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.
Although proficiency in Italian is not required, students must either have some prior knowledge of Italian OR enroll in the 2-week pre-session Italian language course (3 credits). All students also have the option of enrolling in the semester-long Italian language course (3 credits).
Students are also required to take part in a parallel course that provides crucial skills and development tools to put into practice during the internship experience: Mentoring Success: the Stage of Work (3 credits).
How to Apply
Students will select the internship program when submitting their SAI application. Upon confirming their enrollment in the SAI program, students will be prompted to complete the online enrollment portal via UCSC. At this time, students will select the internship option in the “Experiential Learning” section.
The internship placement begins with an interview with the UCSC internship advisor, who will discuss the applicant’s interests and expectations. The applicant will then receive individual mentoring to put together an effective resume and cover letter as well as prepare for interviews with potential matches.
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 may not have the option to consider a different placement. Also note that there is an additional internship fee.
Internships available in the following fields
- Digital Marketing
- Customer Care
- Business Development
- Business strategy
- Business Analysis
Other fields may also be available upon request
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
Program benefits, in additional to the actual internship placement, include:
- Pre-placement interview with internship advisor
- Advising for CV/resume and cover letter preparation to meet Italian standards (see CV/resume and cover letter templates)
- Interview coaching and mock interview
- Ongoing support throughout the placement process and during the internship
- Study Abroad Impact Lab (available during the semester only): Learn how to maximize your study abroad experience and leverage the skills acquired abroad to successfully apply them towards your professional goals.