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Curricular internship

Next deadline for validating the internship activity will be in April 2019. 

The documents for validation must be completed within the deadline.

PLEASE NOTE: The Committee meets every other month (with expected meetings in October, December, February, April, June and July).

Curricular internships are learning activities that allow students to obtain credits contemplated in the course structure diagram of their degree programme, which also allow to acquire practical skills and make initial contact with the world of work.

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 the parties concerned.

Who is eligible

To take part in an internship, you have to be enrolled and the internship must be a pre-planned part of your curriculum. For this degree programme, internships are elective learning activities.

I-CONTACT Students may select the Internship activity 85509 Internships either as a Type D (if they chose the Workshops and wish to carry out an internship, as well) or a Type F. 


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 6 months of their start date.

After approval by the Internship Committee, you can carry out your internship at any time of the year; the Committee meets every other month (with expected meetings in October, December, February, April, June and July).

How to choose the company

Internships may be carried out in University structures or externally, 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.
You can also search the database for companies/organizations (Aziende/Enti), contact them and, if accepted, ask them to enter an offer addressed to you (known as an “ad personam” offer) via the University's internship application; you can also apply directly via the 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. New agreements must be approved by the Internship Committee.

How to activate an internship

Students can request an internship solely via the Tirocini online application. 
Once you have identified the structure where you wish to carry out the internship, you, your University Tutor (full, associate or assistant professor) and the Host Contact Person need to define your learning objectives and activities, and all other details required to complete the internship programme.

The internship start date depends on the meeting dates of the Internship Committee, i.e. it must be later than the meeting of the Committee. The agreed-upon programme entered by the organization in the internship application (already approved by your university tutor) will need to be submitted to the Committee in due time for assessment.

Approval of the internship

Applications will be submitted to the competent Internship Committee, which must authorise their activation.

After the Committee has approved the internship, an email will be sent to your Unibo address with all necessary instructions (signed programme upload and attendance register printout).

The Internship can be carried out in the period in between the start and end dates shown on the attendance register.

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.

You can request an extension of your internship (still complying with a max. duration of 6 months), although it’s better to plan accordingly from the start. If you need an extension, your tutor at the host organization will have to request it.
Before leaving the Host Structure, make sure that the attendance register is countersigned by the Host Contact Person (daily and last page).

Withdrawal, interruption, suspension

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

What to do at the end of the internship

You will need to upload your attendance register and your final report to  the internship application, entering your internship’s end date and filling in the internship survey.

Contact your university tutor to inform him/her that you completed the internship and to discuss your internship activities.

Request for recognition of work carried out during the internship

You may request the recognition of a work activity (or an activity comparable to it) that you carried out during the internship

·         after including the internship in the study plan;

·         after completing the activity in question (in Italy or abroad);

·         regardless of whether or not an internship agreement already exists between the Host Structure and the University of Bologna.

Your internship will be assessed by the Degree Programme Board, for more information please contact

Insurance cover

The University of Bologna guarantees its students insurance cover against accidents at work and third-party liability claims. These policies are provided by insurance companies that specialise in the sector.
In the event of travel to locations or structures not indicated in the approved curricular 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 (your company/organization tutor will have to send an email to the Internship office stating the date; you will need to be accompanied by him/her or by a representative and you are not allowed to use your own means of transport).

The online course on workplace health and safety is compulsory for all students.

This course must be passed before starting the internship.


We inform the students from School of Arts, Humanities, and Cultural Heritage and Program of International Cooperation on Human Rights and Intercultural Heritage (School of Political Sciences) in Ravenna that next deadline for validating the internship/excavation/laboratory will be in April. The documents for validation must be completed within the deadline.