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Florence Internships

Global Experiences Florence internship program is for extraordinary individuals seeking La Dolce Vita (the sweet life). The Florence program is our flagship internship destination. There is not another company that provides better internships in Florence. Global Experiences has been placing interns in fashion, graphic design, journalism, marketing, business administration, and several other exciting career fields for over 8 years.

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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.

Academic Credit

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.

More information regarding academic credit options.

Florence Internships Schedule

The following is a schedule of Dates & Fees for the Florence internships.

Program Name: Italy: Florence 12 weeks

Start Date: 8/31/2014
USD Cost: $8990.00

Program Name: Italy: Florence 12 weeks

Start Date: 1/4/2015
USD Cost: $8990.00

Program Name: Italy: Florence 9 weeks (Summer)

Start Date: 5/24/2015
USD Cost: $7990.00


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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)
Welcome aperitivo TBD
Apertivo #2 (Treasure Hunt Winner) TBD
Trip (Venice Carnival) TBD
Trip (Chianti) TBD
Trip (Verona and Lake Garda) TBD
Goodbye Dinner/Apertivo TBD

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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)



Advertising/Marketing/PR

Marketing and SEO for an Internet Consultancy Firm

Start Date

Length

As a web consultancy firm, this company caters to Italian companies looking to broaden their reach and position online through search engine optimization (SEO). They are seeking interns in marketing/PR to assist in obtaining new clients as well as write articles about student life in Florence with accompanying videos and photos. Tech-savvy applicants will find this placement to be fast paced and rewarding and will leave with a greater understanding of web marketing and international SEO.

Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have a degree in marketing or business, strong writing skills and knowledge of Google and SEOs.

  • 5/25/2014
  • 9 weeks
  • 8/31/2014
  • 12 weeks
  • 1/4/2015
  • 12 weeks

Multiple Opportunities with a Multi-National Property Management Firm

Start Date

Length

This organization offers housing solutions for those traveling for business or pleasure, assuring the comforts of a real home. Fully furnished, fully equipped, serviced apartments available to rent for a minimum of a few days up to over a year, with the professional assistance of our team for the entire duration. This company is a reliable partner for companies, relocation and travel agencies, travel management companies or embassies, looking for an efficient accommodation service, able to satisfy even the more demanding guest. Additionally, it provides assistance in finding the ideal solution to professionals requiring office spaces or meeting rooms away from their headquarters.

Ideal Candidate: Intern will work in the marketing, events, or real estate management departments of the company, performing tasks that will contribute to the successful running of a multi-city, world-class property management firm. A general interest in real estate management and working in a dynamic, ever changing firm certainly helps!

    Sports Marketing for a Sailing Focused Firm

    Start Date

    Length

    This company is a dynamic marketing and communications consultancy with unparalleled international expertise in sailing. As a full service marketing agency that is dedicated to sailing, they understand what it takes to develop and implement successful integrated campaigns and initiatives in this specialized sport. The selected intern(s) will work with the company's portfolio of clients in a variety of fields including: marketing, management consultation, graphic design, and related administrative support.

    Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have a background in marketing or sports marketing and will be eager to learn.

    • 5/25/2014
    • 9 weeks
    • 8/31/2014
    • 12 weeks
    • 1/4/2015
    • 12 weeks

    International Marketing Firm

    Start Date

    Length

    This marketing firm has been helping their clients expand and promote their business opportunities through customized and dynamic marketing and PR solutions. Focusing on new media and non-traditional marketing channels, interns in this firm will gain experience in the new frontier of marketing efforts assisting in varied projects for a wide variety of companies.

    Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have an academic background in marketing, PR, or business.

    • 5/25/2014
    • 9 weeks
    • 8/31/2014
    • 12 weeks
    • 1/4/2015
    • 12 weeks

    Architecture

    Architectural Restoration of Florence

    Start Date

    Length

    This architectural studio based in Florence specializes in external historical restoration, and is looking for architectural students to collaborate with their team on current projects. Interns will gain practical experience working on architectural projects submitted for competition.

    Ideal Candidate: The ideal intern will be a upper level student or graduate of an architecture program. An interest and/or background in historical restoration is preferred.

    • 5/25/2014
    • 9 weeks
    • 8/31/2014
    • 12 weeks
    • 1/4/2015
    • 12 weeks

    Urban Architectural Design

    Start Date

    Length

    Founded in 2001 this architecture and design firm has won many important contracts with local public entities in Florence and the surrounding areas. Their focus is on strong urban & landscape design. However, they also work with private customers, developing properties and designing buildings of every dimension. Interns in their design studio will be given specific projects and will work with a mentor learning about project management, hitting deadlines and maintaining the overall quality of work and attention to detail.

    Ideal Candidate: Interns should be graduates of strong architecture programs, although seniors who are close to graduation will be considered. Knowledge of the metric system and AutoCAD is preferred.

    • 5/25/2014
    • 9 weeks
    • 8/31/2014
    • 12 weeks
    • 1/4/2015
    • 12 weeks

    Art, Art Museums and Galleries

    Immersion in the Florentine Art World

    Start Date

    Length

    This art gallery and cultural hub was founded in 1956. Since the beginning the gallery has been a space for modern and contemporary art, specializing in painting and graphic copyright by international and local Florentine artists. This placement is a great way to immerse oneself in the Italian art scene. Tasks during the internship placement may include assisting with the creation, promotion, and implementation of exhibitions, planning and organizing special events, utilizing public relations and computer skills, researching and writing relevant art articles, helping with inventory and cataloging works and communicating with artists and clients. Other tasks will include daily administrative and management assistance to assist staff and continuing operations of the establishment.

    Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have a degree in art, museums, or gallery management.

    • 5/25/2014
    • 9 weeks
    • 8/31/2014
    • 12 weeks
    • 1/4/2015
    • 12 weeks

    Art Gallery Management in Historic Florence

    Start Date

    Length

    For over thirty years, this gallery has maintained a respected presence in the domestic and international exhibition circuit. The important collection of historical masters and numerous exhibition reviews make this gallery a place where art and passion fruitfully meet the market. Interns will be immersed in the gallery in many aspects, obtaining an intimate glimpse and unique perspective on the Florentine art world.

    Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have a degree in art, museums, or gallery management. Strong computer and PR skills are a must to excel in this internship placement.

    • 5/25/2014
    • 9 weeks
    • 8/31/2014
    • 12 weeks
    • 1/4/2015
    • 12 weeks

    Business

    Dynamic Business Consulting

    Start Date

    Length

    This business consulting firm focuses on logistics to help their clients make effective decisions and implement communications and marketing plans. Their strategy consists of consulting, training, mentoring, and the provision of services. Interns will explore various fields of business with an Italian perspective through practical real world experience.

    Ideal Candidate: Ideal candidates will have strong knowledge of Microsoft Office (especially Excel) and marketing or business background.

    • 5/25/2014
    • 9 weeks
    • 8/31/2014
    • 12 weeks
    • 1/4/2015
    • 12 weeks

    Culinary

    Culinary "del Mare"

    Start Date

    Length

    This bistro is well known for their fish dishes. Created in 2010 the restaurant's style is very modern while their cuisine is creative and fantastic. The interns will be guided in their duties by their master chef and tutor. Successful interns here will graduate as chefs themselves.

    Ideal Candidate: The ideal intern will have advanced class standing from a strong culinary program, a 3.0 GPA and a very serious work ethic is required.

    • 5/25/2014
    • 9 weeks
    • 8/31/2014
    • 12 weeks
    • 1/4/2015
    • 12 weeks

    Traditional Pasta and Pizza Culinary Expertise

    Start Date

    Length

    This restaurant offers a rich and varied menu made up of Tuscan and Italian fare with a particular emphasis is devoted to Calabrian cuisine. The highly trained staff is looking to take an enthusiastic culinary student or graduate under their wing.

    Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have ample culinary coursework and experience.

    • 5/25/2014
    • 9 weeks
    • 8/31/2014
    • 12 weeks
    • 1/4/2015
    • 12 weeks

    Diverse Culinary Placement with the best of Tuscany

    Start Date

    Length

    Located in the heart of Florence, this restaurant serves typical regional south Tuscan recipes. Interns in this culinary placement will get to learn from Florentine chefs and expand their portfolio with traditional Italian fare.

    Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have extensive culinary coursework and experience.

    • 5/25/2014
    • 9 weeks
    • 8/31/2014
    • 12 weeks
    • 1/4/2015
    • 12 weeks

    Event Planning

    Outside the Box Event Planning

    Start Date

    Length

    This event management company has created a truly unique atmosphere for interns. The key pillars of this firm are to create relationships between people, establish synergy and empathy, and create special events for their clients. Events range from corporate meetings to weddings. Event Planning interns will have a hand in planning, marketing, and managing of events.

    Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have a passion for event planning or PR and must be proficient with MS Office and social media tools.

    • 5/25/2014
    • 9 weeks
    • 8/31/2014
    • 12 weeks
    • 1/4/2015
    • 12 weeks

    Student Travel Services

    Start Date

    Length

    This company started as an events company planning events for international students around Florence. Building on their experience working with students they created Florence’s first student services company to help students thrive in Italy. They now provide everything from general information and cell phone rental, to travel and special events. Interns will gain experience with event planning and hospitality while arranging excursions, housing and travel, and also in PR and marketing while promoting these services.

    Ideal Candidate: An ideal candidate will be outgoing with an interest in public relations and event planning.

      Dynamic Event Planning

      Start Date

      Length

      This company was founded in the late sixties in Florence with only one mission: to create memorable events! Thanks to numerous years of experience in the field of entertainment and show business, the agency is a dynamic structure specializing in the creative conception and operational management of events. Interns working at this company will get to help arrange a variety of events, and perform an assortment of tasks from marketing to client relations.

      Ideal Candidate: Ideal candidate will be a marketing or event planning students with an interest in entertainment marketing.

      • 5/25/2014
      • 9 weeks
      • 8/31/2014
      • 12 weeks
      • 1/4/2015
      • 12 weeks

      Event Management and Planning

      Start Date

      Length

      This event planning firm understands the needs of their clients and has years of experience in the industry, enabling them to deliver the desired event in a professional manner. Whether it's a simple business lunch for a few people or a gala dinner for hundreds of guests, every detail is determined beforehand, customized to fit the client's vision and given the utmost attention to quality. The intern in this placement will work with a multilingual team in both the front and back office and contribute to the planning and implementation of various events. The event planning intern will be excepted to attend all meetings to gain an understanding of problem solving and liaising with clients and vendors.

      Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have previous event planning coursework and work experience

      • 5/25/2014
      • 9 weeks
      • 8/31/2014
      • 12 weeks
      • 1/4/2015
      • 12 weeks

      National and International Event Planning

      Start Date

      Length

      Established in 1979, this company is a leading specialist in the organization of national and international events.These events include product launches, events, conventions, trade fairs, and meetings for corporations and associations. Interns in this role will work on a wide variety of events and gain a great perspective on both personal and corporate events.

      Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have coursework or experience in business or event planning with skills in PR and event planning.

      • 5/25/2014
      • 9 weeks
      • 8/31/2014
      • 12 weeks
      • 1/4/2015
      • 12 weeks

      Customized Event Planning

      Start Date

      Length

      This company was founded by the belief that intuition and emotion are integral parts of a winning idea. They work with clients to make their dreams a reality. From weddings to corporate events, interns at this company will have a diverse mix of responsibilities, and will gain a vast amount of insight into the Florentine event scene. Interns will get to work on projects and see them through to completion.

      Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have a degree in event planning or past experiences in that area.

      • 5/25/2014
      • 9 weeks
      • 8/31/2014
      • 12 weeks
      • 1/4/2015
      • 12 weeks

      Fashion Business

      Italian Fashion Business with a Twist

      Start Date

      Length

      This company offers a new, forward thinking and highly professional service for buyers from abroad who are looking to import apparel from Italy or develop a private label. The firm is run by a young and highly motivated team who are specialists in fashion and deal mostly with designer wear. Interns will get to explore the business development side of the fashion business, attend meetings, select merchandise for presenting collections, work with international clients, and assist the marketing team.

      Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have a passion for fashion with a degree in marketing or business. Beginner Italian speakers are acceptable.

      • 5/25/2014
      • 9 weeks
      • 8/31/2014
      • 12 weeks
      • 1/4/2015
      • 12 weeks

      Fast-Paced Fashion Showroom

      Start Date

      Length

      This showroom is a collective representation of many labels operated by Italian fashion companies. The organization has worked with many firms in the fashion industry and the most dynamic and reliable retailers in Tuscany. Interns in this placement will get a comprehensive business experience in a fast paced showroom. Typical intern tasks include working within the showroom, presenting collections and organizing orders for clients (those with more language skills will be able to interact more with clients), assisting with merchandise control, attending meetings with clientele, unpacking and pricing of new collections, and visual merchandising for clothes and accessories organized in the showroom.

      Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have an academic background in fashion business/marketing and will be capable of handling multiple tasks at once.

      • 5/25/2014
      • 9 weeks
      • 8/31/2014
      • 12 weeks
      • 1/4/2015
      • 12 weeks

      Menswear in Florence

      Start Date

      Length

      This company is recognized for its timeless and elegant menswear. For over two decades the firm has made innovative steps in becoming a leader in the industry. The brand is highly sought after and has seen growth beyond its imagination, emerging in over 40 countries including China, England, and the US. Interns in this placement will get a diverse experience in the fashion industry and assist in various parts of the business.

      Ideal Candidate: For fashion design the intern should have skills in sewing, draping, design, and cutting. Business or marketing interns should have applicable coursework or experience.

      • 5/25/2014
      • 9 weeks
      • 8/31/2014
      • 12 weeks
      • 1/4/2015
      • 12 weeks

      Fashion Styling with an Iconic Fashionista

      Start Date

      Length

      This amazing placement is with one of the most important fashion stylists in Italy. She lives in Florence, but works all over the country. She built her own brand after gaining experience working with the major fashion brands like Fendi, Ferragamo, Gucci, Benetton, and Calzedonia . Her experience and strong personality give the interns a once in a lifetime fashion experience. Intern tasks may include: assisting the stylist during fashion shows, photo-shoots and fittings; helping to select clothing and accessories to showcase during events.

      Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have a passion for fashion styling, be proactive, exude confidence, and have the initiative to make the most of this opportunity. Styling interns with the ability to handle pressure and new challenges will exceed in this great role.

      • 5/25/2014
      • 9 weeks
      • 8/31/2014
      • 12 weeks
      • 1/4/2015
      • 12 weeks

      Fashion Design

      True Couture Design

      Start Date

      Length

      This intimate environment offers an internship for students that have experience in sewing, draping and design. Interns work in a workshop in the center of Florence where they are able to learn directly from designers on dress projects of high quality and high elegance.

      Ideal Candidate: The intern should have skills in sewing, draping, design, and pattern cutting.

      • 5/25/2014
      • 9 weeks
      • 8/31/2014
      • 12 weeks
      • 1/4/2015
      • 12 weeks

      Italian Handbag Designer

      Start Date

      Length

      Italian hand bags are known worldwide for their combination of artistry and craftsmanship, and this designer's bags are creative products of top quality. Interns here will assist the designer in all aspects of design and production using materials from vintage fabrics to leather.

      Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate should have at least 3 years of fashion coursework, a strong fashion background with interest in accessories, and previous experience working with leather is preferred.

      • 5/25/2014
      • 9 weeks
      • 8/31/2014
      • 12 weeks
      • 1/4/2015
      • 12 weeks

      Bridal Fashion Design

      Start Date

      Length

      For sixty years this design company has been creating elegant and modern wedding gowns, always one step ahead of the fashion of the moment. Their single-brand boutique and their showroom are both situated in Via Maggio, in the heart of the old city center of Florence. Their creations can also be found in many of the most select and exclusive boutiques in Italy and in the most important markets abroad. Interns lucky enough to be accepted to this exclusive placement will assist in the tailoring of custom made bridal wear, and gain skills working with the experienced design team.

      Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have the following technical skills: sewing, designing, and draping with delicate fabrics.

      • 5/25/2014
      • 9 weeks
      • 8/31/2014
      • 12 weeks
      • 1/4/2015
      • 12 weeks

      Vibrant, "outside the box" Design

      Start Date

      Length

      This Italian designer uses vibrant colors and wild designs to earn him multiple awards including Designer of the Year in 2004. This design placement is one for an intern who breaks the mold. The selected intern will work with the design team on current projects and will improve their skills and learn new techniques

      Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will be a graduate or higher level student skilled in design, sewing, cutting and draping.

      • 5/25/2014
      • 9 weeks
      • 8/31/2014
      • 12 weeks
      • 1/4/2015
      • 12 weeks

      Lingerie Design

      Start Date

      Length

      This company was founded in 1989 as a licensee company of the brand Dolce and Gabbana for the production and distribution of underwear and beachwear lines. The company expanded significantly in a short period of time and went public in 1994. It has since obtained licenses for other important brands, and their garments are sold all over the world. Fashion design interns with an interest in lingerie, underwear, and beachwear will be able to gain an intimate glimpse and improve their skills with one of Italy's primary producers.

      Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have strong skills in designing, sewing, cutting and draping in women's wear.

      • 5/25/2014
      • 9 weeks
      • 8/31/2014
      • 12 weeks
      • 1/4/2015
      • 12 weeks

      Fashion Design Mentorship

      Start Date

      Length

      This renowned fashion designer was born in Milan, but now creates beautifully cut pieces in Florence. The intern(s) in this company will work directly with lead designers in the creation and completion of ready-to-wear dresses to classic wedding gowns. Previous interns in this internship have been given one-on-one attention from designers and have had their pieces featured.

      Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have competencies in draping, sewing, cutting, and designing.

      • 5/25/2014
      • 9 weeks
      • 8/31/2014
      • 12 weeks
      • 1/4/2015
      • 12 weeks

      Design in the Historic Leather Goods Industry

      Start Date

      Length

      A visionary jacket designer founded this company in 1997. The jackets and clothing made here are all produced in fine leather satisfying the high demand by "Made in Italy" enthusiasts. An internship with this experienced team could be in either marketing or in fashion design. Designers will assist the design team in creating high quality leather goods, while marketing interns will work on expanding the client base and developing new marketing techniques.

      Ideal Candidate: The ideal design intern should have skills in sewing, draping, design, and cutting, preferably with leather. Those interested in the marketing efforts should have a background in marketing or fashion business coursework.

      • 5/25/2014
      • 9 weeks
      • 8/31/2014
      • 12 weeks
      • 1/4/2015
      • 12 weeks

      Italian prêt-à-porter Firm

      Start Date

      Length

      This company has worked in the field of pret-a-porter for many years and trades with Europe, Asia and the United States. Their creations are aimed at a young and dynamic crowd that embodies the elegance and charm of classic Italian fashion. They are looking for a design intern to assist in the creation of pieces for specific collections.

      Ideal Candidate: The intern should have skills in sewing, draping, design, and pattern cutting.

      • 5/25/2014
      • 9 weeks
      • 8/31/2014
      • 12 weeks
      • 1/4/2015
      • 12 weeks

      Fashion Photography

      Fashion Photography in Florence

      Start Date

      Length

      This fashion photography studio hosts some of the most prestigious modeling sessions in Italy. The principal photographer there is internationally known for his artistic vision and creativity, specializing in the areas of fashion and beauty related to product promotion. The intern will assist both the photographer and fashion stylist in preparation for the shooting of various advertising campaigns. This is an unparalleled internship opportunity for a student with career ambitions of being a fashion or ad agency photographer. REQUIREMENTS: Because the photographer doesn't speak English, moderate Italian language skills are required. Students hoping for this competitive placement should take at least one semester of Italian prior to the internship. A strong combination of photographic and computer skills are also required. Talent in digital re-touching a plus!

      Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have a strong portfolio and knowledge of photo editing software.

      • 5/25/2014
      • 9 weeks
      • 8/31/2014
      • 12 weeks
      • 1/4/2015
      • 12 weeks

      Hospitality/Travel/Tourism

      Explore Europe for Tourism Company

      Start Date

      Length

      This travel agency specializes in organizing day trips, weekends away, and fall & spring break trips for study abroad students in Florence. They have been working with students for a decade organizing events and travel. Interns at this fun placement will market and promote programs, organize trips, and actually get to travel on the trips themselves to document! Previous interns have gotten to see Italy and write about their experience as part of their job. Those with marketing, PR, or a journalism background will flourish in this English speaking company. Students working here will gain experience in marketing, sales, event planning, business administration, and customer service.

      Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have a degree in marketing, PR, journalism, or tourism, and be outgoing and cheerful. No Italian language skills are required!

      • 5/25/2014
      • 9 weeks
      • 8/31/2014
      • 12 weeks
      • 1/4/2015
      • 12 weeks

      Hotel Restaurant Management

      Hospitality Management at a Historic Hotel

      Start Date

      Length

      This historic hotel greets its guests in true Florentine fashion and accompanies them throughout their stay. The elegant decor blends discreetly with modern comforts, harmoniously merging the past and the future. Business and Hospitality interns will be able to work in the various sides of the hotel, from reception to the marketing department. Those interns with multiple language proficiencies will be able to work with clients, while those with Italian will be able to gain insight and perspective on how a historic hotel in downtown Florence is run.

      Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have a degree in hospitality management, marketing, or business. Intermediate Italian is required, and other language proficiencies (French, Spanish) are ideal.

      • 5/25/2014
      • 9 weeks
      • 8/31/2014
      • 12 weeks
      • 1/4/2015
      • 12 weeks

      Hotel Experience in the Heart of Firenze

      Start Date

      Length

      This hotel is found right in the heart of Florence in the perfect position to reach the convention center, business area and many sightseeing attractions. This hotel offers all the modern amenities to guarantee a comfortable stay in Florence. Interns with this placement will receive training in the Italian hospitality industry and will gain experience in both front of the house and back of the house duties. The more language proficiencies one has, the more diverse the role will be.

      Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have a degree in hospitality management, marketing, or business. Must be conversationally fluent in Italian. Other language proficiencies (French, Spanish) are ideal.

      • 5/25/2014
      • 9 weeks
      • 8/31/2014
      • 12 weeks
      • 1/4/2015
      • 12 weeks

      Interior Design

      A New Interior Design Concept

      Start Date

      Length

      This family firm specializes in modern and contemporary architecture and interior design. Working with both commercial and residential spaces, interns will gain experience working on real, concrete projects coming through the office and have a hand in their final completion. Interns will work with AutoCAD and design and build floor plans in 3D.

      Ideal Candidate: Architecture and interior design students are encouraged to apply. A proficiency in AutoCAD and other prominent software programs is required.

      • 5/25/2014
      • 9 weeks
      • 8/31/2014
      • 12 weeks
      • 1/4/2015
      • 12 weeks

      Journalism

      Journalism for an English-Speaking Newspaper

      Start Date

      Length

      This newspaper is an online and paper magazine in Florence. Written in English, it is an important informational resource to assist tourists and English-speaking inhabitants of the city. Interns will have the opportunity to write stories and take photos that will be published with byline credit. This is a phenomenal opportunity to work professionally with Florentine press offices and develop close professional relationships with the local community. A large portion of the job is self-directed work covering events and exhibits in the field and then writing reviews. The remaining time is spent with office supervisors and other interns on the reporting team, editing and checking over advertisements/articles, brainstorming story ideas and planning upcoming issues.

      Ideal Candidate: The internship is ideal for those exploring the fields of Journalism, Photojournalism, Film-Making, Art History, Theater, and Cinema. Sophomore class standing with a background in journalism (arts, feature, news) and/or photography.

      • 5/25/2014
      • 9 weeks
      • 8/31/2014
      • 12 weeks
      • 1/4/2015
      • 12 weeks

      Law/Legal

      Intimate Legal Practice

      Start Date

      Length

      This practice was founded by three lawyers specializing in commercial, family and private law. Interns in this small firm will work closely with the partners and be exposed to a variety of cases that will give them an intimate glimpse into Italian law. Tasks may include research; reviewing current cases, including contracts and wills; and accompanying the partners to court at times.

      Ideal Candidate: Law students with intermediate to advanced Italian skills are ideal.

      • 5/25/2014
      • 9 weeks
      • 8/31/2014
      • 12 weeks
      • 1/4/2015
      • 12 weeks

      Trade, Commercial and International Law in Florence

      Start Date

      Length

      This organization has grown out of a network of professionals with experience in many different areas of practice. Their main goal is to create a professional partnership structure spread across a number of different offices and practices capable of offering a customized response to the increasingly sophisticated legal requirements of their clients. Many of their cases have an emphasis on international and Italian trade. Internship tasks include legal research, translation and attendance during client meetings.

      Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will be a law student with interest and experience in international law. Interns with language skills in Italian, French and English are preferred.

      • 5/25/2014
      • 9 weeks
      • 8/31/2014
      • 12 weeks
      • 1/4/2015
      • 12 weeks

      NGO/Charity

      Research and Marketing Internship at Internationally Known Organization

      Start Date

      Length

      This organization was created to build networks among nations by mobilizing for education, building intercultural understanding, pursuing scientific cooperation, and protecting freedom of expression. The Florence center was established in 1971 and promotes peace, and cultural and social cooperation for sustainable development at a local and international level. The internship consists of some out of the office work spent distributing promotional materials and speaking with people. A second part of the internship is in the office researching and presenting reports on issues such as: violence against women; human rights; the arts; protecting the environment and historical sites.

      Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will speak beginner to intermediate Italian and have a background in social sciences, history or political science, with an interest in working for a well-established international NGO.

        Psychology/Social Sciences

        A Diverse Atmosphere Working with Children

        Start Date

        Length

        This childcare center believes that a child learns best in a relaxed and accepting atmosphere where fun is the medium through which English skills are developed. Through music, art, language, and laughter, children are able to develop to their full potential. An intern in this placement will gain experience working with children, teaching English, and gaining an understanding of how an innovative childcare center is run.

        Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have a prior experience in child care or coursework in sociology, psychology, or child care. No Italian language skills are required.

        • 5/25/2014
        • 9 weeks
        • 8/31/2014
        • 12 weeks
        • 1/4/2015
        • 12 weeks

        Web Design

        Web Design Services and Consulting

        Start Date

        Length

        This communications agency provides web platforms and consulting for their clients. They work in everything from web based games to websites to advanced back-end systems for companies. Web Design interns will be able to gain experience on diverse projects for clients, and responsibilities will be based on the intern's areas of expertise. Those with Web development, java, C++, and other programming skills will find a challenging and rewarding experience with this firm.

        Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have a degree in web design and good knowledge of computer programming. Basic Italian language skills are required. A 3.1 GPA, junior class standing, and a strong web design background. A work portfolio may be required at time of placement.

        • 5/25/2014
        • 9 weeks
        • 8/31/2014
        • 12 weeks
        • 1/4/2015
        • 12 weeks

        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.

        Visa Eligibility

        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):

        VISA CATEGORY NATIONALITIES 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
        • Valid Passport
        • 19-30 yrs
        • Evidence of financial ability to support oneself
        • Recent graduates: We can only accept interns that will start their internship within 12 months after their graduation date.

        Eligibility and acceptance is determined based on a completed application form and formal acceptance into the program.

        Florence Testimonials

        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.

        Sophia Virani


        University of Western Ontario
        Fashion Business

        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

        Lauren


        O'More College of Design
        Fashion 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."

        Justin


        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."

        Katy


        Tennesse
        Fashion Photography

        "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."

        Kristen


        Columbia University
        Law/Legal

        "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."

        Abigail


        Dartmouth University
        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."

        Lauren


        University of California - Santa Barbara
        Communications (TV/Radio)

        "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."

        Brianna


        High Point University
        Advertising/Marketing/PR

        "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."

        Samantha


        International Academy of Design and Technology
        Fashion Design

        "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. "

        Megan


        Lasell College
        Fashion Design

        "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."

        Danni Rosner


        Singer Songwriter
        Journalism

        "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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        Jody


        McGill, Canada
        Psychology/Social Sciences

        This whole change in my life emerged from the positive experience I had with Global Experiences."

        Kyle


        San Diego State University
        Hospitality/Travel/Tourism

        "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."

        Bianca


        Campus Notre Dame-de-Foy
        Fashion Design

        "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."

        Andrew


        Hofstra University: School of Law
        Law/Legal

        "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."

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        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.

        Program Name: Italy: Florence 12 weeks

        Start Date: 8/31/2014
        USD Cost: $8990.00

        Program Name: Italy: Florence 12 weeks

        Start Date: 1/4/2015
        USD Cost: $8990.00

        Program Name: Italy: Florence 9 weeks (Summer)

        Start Date: 5/24/2015
        USD Cost: $7990.00


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