Florence Internship Profiles

Devin King (International Relations - San Pietro Igneo Hospital)

“At this internship in the orthopedic division of the Hospital of San Pietro Igneo in Fucecchio, Italy, I had the opportunity to sit in on several orthopedic total joint replacement surgeries and collaborate on an orthopedic study on the efficacy of Total Hip Arthroplasty (THA). This orthopedic division is considered among the most prestigious in the nation and includes top doctors such as Doctor Pierfrancesco Indelli and world renowned Professor Massimiliano Marcucci. These doctors want to assess their success rates in THA operations and compare two brands of prosthetic implants. Therefore, in addition to shadowing operations and being able to ask questions while the surgeons are operating, I was also helping conduct a trial which follows 100 THA patients and their recovery respective to surgery type and prosthesis brand. This paper was published in the November 2012 issue of the Journal of Orthopaedic Science.”

Keith Calix (International Relations - COSPE)

“While in Florence, I was interning with COSPE (Co-operation for the Development of Emerging Countries), an NGO that specializes in education development and human rights promotion in developing communities. Considering my interest in education development, COSPE was an incredible experience for me. I worked with my supervisors Maria Omodeo and Marco Marigo on drafting a grant proposal to the European Commission for a project that plans to invest in school reform for children of the minority Tsaatan Community in Mongolia and increase female retention rates. This was a wonderful opportunity for me to understand the policy aspect of development. In addition my internship included volunteering at the Paolo Uccello intermediary school where I helped teach English classes and intercultural exchange classes with children of Chinese immigrants. This aspect of my work was very rewarding, not only because it is relevant to my coursework in Florence, but also because it provided me a unique opportunity to learn about relevant issues affecting members of the Florentine community.”

Anna Ponting (Urban Studies - Tour Guide at the Florence Baptistery)

“I am an Urban Studies major at Stanford, minoring also in Modern Languages and Architecture, so being a tour guide at the Florence Baptistery is perfect. I get to learn about the history of the city, see and understand beautiful art, and get a backstage look at the Duomo, Baptistery, and Campanile. It’s also great being the teacher and not the student—people are always so grateful to be learning the fun facts about Florence. Not only do I know the city and its history better, but I get to interact with Italians in a laid back, yet professional setting.”

Ann Manly (Art Studio - Galleria Civico 69) 

“I interned during the middle of my second quarter abroad with the Bing Overseas Program in Florence. Staying two quarters allowed me to really get settled in the community in Florence and, among other things, do an internship. I worked at a small contemporary art gallery and café called Galleria Civico 69. The gallery is run by a young woman named Daniela and her assistant, Francesca. Both are very sweet and bright women, trying to encourage interest in emerging Italian artists. The gallery frequently hosts events such as exhibit openings, concerts and book readings. It also offers painting and photography lessons. It is very active in the community and does quite a lot for such a humble enterprise. My job at the gallery was mostly doing graphic design. I created posters, flyers and business cards for them. We also worked on a catalogue of the gallery’s permanent art collection. For this, I translated all of their artist biographies into English. Working at the gallery was a fun and interesting way for me to get to know more of the Florentine community. Often, time spent at my work consisted simply of me discussing art with my co-workers and gallery patrons. It was a wonderful opportunity for me to learn about Italian contemporary art and meet artists and critics that frequent the gallery.”

Savannah Haynes (International Relations/ Sociology - Poli Law Firm)

“I am a junior with a double major in Sociology and International Relations and while I was abroad I did an internship at the Poli Law Firm. Mr. Poli, the Senior Partner, had me do research on professional legal societies in the US and the UK in order to learn more about their benefits and drawbacks. This was of importance because Italy is currently in the process of developing professional legal societies. At first I was a bit apprehensive because I was worried that I would not add anything to their office (because I am not in law school, have limited knowledge of the Italian language, and am not informed about the Italian legal system); however, everyone in the office was very accommodating and gave me tasks which I was capable of accomplishing.”

Natasha Hicks (Architectural Design - Arcabi Associates)

“My name is Natasha Hicks, and I am an Architectural Design Major in the class of 2013. I had the opportunity while in Florence to intern at Arcabi Associates, an architecture firm that specializes in the fashion sector. I worked on a large-scale mall the firm is designing in China, producing renderings in Photoshop and AutoCAD. This was a tremendous opportunity for me, not only to experience how an architecture firm functions overseas, but also for my language. While only a couple people in the office speak Italian, I was able to improve my language skills through interactions with my coworkers as well as operating programs like Photoshop and AutoCAD in Italian.”