The Internship program we offer at Accademia Italiana is one of our most successful and popular. Mainly, students want to learn a language because they want to have more chances of getting a good job. If you give them the possibility of combining the language course with work experience, you are giving them an added value and better chances of getting a more qualified job.
In recent years, we have had an increasing request for internship programs and what is more surprising is that it is not only interesting to young students, as you might think. Many professionals opt for an executive Italian course, but we also receive demand for internship courses from adults who want to start a new business in a particular field or who just want to get more familiar and more specialized in their job which is usually linked to the Italian market.
Our Internship Program includes a language preparation course , which is compulsory for at least 4 weeks, and a period of unpaid working experience in different fields: tourism, restaurants, marketing, import& export, professional offices, manufacturing, social, etc. The minimum length is 4 weeks and the maximum is 24 weeks. We assist students in selecting the Internship company according to their curriculum vitae and their interests. We arrange meetings with the internship coordinator to plan the work experience and we constantly monitor the internship experience together with the internship company. At the end of the program students receive a Certificate of Attendance stating their Italian language proficiency and the acquired Internship experience.
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We also give our students the chance to do an internship at our school, in the marketing department or at the front desk and secretarial office, and they really appreciate being treated as staff and learning more about the language and the work.
We mainly receive requests for internships in the tourism field : students who ask to work in hotels, travel agencies or tourist information offices. For example, at the moment, we are hosting the Internship of a Swedish student who is working at the local tourist office. She is assisting with the organization of one of the main events of our city, Salerno: the ”Christmas light exhibition, Luci d’Artista”. We are sure that this will be a great experience for her, not only because she is practicing Italian but also because she has become part of a community and this is what really assists your learning of a language and a culture.
Another field which is popular among our students, is Italian cuisine. We regularly receive requests from students who already work in Italian restaurants in their own country and want to learn more about this business. In particular the “art of making pizza” is one of the things they really need to learn in order to get better opportunities for a career in this field or to start their own business. And what better choice of learning it in the region where pizza was born?
At Accademia Italiana we are working hard to increase our collaboration with more professional brands in different fields because we strongly believe what makes the difference is the high quality of the partners we work with. Which means offering students the chance to work with professionals and to make the most of their experience.
Fabiola Tiberi is Marketing Manager for Accademia Italiana (www.accademia-italiana.it), in Salerno, South of Italy.
The school also runs a junior summer camp in June and July, in the Elea village, at the heart of the Cilento National Park.