Virtual Internships

Virtual Internships in Florence

  1. Program Details

    Virtual Internships in Florence is a four-credit internship opportunity. It’s critical to learn to adapt, acclimate, discover new ways to contribute, and be productive working remotely. Virtual internships combined with the internship course give you an opportunity to learn and develop valuable skills.

    Location Florence, Italy
    Term Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Session
    Credit Type Resident Credit
    Sponsor Learning Abroad Center

    Program Eligibility

    GPA 2.5
    Student Type UofM Students, Non UofM Students
    Student Year Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
  2. About Virtual Internships in Florence

    The Virtual Internship in Florence program is a four-credit internship opportunity. Virtual internships combined with the internship course give you an opportunity to learn and develop valuable skills.

    You’ll work on projects from the US for an international organization while adding a global perspective to your professional work experience. You’ll apply your in-class knowledge to real-world meaningful work, gain experience working remotely, expand your skill base, earn four credits from coursework, and maximize your time.

    While we’ll try to place you in your preferred location, keep in mind that our top consideration is making an appropriate match to your skills, experience, and internship goals.

    For more information, refer to our Frequently Asked Questions.

    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

    About the Learning Abroad Center

    Learning Abroad Center programs are:

    • Affordable: our programs are cost effective.
    • Academically strong: many programs have strong University of Minnesota departmental support and offer pre-approved courses for many majors.
    • Culturally rich: regardless of the program you choose, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture.
    • Expertly managed: our staff in Minnesota and abroad are trained professionals and are always available to answer your questions from extensive pre-departure advising and online orientations to reentry programming. Your safety and well-being are paramount, and we work hard to ensure you have a rewarding and safe experience abroad.
  3. Program Structure

    Program Level 3000-level course
    Courseload

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

    Course Schedule

    Spring 2021

    January 25: Virtual Internship course begins
    February 1: Virtual Internship placement begins
    May 3: Virtual internship course and placement ends

    The class will meet synchronously six times throughout the semester. Our expectation is that you are able to make it to all synchronous sessions, and do not have another course that has conflicting class times. For this reason, there are two different options for class times, outlined below. You will choose either the Monday/Wednesday option or the Tuesday/Thursday option.

    • Mondays and Wednesdays, 9–10 a.m.: January 25 and 27, March 15 and 17, April 26 and 28
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8–9 a.m.: January 26 and 28, March 16 and 18, April 27 and 29

    Summer 2021

    June 1: Virtual internship course begins
    June 7: Virtual internship placement begins
    July 30: Virtual internship course and placement ends

    The class will meet synchronously 3 times throughout the summer for 2 hours each. Our expectation is that you are able to make it to all synchronous sessions. For this reason, there are two different options for class times, outlined below. You will choose either the Tuesday option or the Wednesday option:

    • Tuesdays, 8:30–10:30 a.m.: June 1, June 29, July 27
    • Wednesdays, 8:30–10:30 a.m.: June 2, June 30, July 28

    Fall 2021

    September 7: Virtual Internship course begins
    September 13: Virtual Internship placement begins
    December 10: Virtual internship course and placement ends

    The class will meet synchronously six times throughout the semester. Our expectation is that you are able to make it to all synchronous sessions, and do not have another course that has conflicting class times. For this reason, there are two different options for class times, outlined below. You will choose either the Monday/Wednesday option or the Tuesday/Thursday option.

    • Mondays and Wednesdays, 9–10 a.m.: September 8 and 13, October 25 and 27, December 6 and 8
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8–9 a.m.: September 7 and 9, October 26 and 28, December 7 and 9

    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 a variety of fields and industries, including:

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

    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

     

  4. Dates & Deadlines

    Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:
    Program Term App Open Date Deadline*
    Spring 2021 Oct 5 Nov 15
    Virtual Internship course begins Jan 25
    Virtual Internship placement begins Feb 1
    Course & placement ends May 3
    Summer 2021 Feb 15 Apr 1
    Virtual Internship course begins Jun 1
    Virtual Internship placement begins Jun 7
    Virtual Internship course & placement ends Jul 30
    Fall 2021 Apr 15 Jun 1
    Virtual Internship Course Begins Sep 7
    Virtual Internship Placement Begins Sep 13
    Course & Placement Ends Dec 10
  5. Fees for Virtual Internships in Florence

    UofM Students

    Semester

    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.  If you are already taking 13 credits during fall or spring semester, you can add the virtual international internship course at no additional cost. Visit Onestop for additional information about tuition costs.

    Summer

    A program fee of $2,050 will be billed to your UofM student account. This amount is equivalent to a 4-credit course on the UMTC campus.

    Non-UofM Students

    Semester

    Virtual International Internships are not available to non-UofM students during fall or spring semester.

    Summer

    Non-UofM students will be billed a program fee of $2,050. This amount is equivalent to a 4-credit course on the UMTC campus.

    Cancellation Policy

    The regular Learning Abroad Center cancellation and refund policy does not apply to this course. If you decide to cancel your participation in the course after confirming your participation, the Learning Abroad Center will bill your University of Minnesota student account for non-recoverable costs incurred to secure a placement on your behalf. In addition to any tuition refund processed per Onestop policies, if you cancel before the course start date, you will be billed $400. If you cancel after the course start date, you will be billed $600.
  6. Center Name TC Learning Abroad Ctr
    Country Italy

    Submit

    Fall 2021 & Beyond Programs

    UofM students should use this apply button if applying for a Fall 2021 program. 

    Apply Now

    If you would like to apply after the deadline has passed, email lac-virtualintern@umn.edu with your preferred industries and we will determine if a placement is still available.

    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.

    Notification of placement for internships in Florence will be made two to four weeks after the application deadline. 

    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.
  7. 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

    Whitney Westley Fisher or call at 612.625.8827.