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Internships

What is internship

The types of internship foreseen by your degree program

When you can apply

What is internship

Carrying out a curricular internship means spending a period of time working at a company or institution and earning university credits at the end of the activity. Taking up an internship is not mandatory (at LSC you may include it in your study plan among your electives).

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.

The types of internship foreseen by your degree program

In second year study plan LSC students are allowed to take

  • 9 CFU internship 81789 – INTERNSHIP (LM) as an Elective Discipline

You can also add to your study plan one of the following internships related to the preparation of your final dissertation:

1_in Italy, 84549 - INTERNSHIP FOR PREPARATION FOR THE FINAL EXAMINATON - 12 CFU for 300 hours' internship.

2_abroad, 84551 - INTERNSHIP ABROAD FOR PREPARATION FOR THE FINAL EXAMINATON - 12 CFU for 300 hours' internship.

The tasks performed within such internship have to be consistent with the dissertation topic and agreed with the supervisor.

Please note: if you select "Internship for the preparation for the final examination", you are asked to provide a declaration from the thesis supervisor (the form is available in the box "Thesis internship"). This declaration must be added to your CV when you undertake an internship request in SOL-Intership.

Prof.ssa Valeria Zotti (https://www.unibo.it/sitoweb/valeria.zotti) has been appointed as a representative and academic tutor for this Course of Study.

You can choose between an internship or 3-CFU SEMINARS (in order to acquire the credits corresponding to the internship: info on  Manifesto degli studi.)

When you can apply

The internship can be carried out once you are enrolled in your second year and only after having chosen the 9-CFU internship 81789 – INTERNSHIP (LM) as an Elective Discipline.

Check if the place you are interested can give you the opportunity to carry out tasks that are congruent with the didactic profile of the Degree Program: consult the PROSPECTS web page (Prospects — Language, Society and Communication - Laurea Magistrale - Bologna (unibo.it)  

How to activate an internship

First, prepare an effective CV and a cover letter. You can follow University guidance services about how to write effective CVs and targeted cover letters as well as job interview simulations in Job Placement.

Please, note that:

- 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.

- Compulsory online courses on health and safety must be completed (modules 1 and 2) before the internship. If you have already obtained a previous certification, please send it to spp.formazione@unibo.it, to confirm its validity;

How to find the right internship opportunity for you

Hosting institutions having already signed an internship agreement with the University of Bologna publish their internship vacancies on the Online Internship Database. You can check on the internet platform SOL-Tirocini - Internships: 

  • the available internship offers, and apply for them.  

or 

  • the list of all hosting institutions having already signed an internship agreement with the University of Bologna. You can contact those you are interested in and verify their availability to host you as an intern. In case they are available to host you, send your application.

In both cases, once the hosting institution has accepted your application, connect to SOL-Tirocini - Internships: 

  1. follow the guidelines you will receive at your Unibo email;
  2. download the attendance register from SOL-Tirocini - Internships where you will find the allowed period of your internship.

Please, remember that:  

you can start your internship only after all the involved partners have signed your internship programme and only after you have downloaded the attendance register.

In case you have already agreed an activity with a hosting institution

Please, follow these steps to start your internship: 

  1. Check if your hosting institution has already signed an internship agreement with the University of Bologna. If not, the hosting institution must first start the procedure to sign an internship agreemet with the University of Bologna by registering at Internships and agreements service;
  2. Ask the Tutor in your hosting institution, who will support you during the internship, to publish an Internship Offer dedicated specifically to you (“ad personam”) on Internships and agreements service;
  3. Follow the guidelines you will receive at your Unibo email;
  4. Download the attendance register from SOL-Tirocini - Internships where here you will find the allowed period of your internship.

Please, remember that:  

you can start your internship only after all the involved partners have signed your internship programme and only after you have downloaded the attendance register.

In case you plan an internship at internal structures of the University of Bologna

In order to apply, please select the internal hosting structure from the list of the available University structures (see file “internal internship”) and obtain the approval of the related contact person.

On SOL-Tirocini - Internships:

  1. Insert “Alma Mater Studiorum” as hosting institution;
  2. Complete the information by selecting the specific University structure you are interested in;
  3. Follow the guidelines you will receive at your Unibo email;
  4. Download the attendance register from SOL-Tirocini - Internships where here you will find the allowed period of your internship.

 

In case you plan an internship abroad

You can carry out an internship abroad: 

  • By applying for an exchange programme (for example, Erasmus + programme, grants for preparation of the final examination abroad) 

or

  • By selecting a hosting institution abroad, following the same procedures as for Italian hosting institutions

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” available at the area “Studying” of your degree programme website.

 During the internship

Fill in the attendance register in the period allowed by the hosting institution. In case of changes (for example: interruption or cancellation of the agreed internship programme), you must inform your internship office by mail and in cc your academic tutor and your tutor at the hosting institution.

Possible business trips must be previously communicated by the tutor of the hosting institution to the internship office and to the academic tutor who must allow them.

During the internship, the University of Bologna guarantees insurance cover against accidents at work and third-party liability claims. Please, for more info visit this link “Insurance for students”.

                              

What to do at the end of the internship

In the following order:

  1. Before leaving the internship position, make sure that your attendance sheet is duly filled in and signed.
  2. Upload the attendance sheet to SOL-Internships
  3. Fill in the evaluation form. This link will appear after you have uploaded the attendance sheet. Please complete carefully. Your answers will help us monitor your internship progress and, if necessary, will allow us to act in order to improve them. Thank you.
  4. Once you have completed the above steps, the Internship Office will validate the activity and your Internship Academic Tutor will register it (there is no need to book a "registration session" on AlmaEsami).