Florence Research & Internships

Internship Opportunities

Highly qualified and motivated students coming to Florence are encouraged to participate in our internship program.  Mentored internships provide students with the opportunity to gain invaluable academic and professional experience in a foreign country. They also offer students in-depth exposure to Italian organizations and companies, enabling them to improve their Italian skills and to increase their knowledge of Italian professional communities and of how business is conducted outside of the U.S.  Successfully completing an internship abroad is something that truly stands out on your résumé and demonstrates that you are not only culturally savvy but also professional, adaptable, and have excellent communication skills.

  • Internships can be taken for academic credit or can be done as a way to gain international work experience.
  • If taken for credit they can be 1-5 units, letter grade optional, and must be taken above twelve units of Stanford in Florence coursework.
  • Students will be required to sign a formal work contract and to respect their assigned hours. Students who are taking the internship for academic credit are required to submit weekly response papers in Italian and a final paper or project to Stanford’s Internship Coordinator.
  • On-site internship mentors will provide frequent reports to Stanford and will submit a final evaluation of the intern.
  • Interested students should begin discussing their proposals with the Florence Program’s Internship Coordinator by the end of the 4th week of the quarter before the start of the internship.
  • All students need to do a preliminary interview with Stanford’s internship coordinator and then with the internship host.
  • Students who are taking the internship for academic credit are required to submit weekly response papers in Italian and a final paper or project to Stanford’s Internship Coordinator.

Please note that all final decisions regarding placement are at the discretion of the internship hosts and will be based on availability, students’ relevant academic and professional experiences and language skills.

For a selected list of internships in the fields of Art, Business, Medicine, Public Health, Fashion, Journalism, Publishing, Politics and NGOs, among others, please see the list of selected internships.

To read selected student internship profiles, please view the internship profiles page.

Research Opportunities

Students in Florence are encouraged to be ambitious and resourceful in taking advantage of the unique research opportunities offered by studying overseas. If you plan to stay more than one quarter, you will have the option of doing a research project during your second or third quarter in Florence. You are advised to work in close consultation with both the center director and your faculty advisor to plan a project. All plans must be approved by the center director well in advance of the intended quarter of research.

Student Grants for Research Overseas

Undergraduate Advising and Research (UAR) administers several grants that can support research overseas, including the Quarterly and Major Grants. Help to prepare for the grant competitions is available via email. For deadlines, directions, and specific policies regarding off-campus research, please visit the UAR student grants website.