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Elective internship

Through the internship, students can carry out a professional experience gaining credits in the study plan (indeed the internship can be chosen as elective activity).

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.

Internships cannot be carried out at a Hosting institution where the legal representative, the cooperation partner or the responsible manager in charge has family ties or affinity within the 2nd degree with the interested student.


Length of the internship
What to do to activate the internship
Timetable of the internship activation
What to do during the internship
What to do at the end of internship
Deadlines related to internship


Length of the internship:

In their last year, students can choose to put in their study plan a 6 or 12 ECTS credits internship as elective activity.

A 6 ECTS credits internship corresponds to 150 training hours; 12 ECTS one corresponds to 300 hours.

Please note: Internship can be activated only during the ​second yea..


What to do to activate the internship

  1. Include the relevant internship activity in your study plan;
  2. Compulsory online courses on health and safety must be completed (modules 1 and 2) before the internship;
  3. Online Application

 Connect to the web site with your institutional username and password then you can check Offers/Companies from the list on the left.

OFFERS: you can check if there are specific offers dedicated to your degree programme and send applications (CV+cover/motivation letter) to the companies displayed. It is advisable to apply for a maximum of 5 applications at a time.

Specific ‘ad personam’ offers that have been agreed with the company in advance will be displayed in your home page along with the Tax code of the student.

check the internship offers and the companies with an internship agreement with the University of Bologna and send them spontaneous applications along with your CV and cover letter. It is advisable to apply for a maximum of 5 applications at a time. If the Company has not signed an agreement with the University of Bologna, students can send the Company contAcs by e-mail to the Internship Office.

The agreement set up requires time. This is due to company’s response and to the Internship Board regular meeting (which takes place monthly)

It is extremely important to fill in your CV properly (some instructions for CV/Europass writing are available here:

It is under student’s responsibility to monitor the status of their application.

4. After the Internship Board has approved the activity for you, you will receive another e-mail indicating how to activate your internship;

5. Lastly, download from SOL-Internships the attendance sheet, where you will find the period for the internship approved (which may differ from that of the original internship offer). 


Timetable of the internship activation:

Students can apply every day, but requests ​are considered valid only after they are approved by the internship tutor. It is advisable to contact the tutor in advance before applying so to indicate the exact name of the tutor in the online procedure.

The internship can be activated ONLY after the internship Board, who meets once a month (August excluded), approves the requests.


What to do during the internship:

  • Students have to fill in the register every day indicating date, working hours and the tasks carried out. The company supervisor has to sign it.
  • It is under student’s responsibility to monitor the number of hours remaining to complete the internship (max 40h/week).
  • At the midpoint of the internship, students have to contact the supervisor teacher to inform him/her about the activities students are completing (for any kind of problem students can contact the supervisor teacher or the internship office any time)
  • The internship period must be continuous: absence from work for more than 10 continuous days must be communicated to the Internship Office in charge of informing the board. This could lead to a possible suspension of the internship programme.
  • If, for any reason related to the internship activities, students have to leave the main building it is necessary that the company tutor informs the Internship Office at least 1 day before by email specifying: date, hour, reason for the transfer and the name of the company tutor in charge of accompany the student (students cannot leave the main building alone)
  • If you intend to withdraw from or interrupt your internship for reasons that do not allow further continuation, you must notify the Ufficio tirocini, stating your reasons.

What to do at the end of internship:

  • Students have to upload the register properly filled in and signed, along with the final report (relazione finale). Follow the instructions indicated in the file attached

  • Fill in the online survey (also the company can fill it in online)



    • Internship agreement request: the request for new agreements must be submitted to the internship office  within 30 days before the internship board meeting;
    • Internship application must be submitted by 5 working days before the internship board meets;
    • Internship registration: Students are advised to upload all necessary documents on the platform within a month from the end of the internship.


    In case you wish to get recognized extra-university activities as an internship

    If you have already carried out extra-university activities (for example working activities) and you wish to get recognized them as an internship, please read the information about “recognition of extra-university activities” in the reference box.