Interning at Umbra

Career readiness and study abroad go hand-in-hand, making the Umbra Institute an ideal provider of selective unpaid and non-credit and credit-bearing internships in Italy. Students have the option to intern with each semester with Umbra, or during the summer session (post-spring) at the Institute and with local institutions in Perugia and the region of Umbria.

Umbra internships that provide substantial opportunities to develop career readiness competencies, as defined by the U.S. National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). These enriching opportunities allow students to apply knowledge learned in the classroom as they engage in critical thinking, effective communication in an international work setting, collaborate on teams, apply technology in their field of interest, improve their intercultural fluency, identify career management goals, and utilize their skills in leadership and professionalism.

The Institute staff reviews applicants carefully and matches the students’ needs and interests with the internships available. 

Semester Internships

Students may submit a request for credit- and non-credit-bearing internship. In both cases, students will work closely with Umbra staff and faculty in key functional areas. For-credit internships require tuition (see below) whilst non-credit-bearing internships have no fees and are not compensated, though the Institute will provide housing for those who qualify. Qualified applicants will meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Studied at Umbra for a semester or summer program;
  • Studied in Perugia or Italy for a semester or longer;
  • Speak Italian at the intermediate or higher level

Summer Internships

Summer internships begin at the end of the Spring semester (May) and continue through the end of the summer session (June). Summer internships allow Spring semester students to remain in Perugia and work at the Institute while, at the same time, encouraging reflection on their personal and professional development as well as actively engaging them in their field of choice.

Internship Areas

Student Services & Hospitality
Educational Programming: Community Engagement
 Photography & Visual Communications
 Social Media, Marketing & Digital Communications


“Interning at Umbra was an amazing experience both working with the staff and living in my new favorite city, Perugia. As an Umbra alum, I was able to see first-hand all the incredible work that goes in to providing the program. The experience was literally life-changing as my career goals now include working in international education”

Laura Bean – University of Hartford


Internship Options

Full-time Internships
Umbra accepts student interns for full-time work for a semester, summer session, or other time periods as specified by the student. Full-time interns become part of the Umbra staff and may not take any classes while interning. Both for-credit and non-credit options are available.

Students participating in a full-time credit-bearing internship will be charged 420 Euro per credit with a minimum of 3 credits per internship with a minimum of six weeks duration. There are no fees for non-credit internships and all internships are uncompensated. Students will be responsible for housing, meals, insurance, and transportation for the duration of the on-site internship in Italy. Umbra can assist with securing appropriate accommodations, visa letters, student services, arrivals, and orientation. 

Student Interns
Students studying at Umbra may intern or participate in work-study as part of their curriculum. Non-credit internships may vary in hours and duration. For-credit internships will take place throughout the entire semester. For-credit semester internships account for 9 of the 16 credits and enroll in the following curriculum: 

Internship – 9 credits
The Perugia Experience – 4 credits
Elective Course – 3 credits

Application Procedures

Internships are highly selective. To apply, all students must submit a completed application online several months before arrival. When applying, select either the for-credit or non-credit option (see fees above). Applicants will then be contacted by the Internship Coordinator to review their application and arrange a mandatory web-based interview. Applicants that have completed fully the application form and supervisor interview will be notified of acceptance or rejection within two weeks.


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Students that wish to receive academic credit for their internship will be assigned a site supervisor and a faculty supervisor. The site supervisor directs and overseas tasks and the work environment throughout the internship. The faculty supervisor meets occasionally with the intern to confirm and assess their milestones, performance, and achievement of learning objectives. Internships are assigned the appropriate academic level and number of credits based on their nature and scope. 

Interns should expect to work a minimum of 20 hours per week. To received a final grade, interns must complete all requirements outlined in the syllabus which include:

Time and Activity logs
Journal Entries
Career Workshop & Resume Assignment
Midterm Meeting with Supervisor
Site and Faculty Supervisor Evaluations
Final Project Portfolio 



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