Although it’s one of the oldest cities in Europe, Rome is booming with tourism, service, high-tech, banking, and research companies, not to mention it’s the hub for the Italian film industry. Our program guarantees an internship placement to help you develop professional skills that will jump-start your résumé and make you more attractive to employers in today’s competitive job market. IES Abroad’s unpaid, academic internships have placed Rome students at companies such as Italian Think Tank Affari Internazionali, not-for-profit Ricerca e Cooperazione, and Delicious Italy, while also showing students the sights and sounds of Italy.
Before you depart, we work with you to fine-tune your résumé, perfect your cover letter, hone your networking and interview skills, as well as prepare you for working in a new cultural environment. You'll be guaranteed a placement at a local business or organization, where you'll work for at least 25 hours a week. You will also enroll in a required 1- or 6-credit academic internship seminar with other IES Abroad interns, where you’ll learn about a variety of local business settings and opportunities. You also can enroll in an optional Italian language course for 3 credits; your language course placement is determined by an on-site language test during orientation.
With IES Abroad’s 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.
Spend your free time getting to know Rome through IES Abroad-organized cultural events and optional field trips to Assisi & Perugia, the Amalfi Coast, and Tuscany.
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After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
An IES Internship develops your professional skills, Italian language proficiency, and provides substantive work experience to jump-start your career in today's competitive job market.
You'll be guaranteed an unpaid placement at a local business or organization, where you'll work for at least 25 hours a week. We will work with you to find the closest placement match between your professional and personal goals with what's available in Rome.
While working in Rome, you will enroll in a required 1- or 6-credit academic internship seminar with other IES interns. You'll learn about and discuss:
You also can enroll in an optional 3-credit Italian language course taught at the IES Abroad Center.
Placements are available to students of all language levels, though students with more advanced Italian usually have a wider array of internship options available.
This is a list of planned course offerings. After you are accepted, you will see a list of final course offerings in your MyIESabroad account.
IN 395A Leading Across Cultures 1-Credit Internship Seminar
IN 395B Leading Across Cultures 6-Credit Internship Seminar
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 Rome, it will feel like home.
Live with other IES Abroad students, or have the option of living with a local university student, which provides more opportunities to engage in local culture and activities.
Apartments are furnished, single-sex, and generally accommodate four to six students, with two IES Abroad students sharing a bedroom. Internet access is available. Meals are not included, but apartments offer equipped kitchens. If you are interested in improving your language proficiency, you may opt to sign an Italian-only language pledge with your roommates.
Part of making you feel at home in Rome is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it’s the orientation program that prepares you for what’s ahead, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.
During the first few days after arrival, you will receive practical information on housing, transportation, student life in the city, and professional and cultural expectations.
Explore Italian culture and get to know your classmates through cooking classes, trattoria nights, and daytrips to the Roman beachside.
Explore Italy through IES Abroad-organized field trips. All field trips are optional for Internship students and additional costs apply. Possible locations include:
Situated in the heart of Rome along the Tiber River across from the Castel Sant’ Angelo and the Vatican, the IES Abroad Rome Center is a newly renovated 1920s-era building within walking distance of the Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, and the Vatican.
Center Director, IES Abroad RomeDott. Gianni Ponti
Dott. Ponti is an archaeologist specialized in Imperial Roman architecture. After earning a BA in Classics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dott. Ponti obtained a Laurea in archaeology from the University of Rome. He has worked on a number of archaeological excavations in the Mediterranean, including Troy, Aphrodisias and Leptis Magna. His studies and research focus on the use of marble in Roman construction, the ancient marble trade, quarrying and carving techniques. Dott. Ponti has worked on a number of excavations in Rome, including the Palatine Hill and the Imperial Fora. He has done research for the Department of Antiquities on a number of conservation projects including the Ara Pacis, the Column of Trajan and the Arch of Constantine. He is currently directing an excavation at the Villa of Maxentius on the Via Appia, as well as conducting architectural studies at Leptis Magna, Libya, with the Università di Rome Tre. Dott. Ponti has taught at the Istituto Centrale del Restauro of the Department of Antiquities and is currently Archaeology Advisor of the American Academy in Rome. He has been teaching archaeology courses at IES since 2004. Starting in 2007 he became the Academic Dean of IES Abroad Rome, and in 2013 became the IES Abroad Rome Center Director.
IES Abroad StaffSimona Di GiustinoAcademic & Internship Coordinator
Arianna GaffiStudent Services & Housing Coordinator
Silvana SodiniHealth & Safety Advisor
Luisa TaffaraCenter Manager & Administrator
Christopher AltieriReligious StudiesPhD – Philosophy, Pontifical Gregorian University
Monica BandellaItalian LanguagePhD - Italian Studies, University of Salzburg
Alberto BitontiInternational RelationsPhD - Political Theory and Public Affairs, University of Roma Tre
Giulia BotteroItalian LanguagePh.D in Foreign Languages, Università di Venezia, Ca' Foscari.
Barbara BrigantiArt HistoryProfessor of History of Garden Architecture at the Facoltà di Architettura "Valle Giulia"
Maddalena CardarelliItalian LanguageLettere all'università di Roma I, " La Sapienza"
Barbara CastaldoLiterature and AnthropologyPhD - Italian Studies, New York University
Stefano CastellaniPhotographyMa- Latin Epigraphy, La Sapienza University of Rome
Alessandro CoppolaUrban StudiesPhD - Urban Studies, University of Roma Tre
Efisio EspaEconomicsDegree in Economics, University of Siena
Laura FasanaroInternational RelationsPh.D. in International Relations, University of Florence
Anna Ferrari AggradiItalian LanguageDegree in Foreign Languages and Literatures from the University of Roma La Sapienza; DITALS Certificate for Teaching of Italian as a Foreign Lanague from the University of Siena
Daniele FiorentinoHistoryPh.D. in U.S. History, University of Kansas; Ph.D. in American Studies, University of Rome I “La Sapienza”
Valentina FolloRoman HistoryPhD candidate, Art & Archaeology of the Mediterranean World, University of Pennsylvania
Federica GiacominiArt HistoryMA in Art History, University of Rome I “La Sapienza”; Ph.D. in Art History and Conservation, University of Tuscia
Lori KingReligious StudiesPhD - Sacred Theology, Pontifical Gregorian University
Philip LarreyReligious StudiesPh.D. in Philosophy, Pontifical Gregorian University; S.T.B (BA in Theology), Pontifical University of St. Thomas
Elisabetta LodoliFilm StudiesM.A., California Institute of the Arts
Marta MarchettiTheater/LiteraturePh.D. in Theater, Université de Paris VII and the University of Siena
Claudia MariottiPolitical SciencePhD – Political Sociology, University of Roma Tre
Registilla Aloisi MasellaItalian LanguageDegree in Translation for French and English; Specialization certificate from DILIT in Teaching Italian as a Second Language; Oral Proficiency in Italian from ACTFEL
Renato MoroHistoryPh.D. in History, University of Rome I "La Sapienza"Provost, University of Rome III
Gianni PontiArt HistoryBA in Classics, UNC; Graduate Degree in Archaeology, Università di Roma 2
Pier Paolo RacioppiArt HistoryPh.D. in Medieval and Modern Art History, University of Rome I "La Sapienza"
Mattia ToaldoPolitical ScienceUniversity Degree in Political Sciences at the University of Rome, Roma 3
Silvia ZanazziInternship SeminarPhd candidate - Educational Research, La Sapienza University of Rome
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