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Curricular internship

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

Who is eligible

Curricular internship is an elective course unit, it can be performed starting from the academic year in which it is contemplated in the study plan.

Students interested in carrying it out have to:

1. put it in their study plan, as explained in the section Preparing the study plan;

2. autonomously search a Host Structure where to perform it in reasonable advance.

When to perform an internship

Students can only submit their requests through the internship app at any time of the academic year, according to procedures illustrated in the Handbook for Interns, available in the attachments box.


How to choose the Host Structure and submit an internship request

Internships may be carried out inside and/or outside the University of Bologna, in Italy or abroad.

Host Structures have to be already partnered with the University of Bologna for internships before practical activities start.

Students can go to the internship app or contact the Internship Office in order to know if a Host Structure is already partnered with University for internships.

Internship request at a partnered Host Structure

When students have already an agreement 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 and targeted to all students enrolled on one or more degree programmes)

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

and wait for a reply.

Internship request at a non-partnered Host Structure

When students have already an agreement with a structure not yet partnered with University for internships, the Host Structure has to follow the Registration online Guide available on the attachments box in order to request an internship agreement.

Once the internship agreement has been finalized, students can apply for internships following the procedure Internship request at a partnered Host Structure.


Internship request at the University of Bologna

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

In the affirmative, after having settled the internship programme in accordance with the Academic Tutor and the Host Structure contact person, students have to submit a request according to the procedure Application for an internship at the University of Bologna.

Procedures for students are illustrated on the Handbook for Interns, available in the attachments box.

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, to be written in accordance with instructions illustrated 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.

The procedure for having the curricular internship registered on Almaesami is illustrated in the HIGHLIGHTED box.

Recognition of work activities as a curricular internship