Saint Francis University students have internship opportunities in Parma, Italy for one month during the summer. And the options are numerous!
The city of Parma, nestled between Florence and Milano in the Emilia Romagna Region of northern Italy is mostly known for its production of cheese and prosciutto, but also happens to lay claim to a 1000 year-old university (with a medical school), Pasta Barilla (you see it on your store shelves), a newspaper, sports teams, and so much more.
This internship provides students with opportunities for cross-cultural study at countless sites in and around Parma, Italy. Every internship is customized to students' interests and career goals. Placements can include any approved discipline at cooperating agencies, hospitals, museums, or other appropriate venues for purposes of expanding cultural, social, and/or disciplinary perspectives as related to the global community.
Potential interns will complete an online contract in addition to the application. These particular internships not only require on-site attendance, but also a presentation on campus during Multicultural Week.
Students pursuing almost any field of study may be interested in a HUM 398-399 Internship. Past experiences include: nursing students who had the opportunity to shadow in several hospital settings; occupational therapy students who participated in a seminar in Bologna and visited OT patients at the hospital and OT garden; political science students who attended local political gatherings and visited the Senate in Rome; public health students who shadowed a doctor in the Parma Hospital to study the Italian Public Health system.
Additional internships may be arranged (fermentation, biology, neuroscience, journalism, sports management, etc.).
*NOTE: Humanities Internships for students in the School of Health Sciences are strictly hands-off and are not related to professional-level coursework.
Requests for other internship opportunities may be made to:Mary Jean Bujdos, Italian Language Facultymbujdos@francis.edu814.472.3222
Interns are housed in a residence hall in Parma. Each room normally accommodates two students and is equipped with a bathroom and kitchen. In addition, a free washing machine and maid service is included. The doors of the residence are locked at all times, and must be accessed with a key.
All internship sites are easily accessible by bicycle (included in the price of the program) or by bus if preferred.
Meals (not included in the cost of the program) may be purchased at any of the many cafes in Parma or prepared in the student's own kitchen with local ingredients.
Excursions are included in the cost of the program and will include visits to castles, cheese factories and Prosciutto factories.
Students will be provided with a TrenItalia Pass for 6 days of travel anywhere in Italy. With this pass, students are free to plan their own excursions and have a completely unique Italian experience every weekend.
Students may also explore the city easily by pedaling around just like the locals.
The program fee is approximately $3,600 plus tuition for 5 credits. The price is subject to change based on airfares.
Program fee includes:
Interested students must return the completed program application to the Office for Study Abroad (15 Francis Hall) along with, a copy of their passport (or passport application) and a deposit of $300 made payable to Saint Francis University.
*Note: Previous health, academic, or disciplinary problems may influence a students' ability to participate in this program.
Internships in Italy Application
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