UCSC Internships

Motivated SAI semester students at UCSC can complete a part-time unpaid internship for 3 credits alongside their regular coursework. Students are placed in internships that complement their major or minor, and complete 120 – 150 hours of internship work, which could include interning in a company’s office or conducting research or specific projects for the company. UCSC offers a limited number of internship placements in small and medium-sized organizations in business, marketing, communication, sales, fashion, and journalism. Internships are available to students with junior or senior class standing. Students completing an internship must enroll in an Italian language course during the semester; those with no Italian language experience must enroll in the pre-session 2 week Italian language course as well.

Sample Internship Placements

  • Eataly: marketing, communication, accounting
  • Aviva: marketing, communication, accounting
  • Trussardi: HR, branding, marketing, retail, fashion
  • Women’s Management: fashion, marketing, communication
  • Stone Island: communication and marketing
  • Gianvito Rossi: communication and marketing
  • Milano Finanza: journalism, business
  • We world: ONG, communication, HR
  • Keytopeople: HR, talent scouting
  • Life science: consulting

How to Apply

Students wishing to apply for the part-time semester internship at UCSC should contact their SAI Admissions Counselor to discuss the options. Students should apply by the Priority Application deadline and select the “program add-on: internship” as their second program at application. Students are asked to submit the following additional application items:

  • UCSC internship application, provided to you by your Admissions Counselor
  • Resume and cover letter, a sample of Italian/EU format for both will be provided by your Admissions Counselor

Upon receipt of the internship materials, students will be contacted by the UCSC internship coordinator to arrange the following:

  • Skype interview with UCSC internship coordinator, to gauge Italian language experience and internship interests
  • Skype interview with organization (not applicable to all students)

Please note that submitting an internship application does not guarantee placement. Students will be contacted with an initial job offer; students who do not accept the placement do not have the option to consider a different placement. Please note that there is an additional internship fee.

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.