Umbra Co-Op Opportunities
The Umbra Institute is pleased to offer Cooperative Education Opportunities (Co-Op) with local community partners for students from American colleges and universities. These full-time, compensated internships have been developed as part of our commitment to community engagement and active learning. The benefits of a co-op work experience are many. Students gain practical work experience in areas that complement their personal strengths, interests, and educational needs. The experience also helps students gain new perspective on their career choices and develops the marketable skills necessary for entry and success in the workplace.
Who Can Apply?
Students from all majors and academic backgrounds are welcome to apply. The only pre-requisites for most positions are enthusiasm, an open mind, flexibility, and the desire to work in a multi-cultural and multi-lingual environment. For all placements, some knowledge of the Italian language will greatly enhance the Co-Op experience. Students with a background in Italian and an academic concentration or major which matches the expertise of the Co-Op partner will be given preference for placement.
Study Abroad and Co-Op Experience
International Co-Ops require advance planning and preparation. At the Umbra Institute, we strongly believe that both students and employers have a more rewarding Co-Op experience when a semester of study abroad precedes the employment experience. Studying abroad allows students to earn transferable credits, acquire language and cultural competency, and acclimate to the new environment. The skills, knowledge, and cultural understanding gained during a semester or summer session in Italy can then be directly applied during the Co-Op period.
Students may choose between the Two Semester Program (8 months) or the One Semester Program (6 months).
Two Semester Program – Fall Study Abroad Semester & Spring Semester Co-Op
This program requires 8 months in Italy from September to April with a holiday break. During the Fall semester (September-December), students will study full-time at the Umbra Institute in the General Studies Program, Direct Enrollment Program at the University for Foreigners, or Direct Enrollment Program at the University of Perugia. After the semester of study at the Umbra Institute students may return home for the holidays or remain in Italy. After the new year the 4-month Spring Co-Op employment period begins (January-April). Students will work full-time with the chosen employer. Exact start and end dates and schedule will vary according to the individual employers.
One Semester Program – Italian Language Preparatory Course and Spring Co-Op
This program requires 6 months in Italy from January through June. Upon arrival students will be placed in an intensive two-month, non-credit bearing preparatory Italian language course at the University for Foreigners with weekly tutorial meetings with an Umbra Italian faculty member (January-February). When the course concludes, students will begin their 4-month Co-Op experience (March-June).
The following entities are available for co-op work programs. Some require public transportation. Please visit the website of each to explore their business and industry. For details on the work involved at each co-op employer, language proficiency required, and availability please visit the CO-OP PLACEMENT PAGE.
Design and Integrated Communications Studio
|*****|| Hotel Giò
Hotel, Restaurant, and Enoteca
Italian Cashmere Pashmina Company
Italian Print and Online Newspaper
|The Umbra Institute
Study Abroad Program Provider
What Costs are Involved?
Two Semester Program – 8 months
One Semester Program – 6 Months
What Kind of Compensation is Available for Co-Ops?
Co-Op students will be provided with housing in a shared apartment (utilities included) and a stipend of 200€ per month for the duration of the Co-Op.
Accommodations and Umbra Services
The Umbra Institute will provide Co-Op students with a single room in a shared apartment with Italian or international students in the historic center of Perugia. Students will also be able to take full advantage of Umbra Institute facilities, extra-curricular activities, and student services staff support hroughout the duration of the Co-Op.
How to Apply
If you are interested in participating in the Umbra Co-Op Program, please contact us at [email protected], to determine eligibility and appropriate placement. In many cases, a phone or Skype interview with the Co-Op host may be required before acceptance. We encourage all interested students to apply as early as possible due to the limited number of placements and the extensive planning and preparation process. Co-Ops are allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis for those who qualify. Once the eligibility and placement are confirmed, the student will complete the the Umbra online application.
Students must apply by the following dates.
Two Semester Co-Op Program – Fall Semester Study/Spring Co-Op
Deadline: Applications due by May 15
One Semester Co-Op Program – 2-Month Italian Language Course/4-Month Spring Co-Op
Deadline: Applications due by October 15
Find Out More
If you have additional questions and would like to discuss how Co-Op and study abroad through the Umbra Institute can fit into your academic curriculum, please write to us at [email protected] An Umbra staff member will contact you shortly via email, and, if necessary, arrange a call via Skype.