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Study + Internship in Florence
Spring 2021 Semester 3 Credit Part-Time Internship

Study + Internship in Florence Available Sessions

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About the Program

From fashion houses to design companies to major wine labels, Florence hosts world-renowned brands, small and family businesses, and traditional artisan workshops.  The Study + Internship program in Florence allows you to make steady progress toward your academic degree while developing practical skills in fields such as museum studies, marketing, culinary arts, public relations, design, tourism, and more.  The program incorporates a professional internship placement into your semester or summer study program.  Our strong academic focus,  personalized placements dedicated to meaningful experiences that make a real impact, and multiple options and price ranges - from 8-week summer sessions to a full semester program - allow you to take care of those degree requirements and give your career a boost all while gaining the international experience you’ve been seeking. An Intensive Italian Language track is available in the fall semester, allowing you to quickly improve your language skills and enhance your working relationships. Learn more about the benefits of a CEA internship.

Requirements


  • Overview
  • Location:
  • Florence
  • Dates:
  • 1/27/21 - 5/15/21
  • Price:
  • $16,695
  • Credits:
  • 13 - 16
  • Deadlines
  • Apply by:
  • Still Open
  • Withdraw by:
  • 12/1/20
  • Application Requirements
  • $95 Online Application Fee
  • Internship Interest Form
  • CV/Resume
  • Transcript - Unofficial
  • Complete Application
  • Eligibility
  • Minimum GPA:
  • 2.75
  • Foreign Language
    Proficiency:
  • All Levels, although absolute beginners are discouraged. Native English or equivalent fluency may be required for some placements.
  • Education
    Completed:
  • 1 year as a registered college student by the time of application
  • Other:
  • 3-4 courses directly related to the internship field of interest or 6 weeks full time work in the field is encouraged.

The CEA Florence Center offers a variety of courses that allow you to explore all that Florence has to offer, with your professors as guides. Classes are small, taught in English, and take full advantage of the city just beyond our doors. Experiential learning opportunities outside the classroom are plentiful and bring lessons to life, exposing you to new perspectives and starting you on your journey toward global citizenship. Please note that coursework for the Virtual Internship program will take place remotely.

When you study abroad in Florence, you can choose CEA Housing or arrange your own independent housing. CEA housing assignments are based on availability and confirmation date; we make every effort to match your housing requests, but we can’t guarantee housing preferences.          

Please note that housing is not included in Virtual Internship programs.

Program Structure

CEA’s study + internship program includes a personalized internship placement, a flipped classroom-style online academic course and a additional elective courses. Your internship work schedule may vary depending on industry standards for your career field and will be determined after you arrive.

Multicultural Workplace Internship Course
The required multicultural workplace course has been designed to help you make the most of your internship and launch your transition to professional with the refined and strengthened career skills employers are craving.  The course features one hour of face-to-face coaching sessions per week during your internship and includes additional self-directed course content, activities and assignments equivalent to about 30-40 hours total. You will automatically be enrolled in the multicultural workplace course upon acceptance of your internship placement.

Credit Options
The 3 credit internship option includes the required online hybrid course and 120-180 hours at your internship placement. Together, the internship hours and course are worth 3 credits.

The 6 credit internship option also includes the required online hybrid course, but your internship placement hours are increased to 200-240 hours. Together, the internship hours and course are worth 6 credits.

Prior to submitting your application, you will select the internship option (3 or 6 credits) that works best for you. We strongly recommended that you apply as soon as possible. Internship positions are selective; students who demonstrate both professionalism and commitment throughout the process are most successful in securing placements.

Additional Elective Courses
In addition to your internship course and placement, you will choose 1 CEA language course, 1-3 CEA elective courses and 0-2 CEA virtual courses to take from the catalog of course options available to you.  This provides you with the opportunity to gain professional experience while also making progress toward your degree requirements and engaging in classes that afford a richer cultural experience. In the fall semester, you have the option to combine your 3 or 6 credit internship seminar with 3 Intensive Italian Language courses. 

Language courses meet for 60 contact hours/4 credits and elective courses meet for 45 contact hours/3 credits. Overall, students may earn up to 16 credits.

Language courses meet 4 times per week, Monday-Thursday. Elective courses generally meet 2 times per week, Monday-Thursday. Active learning components required by your courses may be scheduled for Fridays. Your internship coaching session will meet weekly and your internship placement hours may take place Monday-Friday; the exact time of day and days of the week will be determined after you arrive.

CEA virtual courses are taught in English using an online Learning Management System. You are expected to be an active participant in online forums, in addition to completing your regular readings, videos and homework. You can expect a blend of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (at your own pace) learning approaches that provide individual attention and flexibility for your learning style. Engaging in your “own way” gives you an opportunity to showcase your engagement in any topic or assignment while being part of an online global learning community.

Career Coaching & Placement Process
Once you’ve submitted your application, your career development adventure will begin! The placement process is more than just securing an internship placement.  You will engage in a career exploration and coaching journey with your internship coach to help you to identify your ideal professional pathway.  During this time, you will receive 7-10 hours of professional career coaching via video, email and workshops. 

You will also engage in additional interviews with our in-country internship coordinator and your potential host site supervisor.  The host site retains the final decision regarding placements, so it’s important that your interviews reflect your maturity, adaptability, curiosity, and commitment to both your career interests and the host organization.

Timeline Guarantee
Upon successfully completing your in-country internship coordinator interview, CEA guarantees you a placement that will support the personal, professional, and cross-cultural learning objectives you have identified in your career coaching process. All placements will be secured two weeks prior to arrival. 

If you have confirmed an internship placement through independent contacts, we can also support you in securing important logistics such as visas, housing, and credit. Contact an admissions counselor for more details.

Courses

The host institution has offered the following courses in the past. Please note that course listings may not be finalized until the start of the term; we’ll post an updated list when the host institution finalizes its offerings.

*Courses with an asterisk indicate that the course has been associated with multiple subject areas.
Please click on the course title to view additional subject areas and detailed course information.

Excursions

Get out and explore! Excursions are offered for most semester, year, and summer programs*. Semester students are typically offered between two to three excursions and summer study students are typically offered between one to two excursions. You'll receive a calendar of excursions during orientation; here are a few day and overnight excursions we've offered in the past.

Rome

Rome

A fusion of ancient, baroque, and modern architecture, tradition and the cutting-edge, Rome has been a center of power, culture, and religion for millennia. CEA guides bring you to must-see sites, such as the Colosseum, the Pantheon, St. Peter's Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel. Rome truly has something to offer everyone and more-than lives up to its nickname: “The Eternal City.”

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Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast

On this three-day tour, you’ll discover two famous coastal towns: Amalfi and Sorrento. Spend a day exploring the ruins of Pompeii, a city preserved under lava since 79 CE, and climbing Mt. Vesuvius, the volcano that buried Pompeii. This region of Italy is known for its cuisine, and CEA will take you off the beaten path to a farm to taste the best cheese in the world: fresh buffalo mozzarella.

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Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

The Cinque Terre National Park spans 4,300 acres across five picturesque villages (the cinque terre), connected by hiking paths and a train line. The area boasts delicious basil, lemons, and grapes. Spend a day hiking or at the beach, soaking up the sun, and enjoying the breathtaking stretches of beautiful coastline. Your Instagram followers will be green with envy!

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Siena

Siena

One of Italy’s most picturesque and international medieval cities, Siena is home to well-preserved Gothic architecture and is the birthplace of one of Italy’s patron saints. Siena may be best known for its annual summer horse races, whose origins go back to the 1300s (Think the horseracing scene in James Bond’s Quantum of Solace.)

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Sample Budget

This budget contains costs that you can take to your financial aid office. Please note that amounts may fluctuate; we’ve included a range of costs.

Federal law allows the use of financial aid to cover “reasonable” costs of study abroad including round-trip transportation, tuition and fees for the program, living costs, passport and visa fees, health insurance, and more.

Please note that all costs and charges listed below are subject to change without notice. With the exception of Program Price, all costs are estimates and may vary.

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Sample Calendar

The calendar for this program is coming soon; please check back later.

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