Gain an international working experience from the comfort of your home!

Our virtual academic internship program combines instruction & projects with Italian organizations to give you a unique experience

Academic Internship dates: November – December 2020 (TBC, 4 weeks)

Application deadline: October 31, 2020


Our virtual academic internship program is designed to help participants gain an international working experience while learning.


During the working experience, participants will

  • work on projects for Italian organizations.
  • focus on the food, sustainability & related fields
  • have the possibility to work in teams. 
  • receive mentorship through weekly check-ins.

During the learning experience, participants 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, participants will present their experience in a virtual symposium.


Participants who complete all academic components of the internship will receive a Gustolab International Record of Study.


Gustolab International can give support to students interested in pursuing credits from their home university where available.


Internships are unpaid, and focus on developing skills and insights in new settings, languages and cultures. Click here to learn more about the program including requirements, policies and more.



University students (both undergraduate and graduate) and independent professionals from all fields of study.  They will be particularly suitable to those interested in food studies, food systems, sustainability, environmental studies,  cultural tourism, gastronomic studies, food heritage, sustainable hospitality, agribusiness, nutrition and food science. 


Students enrolled at a university need to have a GPA of at least 2.5 to participate in the program and be in good academic and social standing at their home university. 


Knowledge of a second language or familiarity with Italian language is helpful but not required



The tuition fee of the virtual academic internship is $2,005.


BONUS! By participating in the program, you will get a discount of $1,000 for future enrollment in an onsite (In Italy) 2021 spring or fall Gustolab International open program. The value of the discount remains the same regardless of how many online courses you take with us during 2020.


Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis. The last day to submit an application is October 31, 2020. Contact us if you have any questions.