The Global Education office has partnered with Global Experiences to provide Mason students an internship experience in Florence, Italy. Unlike traditional study abroad programs focusing on one particular subject, internship programs include students from different majors, working and studying in the same location. The student’s internship placement within a company relative to their area of study defines their global work experience, and determines the internship course credit the student will receive. For example, a Florence internship program can include (but is not limited to) students majoring in design, arts management, business and economics, communications, marketing, and tourism. Additionally in the summer, Global Experiences hosts Project Moda, an innovative Fashion show, allowing Fashion Interns from all our European programs the opportunity to create their own brand, marketing and fashion designs and present them on a runways in Florence, to a panel of fashion industry insiders.
Internships and Placement
The internship component involves students working five days a week for two months at non-profit or for-profit organization. Once accepted by the Global Education Office, students will work closely with a Global Experiences placement officer to identify areas of interest so as to secure an internship for their summer abroad. Students may inquire about the type of internship opportunities in their area of study as well as about the complete support services offered during the program to their Global Education Office Program Officer. Within your inquiry, please include your major, career goals, and what knowledge you wish to gain from the internship experience.
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Interns in Florence live in a shared apartment with other interns, students from the language school, or the landlord of the apartment. The apartments are fully-furnished and most household amenities are provided for you.
All participants take a roommate questionnaire to help the in-country team assess the right housing match for you. If you have any special needs please mention this to the Global Education Office program officer at your time of application so accommodations and options available can be discussed.