2019-2020 Classes + Internship Programs: Sant’Anna Institute in Sorrento, Italy

Spring Semester 2019 – Classes + Internship in Sorrento, Italy Arrive Jan. 13, 2019 – Depart May 4, 2019 click here for price SOISPA, SOISPB
Summer I 2019 – Classes + Internship in Sorrento, Italy Arrive May 26, 2019 – Depart June 29, 2019 click here for price SOISU1A, SOISU1B, SOISU1C, SOISU1D
Summer II 2019 – Classes + Internship in Sorrento, Italy Arrive June 30, 2019 – Depart Aug. 3, 2019 click here for price SOISU2A, SOISU2B, SOISU2C, SOISU2D
Fall Semester 2019 – Classes + Internship in Sorrento, Italy Arrive Aug. 25, 2019 – Depart Dec. 14, 2019 click here for price SOIFA, SOIFB
Spring Semester 2020 – Classes + Internship in Sorrento, Italy TBA click here for price SOISPA, SOISPB


ASA is pleased to offer Summer and Semester for-credit internship opportunities in Sorrento, Italy!  Semester internships are NOT stand-alone, but are done in tandem with coursework at Sant’Anna Institute, including one Italian Language class.  (Summer internships may be stand-alone.)

Internship credits are contingent upon completion of the course requirements and factor into the total number of credits a student is allowed to take during their academic term.  

Because an internship 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 that you will work more hours than the equivalent number of in-class credits.  A 3-credit class requires 45 in-class hours. A 3-credit internship requires you to complete 135 work hours; a 6-credit internship requires 270 work hours.

All internships are unpaid.

Semester & Summer Internships in Sorrento, Italy

Participating in an internship during your study abroad program is a fantastic way to gain work experience, meet Italian people, and add a unique bullet point to your résumé! It is a wonderful way to “get out into the world” and meet people outside the ASA group or your peer group at school, while earning credit at the same time. While it is very helpful to know some Italian before your internship, it is not a requirement.

Semester students have the option to participate in an internship for 3 or 6 credits.  They will also maintain a full semester course load totaling 12 to 15 credits, including one mandatory Italian Language course, while pursuing their internship.  Ex: If you do a 6-credit internship, to reach the 12-credit minimum, you must take 2 additional classes (one of which will be Italian Language).  To earn a total of 15 credits while doing a 6-credit internship, you would take 3 classes in addition to the 6-credit internship (again, one of your classes must be Italian Language).  (Click here for Semester Course Offerings.)

Summer students may participate in one 3-credit internship per 5-week Summer session.  Students who want to do a 6-credit internship would need to enroll in both the Summer I and Summer II sessions (totaling 10 weeks).  Summer students who enroll in one 5-week session may also earn a total of 6 credits by taking one 3-credit Italian language class along with their 3-credit internship.   (Keep in mind that in terms of hours, a 3-credit internship is the equivalent of taking 3 classes. You must complete 135 work hours for a 3-credit internship, vs. 45 class hours for a 3-credit class. Students who choose to do an internship plus a class during a summer session will have a very busy schedule!)  (Click here for Summer Course Offerings.)

Although this has already been mentioned once on this page, it is important to remember that you will complete more internship work hours than you get credit for.  A 3-credit internship requires 135 work hours. A 6-credit internship requires 270 work hours. 

Semester students interested in interning are encouraged to take the above into consideration when choosing how many classes to take.  Semester students participating in an internship are encouraged to take a total of 12 credits instead of 15, since the internship will take up more of your time than the equivalent number of in-class credits.


Internship Placements Fields

Although Sant’Anna Institute does their very best to find an internship in your top choice area of interest, we cannot guarantee a placement in your top choice area of interest.  For this reason, internship applicants must have at least 2 areas of interest in mind when they apply.  In addition, we cannot guarantee a placement at any particular firm or organization. Internships are available in the following areas:

  • Archaeology
  • Architecture / Interior Design
  • Art History
  • Community Health
  • Studio Art
  • Nutrition
  • Veterinary Science
  • Journalism
  • English
  • Education / ESL Teaching
  • Geology / Volcanology
  • International Politics
  • Human Rights
  • Political Science
  • Italian Studies
  • Emergency Management
  • Event Management
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Fitness Management
  • Hospitality / Tourism
  • Food & Beverage Management
  • Human Services Management
  • Leadership / Student Wellness
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Environmental Science
  • Marine Biology
  • Social Work
  • Sports Business
  • Women’s Studies
  • Culinary Arts

What to Expect in your Internship 

An internship is an opportunity to gain some experience in the field in which you wish to have a career. Because you will be doing this internship for credit, there will be academic requirements in order to earn credit, such as papers or projects that must be submitted to the Institute’s Internship Coordinator by specific deadlines.  During the Internship Orientation, you will find out about these requirements and deadlines. In addition, before applying, please read the following helpful info:


Applying for an Internship & FAQ’s

In order to apply for an internship, the following items are required: 

Applicants must be of junior or senior standing at a U.S. or Canadian university, college, or community college.

In addition to the ASA online application form and required documents (click here) you will be required to submit the following to info@academicstudies.com:

  1. Sant’Anna Institute Internship Application Form (click here).
  2. CV (résumé) in Word format – This is the most important part of your application.  If accepted, we can provide revisions in order to make your internship application as successful as possible.
  3. One employer recommendation letter.
  4. One page personal statement describing personal and academic reasons for wanting to intern and study in Italy.

What happens next?  

An interview with the internship placement team in Sorrento will be scheduled with you via Skype.  The purpose of this interview will be to get an idea of what would be a suitable placement for you according to your skills and interests, as well as to work on designing a project that you will follow.

Please be aware that the company 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.  For example, if you sign up for a 6-credit internship and find that it’s more work than you expected, you will not be allowed to change to a 3-credit internship, as you have already committed to the number of work hours associated with a 6-credit internship.  

Don’t worry – our on-site orientation after you arrive in Sorrento will help you understand what is expected of you.  In addition, our on-site staff in Sorrento will share with you key cultural factors about the Italian work environment, and on your first day of work they will accompany you to your workplace, introduce you, and have an initial meeting with both you and your employers.

When will I know where I’m going to intern?

Most students receive their placements via email 1-2 weeks before the internship begins.

For more information regarding expectations and process, please refer to Sant’Anna Institute’s Internship Manual.