Milan
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Internships in Milan, Italy

Milan

Italy’s second most populous city offers the best of Italian culture with fewer tourists than Rome and Florence. Milan boasts a reputation as a world capital of high fashion, design, and architecture, while also being the financial capital of Italy. The opportunities for rewarding international internship placements here are endless. While you experience an internship abroad in Milan, indulge in sophisticated Italian cuisine and discover why this city holds the most Michelin stars in the country. Appreciate the beauty and cool of the always well-dressed locals, who rival Parisians in their commitment to stylishness. Practice your Italian language skills as you ride Milan’s unique yellow tram around the city. For the art lover, future architect, and design apprentice, life in Milan will lend plenty of inspiration through its large collection of modern and contemporary art, wide variety of architectural styles, and abundance of interior design showrooms. An internship abroad in Milan can be your first step toward a successful and ambitious career in the field of your choosing. Fall in love with Italy here as you prepare for your future.   

About the Country

Italy

Once the heart of the powerful ancient Roman empire, Italy possesses thousands of years of influential history. Visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World: the Colosseum, the largest and one of the oldest amphitheaters, where ancient Romans used to watch gladiator fights and theatrical performances, among other spectacles. Snap the perfect Italy picture at the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the 14th century bell tower built on too-soft ground that sunk under on one side. Step into the Vatican’s St. Peter’s Basilica, where Michelangelo’s La Pieta statue lives and where Saint Peter, one of Jesus’ disciples, is said to be buried. Explore the ruins of Pompeii, an entire society frozen in time under a blanket of volcanic ash and pumice from a Mount Vesuvius eruption. Take a trip back in time to ancient Rome at the Pantheon, one of the empire’s best-preserved sites that started as a temple and became a Catholic church. Walk the streets of Vatican City, the capital of the global Christian faith for two thousand years. See the famous Florentine Duomo, the city’s crowning architectural jewel. Hop on a short flight from mainland Italy to Sicily and wander the Palazzo Conte Federico in Palermo, a palace full of extravagant mosaic floors, baroque ceiling frescoes, suits of armor, and antiques collected by the owning family over centuries of the palace’s history. Not to be outdone by other popular European destinations, Italy boasts some of the most exquisite nature scenes on the continent, with plenty of activities for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy. Get a bird’s eye view of Tuscany’s breathtaking countryside of rolling green hills in a hot air balloon. Ski or snowboard your way through the Italian Alps, where the slopes, views, and powder rival that of their French and Swiss counterparts. Soak in the warm, sulfurous waters of Terme di Saturnia’s thermal springs. Take a boat ride to the Maddalena Archipelago in Sardinia for a day of sunbathing on crystal clear, turquoise water. Go flower picking on a balmy spring day in the fields surrounding Castellucio, an Umbrian mountain town. Work your way along the stunning Amalfi Coast to see some of the most colorful and charming small towns in Italy, overlooking pristine ocean views. For an equally seductive taste of the country’s natural beauty, roam the Italian Riviera in the northwestern corner of the country. Hike the active volcano Mount Etna or spend a whole weekend exploring the Cinque Terre National Park. Stroll through one of Italy’s many picturesque vineyards, where the grapes hang in rich purple hues on the vines. Picnic on the banks of Lake Como in Lombardy, where you can admire the Grigna Mountains and red-roofed villas of the surrounding landscape.  

Ahmad Refky, Senior Director of International Operations

Ahmad is originally from Cairo, Egypt, where he lived for 22 years. His first foray into study abroad came when he lived in the U.S. as an exchange student during his senior year of high school. That experience inspired him to work in international education, where he has built his career over the past decade. After graduating with a BA in International Relations from the American University in Cairo, Ahmad immigrated to the U.S. in 2001, where he pursued his graduate studies at DePaul University and studied abroad in The Netherlands as part of the Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture, and Society. More

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Local Highlights

Castello Sforzesco

Castello Sforzesco is a stunning 15th century castle located in the heart of Milan. Boasting an extensive grounds and garden, it stands in Milan today as a symbol of elegance and power.


Navigli District

Constructed hundreds of years ago in collaboration with Da Vinci himself, the Navigli District is known for its beautiful canals surrounding an otherwise landlocked city. It's now known for its restaurants, cafés, and bustling atmosphere on weekend evenings.


Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the most well-known shopping malls in the world. A lively, bustling mall designed in the 19th century, the Galleria features beautiful glass ceilings and collections from famous designers including Prada and Louis Vuitton.


The Last Supper

The Last Supper is one of the world’s most recognizable and iconic paintings. It was painted by Leonardo da Vinci in the late 15th century.


Duomo di Milano

Dedicated to its Nativity of Saint Mary, the Duomo di Milano is where the Archbishop of Milan is based. Building the cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete, and it’s quite a sight to behold!


Giuseppe Meazza Stadium

Commonly known as San Siro, the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium is the home of the Milano football team: AC Milan and Internazionale. It can seat over 80,000 people, making it the largest stadium Italy and one of the largest stadiums in Europe.


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This experience provided with me the opportunity to not only work, but also live in a foreign country with necessary resources and tools to get the most out of my experience! I highly encourage everyone to travel abroad, but this program is ideal for those who want to see if they would enjoy working and living abroad in their career or future.

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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville,
Summer 2018, Milan, Italy
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