Academic Internship Program

The SUF Academic Internship Program provides students unique opportunities to gain firsthand experience working in an Italian business, artistic or cultural institution or NGO while earning academic credit towards an undergraduate degree. 

The type of work an intern does varies according to the nature of the host organization and the student’s academic objectives, but the basic structure of all internships is the same: an assignment(s) carried out on site followed by a final project which reflects upon, or in some way sums up, the student’s experience from an academic standpoint. 

Internships are offered for academic credit only. The final grade reflects both the quality of the work carried out on site and the degree of professionalism and reliability demonstrated throughout the internship. 

If you would like to gain intercultural work experience and distinguish yourself in the academic and professional worlds, find out more about SUF’s Academic Internship Program through the links below.

Applying for an Internship

To apply for an internship:

  1. Review the section on Host Organization Descriptions
  2. Complete an application (indicate up to 3 host organization preferences)
  3. Attach a photo (recommended, but not mandatory)
  4. Attach a current resume (recommended, but not mandatory)
  5. Drop off your application in the Internship Application Drop Box (near the student mailboxes)

If you are applying for an internship before arriving in Florence, you may mail the above to:

Academic Internship Program
Syracuse University in Florence
Piazza Savonarola, 15
I-50132 Firenze
or fax to: 01139 055 503-1385

The deadline to submit applications is the same as the Academic Deadline to Add Courses (see Program Calendar)

Once you've been approved for an internship, program coordinator Debora Spini ( will contact you with the name of your assigned faculty supervisor. It is your responsibility to make contact with the faculty member.


If your application is approved, the internship program coordinator, Prof. Debora Spini, will contact you via email and give you the name of the faculty member who will supervise your internship. It is then your responsibility to contact the faculty supervisor immediately to set up an appointment.

Prof. Spini places students with host organizations according to the students’ academic objectives and the host organizations’ needs. Every effort is made to satisfy students’ preferences, yet first choices cannot be guaranteed. It is therefore recommended that you indicate 2-3 preferences in case your first choice is not available.

If only one host organization interests you, that should be stated on the application, but, again, this does not guarantee your request can be satisfied.

If you are seeking a type of internship experience not listed in the booklet, indicate this on the application and make an appointment with Prof. Spini. It may be possible to build an internship around your needs.

Some internships are not offered every semester. To the extent possible, this information is updated regularly in the Host Organization booklet, however, it may be impossible to include last- minute changes.

Important: It is the student’s responsibility to check email regularly. Messages requesting a reply should be answered promptly.

Completing an Internship

To successfully complete an internship, all forms, assignments and progress reports must be handed in by the assigned deadlines.

SUF has strict policies regarding internship withdrawals. The following deadlines must be adhered to:

  • Drop deadline (no record on transcripts): see Academic deadline to drop SUF courses on Program Calendar.
  • Withdrawal deadline (WD on transcripts): see Academic deadline to withdraw from SUF courses on Program Calendar.
    (In the case of particularly poor performance, students may be required to withdraw from an internship).
  • Failure to complete an internship: Students who have not followed the appropriate procedures to withdraw from an internship (see below) and have not completed all assignments by the end of the semester will receive an “F” on their transcripts.

To Drop or Withdraw from an Internship: Any student who drops or withdraws from an internship must notify his or her faculty supervisor and file a “drop” form with the SU Florence Registrar (rm. 21) immediately. Failure to do so will result in an “F” on the student’s transcripts.

Host Organizations


Internship Application


Internship Proposal Agreement