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Curricular Internship

The curricular internship is addressed to all students willing to carry out a work experience of training activity to complete their university career, by obtaining the credits provided in their curriculum.

The curricular internship is carried out on the basis of an agreement between the University of Bologna and a host (company, public body, NGOs, or firm both in Italy and abroad) and is essentially based upon a programme signed by the parties.

N.B.: A curricular internship cannot be carried out in a company/organization whose legal representative, associate or director has family relationships or similar relations (up to second degree relatives) with the applying student.

Who is eligible?

The curricular internship is intended for students regularly enrolled in the academic year in which they wish to carry out the internship. For this course the internship is not included in the study plan: this means that you have to include it in your study plan and do it during the 3rd year.

Duration of a curricular internship

For this course, the internship has been fixed to 250 hours corresponding to 10 credits “CFU” which will be assigned to the “Group of elective courses”.

The length of the Inthernship may be extended of 20% without formal additional procedures required, if deemed necessary for the fulfilment of course objectives.

How to apply for a curricular internship

1. Verify if you are regularly enrolled to the academic year;

 2. The Student must include the internship in the study plan filling the “Modulo 1” (see annex), sign and send it by email to the Programme Coordinator. In this way the student can acquire the signature of the Course Coordinator.

N.B.: Before submitting your application, make sure you have found a firm or company interested in hosting you for your internship.

3. Follow the online course on health and safety measures for work environments as required by the D. Lgs. Number 81 of the 9th of April 2008.

4. Choose your firm or company.

Internships may be carried out within the University or externally, either in Italy or abroad.

To choose where to carry out the internship, log in to the Online Traineeship Service where you can find our partners (that have already signed an agreement with the University) and the list of available internship offers.

If you have found a company ready to host you, and that has not registered with us, send the company details (name of the company, name of the responsible, email, and phone number) to the internship office which will provide to initiate an agreement procedure.

N.B.: The timing of the conclusion of the agreements depends on the response times of the companies/bodies and the dates of the meetings of the Internship Committee.

If you have preferences in the timing of your internship, you will need to programme and initiate the procedures in advance. For the companies or firms that are not registered with us, the timeline from the registration procedure to the actual beginning of your internship may take approximately 60 days.

5. Activate the internship

  • Apply for an internship offer or send your request (“autocandidatura”): upload your CV, a cover letter and choose an academic tutor from the list “Elenco tutor” attached). At each step you will receive constant updates about your application by mail.
  • Acceptance by the “company” and validation of the academic tutor. The company accepts your internship application or request, through the Online Traineeship Service and complete the Internship Programme (goals, activities, working time, tutor); the programme will be checked by the internship office and then the academic tutor has to validate/reject/modify it.
  • Approval of the internship Applications validated by the academic tutor will be submitted once a month to the competent Internship Committee, which must authorise their activation.
  • Upload of the Internship Programme. After the approval of your Internship, you must download the Internship Programme, sign it, obtain the “company” representative's signature, and finally upload the programme together with a copy of an identity document of the company's representative (in a single PDF file).
  • Download the attendance registe. After the Internship office has verified your programme, you have to download and print the attendance register and then start your internship.

N.B.: You may initiate your internship at any time of the year, but only after approval by the internship committee, that meets monthly during the third week (except for the month of august) and which allows student to download the attendance register: remember that this document is crucial and necessary for your insurance cover.

The effective duration may be increased by a 20% with respect to the nominal duration in case of a duly justified request by the trainee and the host company/organization.

What to do during the internship period

After the approval, you may start your Internship that has to be carried out in the period in between the start and end dates shown on the attendance register. On the attendance register you have to record daily: date, the daily hours of activity, the type of tasks and acquire the Host Contact Person's signature in the relevant box.

Please monitor the Internship hours that must not exceed 8 hours daily/40 hours per week.

Your representatives are the company’s representative and the academic tutor.

The internship’s activity must be continuous. In case of interruptions lasting more than ten days, you must alert the internship office which must subsequently inform the Internship Committee.

In case of travel to sites not indicated in the internship programme, the company tutor must notify the internship office in advance (24h earlier) by email communicating the date, place of travel, the reason and  people accompanying the trainee. Please note that the insurance coverage does not cover liabilities outside the workplace and therefore students are not allowed to leave the workplace during the recorded working hours.

Withdrawal, interruption, suspension

If you intend to withdraw or interrupt your internship for reasons that do not allow further continuation, you must notify the office below, stating your reasons to the internship office.

The internship must be as ongoing as possible: in case of more than 10 days of continuous absence you have to contact the internship office which will inform the Committee to valuate a possible internship interruption.

Insurance cover

To all students attending an internship programme within the framework of this University, an appropriate insurance cover against accidents at work and third-party liability claims is provided.

Students can access the eLearning compulsory programme on general health and security for working environments at:  "Sicurezza e Salute sul Lavoro – Formazione generale". This online training, if completed, will issue a valid Certificate on Health and security that may be presented to the hosting company or firm. Please note that, once the certificate is issued, it does not expire.

What to do at the end of the internship period

  • Upload the Attendance Register online via the Online Traineeship Service
  • Complete and upload the final report (see “Indicazioni Stesura Relazione IT - EN” attached) in order to obtain the tutor's validation.
  • Fill in the online final questionnaire.

Monthly, the internship office checks all the documents uploaded online and reports the list of completed internships to the professor in charge of the internship verbalization.

Request for recognition of work experience

The Course regulation do not contemplate the recognition of work experience as internship.

Postgraduate internships

Training and guidance internships can be carried out by recent graduates within 12 months of graduation. The University of Bologna activates training and guidance internships based exclusively in Emilia-Romagna.