International Internship Course

NEW! For Virtual Internship opportunities for Summer and Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 (for direct credit only), please click here.


This course is a guided practicum which includes an internship in a field setting as well as academic coursework for reflection and documentation of the skills practiced.

Candidates must be accepted to a Sant’Anna study abroad program to apply.

Candidates are also required to have the following requirements to be accepted into the Internship course:

  • A minimum overall gpa of 3.0
  • Rising junior or senior status based on earned credits
  • Already accepted into major of study
  • Successful completion of core course work in the major
  • A clean discipline record from the home university


Students may qualify for a position based on their academic experience in their field as well as demonstrating the maturity and responsibility of being able to apply their skills to a practical work environment.

Accepted students collaborate with their work site supervisor, faculty supervisor, and Sant’Anna Institute’s Internship Coordinator in order to fulfill internship objectives and projects that best fit the aims of both the student intern and the employer.


*The Internship course has an additional fee of $400 (subject to change), which covers the student work registration with the Italian government, Italian fiscal code (compulsory by Italian law for work permission), onsite insurance coverage, and administrative expenses.   


Students interested in an internship placement can expect to complete a minimum of the following steps before and during the internship period. Throughout application, placement, and participation in the internship, applicants are assisted by a dedicated professional: the Internship Coordinator.

Our Internship Coordinator and student support staff work very hard to ensure that students receive the appropriate placement so further steps may be required than those listed below.


Student sends the Internship Coordinator (Emily Hammeren, emily.hammeren@santannainstitute.com) their Internship Application (that you can download above) including:

  • resume
  • a cover letter describing:
    • educational background, previous work or internship experiences, community service, and leadership activities
    • objectives for the internship experience abroad and the responsibilities/projects the student would ideally like to be involved with
  • an official transcript
  • a copy of valid passport
  • two letters of recommendation on formal letterhead, with signatures, submitted as pdf, that speak to the student’s academic expertise and professional skills

The Internship Coordinator will set up an individual interview with the student via video chat to better understand his/her personal and professional ambitions that the internship may help him/her achieve.


Each student is matched with a local company that best suits their desires and needs and vice versa.


The student receives notification of their internship assignment via an individualized Internship Program, including project ideas that the student may consider developing in their internship role. The student is also assigned work shifts that work around their course commitments at Sant’Anna.


During the first day of the program student interns attend an Internship Orientation to learn key cultural factors about the professional environment.


Each student is introduced by the Internship Coordinator to his/her workplace during an initial meeting between their employers and the Sant’Anna Internship Coordinator, in order to discuss guidelines and expectations for this collaborative experience.


The student interns meet weekly with the Internship Coordinator to review successes and challenges of the internship experience, as well as goals for the upcoming week. The Internship Coordinator is available to help with any advice/assistance that may be deemed necessary.

*Depending on the Internship location, students may  need to commute (via train or bus). The transportation costs (bus or train tickets) are not included in the program fees and are the responsibility of the student to cover. Bus tickets cost approximately € 1.60 each way, and train tickets cost approximately €4.90 each way.

*In order to complete the required number of contact hours (135 hours for 3 credits and 270 hours for 6 credits) scheduled around their other academic commitments, students may be scheduled to work during the evenings and/or weekends at their internship site.

At the last internship meeting students will present their final projects and receive a certificate of completion of the internship as a reference for future job opportunities.


Sant'Anna Intern Interviews

Fields & Placements

  • Excavation project (*available in Summer term only in special collaboration with Cornell University & the University of Reading – candidates must complete additional application requirements to be nominated for a position)
Architecture, Interior Design
  • Architecture studio
Art History
  • Contemporary art gallery
  • Local foundation for arts & culture
Studio Arts
  • Contemporary art gallery
Nutrition, Community Health
  • Mediterranean cuisine cook school
  • Farm-to-table restaurant/farmhouse
Pharmaceutical Science
  • Pharmacy
Veterinary Science
  • Veterinary studio
Journalism, English
  • Local online & printed publications
Education, ESL Teaching
  • Private language institute
  • NGO office for the social inclusion of refugees in Naples (*teaching English)
  • Center for diversely-abled adults
  • Summer youth camp
  • Volcano observatory
  • Private geology studio
International Politics, Human Rights, Political Science
  • NGO office for the social inclusion of refugees in Naples (*not a camp)
Italian Studies
  • Private language institute
  • Center for diversely-abled adults
  • Summer youth camp
Emergency Management
  • Volcano observatory
Event Management
  • Independent wedding planner
  • Wedding & events department within a hotel or boutique hotel
  • Business & travel event agency
  • Concert & music event company
  • Florist
Fashion Merchandising
  • Locally owned boutiques
Fitness Management

Wellness center (*with gym, spa, and pool)

Hospitality, Tourism, and Food & Beverage Management
  • 4 or 5-star hotel
  • Boutique hotel
  • B&B
  • Travel agency
  • Fine-dining restaurant
Human Services Management
  • Sant’Anna Institute (study abroad & language institute)
  • Center for diversely-abled adults
Leadership, Student Wellness
  • Sant’Anna Institute (study abroad & language institute)
International Business, Marketing
  • Charter boat company
  • Contemporary art gallery
  • local foundation for arts & culture
  • Wellness center (*with gym, spa, and pool)
  • Independent wedding planner
  • Wedding & events department within a hotel or boutique hotel
  • Business & travel event agency
  • Concert & music event company
  • 4 or 5-star hotel
  • Boutique hotel
  • B&B
  • Travel agency
  • Fine-dining restaurant
  • Sant’Anna Institute (study abroad & language institute)
Environmental Science, Marine Biology
  • Local Protected Marine Area organization
  • Environmental foundation
Social Work
  • Centers for diversely-abled adults
Sports Business
  • Wellness center (*with gym, spa, and pool)
Women’s Studies – LESS (NGO office for the social inclusion of refugees in Naples, not a camp)
Culinary Arts
  • Il Buco Restaurant, Tasso Restaurant, Paradise Bakery, Quanto Basta Cooking School, La Basilica Restaurant, the Foreigner’s Club restaurant

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Frequently Asked Questions


Sant’Anna Institute is located overlooking the Marina Grande of Sorrento, a small and safe city on the Bay of Naples. The Institute is located a short 15 minute walk from the center of town and 20 minutes from the Sorrento Station.

From the train station, it is easy to reach any city in Italy, as well as the gems of the Amalfi Coast. Naples, the closest metropolitan city, is about an hour away, making travel very convenient.

Absolutely not. We offer Italian courses at every level from Beginner to Post Advanced. Upon arrival, your Italian level will be evaluated and you will be placed in the proper class.

Furthermore, all of our staff speak a proficient level of English, ensuring you will not be lost during your time here.

Our students enjoy a plethora of opportunities to explore the region and get to know the Sorrentine community. Internships: During their time at Sant’Anna students can participate in an comprehensive internship related to their field of study. This is a wonderful way to gain relevant work experience and develop as a professional in an international environment.

Service Learning: These are projects that accompany specific courses allowing the community to become a “living” text and source of data for classwork while giving something back to your new home. Excursions and Field Trips: There are three excursions per semester (one per summer term) included in the program.

Aside from Italian language classes, all of our courses are given in English. For a list of courses and descriptions please visit this link: http://www.santannainstitute.com/courses-and-description/

To accommodate our students, we offer full year, Spring and Fall semester, summer sessions, as well as J-term and Maymester programs.

To relieve some of the financial burden of studying abroad, we offer various merit-based grants, as well as a scholarship available to Golden Key members. For more information, please navigate to the “Tuition & Grants” tab.

Yes. Our courses are accredited through our partner university Jacksonville University, making transferring credits an easy process.

We are very lucky to be able to offer a students an abundance of facilities, including free Wi-Fi throughout the building, a library, a student lounge, an organic garden right outside the door, 24-hour assistance to students, an offsite English speaking doctor if medical assistance is required, as well as a newly renovated residence hall on the third and fourth floors of our building.

As mentioned above, we have a residence hall with ensuite double or triple rooms equipped with Wi-Fi, a mini-fridge, and linens. There is a fully furnished kitchen on the third floor where students can comfortably prepare their own meals and store food. Students can also elect to live with a trusted host family or in apartments located in the city.