet Italian people, and add a unique bullet point to your résumé! Past students have, across the board, felt that participating was 100% worthwhile, as the benefits extend far beyond the classroom. It is a wonderful way to meet people outside the ASA group or your peer group at school, while earning credit at the same time. You will have the opportunity to experience Italian culture in a much deeper and more hands-on way than your classmates who aren’t doing internships!

Students may apply for an Internship or ELP during the course pre-registration phase of pre-departure. More on this, as well a list of available placements, can be found below.

What is the difference between an Internship and an Experiential Learning Project (ELP)?

Definition of an Internship: An Internship has an Italian language minimum requirement. Internships are reserved for students who meet the language requirement. The required Italian level varies by placement – for example, some internship placements require an Elementary or Low Intermediate level of Italian, whereas others require an Advanced level. During an Internship, the student actively assists professionals in fulfilling daily tasks at external companies or organizations. The student does not receive academic instruction but learns by performing tasks. Internships typically take place at external companies or organizations outside of Florence University of the Arts, at various locations in the greater Florence area.

Definition of an Experiential Learning Project (ELP): An Experiential Learning Project (ELP) does not have an Italian language requirement. You DO NOT need to know Italian in order to do an ELP. During an ELP, the student learns by doing and observing the assigned tasks while receiving academic instruction. An ELP takes place at Florence University of the Arts or at one of Florence University of the Art’s CEMIs (Community Engagement Member Institutions). This allows the ELP to be conducted in a primarily English-speaking environment. The CEMI will provide a challenging environment, where responsibilities and learning objectives will be assigned to the student from the very beginning.

Although Florence University of the Arts does their very best to place students in their top choice internship or ELP, we cannot guarantee any particular placement, company or organization.

How many credits can I earn?

Students can earn 3-6 semester credits for completing an Internship or Experiential Learning Project (ELP). The Internship or ELP will take the place of one or two of your classes and counts toward the total number of credits you are allowed to take during your term. Semester maximum total credit load: 15. Summer maximum total credit load: 6.

Some internships and ELPs are worth 3 credits and do not have regular class meetings in addition to 150 work hours, while other internships and ELPs are worth 6 credits and have regular class meetings, in addition to 150 work hours. Number of credits, requirements, and full details can be found in the placement descriptions further down on this page.

IMPORTANT: You will be required to complete 150 work hours, in addition to any class hours. Work hours are assigned outside of class and are typically Monday through Friday, but some internships and ELPs may require weekend hours as well. You will not be able to choose your Internship/ELP hours – they will be assigned to you, but they will not conflict with your classes.

Semester students who want to do an Internship or Experiential Learning Project must maintain a full course load totaling 12 to 15 credits. For certain Internships or ELPs, it may be mandatory to take one Italian Language class. Please check the Internship/ELP description for details. (Click here for Semester Course Offerings.)

Summer students who who want to do an Internship or Experiential Learning Project must attend one of ASA’s two 6-week Summer Sessions (Summer A or Summer B). (Click here for Summer Course Offerings.)

What are the prerequisites for an Internship or Experiential Learning Project?

Prerequisites vary by placement. Some placements require previous work experience and/or coursework in the field, and some do not. Some placements are open only to certain majors. Any Italian language requirement will be indicated in the placement description as well. Please scroll down for a list of available placements and click the links to read the placement descriptions.

Please note that ASA cannot guarantee availability of all placements. Placements may be seasonal and are filled on a first come, first served basis. We recommend applying for the ASA program well before the application deadline if you are interested in a particular placement!

Example Experiential Learning Projects

Experiential Learning Project placements are located at the following CEMIs of Florence University of the Arts (FUA):

  • CCIS: Center for Cultural and Italian Studies
  • Corridoio Fiorentino: Photography and Design Gallery
  • Dimora B&B: FUA’s student-run Bed and Breakfast
  • Fedora: FUA’s pastry shop – open to the public
  • FLY (Fashion Loves You) and FAST: FUA’s Fashion Retail Store and Fashion Event Venue – open to the public
  • FUA Student Life and Development Office
  • FUA Communications Office / Ingorda Campus Press: FUA’s Publishing & Communications Office
  • Ganzo: FUA’s culinary arts creative lab, hospitality event venue, and student-run restaurant – open to the public
  • La Palestra: FUA’s on-campus gym
  • Sorgiva:  FUA’s on-campus full-service spa, health, and wellness facility – open to the public

 

SPRING 2019 EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING PROJECTS

Please click the links for a full description of each placement, including prerequisites, requirements, and number of credits:

 

SUMMER A 2019 EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING PROJECTS

Please click the links for a full description of each placement, including prerequisites, requirements, and number of credits:

 

SUMMER B 2019 EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING PROJECTS

Please click the links for a full description of each placement, including prerequisites, requirements, and number of credits:

 

FALL 2019 EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING PROJECTS

Please click the links for a full description of each placement, including prerequisites, requirements, and number of credits:

 

Example Internship Placements

Please click on the links for a description of each Internship placement. The required Italian language level will be indicated in the description.

SPRING 2019 INTERNSHIP PLACEMENTS

Please click the links for a full description of each placement, including prerequisites, requirements, and number of credits:

 

FALL 2019 INTERNSHIP PLACEMENTS

Please click the links for a full description of each placement, including prerequisites, requirements, and number of credits:

 

What to Expect in Your Internship or Experiential Learning Project

An Internship or an Experiential Learning Project is a job that gives you the opportunity to gain experience in the given field. It is also a great opportunity to apply what you’ve learned in your classes and gain networking contacts. That said, you need to be open-minded about the type of work you’ll be doing. For example, you may be assigned entry level work. However, if you “prove yourself” by producing quality work and showing your commitment to the job, the level of work assigned to you may improve. You will likely need to earn the trust of your supervisor first, which may take a little time.

You will participate in a mandatory Orientation after you arrive in Florence. This will help you understand what will be expected of you, what resources you have for support, and ultimately how to have a successful internship. Any academic obligations associated with your internship or ELP, such as papers, projects or reports, must be submitted to your supervisor or coordinator by the given deadlines.

Please be aware that Internships and ELPs cannot be dropped or changed once you have been assigned a placement.

Although this has already been mentioned, please be aware that you must complete 150 work hours as part of your Internship or ELP, outside of your classes. Work hours are typically scheduled Monday through Friday, but some internships and ELPs require weekend hours as well. You will not be able to choose specific work hours – they will be assigned to you – but they will not conflict with your classes. You may incur commuting expenses to and from your internship location, up to one hour’s duration each way, at the student’s expense.

Please be aware that by hiring you, the company or organization is making a significant investment of their time and resources. Likewise, by accepting an internship, you are making a commitment to that organization, which must be taken seriously. You will be expected to complete your internship in full and complete all of the work hours associated with your placement. ONCE YOU HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED A PLACEMENT, YOU CANNOT DROP IT, CHANGE IT, OR WITHDRAW FROM IT.  You will be expected to put forth your best effort at all times and attend all work hours required of you. Just like going to class is required and any absences are documented, likewise, you are required to show up for work – on time, every time. No-shows are taken seriously. Repeated no-shows or general lack of commitment to your internship can result in your placement being revoked, in which case you would receive a failing grade and not receive the credits you may have planned to earn.

How to Apply for an Internship or Experiential Learning Project

Your first step is to choose an Internship or ELP from the list of example placements on this webpage – read the description and ensure you meet the prerequisites. Once you have been accepted to the ASA program, you will be prompted to pre-register for classes at Florence University of the Arts by completing ASA’s Course Pre-registration Form. Simply include the internship/ELP, including the course code and title, on your list of course selections on your ASA Course Pre-registration Form.

After submitting your ASA Course Pre-registration Form, you will need to submit your internship/ELP application materials to ASA, and then ASA will forward them to Florence University of the Arts. Internship/ELP application materials may include:

  • Detailed CV (résumé) in Word format – must be focused on your academic and professional experiences that are related to your internship field.
  • Cover Letter/Letter of Motivation exploring the reasons for your application, your goals and expectations, and ideal outcome of the internship/ELP.
  • Depending on the field of your placement, a portfolio may be required. Such fields may include Fine Arts, Photography, Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Theater Arts, etc. If required, your portfolio should contain relevant work from previous academic/professional experience.
  • If knowledge of Italian is required for your internship or ELP, an Italian language proficiency exam, which can be assessed via interview with a certified Italian language instructor or a placement exam.

 

Once Florence University of the Arts has reviewed your application materials listed above, they will email you directly to schedule a Skype interview. During the Skype interview, your interest and suitability for the position will be assessed. You are strongly encouraged to write down a list of questions before your interview so that you understand the requirements of the position, work location and distance from school, work hours, scheduling, dress code, and other details. Please dress appropriately for your Skype interview and have it somewhere quiet where you will not be interrupted or distracted. Be sure to consider what will appear behind you on the screen. Please take the interview seriously – you are applying for a job!

Those applying for an external Internship placement must undergo evaluation by both the FUA Experiential Learning and Internship Department and the external placement supervisor.

In certain cases, at the discretion of FUA’s Experiential Learning and Internship Department, a student may be required to take a preparatory class before being assigned to a placement. This will not only provide the student with the necessary theoretical background, but it will also allow the student to fully benefit from the experience. After successful completion of the course, the student may be re-evaluated for admission to an internship or ELP.

Once again, we cannot guarantee any particular placement, company or organization. Submitting an application does not guarantee you a placement.

Most students receive confirmation of their placement 2-4 weeks before their program starts, but in some cases the placement process could be longer or shorter.

Upon completing an internship or ELP, the student may request the following documentation to verify their participation:

  • An official document confirming the student’s attendance
  • Letter of recommendation from the on-site placement supervisor
  • Any other document that is required by the student’s home institution must be filled out by the on-site placement supervisor. It will reflect the on-site placement supervisor’s opinion on the student’s performance and will refer strictly to the tasks carried out by the student during his/her placement. Any such documents may only be completed after completing the internship or ELP.