Business, fashion, and design all converge in Milan— Italy’s second largest city—where old Italian tradition blends with modern innovation. Be inspired by Milan’s notable institutions, from the Teatro alla Scala to the Borsa Italiana, Italy’s main stock exchange. How will a full-time internship program in Italy’s business capital transform you?
You can practically feel Italy’s pulse in fast-paced Milan. Getting to work is a breeze with the tram, subway, and bus systems. For lunch, grab a quick pasta al pesto with your coworkers, fill up on risotto alla Milanese, or the region’s famed ossobuco.
An IES Internship develops your professional skills, your ability to communicate across cultures, and provides substantive work experience to jump-start your career in today’s competitive job market. The optional language class increases your Italian language proficiency and fluency. While Italian is not required, some fields may require a basic understanding of the local language. Speak with an IES Internships Advisor to learn more. You’ll be guaranteed* an unpaid internship placement at a local business or organization, where you’ll work for at least 25 hours a week. We will work with you to help find the closest match between your expressed preferences and professional goals with what’s available via IES Internships in Milan.
Before you go, your internship coordinator will work with you to fine-tune your résumé, perfect your cover letter, and hone your communication and interview skills as we prepare you for working in a new cultural environment.
With IES Internships’ dedicated staff and international connections, you can be sure that you’ll find an internship that meets your goals. You’ll learn, and learn to stand out.
*Some fields may require a basic knowledge of the local language. Speak with your IES Internships Advisor to learn more.
Don’t see your field listed here? Just talk to your IES Abroad Representative—new internships are always being added!
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
While working in Milan, you’ll also enroll in a required 3- or 6-credit academic internship seminar with other IES interns, where you’ll gain context for your internship placement by examining cultural issues in the workplace.
Topics covered include:
You may also enroll in an optional 3-credit Italian language course taught at the Center.
This is a list of planned course offerings. A final list of course offerings will be made available to you in your MyIESabroad account.
We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Milan, it will feel like home.
Furnished apartments are single-sex and typically house three to six IES Abroad students and interns, in double or triple rooms. Live-in Italian Community Assistants guide your cultural integration.
Meals are not provided but apartments have fully-equipped kitchens with dishwashers. Internet access and a washing machine are provided.
HomestaysPlacements are available in Milanese homes throughout the city. This is a priceless opportunity to learn about Italian families first-hand and engage directly with Italian culture.
You have a private room at your homestay and receive breakfast and dinner daily. Enjoy your other meals at university cafeterias, bars, or restaurants. Commuting time from a typical homestay to the IES Abroad Milan Center can range from five to 40 minutes.
Part of making you feel at home in Milan is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, housing that is well-located and comfortable, or networking and social events with Milanese professionals—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.
The staff at our Milan Center will welcome you for orientation. This 2-day orientation includes an introduction to the city including housing, commuting, and professional and cultural expectations. The Milan Center is your central place for instruction, support, and meeting other interns.
Spend your free time seeing Milan’s treasures first-hand, like Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper, the Duomo, and the local boutiques, art galleries, and cafés of Navigli.
All field trips are optional for Internship students and additional costs apply. These trips are academic, not solely touristic, in nature. Potential destinations include:
About the Center
The IES Abroad Milan Center is located in the city’s bustling historic center, within walking distance of the Duomo, DaVinci's "Last Supper" and the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.
Want a peek inside the Center?! Take a look at blogger Jocelyn Wu's post "IES Center in Milan."
For more than 17 years, Roberto Andreoni has been the Director of the Milan program. Dr. Andreoni holds a doctorate in Music from the University of California, Berkeley. He earned his undergraduate degrees at the Conservatorio G. Verdi in Milan and the Civica Scuola di Musica. He has previously served as the director of the Civica Scuola di Musica in Assago and Milan. Dr. Andreoni is an internationally recognized composer whose works are regularly performed, published, and recorded. When Dr. Andreoni isn’t busy directing the Milan program, he also serves as the Music Coordinator for IES Abroad Milan and is a professor of Composition at the Conservatorio di Musica N. Piccinni in Bari. During Fall 2010, he was the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence for Music and Italian Studies at Scripps College.
IES Abroad Milan Staff
Irene BaldoniAssistant Director
Luca BlumerStudent Affairs and Customized Program Specialist
Laura CarreraInternship Coordinator
Emanuela FerriAcademic Assistant
Manuela NigrelliHousing Coordinator
Jessica Rodrigues PolettiAcademic Advisor
Anna SalandiniAccounting and Fiscal Administrator
Who else will you see around the Center? The Italian Community Assistants, or CAs. Check out some of our goofiest CAs in their video as they welcome you to Milano!
IES Abroad Milan Faculty
Alessandro Andreani - Italian LanguageMA in Modern Philology, Università Cattolica, Milano
Roberto Andreoni - MS382 Composition SeminarDirector, IES Abroad Milano; Professor, Conservatorio N. Piccinni, Bari; PhD in Music, University of California, Berkeley
Anna Belloni - Italian LanguageMA in Foreign Language, Università degli Studi, Milano
Patrizio Armeni - IB/IR393 Leading Across Cultures: Principles and PracticeResearch Fellow, CERGAS, Università Bocconi, Milano; Lecturer, SDA Bocconi, Milano
Marco Capovilla - PG300 Photography: A Critical IntroductionDoctorate in IT, Scuola Normale, Pisa
Laura Colm - IB326 Marketing ManagementResearcher, CERMES Bocconi, Milano; PhD, Universität Stuttgart in Germany
Marta Corubolo - DS223 Italian Design: Theory and PracticePhD in Design, Politecnico, Milano; Lecturer, School of Design, Politecnico, Milano
Silva Costanzo - M375 Music Performance workshopProfessor Scuola Civica, Milano; Piano Degree, Conservatorio di Verona
Federico Della Bella - ET361 Business Plan for Startups: Italian Case StudiesMBA, MIP Politecnico, Milano; MA in Telecommunication Engineering, Politecnico, Milano
Michela Fontana - Italian LanguageMA in Foreign Language and Literature, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano
Silvia Francalanza - Italian LanguageMA in Foreign Language and Literature, Libera Università di Lingue e Comunicazione, Milano
Anna Fre - MS360 Tutti all’OperaVocal Studies Pianist; studies of Piano, Conservatorio Arrigo Boito, Parma; studies of Opera Repertoire, Accademia Internazionale di Musica, Milano
Gimede Gigante - FI356 International Financial Markets and Investments - FI373 Venture Capital And Entrepreneurial FinancePhD in Banking & Finance, Università Bocconi, Milano
Antonio Ghezzi - IB375 Strategic ManagementProject Manager of the Digital Innovation Observatories; Assistant Professor of Strategy & Marketing, Politecnico, Milano; PhD in Management Engineering, Politecnico, Milano
Enrico Girardi - MS350 History of Italian OperaMusic critic, Il Corriere della Sera; PhD in Musicology, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano
Nicola Guerini - IB355 Managing Fashion and Luxury CompaniesGeneral Manager Milano Fashion Institute, Interuniversity Consortium Milano; Advisor for companies in the luxury and lifestyle industry
Angela Lazzaroni - Individual Performance Studies - InstrumentalVocal coach, Piano and Harpsichord Degree, Scuola Civica and Conservatorio Verdi, Milano
Sante Maletta - HS330 NEVER GIVE IN! Fascism, Anti-Semitism and Resistance in ItalyPhD in Philosophy, Università degli Studi, Roma
Elena Marangione - Italian LanguageMA in Italian for Foreigners, Università Ca’ Foscari, Venezia
Nazzareno Mazzini - FS340 The Cinema of Milan: An Overview from Post - WWII Until TodayProfessor of Graphics and Digital Design, Istituto Europeo di Design, Milano; Degree in Philosophy, Università Statale, Milano
Kevin McManus - AH325 The State of the Art: Italian Artists from 1945 to the PresentMA in Art History, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano
Raffaele Mellace - MS385 Giuseppe Verdi. Melodrama and Italian IdentityAssociate Professor, Università degli Studi, Genova; PhD in Musicology, Università degli Studi, Bologna
Laura Pasetti - MS360 Tutti all’OperaCharioteer Theatre Artistic Director; Member of Teaching Team, Piccolo Teatro, Milano, Accademia de La Scala di Milano
Mara Perbellini - FS335 Filmmaking in Milan: Discovering the City through Italian CinemaFounder, Studio Metaphora, Roma; MA in Screenwriting, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano
Maria Peri - HS330 NEVER GIVE IN! Fascism, Anti-Semitism and Resistance in ItalyProjects and events about the Holocaust; MA in contemporary history, Università degli Studi, Bologna
Francesca Pola - AR/CM260 Multimedia and Interactive Communication for Art: Italian Case studiesPhD in Contemporary Art History, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano; Degree in Modern Languages, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan
Silvia Regonelli - AH340 Cracking the Code: Leonardo Da Vinci and Renaissance Art in MilanPhD in Art Criticism, Università degli Studi, Milano
Liat Rogel - SO/ES330 Social Innovation: Strategies of Social and Environmental Sustainability - DS223 Italian Design: Theory and PracticeMA in Service Design, Politecnico, Milano
Maria Sepa LT311A and LT311B Literature and the City - LT328 Investigating the Mafia in Literature, Cinema and MediaConsultant Bompiani, Milano; PhD, Brown University; Degree in Letters, Università degli Studi, Roma
Carlotta Soffiantini - Italian LanguagePhD in Linguistics, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano
Simona Staniscia - AR/CM260 Multimedia and Interactive Communication for Art: Italian Case studiesArt director and graphic designer; MA in Graphic Design
Francesco Tanzilli - PO360A Behind the Scenes of Italian Politics - SO342 Italian Society and the City of Milan since 1945PhD in History, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano
Luca Toccaceli - CM325 TV, Communication and Media in MilanMusic consultant; Publisher; MA in Philosophy, Università degli Studi, Milano
Caterina Zaiontz - PS340 Italian and American Approaches to Mental Health - PS360 Transcultural Psychology: Clinical and Diagnostic Challenges in Culturally Diverse PatientsPhD in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Scuola di Psicoterapia Psicoanalitica, Milano
Patrizia Zanardi - VO391 Individual Performance Studies - Vocal Professor,Conservatorio Frescobaldi Ferrara; International performer, Diploma Conservatorio Verdi, Torino
Donatella Zappieri - IB355 Managing Fashion and Luxury CompaniesPR manager and design director; Degree in Foreign Languages, Università di Genova