Florence is our flagship international internship location, and the city our team has been placing interns in since 2001. Our program is designed to provide you with valuable career experience and allow you to experience everything Florence has to offer. Florence offers unparalleled opportunities in fashion, art, business, museum and gallery management, and so much more. Internships are 8 or 12 weeks long and take place in the summer, spring, and fall.
An international internship gives you a unique glimpse inside life in Florence and a chance to immerse yourself in the passion and historical brilliance of the city. A unique feature of our Italian programs is the language course you will be enrolled before the start of your internship. With an internship through Global Experiences, you’ll be living like a Florentine in no time!
In the summer, Global Experiences often hosts Project Moda, an innovative Fashion show that allows Fashion Interns from all of our European programs the opportunity to create their own brand and market their fashion designs. Interns also get to present their designs on runways in Florence to a panel of fashion industry insiders.
The city of Florence is our flagship international internship location, and the city our team has been placing interns in since 2001. Our program is designed to provide you with valuable career and real world experience plus experiencing everything Florence has to offer. Florence offers unparalleled opportunities in fashion, art, business, museum and gallery management, and so much more. Internships are 8 or 12 weeks long and take place in the summer, spring, and fall.
An international internship gives you a unique glimpse inside life in Florence and a chance to immerse yourself in the passion and historical brilliance of the city. A unique feature of our Italian programs is the language course you will be enrolled in before the start of your internship. With an internship through Global Experiences, you’ll be living like a Florentine in no time!
This was easily the greatest decision I have made. Through this program, I have made the greatest friends and discovered the most beautiful city in the world. My internship was so enjoyable and educational. Global Experiences not only gave me an experience for a lifetime but It has also helped guide me in figuring out exactly what I want to do with my life. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything!
Salisbury University - Video Production
Interning abroad was the best decision I've ever made! GE helped me to find the perfect placement, making my experience the best it could possibly be. They put me in an environment where I thrived work wise and a place where it helped me to meet other people.
Salisbury University - Marketing
My time in Florence was amazing! This was exactly what I was looking for! The Global Experiences staff was incredibly helpful and supportive along the way. I would recommend this experience to anybody looking for growth in their major and personally. I'm incredibly grateful that I was given this opportunity!
Universidad Anahuac - Event Planning
My three months in Florence was a dream true! I would recommend anyone intern abroad especially in Florence. Europe has definitely enhanced my level of independence and has made me more worldly overall. Overall, the food, culture, beautiful scenery and amazing relationships I created along the way made this experience all the more wonderful!
York University - Art Gallery
My time in Florence Italy was by far one of my most valuable experiences I have ever had. I used this amazing time abroad to learn about my surroundings as well as myself. I walked away from this experience a well-rounded individual and ready to start my career in the fashion industry. Interning abroad has been the best decision I have made!
West Virginia University - Fashion Business
This summer have been amazing in so many ways, from the beginning to the end. I had the possibility to see my career from a new perspective. I've been travelling since I was pretty young but this time it was more than just a vacation, it was a whole new learning experience not just because of the work but also because it is so different to be living in another country. I’m so glad I did this program and I highly recommend it.
Universidad de las Américas Puebla - Architecture
The Global Experiences internship program in Florence, Italy provides much more than just an internship placement. We get to know you as a person, your background, and your career goals. This way we can match you with the best internship and host company available. With nearly 14 years of experience connecting students with Florentine employers, we have created a personalized system to ensure a tailored placement. Browse our Italy internships!
This studio is a new concept of the fashion photographers studio: rental equipment, video, production, marketing, fashion stylist, makeup service, and model service all-in-one to make the difference! The idea candidate will have prior coursework in fashion, fashion history, photography, and styling. They will need to be very flexible, humble, and have to have the gumption to do all and to learn!
This English-speaking tour operator has been customizing and operating personalized tours around Florence and Tuscany for over 20 years. They specialize in outdoor activities including hiking, biking, food and wine tours, and tours in vintage Fiat 500 cars. Internship tasks may include but are not limited to assistance with social media and online marketing. A perk to this internship is oftentimes you can join their dynamic tours and serve as a photographer, meeting people from all over the world, exploring historic wineries, and eating amazing Tuscan food!
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.
This company creates comprehensive systems involving language. Interns will be responsible for website content and will assist on business, marketing and advertising projects. Responsibilities will mix between business and IT technology.
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.
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.
This studio is an important architectural studio of global design in Florence. From the concept of design to the classic architectonic language: every single part contributes to create the whole masterpiece. The studio expresses their vision of a 360° approach to living in and interacting with the available space. The ideal candidate for this position will be someone with good interior design and architectural skills (or relevant classwork) and versed in different architecture design programs.
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.
The goal and mission of this museum is to conserve and enhance the city’s art heritage, making it available for public enjoyment in the broadest and most democratic manner possible. They represent a public service, with cultural and social functions, and a right of the citizens. This museum is responsible for the management, conservation, and valorisation of a heritage of works of art that also includes the numerous collections that the City Council has received in the form of bequests and donations from collectors, artists, and civic institutions. The ideal candidate will have prior study in art, and communication, with an "art attitude" and the flexibility to work on various projects.
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. The ideal candidate will have a degree in art, museums, or gallery management. Additionally, strong computer and PR skills are a must to excel in this internship placement.
This company's purpose is to develop and offer answers to the discomfort of children and young people and their families both in prevention that the recovery and enhancement of personal resources to change the way that developments in their lives. Interns here would be working on the ground and having a direct and meaningful impact on all those with whom they work. Responsibilities would revolve around business development, partner acquisition and general marketing outreach.
This company organizes sailing regattas all over Italy and abroad to entertain for up to 500 people! They also organize many other corporate sailing events and plan days of programming, training, and team building. Interns here will work on general business management, client contact, event planning, marketing, PR, and working on specific campaigns and projects.
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.
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.The ideal candidate will have extensive culinary coursework and experience.
In the historical center of Florence, a few steps from the Duomo, this restaurant offers its own creative fusion cuisine in a setting decorated in a high-tech and modern style. Here you can try the reinterpretation of Tuscan traditional dishes for the modern diner! They bring innovation and technology to the Florentine dining scene and allow guests to view the menu and place orders via an iPad on their table! The intern will be involved in all the activities of the restaurant, from the cooking classes to culinary art, learning and assisting the chef.
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. The ideal candidate will have ample culinary coursework and experience.
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 the managing of events.
This firm creates extraordinary events and is a leading company in the field of planning and the organization of events, conferences, and the handling of public relations and communication. Founded in Florence in 2009, the agency has established itself thanks to its ability to achieve high-level initiatives in the most prestigious and challenging locations. The ideal candidate will have prior study in communication, marketing and event planning. The intern will be a very proactive and positive person with the ability to think on the fly and contribute from day one.
This event planner organizes events that deal with culinary tourism and trips throughout Italy. The intern should have prior study in marketing and/or event planning and communication. Graphic design skills are desirable. Interns should not be shy and should be flexible and communicative. Having a passion for food definitely makes this experience even more worthwhile.
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 gives the interns a once-in-a-lifetime fashion experience. Intern tasks may include assisting the stylist during fashion shows, photo-shoots, and fittings as well as helping to select clothing and accessories to showcase during events.
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 enterprise, attend meetings, select merchandise for presenting collections, work with international clients, and assist the marketing team.
This showroom is a collective representation of several labels that are 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, the unpacking and pricing of new collections, and visual merchandising for clothes and accessories that are organized in the showroom.
For sixty years, this design company has been creating elegant and modern wedding gowns, that are always one step ahead of the moment's fashion. Their single-brand boutique and 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, as well as in the most notable 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.
This Florentine jewelry company has a long history. The jewels that are presented in this company's collection, which range from the most classic lines to the most versatile and contemporary, are the result of the soul of the company and the union between their design department and production workshop. This department and workshop is coordinated by the master goldsmith, who through his passion is always able to transfer excellent technical skills to all employees, along with enthusiasm and creativity. It is with these methods that the company is able to provide its customers with a unique product that can only be defined as exclusive.
This designer established her first Atelier in 1984 and has been creating beautiful pieces, using vintage and unique fabrics, in Florence ever since. An intern in this placement will assist with the sewing, draping, cutting, and measuring of dresses.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Established in 2006, this Australian interior design company that creates innovative brand experiences no matter the size or scale of the space. A team from varied experiences and backgrounds work together to create and bring an holistic design service to life. The ideal intern will have a passion for interior design with creative and modern design skills.
This firm offers a full-service boutique design experience. They are currently working on a mix of project types including residential, commercial office, and restaurant / hospitality design. Located in midtown Manhattan, their project sites range from Manhattan and outlying boroughs including Brooklyn and Queens. With a large number of employees, the company stresses project collaboration and team work. The interior design intern will work closely with the Principal Designer on a day-to-day basis. A typical day is a mix of in-office design work and traveling to job sites and material showrooms.
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 focus on writing articles for their website/blog as well as writing and editing content for their social media pages. You will also be in charge of taking photos and generally managing the social media aspect of the company. Writing articles and blog posts will be on various events in Florence, Italian culture and additionally some locations outside of your host city.
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.
This is a young and experienced company in Florence that offers tours, excursions and other activities to young travelers. Internship tasks will focus around tourism marketing and may include: creating brochures, social media marketing after the trips, writing descriptions of the trips, and graphic design projects for the website.
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 occasionally accompanying the partners to court. Law students with intermediate to advanced Italian skills are ideal.
This law studio is a civil and penal Italian law studio. The lawyer is also a curator for New York Universtiy in Florence and handles issues related to international law. Interns with strong Italian language skills and an interest in Italian/International Law are preferred. Qualified candidates will find themselves participating in client meetings, performing case study research and working alongside a tutor within Italian court law.
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. 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.
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.
This studio is a new concept of the fashion photographers studio: rental equipment, video, production, marketing, fashion stylist., makeup service, model service. This innovative company prides themselves in not only being an all-in-one studio, but also specializing in every service that they offer! The ideal candidate will have prior study in fashion, fashion history, photography, and styling. They will need to be very flexible and very humble, and have to have the gumption to do all and to learn!
This is a photography company specializing in managing photo and video productions in Italy and worldwide. From fashion images to advertising campaigns, from TV Commercials to viral video for new media, from look books to video-catalogs, all of these services are offered to the clients with experience, creativity and an ongoing search for innovation.
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. 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.
This organization works with the elderly in need. They provide long-term housing, a befriending service, and support in the community. They endeavor to support elderly citizens in ways that meet their needs while maximizing their independence through a wide range of services, both statutory and voluntary. The intern's responsibilities would be to perform community outreach and interact with clients, conduct research, and advocate on behalf of the organization and its services.
This is a marketing and communications company seeking web designers to assist them with their website. Interns will handle a variety of tasks in addition to traditional web design responsibilities. Possible projects may include but are not limited to: website analysis, link building and tracking, social media marketing, customer reporting and general administration.
This outpatient clinical treatment center, specializing in a nutritional approach to mental health problems, offers a comprehensive assessment of biochemical imbalances that can contribute to mental health problems, and advice to correct these imbalances as a means to restore health. For someone interested in enhancing their cover letter for graduate school applications, this internship is a dream placement! The role entails client file data collection and analysis, observation of consultations conducted by clinical psychologists and psychiatrists, and assisting with the general operation of the center, including fielding clients’ queries. The ideal candidate will have excellent research, phone and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to contribute to the administration of the clinic.
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.
Global Experiences is currently working with several companies whose core services include web design, video gaming, social media strategies, online marketing, and online media. Students should know HTML, Adobe Creative Suites, and ideally the ability to write code. All locations reside in Dublin's city centre and within walking distance to Dublin's many highlights.
The career fields listed on the website are just a sample of what is available. Even if you don't see what you're looking for, doesn't mean that it's not a possibility. Think about what kind of work you would like to partake in and where your interests lie. Want to find out all your opportunities? Inquire now and one of our knowledgeable Admissions Counselors will get in contact with you.
Our team at Global Experiences is committed to getting to know you and, helping you get the right experience to find your dream career. Each program in Florence includes personalized career development, social events (wine tour in Tuscany, anyone?), housing, language training, and much more!
Offering a wide variety of internship opportunities ranging from fashion design to event planning to journalism and nearly everything in-between, Florence is an idyllic place to dive into your passions and gain a lasting international internship experience. Once accepted, all of our interns are given extensive one-on-one career coaching to best prepare them for their internship in Italy. Our award-winning Career Readiness program provides interns with the tools they need to work and live in Florence with confidence.
Summer and semester students start the program with intensive Italian Language, one week for summer students and two weeks for semester students.
All of our advisors have traveled and lived internationally, and are eager to mentor our interns through the entire application process. We assist with the visa process, and our close ties with international embassies make us a reliable resource throughout the entirety of your Florence interning experience.
At Global Experiences, we guarantee an internship to all participants accepted into our internship programs. Admission to the program is based on a combination of relevant college or university level course work, relevant work experience and an assessment of maturity and readiness for a professional abroad experience.
We work with applicants on a one-to-one basis to understand their skills, talents, and expectations. By getting to know your academic background, career objectives, language proficiency, and overall expectations for your time in Florence, we are able to place you in a dynamic work environment providing real-world work experience.
Once a good match is found, all interns will interview by phone or skype with their supervisor before the placement is confirmed. When you arrive on location and you start at your internship we will help support you and ensure you make the most of your placement including on-site check-ins and coaching.
Included in all the programs is the award winning Global Career Readiness Prorgam which combines assessment, coaching and experiences to connect students academic experience with their professional ambitions. We take a Strengths based approach and focus on helping every participant meet their potential and find a career their love.
Core Components Include
Global Experiences is built by a team of passionate and experienced travelers, who love working with our participants to help them get ready for both living and interning abroad. We know that it is a big step to move to an unfamiliar city, make new friends, and explore a unique culture, all while going to work every day. This is where your program advisor and location coordinator will become your new travel experience advisors, taking care of you from the day you join the program, to the day you head home.
Your advisor will help you prepare for what will become the most life changing experience that you may ever have, including helping you navigate through travel bookings, visa requirements, academic credit and financing questions, as well as any nerves you have about living in a new city. We will help you get to know the rest of the program group so you'll have friends as soon as you arrive on location, and get a head start on weekend travel planning.
Florence is a small-to-medium-sized European city with most residents living in apartments, and many of the homes being over 100 years old.
To ensure interns can experience "living like the locals," we include housing in student apartments located near main areas, or close to public transport lines. Interns can expect to live in a shared bedroom in a shared apartment with other participants on the Global Experiences program, or other students attending language or study programs in the city. The apartments are fully furnished, with a shared kitchen and the necessary amenities, including Wi-Fi.
All participants take a roommate questionnaire to help our team assess the right housing match for you. If you have any special needs, please mention this to a Global Experiences staff member at your time of application and we will discuss accommodation options available.
Included in your program are many essential travel services to help your experience be as easy as possible so you an focus on enjoying your new home and rocking your internship.
Global Experiences program team in Florence are lead by qualified staff that is trained and supervised by our head office in Annapolis, Maryland, USA.
Your program coordinator on location will get to know you before you depart and will meet you on arrival in your new home. As a local of the city, all of our location staff are experienced in providing hands-on support to new visitors to the city. There can be lots of adjustments and culture shock when you first arrive, but we are more than ready to help you feel comfortable and get to know the amazing new culture in your new city. You will have an outline of events and experiences to take part in as well as plenty of opportunities to give your career skills an extra boost so you come home not just as a world traveler, but also ready to take a big step forward in your journey to finding a career you love.
Add Academic Credit to your Program
Adding credit can allow students to access existing financial aid options and gain credit towards graduation for many majors. This is suitable for students who attend a university that does not offer credit for internships. For more information please discuss your situation with your program consultant at time of application.
You can add optional transfer credit to your program through our school of record, Fairfield University.
Option 1: Summer, 3-6 Credits, $600
Option 2: Semester, up to 9 Credits, $900
Join us for a summer, spring, or fall semester internship in Florence to get an edge in your career. Review the program dates and prices below or get in touch with our team to talk about financing options. All programs start with a week of proactive Italian language training in the summer and two weeks in the spring and fall semester.
May 26-July 20
Aug 25-Nov 16
Jan 5-March 29
Season: Spring 2020
Start Date: 01/05/2020
Length: 12 Weeks
Full Program Tuition: $7,990 USD
2019 Early Admissions: Not Available
Season: Summer 2019
Start Date: 05/26/2019
Length: 8 Weeks
Full Program Tuition: $6,990 USD
2019 Early Admissions: Not Available
Season: Fall 2019
Start Date: 08/25/2019
Length: 12 Weeks
Full Program Tuition: $7,990 USD
2018 Early Admissions: Not Available
Global Experiences' international internship programs are designed to complement a student's academic degree program. You could earn credit from your own institution, from our School of Record, or one of our partner schools.
There are many options for gaining credit and securing financial aid for your internship abroad program and we're happy to help you find what works best for you.
For internships in Florence, Italy, you must be a current university student or must have graduated within 12-months of the internship start date and hold a valid passport*. All participants must be 18 years or older and have relevant university coursework and/or professional experience within their proposed career field.
Please contact us if you have any questions regarding your eligibility for an internship program.