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Interning Abroad in Florence

Florence shines as the capital and largest city in Tuscany, Italy. As a global epicenter for both fashion and art, the city is blanketed in beauty. It is home to some of the most renowned Renaissance art. Galleries display works from Rembrandt, Michelangelo, and Botticelli. Walk to lunch alongside architectural masterpieces like the Palazzo Della Signoria and the Ponte Vecchio. While nearly one-third of college students participate in an internship of some sort, a Florentine experience is sure to take you to the next level by interning in Italy’s powerhouse of business, finance, and fashion. Learn real world skills while dining on homemade Italian pastas, and gazing upon some the world’s most renowned art and architecture.

Geography & Demographics

Florence is located in north central Italy at the foot of the Apennine Mountains which run the length of the European boot. The city is dissected by the Arno River and is an easy starting point for many nearby destinations. Use a long weekend or time before your internship starts to visit Milan, Rome, Venice, Pompeii, or Sicily. But with so many sites within the city it may be hard to leave. The Tuscan countryside offers some of the most stunning, and romantic scenery on the planet. The rolling countryside is filled with medieval villages, castles, olive groves, and vineyards. 

Florence enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate with bright sunny days for much of the year. Winters are cool and damp with average temperatures reaching the low 30s. July and August are the hottest months with temps in the mid to high 80s. Extreme weather happens but is short lived.

Food & Culture

Like many Mediterranean areas, Florentine cuisine has grown from ancient tradition. Fresh and natural ingredients serve up simple, tasteful, and quality dishes. A wide variety of tomatoes, meats, beans, vegetables, and aromatic herbs are common ingredients. Food in Florence is born of countryside tradition. Quality of ingredients is extremely important to the people Florence. Expect only the best when it comes to thick cuts of steak accompanied by savory breads. Other favorites include creamy gelato, and fresh bruschetta.

It’s impossible to forget about wine when spending time in Florence. It is a dream destination for anyone interested in learning more about the expertise of fine Italian wine. Wine tastings are easy to find and can be budget friendly in a lot of cases. Wine is sometimes cheaper than water when out to eat!

Internships in Florence are always a great way to immerse oneself in the language. Interns will be consistently engaged in everyday conversations which is ideal for learning a language. Interns will be able to put their skills to practical use then use them on the streets to sample gelato. Italian is the mother language but English is widely spoken especially with the large number of travelers in the area. Most people in Florence will speak enough English to communicate basic things such as ordering food or buying something in the supermarket. Italian is a romance language that is relatively similar to Spanish, so a background in that will help.

From scenes on the street corner, to famous statues and plazas, the “Jewel of the Renaissance” provides culture at every opportunity. A morning jog down the Arno River feels as if you are in the scene of a historical novel. Daily commutes pass the largest standing brick dome, Florence’s Cathedral Il Duomo, and offer a magnificent sight. 

Italian’s are known for being easy-going and leisurely in their day to day life. It’s said locals are easy to pick out just by their pace walking down the street. They are typically friendly and curious and want to learn as much about your culture as you do theirs.

Interning In Florence

Florence internships provide incredible opportunities to globalize yourself in many industries. The metropolitan area has a population of around 1.5 million. With such a vibrant city surrounded by an even more vibrant countryside, it is possible to dive into nearly anything and find the perfect internship. 

The fashion industry is booming in Florence. Intern with top designer names like Emilio Pucci, Guccio Gucci and Salvatore Ferragamo, and be part of Vogue’s Fashion Night Out every September. Via Tornabuoni, located near the heart of the city is a bustling street lined with high-end fashion designers, fresh Italian couture, endless jewelry, and leather shops. 

Florence is also a great location for internships in marketing, public relations, event planning or business. Italy is one of the most industrialized nations in the world with a strong business influence. It is a modern city with bountiful opportunities to advance in the business and communications fields. The endless history, museums, and culture in general, create a swarm of events year round that need hordes of people to turn them into a reality. 

Global Experiences offers a summer Fashion Internship. In a field that is infamous for its cutthroat nature, an internship can be your step up. Some internships even lead to full time jobs. The program includes social activities, excursion, placements, accommodation, and even language training for one more step up against your competition. They will help you find a company and placement that fits your needs and interests. 

The CIS Intern in Florence program is offered year round and is extremely versatile. Advisors work one-on-one with applicants to find placements that fit each person’s individual goals and needs. Internships can last anywhere from 6 weeks to a full semester. Plus, applicants can choose to add an additional three to six weeks of intensive language training to their internship programs.

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