Intern in Florence

Program Information

On Intern in Florence, your international internship will be tailored to your personal, academic, and professional goals. We’ll work with you one-on-one to find the perfect placement. Start getting excited about:

A customized internship in Italy – We know you aren’t traveling to Italy to scoop gelato or service bicycles. Don’t worry. Our internships take into account your career goals, interests, and skills. Our international internships will offer you opportunities in a variety of subject fields. We will customize the experience just for you! If you are interested in fashion, art, or architecture, we have got you covered! We can even offer internships in law, nutrition, counseling or even wedding planning! Whatever your study or interest, Florence will have an internship waiting for you!

Learn Italian - You’ll take 3 weeks of intensive Italian language that will begin at the same time as your internship and have the option of adding on 3 additional weeks or having a private tutor!

All the flexibility you need – Perhaps you want to work in Florence for the full semester. Or maybe you are looking for a rewarding international experience over the summer. Either way, we can accommodate you! Our internships can be 6 weeks, a full semester, or anything in between.

Amazing food options- You’ll eat delicious Italian cuisine from family-owned restaurants found everywhere in Florence. You can also buy food at the two-story market in the city center to make your own Italian food at home.

Easy traveling- You can easily take a plane or train to explore anywhere in the rest of Italy, or even the rest of Europe!

360° Networking Toolkit - You will receive business cards, resume/interview coaching, and an internship completion certificate. You’ll also gain access to a seminar series on topics such as developing and maximizing a LinkedIn account, interview expectations, adding the experience to your resume, and more! Jump-start your career with our global network!

Highlights and Excursions

If you've ever wanted an international internship in Italy, then check out our Intern in Florence program! Here are a few of the key highlights that make this program unique.

  • Diverse internship placements 
  • Get a full description of your internship placement before you leave so you can feel confident and prepared! 
  • Italian language courses get you exploring the city and practicing with the locals 
  • Intensive Italian-language course and optional private Italian-language tutoring 
  • Work in Florence with Italians and people from all over the world 
  • Comprehensive orientation and on-site support 
  • A full cultural calendar allows you to enjoy Florence’s best music, art, dance, and food 
  • Cook for yourself in your apartment or enjoy food from the local market and many restaurants 
  • Everything you could ever need or want is within walking distance of the city center 
  • Tours of Florence included in Italian Language courses

Intern in Florence students will participate in a number of activities around the city designed to get you out and about and exploring all that Florence has to offer. In addition to those activities, you will have the opportunity to take a couple of day or weekend excursions so you can see what the rest of Italy has to offer. Here are just a few of the places you may be visiting:

Milan Known worldwide as a global fashion capital, Milan is beautiful, yes, but there is so much more to it than catwalks and designer purses. Milan is the business center of Italy, but also doesn’t shy away from being important in art, sport, music, culture, and of course cuisine! Set alongside the Navigli Canal, in Milan there are hundreds of monuments, churches, libraries, palaces, museums, paintings and theaters waiting to be explored, because if you dig below the surface in this fabulous city, you will find that its beauty is more than skin deep!

Capri Capri is the perfect microcosm of the Mediterranean; displaying impossibly blue waters, classic piazzas, Roman ruins and unbelievable ocean views. This stunning island set off the Tyrrhenian Sea boasts two beautiful marinas as well as chic boutiques, trattorias, blue caves and limestone sea-stacks makes Capri the perfect place for a tranquil getaway.

Venice Known worldwide as the floating city, Venice is a spectacular feat of mans’ imagination and sheer determination. But this city of history, art and romance has a dirty secret; it is also a cosmopolitan powerhouse. Walk along the narrow, crooked alleys and sure, you will find marble statues and ancient palazzo, but you will also find eyebrow raising contemporary artists, punk-rock cello musicians and the most modern of modern fashions. With 117 small islands, take your time in this breathtaking city, because you just never know what you may find.


While interning in Florence, you will live in shared apartments with other students from around the world. The student apartments house between four and six students and are fully furnished with multiple bedrooms* and bathrooms, as well as a living/dining space. Each apartment comes with bed linens, pillows, refrigerator, oven, stove, basic cookware and eating-ware, and a washing machine. Internet is also included and available in each apartment. The apartments are self-catered meaning you would need to prepare your own meals, however the apartments are within walking distance of markets and restaurants where students can purchase food and other supplies. You will be in close proximity to the campus as well as museums which allow you to meet and socialize with new friends.

*Bedrooms are shared between at least two students, some bedrooms may be shared between three or more students. You may request a single bedroom for an extra fee.

A home-stay option is available upon special request. Your home-stay might be further from campus than the apartments and there are a limited amount of families who participate so if you are interested, please let your program coordinator know during your application process. Please also note that this housing option has a supplement fee.


Placements include communication and publishing; culinary arts; digital imaging and visual arts; fashion; fine arts; hospitality; international education program management; performing arts; restaurant management; special event management; teaching assistantship; and wine industry.

Campus Setting



Contact your academic advisor for ways you can obtain credit for your internship.

GPA Requirement



English and Italian

Program Dates

Term: Spring 2014*

Arrival Session A/Orientation: January 3
Classes start: January 3

Arrival Session B: January 24
Orientation: January 25
Classes start: January 28

Arrival Session C: February 21
Orientation: February 22
Classes start: February 25

Arrival Session D: March 21
Orientation: March 22
Classes start: March 25

Term: Summer 2014*

Arrival Session 1: May 18
Departure: June 28 / July 19 / August 9

Arrival Session 2: June 8
Departure: July 19 / August 9

Arrival Session 3: June 29
Departure: August 9

*For all sessions, Interns may choose to stay for 6, 9, 12 or 15 weeks. Please contact your IEPabroad advisor for details about departure dates based on your desired program length.

Program Fee

6 weeks - 15 weeks: $4,240 - $6,540*

*Costs may change at any time due to the current exchange rate.


  • Internship placement and support
  • Housing and partial meal plan
  • Pre-departure and onsite orientation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Medical & accident insurance
  • 3 weeks of intensive Italian-language classes
  • Carbon offset of travel & Green Travel Guide
  • 5 meal vouchers per week

How to Apply

  • Set up an appointment with Frances Weiner,
  • Apply 90 days (in complete) before the first day of their start month.
  • Fill out the CISabroad Online Application
  • Pay the $200 application deposit*

*This is NOT an extra fee, but is a non-refundable deposit applied towards your total program fee. You will be directed to pay this after completing the online application.

Past Interns

"I was warmed by the Italian culture. It is one vastly different from that of the USA. It opened my eyes to a new way of life."


To see what it's like to Intern in Florence, read journals and view photos from the IEP Online Community.