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Internships

Are you versed in the Italian language and interested in pursuing a career in art history or museum studies? Expand your credentials by interning at a prestigious Italian museum, an exclusive opportunity available only to a select number of students.

The availability of internships will vary every semester and are not guaranteed. The internships do not earn program credit, and interns work at their museum sites while completing all of the required coursework for the program. Check with your home campus to see if your college can award you internship credit.

Florence program staff interview internship applicants upon arrival in Florence, and museum directors make the final hiring decision.


Madeline Senko, Intern at the Uffizi Gallery

"The Uffizi had hundreds of pieces of art and artifacts, and every one of them was inventoried. There were certain pieces of art that would be away from the Uffizi for several years.”

Madeline Senko from St. Olaf College interned at the Uffizi Gallery, where she helped monitor the array of priceless artwork on loan to other museums and galleries.

During her internship, Madeline had access to art restoration labs and restricted artifact storage areas. Amazed by the work that goes into creating and maintaining the Uffizi’s spectacular exhibits and influenced by Florence’s artistic legacy, Madeline changed her major to art history after returning to campus.


Siri Benn, Intern at the Medici Chapels

"The translating was really good practice for my Italian. It's one thing to read it and comprehend it, but another thing to turn it into something that has finesse and flow. It made me appreciate how much work goes into translation."

As an intern at the Medici Chapels, Siri Benn from Lawrence University evaluated and revised the text of the exhibit plaques in both Italian and English. She also translated Italian text into English for the informational plaque of a new exhibit, which showcased the Florentine art form pietre dure, a hard stone mosaic of inlaid marbles.

Working at the Medici Chapels opened Siri’s eyes to the world of museum studies and allowed her to fine-tune her own Italian language skills. Siri also incorporated her internship experiences into a final paper about Michelangelo.