Umbra academic internships are 3-credit elective courses divided into two parts – internship and seminar – which complement one another to provide hands-on experience and theoretical knowledge in your chosen field of study.
Dive into the life of Museo della Penna, a contemporary culture museum, and the Palazzo Sorbello House Museum, a historic house museum with 18th and 19th art collections and an impressive multilingual library. Learn first-hand the ins and outs of operating a museum, from creating promotional materials to giving guided tours and preparing exhibitions. Interns collaborate directly with staff to make Italy’s remarkably rich and varied artistic and cultural heritage more accessible to international visitors.
Interesting for Majors in: Museum Studies, Sociology, Art History, European History, International Marketing
Take an in-depth look at Fair Trade: explore the social, political, and economic implications of global efforts, and research current initiatives in Italy and America. As an intern with Altrocioccolato, the international Fair Trade festival, and Monimbò, a Fair Trade bottega in Perugia, you will assist with general store operations, festival and event preparations, promotional materials, customer service, and develop partnerships with cooperatives abroad.
Requirement: Intermediate Italian language level or higher
Interesting for Majors in: Economics, Environmental Studies, Business
(Spring Semester Only)
In this course, students will examine educational psychology, pedagogical models, and English language teaching methods. Students will intern with either a local public scientifico or Montessori high school, working closely with English language teachers and Italian students. Depending on the placement and the teachers’ needs, student interns will either assist with lesson planning and classroom instruction or design and implement English language workshops with a specific theme such as music or travel.
Interesting for Majors in: Education
The Umbra Institute also offers non-credit bearing summer internships.
Summer Winery Internship
As an Umbra summer intern at the family-owned Goretti Winery, you will assist in marketing, hospitality, wine exportation, and the management of their operations. This one-month, non-credit bearing experience will help you gain invaluable insight into many aspects of the wine industry, including wine making and wine tasting culture, the global wine trade, and the techniques wineries use to reach their diverse international customers. The Goretti environment also offers the opportunity to observe how Umbrian culture and family tradition merge to form a unique and successful business venture. Please see the Food Studies Program page for more details.
Interesting for majors in: Business, Sustainability, Marketing, Food Studies, Environmental Studies
Requirement: To be eligible for this internship, you must have taken BSFS380: The Business of Wine: Italy and Beyond during the fall or spring semester. Preference will be given to applicants who complete the Food Studies Program. Intermediate or higher proficiency in Italian is also preferred.
Summer Sustainability Internship
As an Umbra summer intern with the RepEAT Box Project, you will research and contact new prospective partners, continue to develop the RepEAT website and materials, assist Professor Elisa Ascione with the summer Sustainability course and related classroom activities, monitor and evaluate project promotion and marketing, and propose future improvements. This one-month, non-credit bearing experience will help you gain invaluable insight into many aspects sustainable practices as well as local and international efforts. You will learn and apply social research, intercultural communication, and project management skills. Please see the Food Studies Program page for more details.
Interesting for Majors in: Business, Sustainability, Marketing, Food Studies, Environmental Studies
Requirement: To be eligible for this internship, you must have taken the Sustainability of Food course during the fall or spring semester. Preference will be given first to students who complete the full Food Studies Program. Intermediate or higher proficiency in Italian is also preferred.
Summer International Marketing and Business Internship
Pashmere is a family-owned Perugian company started in 1965 specializing in luxury 100% Made in Italy cashmere pashmina knitwear. Based on business-to-business operations, they export high-quality collections around the world. Past customers include Versace, Fendi, Prada, Donna Karan, and other famous designers. The company is striving to distinguish their own brand in the international market.
The one-month, non-credit bearing experience will give you the opportunity to assist with the company’s internationalization efforts in the cashmere market, research potential clients and distributors, manage customer relationships and contacts, and support the Pashmere office in New York.
Number of Openings: 1 position
Location: Ponte San Giovanni (6 miles from Perugia)
Internship Dates: Monday, May 5, 2014 – Friday, May 30, 2014 or Monday, June 2, 2014- Friday, June 27, 2014
Internship Cost: TBA – This fee covers the intern housing and utility bills in Perugia, transportation to and from Pashmere, insurance, administrative fees, and the Umbra internship tutor.
Total Internship Hours: 120 hours
Application Deadline: March 1, 2014
Study Visa Requirement: None. It is not necessary to apply for another study visa as students will have 90 days as a tourist after the student visa expires.
Housing: The intern will be housed with international or Italian students in a shared apartment in the Perugia city center
Interesting for Majors in: International Marketing and Business, Communications
Requirement: To be eligible for this internship, you must have taken BSIM 390: International Marketing and/or BSEU 390: Business in Europe: Environment & Practices during the fall or spring semester.
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