Florence University of the Arts
Spring Virtual Internship 2021
3 - 7 weeks / 3 credits

SAI’s Spring 2021 virtual internship program at FUA offers students the opportunity to gain international professional experience from home, while earning US credit. Students enroll in FUA’s Fall 2020 3 week short programs, with four different start date options: VP1, VP2, VP3, and VP4. Students can select to complete an internship with a local company in Florence, lasting 7 weeks, or an Experiential Learning Special Project, lasting 3 weeks, in which students complete an internship within one of the school’s community institutions. Students also have the option of adding academic coursework to the internship by pairing more than one 3 week short program, for a total of 3, 7, or 11 weeks.


Application: now open
VP1 closes: January 1, 2021
VP2 closes: January 29, 2021
VP3 closes: February 26, 2021
VP4 closes: March 26, 2021
Apps accepted on a rolling basis, and after closing as space permits

Application Requirements
Online application
Transcript
Resume
Cover Letter
Italian privacy consent form

Highlights

  • Benefit from SAI’s Virtual Viva Experience that provides cultural exposure
  • Pair an internship with academic coursework

Program Dates
VP1: January 31, 2021 – Feb 18, 2021
VP2: Feb 28, 2021 – March 18, 2021
VP3: March 28, 2021 – April 15, 2021
VP4: April 25, 2021 – May 13, 2021


Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18+

Academic Year: High school graduate or above

Cumulative GPA:* 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale)

* contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements



The FUA internship program is unpaid, and awards 3 US credits. Students are placed in internships that complement their major or minor, and are supported by a virtual internship supervisor. At the completion of the internship students produce an analytical report that synthesizes what they have learned. Students have the option of enrolling in one of two internship types:

Special Project Experiential Learning: The 3 week / 150 hour experiential learning program offers students the opportunity to complete an internship through one of FUA’s Community Engagement Member Institutions (CEMI). These community projects are directly linked to the academic divisions of FUA and open to the general public in order to share with the greater community.

PSSPGR350 – Special Project: Experiential Learning in the Local Community
This special project allows students to interact with the local community in Florence through experiential learning in collaboration with the Community Engagement Member Institutions affiliated with FUA. These community projects are directly linked to the academic divisions of FUA and open to the general public in order to share academic results with the greater community. This special project course features experiential learning hours with our Community Engagement Member Institutions (CEMI). CEMI are dynamic learning environments created to foster learning through a structured interaction with the community. Students will be involved in learning by doing through real projects and integration with the local population and territory in order to remove cultural and learning barriers as well as to develop a strong likelihood for success in life. The experiential learning hours are fully supervised by instructors who track students step by step during their learning experience, monitor and advise according to student needs, and support student initiative. This unique learning model allows students to benefit from an all-encompassing educational experience based on theory and practice in real enterprises, learning of comprehensive operational processes, problem-solving, leadership, and management.

The FUA CEMI’s are available in various fields of study

  • Business: Marketing
  • Digital Imaging & Visual Arts: Internet Technology, Photography, Video Production, Visual Communication
  • Fashion & Technology: Accessories Design, Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising
  • Fine Arts: Art Education
  • Food & Wine Studies: Baking & Pastry, Culinary Arts, Wine Expertise
  • Hospitality: Hospitality & Tourism, Restaurant Management
  • Journalism, Communications, & Publishing: Journalism, Mass Communication, Publishing
  • Liberal Arts: International Education

External Internship: The 7 week / 120 hour internship offers students a traditional internship experience with a Florentine organization. While not required for all placements, Italian language experience is helpful in opening up options.

PSININ450 – Internship
The internship course aims to prepare students for the professional world and features an unsalaried internship scheduled individually for a minimum of ten hours per week. Students generally serve as part-time interns from Monday through Friday, although some internships may require weekend hours. The internship enhances students’ knowledge through field experience held in a professional environment overseen by a supervisor, who regularly monitors the internship progress and the guides the student’s preparation of a final analytical report and portfolio. The internship enhances students’ knowledge through field experience held in a professional environment overseen by a supervisor, who regularly monitors the internship progress and guides the student’s professional development. Candidates must meet the prerequisites for the internship program. Students must submit a cover letter, CV, and material pertinent to the chosen area (for example, a photography or visual communication candidacy requires a portfolio). An interview is held for placement purposes. Placements will vary depending on the student’s language and professional skills.

Placement options are available in various fields of study:

  • Accounting and Business
  • Architecture
  • Communication and Publishing; Photography
  • Culinary Arts and Wine Expertise
  • Fashion and Accessories Studies and Technology
  • Fine Arts
  • Hospitality Operations and Management
  • Interior Design and Industrial Design
  • Performing Arts
  • Physical Education and Sport Training
  • Student Life and Development Office
  • Visual Communication

Placement Process: Students will submit a resume and cover letter as part of their application materials. Once these items are submitted and you have been fully enrolled in the program, the FUA internship coordinator will be in contact to schedule and complete your placement interview via Skype. The Skype interview will be a time to discuss your relevant skills, desires, as well as the various opportunities available in your chosen field.

Internship & Courses
Students who wish to enroll in academic coursework as well as complete an internship can do so by applying directly to the FUA Virtual Short Programs 2021 program.

Courses & Schedule
Courses run Monday – Friday, with five lessons scheduled throughout the week and accessible on student’s individual MyFUA portals. Live sessions will be held once a week on Mon, Tue, or Wed on MyFUA, Italian language courses will have 2 live sessions each week. Daily login will be required along with assignments and projects to submit on MyFUA according to specified deadlines. Each course will end with a final exam available on the final Thursday of the course.

Course Registration
SAI students complete their course registration directly with FUA through the FUA student portal, registering for one or two courses from each session they have enrolled in. Upon confirming enrollment in the SAI program at FUA, students receive information for creating their FUA student portal and selecting their classes.


Pre-Session Calendar
January 1 2021
Application Closes
Applications accepted after closing as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposit Due
$250 Confirmation Deposit (non-refundable, applied toward program fee)
January 1 2021
SAI Financial Aid Verification Deadline
Students wishing to defer payment until financial aid disbursement must submit the financial aid verification forms to SAI by this date.
January 6 2021
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
January 10 2021
Last Day to Cancel Enrollment Prior to Penalty Phase
See SAI Policies for enrollment cancellation details.

Session Calendar
January 31 2021
Orientation & Virtual Welcome Event
Students get to know one another while going over their program during a virtual orientation.
February 1 2021
Session VP1 Courses Begin
February 18 2021
Session VP1 Courses End & Program End

Pre-Session Calendar
January 29 2021
Application Closes
Applications accepted after closing as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposit Due
$250 Confirmation Deposit (non-refundable, applied toward program fee)
January 29 2021
SAI Financial Aid Verification Deadline
Students wishing to defer payment until financial aid disbursement must submit the financial aid verification forms to SAI by this date.
February 3 2021
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
February 7 2021
Last Day to Cancel Enrollment Prior to Penalty Phase
See SAI Policies for enrollment cancellation details.

Session Calendar
February 28 2021
Orientation & Virtual Welcome Event
Students get to know one another while going over their program during a virtual orientation.
March 1 2021
Session VP2 Courses Begin
March 18 2021
Session VP2 Courses End & Program End

Pre-Session Calendar
February 26 2021
Application Closes
Applications accepted after closing as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposit Due
$250 Confirmation Deposit (non-refundable, applied toward program fee)
February 26 2021
SAI Financial Aid Verification Deadline
Students wishing to defer payment until financial aid disbursement must submit the financial aid verification forms to SAI by this date.
March 3 2021
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
March 7 2021
Last Day to Cancel Enrollment Prior to Penalty Phase
See SAI Policies for enrollment cancellation details.

Session Calendar
March 28 2021
Orientation & Virtual Welcome Event
Students get to know one another while going over their program during a virtual orientation.
March 29 2021
Session VP3 Courses Begin
April 15 2021
Session VP3 Courses End & Program End

Pre-Session Calendar
March 26 2021
Application Closes
Applications accepted after clsoing as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposits Due
$250 Confirmation Deposit (non-refundable, applied toward program fee)
March 26 2021
SAI Financial Aid Verification Deadline
Students wishing to defer payment until financial aid disbursement must submit the financial aid verification forms to SAI by this date.
March 31 2021
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
April 4 2021
Last Day to Cancel Enrollment Prior to Penalty Phase
See SAI Policies for enrollment cancellation details.

Session Calendar
April 25 2021
Orientation & Virtual Welcome Event
Students get to know one another while going over their program during a virtual orientation.
April 26 2021
Session VP4 Courses Begin
May 13 2021
Session VP4 Courses End & Program End
SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $50
Virtual Program Fee: Internship (3 credits)
Includes virtual internship, U.S. credit, and SAI 360° Virtual Services (see What’s Included).
$1,300

*prices are subject to change

All students who complete a virtual program with SAI are eligible for a Virtual Programs Alumni Discount to be applied to any future on-site programs: $350 for semester/quarter programs, and $150 for summer and short programs.

Note: certain SAI-affiliated US universities require specific payment arrangements. These may require that some fees are paid by the student directly to SAI, and other fees are paid to SAI by the affiliated university on behalf of the student. If you attend an SAI-affiliated university please contact your study abroad office or speak with your SAI Admissions Counselor for details.

This is an SAI 360° Virtual Services program and includes the following services:

  • Program tuition for virtual coursework
  • US academic credit
  • Orientation at the start of the term
  • SAI Virtual Program Coordinator, providing personal assistance throughout the term
  • SAI Virtual Viva Experience: opportunities for virtual cultural engagement
  • Regular newsletters with culturally relevant information and updates

Pre-session and alumni services

  • US-based admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance
  • Online student groups to acquaint you with other SAI students
  • Assistance with financial aid processing
  • Virtual programs alumni discount on future on-site programs
  • SAI Ambassador Program for SAI alumni, with paid internship opportunities
  • SAI alumni network membership

About SAI

SAI is dedicated to providing academic and cultural learning experiences abroad that enhance global awareness, professional development and social responsibility. We concentrate our programs in Europe, with a focus on in-depth learning of individual European countries and their unique global role in the geopolitical economy, humanities, and in the arts.