Imagine having an internship in Milan—home to the Borsa Italiana (stock exchange) and Milan Fashion Week, and the design and business capital of Italy. Here you can spend the semester honing your craft at an atelier or in public relations for an international fashion house, not to mention internship opportunities in ecommerce, luxury companies, and music.
The benefits of an interning abroad are many. An international 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. You’ll be guaranteed an unpaid, for-credit semester-length internship placement at a local business or organization, where you’ll work for at least 25 hours a week.
Before you leave to intern in Milan, we 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. 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.
When you arrive, the staff at our Milan Center will welcome you for orientation. This includes an introduction to the city, housing, commuting, and professional and cultural expectations. The Milan Center is your central place for instruction, support, and meeting other interns. You also will enroll in a required 3-credit academic internship seminar with other IES Internships students, where you’ll learn about a variety of local business settings and opportunities, as well as a non-credit bearing Survival Italian Language course.
With IES Internships’ dedicated staff and international connections, you can be sure that you’ll find a semester internship in Milan that meets your goals. You’ll learn, and learn to stand out!
PLACEMENT EXAMPLES: 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)
And more! In fact, we guarantee we’ll find you an internship placement in your field. Reach out to your IES Internships Representative to learn about all of our internship offerings.
With five major train stations and high-speed links to other Italian cities, you feel like you’re at the center of everything. For your daily commute to your internship, utilize the Milan Metro, the city tram, or Il Passante, the underground railway. While exploring the city, make sure to do a tour of Milan’s other specialty – food! On your lunch break, enjoy a plate of risotto alla milanese and if it’s around the winter holidays, follow it with a slice of panettone – mangia!
$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.
Before you go, we 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. You’ll be guaranteed a placement at a local business or organization that fits your professional interests.
Academic Seminar While working in Milan, you’ll also enroll in a required 3-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
Navigating issues, challenges, and opportunities so you can succeed on the job in Milan and when you return home
Personalized Placements Your internship coordinator will work with you to find a placement in the field of your choice, where you will work for 25 hours per week. We’ve placed past interns at companies and organizations in the following fields:
Survival Italian Language Course In your first few weeks in Milan, you'll have the opportunity to participate in a Survival Italian Language course in order to learn some basic Italian that will help you navigate the city and your workplace. This 15-hour Survival Italian Language course will be optional and does not carry any credit.
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 program begins with a short orientation to help you become familiar with the IES Abroad Milan staff, your fellow students, and the city of Milan. Topics such as internships, housing, transportation, and health and safety are covered during orientation. 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.
Homestays Placements 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.
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.