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Curricular Internship

Curricular internship is a training experience, included in the study plan of the degree programme, aimed at completing academic education through practical experiences.

What is a curricular internship

A curricular internship is a training experience, included in the study plan of the degree programme, aimed at completing academic education through practical experiences.

It is a compulsory course unit that can be performed starting from the academic year in which it is contemplated in the study plan, inside or outside the University of Bologna, in Italy or abroad.


How to submit an internship request

The internship activation process is entirely managed through UNIBO internship app and every stage of the procedure is notified to parties involved by emails as well actions to take.

External host structures must be already partnered with the University of Bologna for curricular internships before the internship activation process starts.

Internship request at a partnered Host Structure

When students have already an agreement about internship activities to carry out with a partnered Host Structure, they can submit:

- Candidacy A (in reply to an internship offer already published and targeted to him/her).

When students are searching for a Host Structure already partnered with University willing to host them, they can submit:

- Candidacy B (in reply to an internship offer already published on the internship app)

- Self-candidacy (addressed to one or more Host Structures already registered on the internship app);

and wait for a reply from the Host Structure.

Internship request at a non-partnered Host Structure

When students have already an agreement with a host structure not yet partnered with University for internships, it has first to request an internship agreement by following the procedure outlined in the Registration online Guide, available in the attachments box in the Area for Companies/Public organisations.

Only after the internship agreement has been finalised, students can submit an internship request according to one of the procedures outlined in the section Internship request at a partnered Host Structure.


Internship request at the University of Bologna

When students wish to perform an internship at the University of Bologna, they first have to contact the Responsible of the Structure (or His/Her Delegate) to verify if it possible to carry it out.

In the affirmative, students have to:

a. settle an internship programme in accordance with the Academic Tutor and the Host Structure contact person;

b. submit an internship request, according to the procedure Application for an internship at the University of Bologna.



How to activate an internship

1. Students have to submit an internship request, according to one of the procedures outlined in the Handbook for Interns, available in the attachments box.  

2. The Internship Office checks all data inserted and, in case of positive evaluation,  declares it verified.

3. The Academic Tutor verifies the contents of the internship request and, in case of positive evaluation, validates the intenrship programme. 

4. The Internship Board only evaluates internship programmes already "validated" by the Academic Tutor.

5. Students receive a confirmation message with further instructions after:

- the Internship Board has approved the internship request;

- the Internship Office has verified the successfull completion of the procedure.

6. Students can start practical activities only after they have downloaded the attendance register.



What to do to cancel, interrupt or communicate changes about the internship


Insurance coverages for interns

Students are insured by the University of Bologna for injuries and against any damage they may cause and against any accident that might involve a third-party that may occur during the internship but only for the period authorized by the Internship Board.

In the event of travel to locations or structures not indicated in the internship programme, it is possible to request an extension of the insurance cover - even during the internship - on condition that the travel concerned is consistent with the objectives and purposes of the internship.

The Host Contact Person indicated in the internship programme must send an e-mail to and copying (cc) both the Intern and the Academic Tutor, specifying the place and the reasons for the travel, putting Internship travel in the subject line.

The notification must be sent no later than the day prior to travel.



What to do at the end of the internship

At the end of the internship the student has to enter the internship app to:

- declare the end of the internship;

- upload the attendance register, duly completed and signed;

- upload the final report (see facsimile in the attachments box);

fill out a questionnaire regarding the internship experience.

The Internship Office only validates the documentation arranged and uploaded by the student in compliance with internship rules and regulations.

Afterwards, the student can book the curricular internship’s exam session on Almaesami


Curricular internship’s exam session for the evaluation of the internship are published on Almaesami by the Internship Board.