Learning Abroad Center

Linked Internships: UofMN to Florence

Europe
LAC Program

Linked Internships: UofMN to Florence is a four-credit internship opportunity that combines a virtual internship during the spring semester with an on-site experience in Florence with that same internship placement in May. 

Program Details

Location
Location
Florence, Italy
Term
Term
Spring Semester
May Session (Spring semester on campus)
Housing
Housing
Apartment
Languages Taught In
Languages Taught In
English

Program Eligibility

Student Type
Student Type
UofM Students
Student Year
Student Year
Sophomores
Juniors
Seniors
GPA
GPA
2.5

About

Linked Internships: UofMN to Florence program is a four-credit internship opportunity that links a virtual internship with an on-site internship. Work culture around the world is changing and this program will give you the opportunity to learn and develop practical and valuable skills through an internship experience in the virtual world during the spring semester and then in-person in Florence in May.

You’ll begin the experience by working on projects from the US for an organization in Florence. In May, you will then travel to Florence and meet your supervisor and other colleagues in-person, and continue to develop your skills and relationships by interning with them in-person for three weeks. This program will add a global perspective to your professional work experience. 

 

Online to In Person

 

Online to In Person 

 

Internship Experience Florence

An internship experience in the virtual world during the spring semester and then in-person in Florence in May.

 

 

Spring to May Term

 

Spring to May Term 

 

 

degree seeking student-alumni in workforce

 

Degree seeking student - alumni in workforce 

 

Program Model

Embedded
Study Abroad Center

Housing & Meals

You will be housed with other study abroad students on the program. You will live in a furnished student apartment with shared bedrooms and will be responsible for your own meals.

Excursions

A walking tour of Florence, a visit to local businesses, and an excursion outside of Florence will add cultural context to your internship experience. 

Flight

The Learning Abroad Center works with Village Travel, a local travel agency, to arrange a coordinated flight for program participants. The flight is optional, and is arranged for those who want to fly with other program participants. Group flight information is typically available by the program application deadline, if not before.

If you take the group flight, or are able to arrive before the group flight and wait, our staff will meet you at the airport and bring you to your housing at no added cost. If you do not take the group flight, you will need to make your own way to the ACCENT center upon arrival. Specific arrival instructions will be sent out prior to your departure.

For immigration purposes, you should purchase a round-trip ticket, since you must be able to show your entry and exit dates from Italy.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Communicate and navigate effectively in a global, virtual environment
  • Gain culture specific knowledge of work placement country
  • Understand your own values, skills, and behaviors and how different values and communication styles may impact workplace dynamics; develop strategies for adapting to these differences
  • Identify and articulate skills and experiences necessary to reach future career goals; develop learning objectives for the virtual internship site that will help you move toward these career aspirations
  • Conduct your work during the internship utilizing best practices around professional behavior within a virtual work environment
  • Understand and practice tolerance of different cultural assumptions
  • Use a comparative framework in essays and dialogue with fellow students to examine cultural and professional aspects of work and how COVID-19 has impacted these environments
  • Research and analyze the placement country’s workplace, particularly in terms of social media and online presence, including language, norms, values, economic assumptions and compare this to virtual environment to the US

Faculty & Staff

On-site support is provided by ACCENT International. Students have access to a computer lab and study space. ACCENT on-site staff provide information to students regarding cultural activities as well as ensuring 24-hour emergency support. ACCENT provides housing, classrooms and study areas, as well as on-site orientation, program excursions and social and cultural events. 

Program Structure

Program Level
3000-level course
Courseload

One 4-credit internship course as well as 12–20 hours per week at your internship placement.

Course Schedule

Spring 2023

Exact dates are forthcoming

Mid January: Internship course begins
Late January: Internship placement begins
Late May: Internship course and placement ends

The class will meet synchronously 3 times throughout the semester for 2 hours each. Our expectation is that you are able to make it to all synchronous sessions, listed below:

  • Exact class times to be announced soon

Coursework

The 4-credit virtual internship course will consist of lectures, small-group discussions, readings, posting to prompts, blogs, essays, a mock interview, and a presentation. Along with the class, you’ll be assigned projects for 12–20 hours per week at your internship placement. The course will help you apply in-class knowledge to your work and understand your newly developed professional skills to articulate in professional situations.

Virtual Internship Syllabus (PDF)

Internship Placements

Internships are available in the following fields and industries: 

  • Advertising
  • Art History
  • Creative Media
  • Design
  • Education
  • Fashion
  • Finance
  • Fundraising and Philanthropy    
  • Graphic Design            
  • Journalism
  • Marketing        
  • Nonprofit          
  • Publishing
  • Research            
  • Social Media

Past Internship Examples

Nonprofit Social Media & Web Content Intern 

Internship Industries: Social Media, Web Design

Description: Develop web content, manage social media, and project development for a nonprofit organization that places donated digital artworks in hospitals and medical facilities around the world to comfort patients, families, visitors, and caregivers.

Language Requirement: None, internship conducted in English

 

Communications & Marketing Intern - Olive Oil & Wine Producer 

Internship Industries: Communications, Marketing 

Description: Work on company communications and marketing materials for local olive oil and wine producer. 

Language Requirement: None, internship conducted in English

 

Fashion Marketing Intern

Internship Industries: Fashion, Marketing

Description: Manage marketing for local fashion designer. 

Language Requirement: None, internship conducted in English

 

Nonprofit Digital Marketing Intern

Internship Industries: Marketing, Nonprofit

Description: Creation and supervision of a digital crowdfunding campaign for a NGO focused on alleviation of global poverty through humanitarian aid and development projects. 

Language Requirement: None, internship conducted in English

 

Fashion Digital Marketing & Social Media Intern

Internship Industries: Fashion, Marketing

Description: Digital marketing and social media management for local fashion designer, artisans, and venues.

Language Requirement: None, internship conducted in English

 

Journalism Intern

Internship Industries: Journalism, Communications

Description: Content development, drafting articles, editing, and proofreading for a local English-speaking newspaper. 

Language Requirement: None, internship conducted in English

 

Digital Marketing & Social Media Intern - Accessory Design

Internship Industries: Fashion, Marketing 

Description: Social media management, web design, and digital marketing for local jewelry and accessory designer. 

Language Requirement: None, internship conducted in English


 

Dates Details

Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:

Term Course Dates On-site Dates Application Open Date Application Deadline
Spring 2023 on-campus, May 2023 abroad Late January to Late May Mid-May to early June August 15 November 1

 

Fees

May 2023 Cost of Participation

The tuition rate for this 4-credit course is the same as other undergraduate UMTC courses and will be billed to your UofM student account. In addition to tuition, you will also be billed a $600 placement fee associated with the course. If you are already taking 13 credits during spring semester, you can add the virtual international internship course at no additional tuition costs, but will be billed the additional cost of the $600 placement fee. Visit Onestop for additional information about tuition costs. If you are registered for less than 13-credits you will be charged tuition for this course in addition to the program fee.  Notify the Learning Abroad Center if this applies to you.

In addition to the tuition, you will be charged a program fee for the May term on-site portion of the program. This will include on-site support, housing, international health insurance, and a few local excursions. You must also budget for a flight, passport and passport photos, meals, spending money, and other miscellaneous living expenses.

Billing & Payments

Visit Billing for information about the billing process for application fees, deposits, and program fees.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Visit Financial Information for information on using financial aid and scholarships for study abroad.

Cancellation Policy

Before you apply to or confirm your participation on this program, review the Learning Abroad Center's Cancellation Policy to inform yourself of the timeline and financial obligations for canceling.

May 2023

Linked Internships: UofMN to Florence

Apartment 1—Apartment

May Session 2023 (Spring on campus course)

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costs $1,240
International health insurance $50
Housing and/or mealsRent and utilities, but no meals included $1,090
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $2,780
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $0
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $2,780

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program siteRoundtrip flight to and from Florence $1,600
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documents $0
Travel clinic/immunizations*Cost of COVID tests in case of exit/entry requirements $150
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $1,900
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materials $50
Housing and/or meals not included in program fee$150 per week for meals $450
Essential daily living expensesIncludes cost of required cell phone, toiletries, personal expenses, etc. $200
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $700

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $5,380
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $300
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Prepare

Complete pre-application advising.

Apply

The COVID-19 vaccine and booster are required by the host country and/or on-site partners and facilities for most study abroad programs. Complete your COVID-19 vaccine doses immediately.

You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.

Apply Now

Complete

After completing the above application, which includes submitting a cover letter and resume, your application will be reviewed.

Next Steps

After the above application is complete, your application is reviewed by our program team. You will be notified of an acceptance decision by email. After the initial application submission, you may need to submit additional application materials with our onsite partners. This could include a letter of recommendation, transcript, and/or a cover letter and resume in the language of your host city/country. You may also be asked to conduct interviews with potential internship placements.

If accepted, you will be assigned a confirmation checklist, which you will complete to confirm your participation in the program. If you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the online application system and submit a Cancel Request.

Register for On-Campus Course

Once you are confirmed in the program, the Learning Abroad Center will register you in the 4-credit Virtual Internship course. No other action is needed from you to register for the course. You will not be able to withdraw from this course on your own, you will need to contact the Learning Abroad Center.

After You Apply

Before your program begins, review these resources.

Health & Safety

Learn more about staying healthy and safe abroad, including mental health and wellness, international travel insurance, and safety precautions.

Power of Attorney

Consider designating someone as your power of attorney to act as your legal representative while you’re abroad.

Student Identity

Consult our resources on student identities as you prepare for your abroad experience.

Travel Resources

Ready to go abroad? Our travel resources will help you pack and learn what to expect.

Program Contact

We encourage you to reach out early in the process if you have questions about available placements, so that our advisers can help guide you to the location that works best for your skills, experience, and internship goals.

For further information or questions about this program, send an email to

Jessica Hartnett or call at 612.625.2571