Italian Internships

Italian Internships

Saint Mary’s College of California Department of World Languages and Cultures


Developed with the support of the Educational Effectiveness Fund by Maria Grazia De Angelis Nelson in 2011. Last modified in 2018

Students must have approval from the professor before enrolling in any of these programs (especially the ones in the Bay Area).


  1. Internships in the Bay Area
  2. Organizations that find internship opportunities in Italy
  3. Companies in Italy that offer Internships
  4. Job Opportunities
  5. Italian Schools and Institutes that offer internships
  6. TESOL programs in Italy (Teaching English as a Second Language)


1. In the Bay Area


BAIA Business Association Italy America offers internships to students of Italian who are fluent in English and Italian and have some business/marketing or engineering background and computer literacy. Students work with professionals in the Bay Area. These are 12 weeks programs, 25 hours per week, with flexible schedule. Some travel expenses will be covered.


Museo Italo Americano in San Francisco

The mission of the museum is to preserve Italian heritage for future generations through art exhibitions, language classes, cultural programs, “feste” and more. Volunteers do administrative work, help setting up events and take care of advertisements.


Italian Community Services Agency in San Francisco offers advocacy, social services, homecare, transportation and meals, as well as information and referrals to seniors and adults with disabilities.

Students volunteers help read mail, interact, and encourage seniors to engage in personal and community activities. Conversational knowledge of Italian is helpful but not necessary.


Italian Consulate in San Francisco

Il Consolato Generale d’Italia offers small internship opportunities for short periods of time in which students help with administrative work.


Spazio Italiano is an Italian language center for children and their families located in San Francisco. It offers full immersion programs for children from 6 months to 13 years of age. Student volunteers are requested to be there once a week for three hours for a minimum of 12 weeks. Interaction with children would be the main role of the students.



La Piccola Scuola Italiana is a full immersion Italian preschool in San Francisco. Student volunteers are required to have had experience with kids and/or be enrolled in an Education program.


Scuola di Lingua e Cultura Italiana in South San Francisco, offers Italian language classes for adults and children. Volunteers work mostly with children ages 6 to 11 but will also have the opportunity to observe classes for adults and possibly sub for some of them. Classes are held every Saturday from 10:00 until 12:30 p.m. from September through April


Istituto Italiano Scuola is connected with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in San Francisco. They offer language classes for adults in the evening. Volunteers help with administrative work.


CIAO BAY AREA (resources)


FONDAZIONE ITALIA: more resources

San Francisco Italian Athletic Club



2. In Italy


Organizations that find internship opportunities

Global Experience. This is a program that offers internships for all levels of Italian and in a variety of sectors. Some of the internships include a language course prior to the work experience. The cost depends on whether an Italian course is included and on the individual positions.


Go Abroad is a compilation of study (including high school programs), internships, volunteer, language, and employment options.


The International Institution of Education is an organization that offers

250 programs worldwide ranging from study to internships. They sponsor many scholarships, perhaps the most famous of which is the Fulbright.


Aiesec. Offers one- to three-month internships to graduate and undergraduate students who want practical experience in business related fields if their schools have AIESEC chapters


Practigo Live the Language, is a company who offers internships in the Florence, Milan and Rome. They have a network covering a lot of fields in addition to language courses. 


Edilingua: L'Italiano nel mondo


3. Companies in Italy that offer Internships


The Peggy Guggenheim Collection Museum in Venice, Italy - Ideal for Art History and Anthropology majors


4. Job Opportunities


Oakland Unified School District: Montclair Elementary School offers Italian classes in the morning four times per week, half an hour each time September to June. Students who apply for the position must be 21 or older, fluent (or almost fluent) in Italian. They need a criminal background check and a TB test.  Starting pay $ 50 per hour.


All Language is a research engine for graduating students who would like to use their language skills in job opportunities. Sometimes there are interesting things that come up


Career Opportunities in Italy


5. Schools and Institutes that offer internships


Study in Italy, Genoa offers a large variety of internships from government jobs to theater and music, from law office work to school opportunities. Students must have a good knowledge of Italian and need to pay a fee to the school of $1,500. They go from one to three months.


The Istituto Europeo in Florence offers internship programs dedicated to providing hands on experiences in various businesses in Florence. Students who apply for an internship are required to take language classes at the Institute. Students don’t need to be fluent in Italian to apply.


Education First, offers internships and courses abroad. This program is widely known in American universities.


SACI: Studio Art Center International in Florence is mostly for artists and actors. The volunteer work and services students offer to the community are mostly in schools, hospitals and immigration programs where students show their art work. Students who enroll in Saci must take courses at the center.


Sorrento Lingue in the Amalfi Cost area offers small internships (contact the director). It is a well known school of languages with programs on site and on line


The Mediterranean Center of Arts and Sciences (Arcadia University) in Sicily offers volunteer and service learning opportunities for students of every level. Students must be enrolled in one of the programs at the school to participate in volunteer work (contact the director)


6. Teaching English in Italy


TESOL: Teaching English in Italy (certificate + courses)


Turismo Culturale