Academic Internships abroad
Throughout the year, we offer a rich variety of customized academic internships in Italy. Our academic internships are field‐based learning experience combining study, observation, and placement with an organization.
Students receive mentoring from the Gustolab International academic advisor and learning facilitator. Additionally, they will receive guidance from their internship site supervisor.
Internships are unpaid, and focus on developing skills and academic insights in new settings, languages and cultures.
By completing an internship abroad, you will gain a competitive advantage for your future career.
We customize your placements according to your background, expertise & needs. Examples include:
- Sustainable farming or learning about a specific product such as cheese in Italy.
- Coffee and culture of coffee in Italy
- Innovative startups working on sustainability, the green economy or the food industry.
- Food and wine journalism
- The Mediterranean culture, working with experts or nutritionists.
- Food justice, food activism, educating consumers about sustainable behaviors
What is included?
Six to eight hours a day on experiential learning at the placement site, a research project & Italian language instruction.
Cultural & safety orientations, professional skills & intercultural communication seminar.
Support of Academic Supervisor, Onsite supervisor & Learning Facilitator.
Experiential co-curricular activities & a research symposium
Shared accommodations in furnished apartments or possibility to be hosted at the internship site.
Group airport pickup and transfer, check-in support, 24/7 emergency assistance & logistical support
Who can apply?
Undergraduate and graduate students interested in food studies, sustainability, food production, food systems, marketing, business, hospitality, gastronomic tourism, nutrition, psychology, anthropology and more.
Scholars, researchers, and professionals are encouraged to inquire.
Get details about application deadlines, credits and other details below.
Spring or Fall
December 1 for Spring
March 15 for Fall
Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate students. Professionals and scholars are also welcome to apply. If you are a freshman or sophomore and would like to petition to apply, please contact us.
Our academic internship is unique and designed to help students gain an international working experience while learning Italian as well as specific topics such as intercultural communication. The student’s time is divided between the working and the learning experience. During the working experience, students will work on projects for Italian organizations, focus on the food, sustainability & related fields, have the possibility to work in teams, and receive mentorship through weekly check-ins. During the learning experience, students will gain knowledge through short independent learning modules about food & sustainability, connect with professionals and peers through
virtual sessions, workshops, and discussions, receive Italian language instruction with an instructor, have the support of a learning facilitator in their online & cross-cultural learning
experience, learn to narrate and think critically about their entire experience by completing graded assignments. At the end of the program, students will present their experience in a virtual symposium. Knowledge of a second language or familiarity with the Italian language is helpful but not required. Internships are unpaid.
- LENGTH: 4 or 8 weeks.
- CREDITS: This internship is approved as ESM 404 for 4 credits by Portland State University, our School of Record. PSU is on the quarter-system calendar. Semester credits from other accredited United States schools may be converted to PSU’s credits by multiplying by 1.5. See more Please work with your home university study abroad office to assure full credit. If you would like to petition for more hours, please contact us.
- TUITION FEE: TBA. Fee includes mentoring, placement and supervision, Italian language instruction, workshops, learning modules, weekly check-ins, cultural mediation application and internship paperwork.
Spring, Summer, Fall
October 31 for Spring
January 15 for Summer
March 15 for Fall
Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate students. Professionals and scholars are also welcome to apply. If you are a freshman or sophomore and would like to petition to apply, please contact us. No prior study of Italian is required.
Interns work in a specific field within an organization dealing with some aspect of food systems, sustainability or the students field of interest. Learning objectives, professional development goals and expected results for the research project are designed together with the GLi academic director, the GLi learning facilitator, and an onsite supervisor. In 2021, placements are available in Rome or in the Lazio region surrounding Rome.
- LENGTH: 4, 8 or 12 weeks.
- CREDITS: This internship is approved as ESM 404 for 4 credits by Portland State University(PSU). PSU is on the quarter-system calendar. Semester credits from other accredited United States schools may be converted to PSU’s credits by multiplying by 1.5. Learn more Please work with your home university study abroad office to assure full credit. If you would like to petition for more hours, please contact us.
- TUITION FEE: Depends on length of internship. Includes mentoring, placement and supervision, Italian language instruction, research project supervision, academic and co-curricular field trips, orientation costs, transportation monthly pass, 24/7 Emergency support, application and internship paperwork, work health’s insurance, 24/7 Covid-19 Medical Advisor, IGM Routine Covid-19 tests, accommodations, airport pickup and transfer, & logistical support. International airfare not included. Customized prices are available.
- ACCOMMODATIONS: All students will live in one building with individual small suites. Each suite will have a single bed, ensuite bathroom, and small kitchenette (furnished with pots, pans, dishes, cutlery, refrigerator, stove (please note – no microwaves)). Bedsheets, blankets, and pillows are provided in bedrooms and towels are provided in bathrooms. The suite will also have a desk/table WiFi connection, washing machine, a drying rack, a heater and A/C for the summer, first aid kit, smoke detector, a landline or cell phone with an Italian number for emergencies. Reception area and Doorman 24/7. The suites will be cleaned daily adhering to best practices for Covid-19. The building is 20-25 minute walking distance from school near the Vatican area. Only single suites provided for Covid-19 prevention reasons. For internships outside of Rome but inside Latium, if the one-way commute to the site is more than 1-2 hours, the student will have the option of residing in a single mini flat located closer to the internship site.
- PLACEMENT LOCATIONS: Rome and surrounding areas. We are also able to accommodate requests for placements in other parts of Italy such as Emilia Romagna, Calabria, Campania and Sicily.
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