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?
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.
Past students have interned in the fields listed below. Keep in mind that this list is by no means exhaustive. We encourage students of all majors to apply.
Arts (Art Gallery, Music Studio Production, Theater)
*Some fields may require a knowledge of the local language. Speak with your IES Internships Advisor to learn more.
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. 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.
$5 Million in Financial Aid
We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our financial aid programs.
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:
Understanding workplace culture
Strengthening work attitude and aptitude
Understanding new cultures
Navigating issues, challenges, and opportunities so you can succeed on the job in Milan and when you return home
You may also enroll in an optional 3-credit Italian language course taught at the IES Abroad Milan 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.
All field trips are optional for Internship students and additional costs apply. Your participation will depend on your availability based on your work schedule. These trips are academic, not solely touristic, in nature. Potential destinations include:
Field trips are an additional cost and availability will depend on your work schedule.
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.
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.
Shared Apartments Furnished apartments are single-sex and typically house three to six IES Abroad students and interns, in double or triple rooms. Some apartments are also shared with a live-in Italian Community Assistant who will guide your cultural integration. Meals are not provided but apartments have fully-equipped kitchens with dishwashers. Internet access and a washing machine are provided.
Collegio di Milano - Residence Hall This residence for Italian and international honors students offers single rooms with private bathrooms and balconies. The facilities include a computer room, library, small gym, cafeteria, private park, security system, kitchenette, and an auditorium for special cultural programs. Breakfast and dinner are provided daily and lunch is available on weekends. Space is limited and students are chosen by the Collegio based on academic merit. Because of the extra amenities, this option carries an additional fee.
Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events
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 the Navigli area.
Get to Know Your New City
Climb the Duomo
After you’ve explored this spectacular Gothic cathedral, make your way to the top of the Dome for the best views of the city.
Meet People & Get Involved
Make friends with Community Assistants, local university students who help you get to know Milan.
Enjoy the Milanese Aperitivo
Happy hour in Milan means, when you buy a drink, you get dinner for free!
Cheer On A.C. Milan
Catch a professional football match at San Siro stadium.
Embrace Milan’s central location with weekend trips to nearby destinations.
Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.