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Curricular Internships

HEM students can decide to include a curricular internship in their study plan.

Curricular internships are professional learning experiences which allow students to have the opportunity for career development and to learn new skills. Internships grant credits, according to your study plan.

Internships are carried out on the basis of an agreement between the University of Bologna and the host structure (company, public body, professional firm etc.) and an internship programme signed by both parties.

In this Programme, internships are elective activities.

If you wish to do an Internship, you can choose a 100 hours internship (4 ECTS) or a 150 hours internship (6 ECTS). You can also choose to do a 250 hours internship (6 ECTS + 4 ECTS), by adding both activities to you study plan. Please note: even if the Internship 1 and Internship 2 are indicated in "Period 1" you can have it whenever you want.

For more information on how and when to add the internships in your study plan, please refer to the page Preparing the study plan.

Who is eligible

All students are eligible for internships, provided that they have completed their study plan, choosing one or two internships. It won’t be possible to carry out an internship if you don’t include it in your study plan. HEM students can do their curricular internship starting from the end II second semester of their first year (during summer) and during their second year. 


Unless otherwise established by national or European regulations, internships normally have a duration of 25 hours for every University educational credit assigned to them in the course structure diagram for the degree programme. Internships must be completed within 12 months of their start date.

How to choose the Company

Internships may be carried out in University structures or in companies, either in Italy or abroad.
To choose where to carry out the internship, you can consult the list of structures that hold agreements with the University and/or internship offers already published on Tirocini online.
If none of the offers meet your interest, you can submit a spontaneous application and, if approved, ask the Structure to publish an offer addressed to you (known as “ad personam” offer), via the University's internship application.  If the Host Structure does not already have an agreement with the University, an agreement may be stipulated and, once it has been stipulated, the internship can start.

Very important: the internship cannot be carried out in a company where the director, executive, manager, businesspartner/associate or legal representative has family ties to the student applicant (more info at the Internship Office).

How to activate an internship

Students can request an internship accessing the Tirocini online application.
Once you have identified the structure in which you wish to carry out the internship, you need to agree with your University Tutor (Prof. Daniele Fabbri) and with the Host Contact Person, your learning objectives and activities, the time lines to achieve them and all the other details required to complete the internship programme. Once all internship details have been defined, you will be able to submit your internship application online.

Approval of the internship

Applications will be submitted to the competent Internship Committee, which must authorise their activation. Once approved, you receive an email with the instructions about the procedure, which includes:
- printing the work plan;
- signing it;
- obtaining the signature of the supervisor from the hosting company;
- uploading it on online together with a copy of the ID of the supervisor from the hosting company.
You have time until the first day of your internship to complete the above procedure. This  will allow you to print the “attendance sheet” from the online system.
Getting the attendance sheet is essential to get the internship started. 

During the internship

During the internship, you must keep in contact with your University Tutor, to whom you can refer to for any support or advice you may need on how to carry out your activities, and you must record your daily activities in the attendance register.
The Internship hours must be recorded during the period between the start and end dates shown on the attendance register. 
Before leaving the Host Structure, make sure that the attendance register is countersigned by the Host Contact Person.

Withdrawal, interruption, suspension

if, for any reason, you wish to interrupt or extend your internship, or if you have concluded/accomplished your tasks and hours earlier than planned, you must inform the Internship Office. In particular, any extension needs to be formally authorized by the Internship Office and anyway cannot exceed by 20% the internship length, as initially agreed.

What to do at the end of the internship

At the end of the internship, you have to upload on the online system the attendance sheet, which has to be filled in and signed. Then, you will be directed to the online final evaluation form. Once the attendance sheet and the online final evaluation form is completed, the Internship office will validate the activity and the professor in charge, Prof. Daniele Fabbri, will register your ​internship on your online career.  It is not necessary to book a "registration session" on AlmaEsamy anymore. 

NB: If you received the paper documents (attendance sheet and final evaluation form), please fill it in and hand it back or send it via email to the Internship office and sign up online in Almaesami. ​

Request for acknowledgement of work activities as an internship

Students may ask for the acknowledgement of an internship that has been carried out and completed without a preliminary agreement between UNIBO and the company.

Please note: only students whose internship is already a part of their study plan can apply for the acknowledgement of the internship.

 You can ask for the acknowledgement and the related ECTS after the internship has already been completed or during the internship itself, whether in Italy or abroad, at a private entity or a public company, irrespective of the existence of the internship agreement between the entities at which the internships take place and the University of Bologna. 

In order to apply for the internship acknowledgement and the related ECTS it is necessary to submit the following document : 

  • A copy of the employment contract
  • Entity’s/Company’s letter with letterhead, stamped and signed by the person in charge, with a short description of the activities which have been undertaken
  • A brief report where you sum up your activities (please add anything that may be useful for your evaluation);
  • The enclosed form, filled out and completed

Students who want to apply for the acknowledgement of the internship that has been undertaken in the framework of the Erasmus Placement programme in order to obtain credits for the curricular internship within the structure of the study program or to obtain credits concerning the particular experience of the Erasmus Placement, are required to submit the following documents:

  • Copies of the signed documents which certify the undertaking of the internship: TRANSCRIPT OF WORK
  • The enclosed form, filled out and completed

 The Internship Office verifies the admissibility and the regularity of the documents and submits the documentation to the Study Programme Board. As soon as the Board’ statement is received, the Internship Office communicates the results of the request for acknowledgement and registers the internship and the related ECTS in the student’s career.

 Insurance cover

The University of Bologna guarantees insurance cover for students against accidents at work and third-party liability claims. These policies are written by insurance companies that specialise in the sector.
In the event of travel to locations or structures not indicated in the approved curricula internship programme, you can request an extension of the insurance cover - even during the internship - on condition that the travel concerned is consistent with the objectives of the internship.

Online courses on health and safety are compulsory for all students