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 an internship is a useful 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 this complexity.
- carries max 10 ECTS for the Master’s degree courses of the Department of Sociology and Social Research
- can last at most 12 months
- requires a university tutor and a company or academic tutor who follow you through this experience and with whom you agree on the training plan for the internship
- is free of charge
- is not considered a form of employment.
Internal internships and external internships
You can decide whether to do:
- an internal internship at the university (including at the Department of Sociology and Social Research, the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence and the “opera Universitaria” (student services body). To activate an internal internship send an email to stage.srs [at] unitn.it indicating whether you have already decided what you would like to do and giving the name of a reference tutor
- an external internship at an organisation of your choice
- check the internship offers at page Internship and work placement opportunities | JobGuidance
- activate the internship following the indications given on the page Start an internship | JobGuidance
During the internship you have to write an diary following the Internship diary ("Diario di stage") template.
At the end of the internship you have to hand in the following documents to the Internship and Work Placement Office of the Department of Sociology and Social Research:
- an evaluation questionnaire completed by the company tutor (using the link sent by the Internships Office at the end of the internship)
- an evaluation questionnaire which you fill in (using the link sent by the Internships Office at the end of the internship)
- an internship diary signed by the company tutor and by you, to be handed in either in person or as an Excel file
- a report containing:
- a description of the organisation where you worked and the work it does (one page)
- a description of the work you carried out and the skills acquired (one page)
- a description of how this work has contributed to your education (one page). Please follow the track by responding to these questions: Have your studies helped with the work? Did the work carried out involve knowledge acquired during your studies? Did the work provide you with empirical material for the final report? Did the work allow you to build a network to help you enter the job market?
- for the external internship only, a certificate for the first part, made available in your Esse3 profile at the beginning of the internship and filled in and signed by the company tutor
- for the external internship only, a certificate for the second part, made available in your Esse3 profile at the end of the internship, signed by the university tutor
The documentation will be assessed by the President of the degree course.
For internships abroad please see the page Going abroad Department of Sociology and Social Research.
You can also do an internship up to a year after graduating. For more information please see the page Internship and work placement opportunities | JobGuidance