- BENEFITS Why GE
- INCLUDES What to Expect
- CAREERS Available Fields
- ELIGIBILITY Am I Eligible?
- TESTIMONIALS What Others Are Saying
- NEXT STEPS Fees & How to Apply
- CURRENT INTERN? Access the intern portal here
About Internships in Florence, Italy
Global Experiences internships in Florence, Italy provide a fantastic means of gaining professional work experience in your chosen career field while also gaining invaluable foreign language skills within the framework of a structured program.
Global Experiences offers a group program experience including orientations, social activities and excursions while the internship component offers a truly independent opportunity to live and work in one of the world's most amazing countries.
Florence is home to the annual Global Experiences summer fashion program, bringing together a group of talented young aspiring designers in fashion, interior design and photography for a special internship program. More Information on Summer Fashion Program >>
The program provides pre-departure development focusing you on your skills and objectives to prepare you to make the most of your time abroad. We do not just place you in any old company, but rather we match you with the employer that will provide the best opportunity to get a taste of what your career field will have to offer.
Upon arrival you will have group orientation to the program and individual career interviews before an in person interview with your placement company. View the Career page link above to learn what fields are available for internships in Florence, Italy. Throughout the placement you will have opportunities to reflect on the experience and the skills you are using.
Upon successful completion of the program, your host employer will provide feedback on your performance and a reference for your portfolio (if you performed well of course!). You will also become part of our extensive group of extraordinary alumni who also got their start on a Global Experiences Internship program. Ongoing mentoring and leadership opportunities are available through the GE alumni program.
Yes, you can earn academic credit for this program. The best credit option will be determined by your home university and academic advisor, and we can work with you to determine if credit through your school is possible. The other way is to earn independent credit from our US-based affiliate university, Eastern Washington University. We will work with you and your school to attain credit if possible and help you navigate the process.
Florence Internships Schedule
The following is a schedule of Dates & Fees for the Florence internships.
Start Date: 8/31/2014
Start Date: 1/4/2015
Start Date: 5/24/2015
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Florence Internship Program Inclusions
Our comprehensive international internship programs in Florence, Italy provide much more than just your customized guaranteed internship. While Global Experiences focus heavily on matching you with the best employer to provide a dream work experience.
Guaranteed Custom Internship Placement
At Global Experiences, we guarantee placement to all participants accepted into its internship programs. Similar to traditional recruitment companies, we work with each applicant on a one-to-one basis to understand their skills, talents and expectations. By getting to know an applicant’s academic background, career objectives, language proficiency (where relevant) and overall expectations for their experience abroad, we are able to place each individual in a dynamic work environment providing real world work experience. We help each prospective intern create an effective resume, prepare for an interview with potential employers, and prepare for their experience living and working abroad. In Florence, in person interviews are arranged during the first month of the program once language levels and career goals are assessed.
Intensive Italian Language Training
All language training in Florence takes place at our partner school based in a historic palazzo in a beautiful Italian piazza. This fully accredited course is provided by one of the most respected Italian Language training institutions in Italy and is recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education to teach Italian language and culture to foreign students. Program participants will take part in full immersion style studying, in which classes are taught only in Italian providing each participant the best opportunity to truly learn the language.
During the first part of the program, each program participant will receive 20 sessions per week of intensive Italian language training in a group setting at our language school. All participants are expected to start studying before arrival in Italy to better prepare for the experience.
Excursions and Social Events
Global Experiences wants to you to work hard and also play hard so our excursion and activities calendar is designed to maximize your time abroad. Global Experiences offers regular evening social activities to help you network with your peers, travel independently with fellow interns, or use Global Experiences travel resources to fill your social calendar all while exploring more of the city and beautiful Italia. Social and excursion program calendars change throughout the year so consult your program coordinator for more information.
|Example Events (actual events offered may differ)|
|Apertivo #2 (Treasure Hunt Winner)||TBD|
|Trip (Venice Carnival)||TBD|
|Trip (Verona and Lake Garda)||TBD|
Housing in Florence
Housing in Florence is in single rooms in a shared apartment with other students. Apartments have a kitchen and bathroom, and most household amenities are provided for you.
Other Important Inclusions
- Optional academic credit provided by accredited US university. Inquire further with a program consultant
- Travel Medical Insurance (Emergency Medical + Personal Liability) valid for the length of your program
- Mobile Phone
- Internet access at the language school
- On the ground support & 24/7 emergency contact
- Information and assistance obtaining required visa (as necessary)
- Welcome social event and orientation meeting
- Extensive pre-departure information provided by enrollment coordinator and online portal
- Dedicated program coordinator to prepare you for your program
Career Fields Available in Florence
Internships in Florence will expose students to a wide range of career field options. If you do not see yours listed below please contact a program consultant as we are able to find placements in other areas.
Career Fields in Florence(English-speaking placements available)
Florence Internship Program Eligibility
Students wishing to participate in internships in Florence, Italy are required to be 19-30 years old at the start of the program and have had some relevant coursework in their preferred field of internship placement.
Global Experiences can accept most nationalities into our Italy internship programs. If you are uncertain regarding your eligibility please inquire with a program consultant.
The following chart provides more detailed information regarding program eligibility (including Global Experiences and Country visa requirements):
|No visa required for a stay under 90 days||Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Macao, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Singapore, South Korea, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela||
Dozens of students have made the choice to pursue internships in Florence , Italy and all of them have a story. Check out the testimonials of some of our students and learn just how much they enjoyed this once in a lifetime adventure.
High Point University
"I always had an itch to live abroad. Global Experiences gave me the opportunity to jump start my career in the fashion industry and begin networking with professionals in the field. I will always remember this experience both professionally and socially. I've had the time of my life and know I'll be able to look back at this point in my life and smile at the memories I've made with my friends here."
"It was December of 2006 - and I had 3 credits left to graduate. As you know - that's a pretty unstressful last semester, and I wanted to do something different other than let my last months of college disappear into a muddy cascade of senior bar crawls and bitter- sweet long goodbyes. So I googled internships and came across a wide array of programs and companies - but one in particular caught my eye, Global Experiences study/work abroad. If you're the daughter of an attorney, you know that dad won't just go for anything - he needs a plan - one with direction and dedication. I knew that I wanted to go abroad, but I had to make it worth it. I grew up in Tokyo and we'd often go out of the country, take trips oversees - but all that pretty much stopped once we made the big move back to the States and I started high school...so I had a travel bug and it was time to get moving again. I picked my country, city and called up GE's office to get more information - I even went to visit their home office to meet the people I'd be dealing with. It wasn't easy convincing my Father, but GE had the best of both worlds - a study abroad program where I'd learn the language and interviews for internships based upon my major and academic interests. He went for it, I went for it."
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This whole change in my life emerged from the positive experience I had with Global Experiences."
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Art, Art Museums and Galleries
"I decided to come to Italy because I love the culture and I think the people are very friendly, and perfecting my Italian was also very important to me. I was interested in Restoration and for me Florence was the best place to go to for that kind of work. I am here to learn the field and to get hands on experience with Art Restoration and that's exactly what I am doing. I would definitely recommend Global Experiences because they found me this very exceptional job and I am very grateful for them having done that. Without them I don't think I would have ever been in contact with the company I work for."
San Diego State University
"Interning through Global Experiences has been a unique and rewarding experience. Today, while so many students are studying abroad, there are few who gain practical work experience that Global Experiences offers. As an intern for a tour operator in Florence, I gained experience booking clients in the office as well as leading tours throughout Italy and Europe! This was definitely a once in a lifetime experience that I would recommend to anyone."
Hofstra University: School of Law
"I did a lot of things in my internship. I acted as unofficial translator and would help translate documents and conversations from Italian to English. I even got to settle a case over the phone with an English speaking client. I got to sit in on client meetings and my supervisors took me to check out scenes of controversies. At first, the internship was kind of challenging because in Italy they start you out really slowly before they give you any major responsibilities. I had to speak up to the supervisors about what I wanted and needed, and then everything drastically improved. I was given a ton of responsibilities and projects. I really loved the experience of this firm and the bonds I made with my colleagues. I like that I was able to do some networking so I can look into Italy for work in the future. I learned a lot and it really improved my Italian." Florence was amazing. I really want to go and improve my language skills, and I really was able to. I feel much more confidence in my fluency after completing this program. Everything outside the internship was fantastic ranging from the culture to the food. The entire group that I went with really made the experience great too. It wouldn't have been as much fun without them."
International Academy of Design and Technology
"I loved my time in Florence and the Global Experiences program. I really liked how each person's experience is tailored to the individual and their strengths. The other interns on the program were a really fun and diverse group to spend time with. Florence was a great city to work in-just being surrounded by that culture and history. My internship was very hands on. Starting from the day I walked in, my tutor showed me some stuff and I got right on it. The internship was really helpful in landing my new job and I know that it has benefited my career. I just got hired to work for a custom men's wear company, but eventually, I'd like to open up my own studio. My advice to future interns: know exactly what you want to come for. Work your butt off to become irresistible to employers, and completely immerse yourself in the experience. "
"My internship in Florence, Italy was absolutely amazing. I met some new lifetime friends from around the world, also gained new talents from my internship that will help me in my job market. I would not trade my experience for anything."
"As a legal intern, I was responsible for researching new legal issues as well as following up on old transactions. I managed communications between a Luxembourg Holding Company and its New York contacts regarding real property matters. I also had the opportunity [to] meet with clients and explain legal findings regarding my research. At times, I provided translations for clients who did not speak Italian. My assignments were always very interesting and challenging and with each new assignment, I learned more about international legal transactions. Choosing an internship with Global Experiences gave me more options within my legal career by providing me with the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in an international legal setting, and the ability to perfect my Italian language skills."
O'More College of Design
"My internship was more than I ever could have hoped for. So many opportunities and learning experiences; Global Experiences helped me to grow in both professional and personal ways."
"Upon my graduation from college, I, like so many others before me, had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do or where I wanted to be. Not wanting to make a commitment to your bland 9-5 schedule yet, I decided to take the road less traveled and go experience Italy for a bit. Best decision I have ever made. Period. Florence is gorgeous, the people are wonderful, the food is amazing, and the internship looks fantastic on my resume. I love being able to say that I worked for an Italian magazine. How cool is that? I will admit, six months seemed a bit extended at the outset, but when it came time to go home I had no idea where those months went. What can I say? Time flies when you're having fun."
University of California - Santa Barbara
"I am really enjoying my internship and am living in the center of town with a friend. So far I have gotten the opportunity to film in many beautiful locations in Florence (Piazza Michelangelo, the Duomo etc). Another [Global Experiences] intern and I completed a story board, filmed, and are now finishing editing a piece on Florence statistics. We are actually in the piece, and we have both been doing stand-ups (speaking parts) for other pieces as well. Hopefully our little private project will air tomorrow. Also, I participated as an "acting" part in a piece we filmed last week in Siena. I am having a great time, and this is great experience! It is unlike any internship I would have had at home with any relation to TV production. I still have a good amount of free time to experience things around Florence."
Campus Notre Dame-de-Foy
"It was worth every penny, for I have learned things that no one can teach you but yourself, and there is no better place to do so than half-way around the world, in Italy, doing what you do best."
University of Western Ontario
Hi Chrissie, I hope all is well with you. I wanted to take this time to formally thank you for helping me set up my internship in Florence this summer. I have been having a lot of fun out in Europe, making new friends, exploring new places and cultures, and traveling to many foreign cities. I appreciate all of the time and energy you spent trying to find the best fit for me. Florence is a beautiful city, and I’m very glad it all worked out ending up here. I’m here for another 10 days, and then off to travel to Milan, Barcelona, Valencia, Paris, and London. I thought I would attach a picture just to show I am having a wonderful time in Europe (I’m the one in the red pants). Thank you again for helping me create a memorable summer in Europe. I will be in contact with you in the future if I decide to go on another Global Experiences trip or If I have any other friends who are interested in pursuing this opportunity as well. Take care, and all the best! Sophia
Art, Art Museums and Galleries
"I am loving my internship, Global Experiences set me up with two galleries that collaborate together, and I will [be] setting up an exhibition by myself which I am definitely looking forward to. I actually just got back from a trip to London this past weekend. And our gallery is currently in the process of getting ready for a new exhibition Thursday. [It is] very busy but exciting. The aperitivos with the Florence staff and the other global people have been so nice; you all definitely do a great job of organizing everything for us while we're here."
Our Placement Process
We excel at matching each intern with the best employer by learning about you and your expectations of your experience abroad. There is not another group or company that does this as well as Global Experiences.
Finding the career that is right for you is a journey that may last a lifetime. Global Experiences will help you identify your personal and professional interests and skills while affording you an opportunity to apply those in a real world work environment.
Global Experiences does not place you with just any company, but rather walks you through a comprehensive consultation to understand your academic background, learning and career objectives, language proficiency (where relevant), and whether you are interested primarily in the cultural travel experience or the professional development opportunity. Getting to know you and understanding all of these variables helps Global Experiences identify the internship that will best serve your needs and expectations.
We work with thousands of employers worldwide covering a broad range of academic and career fields. Once you inquire with Global Experiences, we learn as much about you and convey the types of placements that are available. We are generally able to let you know in our first contact whether you are a good candidate for our program. As we guarantee our internships, Global Experiences will not accept you into the program unless we are confident about finding a suitable placement.
Once you are accepted into the program and pay your program deposit, Global Experiences will immediately begin formalizing your internship placement. We will work with you to create an effective resume, prepare for an interview, and organize the documentation required to secure your visa. All participants will have access to a portal of pre-departure information that will help prepare you for your Global Experience.
Florence Internships Schedule
The following is a schedule of Dates & Fees for the Florence internships.
Start Date: 8/31/2014
Start Date: 1/4/2015
Start Date: 5/24/2015
How to Apply
While career development and true cultural immersion are lifelong endeavors, we make the process of securing an international internship quick and easy. Five simple steps and you will be involved in an unforgettable experience that will truly give you an edge in life.