Learning Abroad Center

Linked Internships: UofMN to Florence

LAC Program

Linked Internships: UofMN to Florence is a 4-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

Florence, Italy
Spring Semester
May Session (Spring semester on campus)
Languages Taught In
Languages Taught In

Program Eligibility

Student Type
Student Type
UofM Students
Student Year
Student Year


Participate in a 4-credit internship opportunity that links a virtual internship with an on-site internship in Florence, Italy. 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 3 weeks. This program will add a global perspective to your professional work experience.

Online to In Person
Intern online then 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
degree seeking student-alumni in workforce
Perfect for degree seeking students

Program Model

Study Abroad Center

Housing & Meals

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


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


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, you 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, and economic assumptions, and compare this virtual environment to the US

Faculty & Staff

On-site support is provided by ACCENT International. You will have access to a computer lab and study space. ACCENT on-site staff provide information regarding cultural activities as well as ensuring 24-hour emergency support. ACCENT also 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

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

Course Schedule

Spring 2024

Course Dates & Times

January 22: Internship course begins
January 29: Internship placement begins
Late May: Internship course and placement ends

The class will meet synchronously 6 times throughout the semester for 2 hours each. Our expectation is that you are able to make it to all synchronous sessions, listed below:

  • Monday, January 22: 3:30–5:30
  • Monday, January 29: 3:30–5:30
  • Monday, February 19: 3:30–5:30
  • Monday, March 25: 3:30–5:30
  • Monday, April 1: 3:30–5:30
  • Monday, April 29: 3:30–5:30
Study Abroad Dates

May 12: Depart US
May 13: Arrive in Italy
June 2: Depart Italy


The 4-credit linked 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 about 10-15 hours per week at your internship placement during the semester, and 20 hours per week while you are abroad. You must complete a minimum of 120 hours with your internship in order to pass the course. 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
  • Fundraising and Philanthropy    
  • Graphic Design
  • Historical research         
  • Journalism
  • Marketing        
  • Nonprofit          
  • Publishing         
  • 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 practice 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:

TermCourse DatesOn-site DatesApplication Open DateApplication Deadline
Spring 2024 on-campus, May 2024 abroadLate January to Late MayMay 13 to June 2 (approximate)May 1October 15


May 2024 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 2024

Linked Internships: UofMN to Florence

Apartment 1—Shared Apartment

May Session 2024 (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 $1,002
International health insurance $58
Housing and/or mealsRent and utilities, but no meals included $1,150
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $2,610
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $0
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $2,610

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 airfare to and from Florence $1,800
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documents $0
Travel clinic/immunizations* $0
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $1,950
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 $5,260
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.


Complete pre-application advising.


The COVID-19 vaccine series is strongly recommended, pursuant to CDC guidelines, but not required for participation in this program.

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

Apply Now


After you submit your application, you will receive an email notification confirming that your application was received. Submitted applications are assigned an application checklist, which will include the following items:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume

Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.

Next Steps

After the above application is complete, it will be reviewed by our program team. You will be notified of an acceptance decision by email. Our onsite internship coordinator with then work to find you a suitable internship placement in your field, and you may also be asked to conduct interviews with potential internship placements.

To accept your internship placement you will complete the Confirmation & Payment Agreement. 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

Molly Green at [email protected], or call at 612.625.6076