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

What is a curricular 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 intenship is not mandatory (at LMEC, you may include it in your study plan among your electives), but is an opportunity for you to learn, grow, and contribute in a professional setting. 

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.

Types of internships included in your Degree Programme

You can select in your study plan one of the following internship options:

  • Internship I         6 credits (150 hours)
  • Internship II     12 credits (300 hours)

Internship I - within Unibo: (150 hours – 6 CFU): two types of internship are possible in this case: (i) in laboratories, research centres and admin offices of Unibo, carrying out tasks supporting their activities; (ii) acting as a Research Assistant of a faculty member of LMEC (or of another member of the Department of Economics of the University of Bologna). In this case the internship is called RAship and can be done after a self-arranged agreement with a member of the Department of Economics. This opportunity is strongly suggested to students considering to apply for a PhD. In order to set up a RAship, please follow the specific online procedure outlined further below in this page - Additional instructions are available in the document "How to apply for an RAship", available for download in the Links and Attachments section, on the right.

Internship II - outside Unibo (300 hours – 12 CFU): internship at private companies, public institutions, professional firms etc, either in Italy or abroad. This opportunity is strongly suggested to those students who want to enter the job market as business and financial consultant and analyst or as data analyst. A selected list of companies for LMEC students to consider is available in the attachment ("Internships by sector")

You can also choose to do an internship aimed at writing your dissertation:

  • Internship for the preparation of the final dissertation (300 hours - 12 CFU)
  • Internship for the preparation abroad of the final dissertation (300 hours - 12 CFU)

Carrying out an internship for the preparation of the dissertation/final examination​, in Italy or abroad, allows you to get 12 of the 15 credits associated with your dissertation. N.B. The tasks perfomed within such internship have to be consistent with the dissertation topic and agreed with the supervisor.

Once you agree with your supervisor on a dissertation topic, you may ask the Internship Office to add the relevant internship to your career; it is possible to send your request anytime of the year, regardless of the study plan opening periods; just email the Internship Office including the form attached.

When you can apply

You can carry out your internship from the end of the second semester of the first year (during the Summer) onwards, up to your second year, and anyway, after having selected the relevant option in your study plan (please read the information on how to fill in and edit the study plan).

Internship Academic Tutor: Prof. Francesca Barigozzi

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 whole attendance sheet on SOL-Internships
  3. Fill in the evaluation form that you'll then be directed to (you will find the link after you will have uploaded the attendance sheet)
  4. Once completed the points before, the Internship Office will validate the activity and your Internship Academic Tutor will register it. (It is not necessary to book a "registration session" on AlmaEsami).