What is an internship and what is it for

An internship is a training period with a company or professional body which is relevant to your studies. It represents an opportunity to broaden the knowledge you gain during your degree course studies, an important contribution to your development and a support for future professional choices.

In particular is an helpful experience for:

  • recognising the importance of a theoretical basis in the productive processes and experimenting in practice with knowledge as a work tool
  • understanding the complexity of the world of work and acquiring the first skills for managing it.

Internship activity:

  • is mandatory and expected in the second year of the programme
  • grants 6 ECTS
  • must last at least 150 total hours to be carried out over a period not exceeding 12 months.
  • Internships lasting longer than 150 hours allow you to acquire additional credits up to a maximum of 10 credits in total (1 credit for every additional 25 hours).
  • Is free of charge and it is not considered a form of employment.

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Internal internship

It takes place at the University facilities, including the Department of Sociology and Social Research, the Jean Monnet Center and the Opera Universitaria.

To carry out the internship you must find an academic tutor among the professors of your programme.

External internship

It takes place at a company or institution other than the University of Trento.

To carry out the internship you must find:

  • an academic tutor among the professors of your programme.
  • a company tutor to agree on the project with (internship data, university tutor data, training objectives, activities and methods of carrying out the internship, obligations of the parties involved).

Internal or external internship application

Internship abroad

For internships abroad please see the page Going abroad  Department of Sociology and Social Research.

Recognition of past professional activities

In exceptional cases, the internship can be replaced by recognition of past professional or training activities which are considered relevant to the degree course.

The activities for which recognition is requested must last at least 100 (4 ECTS) hours and at most 12 months. If you do more than 100 hours, then extra credits can be recognised up to a maximum of 10 credits in total (1 credit for every 25 hours).

Before requesting recognition, it is necessary to contact a professor of the degree program who is competent in the functions for which the student is requesting recognition, so that the professor can declare the activity relevant.

How to apply for past professional and training activities recognition

Postgraduate internships

You can also do an  internship up to a year after graduating. For more information please see the page Internship and work placement opportunities at JobGuidance

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17 May 2024