The city is virtually an outdoor museum and history lesson with streets filled with ancient buildings, statues, and monuments: the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, and the Vatican. Rome is home to both multi-national organizations and many smaller, family-owned companies.
Rome, with 2,500 years of history, is the apex for archaeology, art, and museums in Italy. Walk to work or take the Metropolitana (subway), bus, or tram. Lunch is a culinary indulgence of fresh pastas, seafood, and, of course, pizza.
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.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.
Don’t see your field listed here? Just talk to your IES Internships 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 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:
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.
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.
ApartmentsFurnished 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.
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.
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.
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:
Explore the beautiful towns and breathtaking natural landscapes of the Marche region on the Adriatic Coast. On this trip off the beaten track, you will visit the ’Grand Canyon’ in Grotte di Frasassi, the town of Fabriano, and the Lattanzi shoe factory. The trip will also offer a stop at a local outlet so you can stock up on the local Italian favorites!
Enjoy the stunning coast by boat. Explore the coastal towns of Amalfi and Ravello. Visit the amazing archaeological sites of Paestum 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.
About the 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.
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 Rome Staff
Monica BandellaItalian Language Coordinator
Sara CoppolellaStudent Services Assistant
Simona Di GiustinoAcademic & Internship Coordinator
Valeria De MoriAcademic Assistant and Moodle Project Manager
Arianna GaffiStudent Services & Housing Coordinator
Silvana SodiniHealth & Safety Advisor
Luisa TaffaraCenter Manager & Administrator
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