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Rome Summer - Internship

Why Rome?

Rome, with 2,500 years of history, is virtually an outdoor museum and history lesson with streets filled with ancient buildings, statues, and monuments: the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, and the Vatican. The capital city of Italy is home to both multi-national organizations and many smaller, family-owned companies.

Your Internship

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 Rome.

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 placements like the examples listed below. Keep in mind that this list is by no means exhaustive.We encourage students of all majors to apply.

  • Tourism company that specializes in unique and creative ways to see Italy
  • Startup accelerator that provides young startups with funding and networks
  • Neuroscience research and health care company developing new research and technologies
  • Archaeological-research organization investigating historical sites around Rome
  • Creative agency serving companies through both traditional communication and the production of multimedia tools such as web sites, apps, and motion graphics
  • Center promoting social inclusion for homeless people in a process of welcome, integration, and conviviality
  • Locally-renowned chef-operated cooking school
  • Well-known Italian wedding planning business
  • Association founded immediately after the bombing of Iraq in 1991, which promotes solidarity initiatives for Iraqis who suffered during the war
  • Organization dedicated to the preservation and appreciation of Italy’s unique cultural heritage

    Don’t see what you're looking for here? Just talk to your IES Internships Representative—new internships are always being added!

    Daily Life

    Commute to your internship in Rome via the Metropolitana (railway), bus, tram, or by foot for a picturesque stroll For lunch, stop into a tavola calda to enjoy a fresh, hot meal and coffee, followed by a scoop of gelato on your walk back to work. 

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    $5 Million in Scholarships & 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 scholarship and aid programs.


    While working in Rome, 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
    • Improving communication
    • Strengthening work attitude and aptitude
    • Resolving conflicts
    • Understanding new cultures
    • Navigating issues, challenges, and opportunities so you can succeed on the job in Rome and when you return home
    You may also enroll in an optional 3-credit Italian language course taught at the Center.


    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.

    Internship Seminar
    Course Name Term Language Credits
    IN 395 - Leading Across Cultures: Internship Seminar Summer English 3
    IN 395 - Leading Across Cultures: Internship Seminar Summer English 6
    Course Name Term Language Credits
    IT 105 - Beginning Italian I Summer Italian 3
    IT 205 - Intermediate Italian I Summer Italian 3
    IT 305 - Advanced Italian I Summer Italian 3

    Field Trips & Events

    You can participate in field trips and extracurricular activities in and around Rome, and cultural activities at the Rome Center.

    All field trips are optional for Internship students and additional costs apply. These trips are academic, not solely touristic, in nature and your participation depends on availability within your work schedule. Potential destinations include:

    Amalfi Coast

    Enjoy the stunning coast by boat. Explore the coastal towns of Amalfi and Positano. Visit the amazing archaeological sites of Pompeii and take taste the products of a local farm.


    Tour the countryside of one of Italy’s most unique regions, with its gorgeous landscapes and rich artistic legacy. You will also visit the sites of the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.

    IES Abroad field trip destinations, activities, and lengths of stay may vary according to term and availability.

    Daily Life

    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.


    The staff at our Rome Center will welcome you for orientation. This 2-day orientation includes an introduction to the city and program, including housing, commuting, and professional and cultural expectations. The Rome 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 Rome, it will feel like home.


    Furnished apartments are single-sex and typically house four to seven other IES students, with the option to live with an Italian Student Companion, a local university student. The apartments offer Internet access and a washing machine. Meals are not provided, but all apartments feature a fully-equipped kitchen.

    Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

    Spend your free time exploring Rome, one of the most photogenic cities in the world, with its beautiful piazzas; breathtaking statues, parks, cathedrals, and fountains and winding historic streets.

    Get to Know Your New City

    Discover the Ins and Outs of World-Famous Landmarks

    The Pantheon, Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Vatican…the list of historic sites in Rome is endless. Our programs take you beyond the tourist visits and inside the cultural and historic significance of these landmarks.

    Watch Roma Game

    Soccer is more than a sport in Italy. Soak in the passion and pride at an A.S. Roma game in the Stadio Olimpico.

    Shop at Local Farmer's Market

    Spend the morning picking up produce, cured meats, freshly baked bread, and Rome’s famous mozzarella di bufala. Pro tip: Make it a picnic with your local friends and head to a park or piazza to enjoy!

    Take in a Panoramic View of the City

    While founded on seven hills, Rome is actually surrounded by 10. Take your pick and climb to the top for the best views of the city.

    Take a Cooking Class

    There’s no denying the mouthwatering food of Rome. Partake in the Center-sponsored cooking class, where you’ll learn the techniques and traditions of Roman cooking first-hand.

    Program Cost

    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.

    Term: Summer 2019
    Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
    Summer 2019
    3 Credits
    $4,735 $1,830 $135 $6,700

    Summer 2019
    6 Credits
    $5,235 $1,830 $135 $7,200

    Scholarships & Aid

    Program-Specific Scholarships

    Summer Need-Based Financial Aid
    Up to $1,000

    Open to students who apply to and attend an IES Abroad or IES Internships summer program.

    Criteria reviewed to determine award:

    • Level of financial need as determined from infromation provided on the application. Priority is given to Pell Grant recipients.
    • IES Abroad program location.
    • IES Abroad membership status of home campus
    Service Learning Summer Internship Scholarship
    Up to $5,000

    The Service Learning Scholarship was initiated by the Hemera Foundation, whose mission is to foster basic human goodness in individuals and society. This Scholarship, which will be sustained through a foundation collaborative, aims to inspire students to make a social impact through summer internships within philanthropic or direct service/social service organizations.

    Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

    $5 Million in Scholarships & 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 scholarship and aid programs.

    Our Center

    Situated in the heart of Rome along the Tiber River across from the Castel Sant’ Angelo, the IES Abroad Rome Center is a newly renovated 1920s-era building within walking distance of the Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, and the Vatican.

    Features include:

    • Multi-media academic facilities
    • Auditorium used for conferences and guest lectures
    • Rooftop terrace with city views
    • Internet and WiFi printer access
    • Reading room and study area

    Our Staff

    Dott. Gianni Ponti

    Center Director

    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 Abroad Rome since 2004.

    IES Abroad Staff

    IES Abroad Rome Staff

    Monica Bandella
    Italian Language Coordinator

    Sara Coppolella
    Student Affairs Assistant

    Simona Di Giustino
    Academic & Internship Coordinator

    Valeria De Mori (Caterina Rossi currently covering)
    Academic Assistant and Moodle Project Manager

    Arianna Gaffi
    Student Affairs & Housing Coordinator

    Lisa Gabbarelli
    Health & Safety Advisor

    Luisa Taffara (Luca Bonati covering until mid-March)
    Center Manager & Administrator

    Elisa Bellitto
    Administrative Assistant

    Daira Nocera
    Customized Programs Manager (part-time)