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Internships provide a means of training and orientation and are encouraged by the University as an important opportunity to connect with the world of work. 
An internship does not constitute an employment relationship as such, but nonetheless the procedures involved in undertaking an internship, established by law to protect both interns and companies, must be respected.
Internships always involve three actors: the host, the intern and the promoter. 
The University of Trento has the role of promoting internships for its students and recent graduates (those who have graduated within the last 12 months). 
Internships always involve three actors: the host company/institution (the company, body, association, etc.) , the intern (UniTrento students or graduates) and the promoter (UniTrento).

There are other types of internship, where the promoter may be a Job Centre (summer internships, work placements or back to work schemes: for information about these types of internships, you can contact  the Trento Employment Agency directly, or your nearest Job Centre.   

Choosing your internship 

Internship opportunities are displayed in the Selection calls, Internship and Jobs section.
However, if you would like to arrange an guidance interview to define your internship plan in more detail, you can contact the office to book an appointment. If you wish to prepare you application in the best way, you can follow our courses (Cv, cover letter etc).

Starting an internship in Italy

Students

You start the internship using the Esse3 Internships and Jobs platform.

Starting the internship

  • The Host Company/Institution
    • uploads the proposed internship to Esse3 Internships and Jobs; 
  • The Student
    • finds a University supervisor;
    • accepts  the proposal uploaded by the host on Esse3 Internships and Jobs ;
  • The Student 
    • downloads the internship proposal from Esse3 and shares it with the University tutor (and/or, where required, the Internship Delegate)
  • The University supervisor (and/or, where required, the Internship Delegate):
    • assesses the validity of the proposal and the activity entailed, sends an jobguidance [at] unitn.it (email) to Job Guidance Office approving the training agreement of project, together with any amendments;
  • Job Guidance:
    • enables the student to download the definitive internship proposal, of which 3 copies must be made.
  • The Student:
    • sends or delivers a printed copy, with original signatures,  of the internship proposal to the Job Guidance Office within 10 days after starting internship. 

During the internship

Both the host and the intern may contact the Office for a meeting, should problems arise. In cases of extension, interruption or suspension, an email communication must be sent to the Job Guidance Office, with a copy to the University supervisor, setting out the request, the relevant dates and the reasons for the request.

At the end of the internship

The Host Company/Institution:

  • completes the online evaluation survey form, prints a pdf copy and sends it by jobguidance [at] unitn.it (email),
  • completes Part 1 of the Certificate in paper form
 The Student: 
  • completes and prints the online evaluation survey form
  • if required by the regulations governing it, writes a report on the internship
  • delivers or sends all the documentation to the office, in order to start the procedure of recognising the internship as part of the student’s university career

Some important information:

  • The minimum time required to start an internship is 15 days 
  • It is important to know and respect your own Department’s regulations both with regard to credit-bearing internships as well as those which do not have credits attached (where they can be undertaken). The procedure involving the Delegate for Internships, where required, is a pre-requisite for starting the internship in the first place and for later recognition of the completed internship.
  • The length of the internship is subject to the regulations of the student’s own department and these are therefore binding. 
  • For curricular internships, accident insurance cover and Third Party insurance will be paid for by UniTrento. 
  • To alter the plan for the internship, or suspend, interrupt, extend or terminate it, follow the instructions at this link.

Health and Safety at Work course 
Training in Health and Safety at work is normally the  responsibility of the host. The University of Trento offers all its interns the opportunity to obtain the certification in health and safety at work (General Part) by following the online course (the pass certificate is issued automatically online, following successful completion of the course test).

Relevant National Legislatio​n:

Graduates (within 12 months of graduating)

Starting the internship

You start the internship using the Esse3 Internships and Jobs platform.
  • The Host Company/Institution
    • uploads the proposed internship to Esse3 Internships and Jobs  
  • The Graduate
    • finds a University supervisor
    • accepts  the proposal uploaded by the host on Esse3 Internships and Jobs  
  • The Graduate
    • downloads the internship proposal from Esse3 and shares it with the University tutor 
  • The University supervisor:
    • assesses the validity of the proposal and the activity entailed, sends an email approving the project, together with any amendments
  • The Host 
    • makes the obligatory communication within the 24 hours preceding the start of the internship
    • sends a copy to the Job Guidance Office 
  • Job Guidance:
    • enables the student to download the definitive internship proposal, of which 3 copies must be made.
  • The Graduate
    • sends or delivers a printed copy, with original signatures, of the internship proposal to the Job Guidance Office by jobguidance [at] unitn.it (email).

During the internship

Both the host and the intern may contact the Office for a meeting, should problems arise.
In cases of extension, interruption or suspension, an email communication must be sent to the Job Guidance Office, with a copy to the University supervisor, setting out the request, the relevant dates and the reasons for the request.

At the end of the internship

The Host Company/Institution:
 The Graduate:  

Some important information:

  • The minimum time required to start an internship is 15 days 
  • Postgraduate internships can only be started within 12 months of obtaining your degree and the maximum length cannot exceed 6 months (and are not extendible).
  • An internship may be started in the following cases:
  • →  Graduates with a 3-year degree, after 30 days following the granting of the degree 
  • → Graduates with a post-graduate degree (a Master’s or a 5-year single-cycle degree leading to a Master’s) after 15 days following the granting of the degree 
  • It is important to know and respect the relevant legislation on postgraduate internships of the Province/Region where the internship will take place (see further information at the links provided on this page) 
  • Accident insurance cover and Third Party insurance is the responsibility of the host company/institution, as is disbursing the indemnity provided for by law and the obligatory communications starting and concluding the internship (of which a copy must be sent to jobguidance [at] unitn.it)
  • To alter the internship plan, or suspend, interrupt, extend or conclude it, follow the instructions at this link

Health and Safety at Work course
Training in Health and Safety at work is normally the  responsibility of the host. The University of Trento offers all its interns the opportunity to obtain the certification in health and safety at work (General Part) by following the online course (the pass certificate is issued automatically online, following successful completion of the course test).

How to start an internship abroad

Students

Starting Procedure:

The starting procedure follows a semplified procedure and uses the Esse3 Internships and Jobs Platform . The student interested in an internship abroad invites the host to register in the Esse3 Internships and Jobs. 
It is vital that students take early action to identify hosts and obtain visas, where these are required by the host’s country.

Financial Support

If the internship is an integral part of the course of study and not aimed at research for the student’s dissertation, see the page Selection calls for grants/scholarships for internships abroad.

Insurance Cover

Accident (but not sickness) insurance and Third Party insurance is the responsibility of UniTrento and is also valid abroad. This insurance takes the form of reimbursement.  It is the intern’s responsibility to check with the host that the maximum cover is adequate as regards the National legislation and, if this is not the case, to take out a private insurance policy.

Graduates (within 12 months of graduating)

For graduates, an internship abroad must comply with the relevant legislation of the host country. Postgraduate internships are not always recognised abroad and, in some cases, involve costs for the host, which act as a disincentive to providing this kind of work experience.

Starting Procedure:

The starting procedure follows a semplified procedure and uses the Esse3 Internships and Jobs Platform. The graduate interested in an internship abroad invites the host to register in the Esse3 Internships and Jobs. It is vital that students take early action to identify hosts and obtain visas, where these are required by the host’s country.

Insurance Cover 

Accident (but not sickness) insurance and Third Party insurance is the responsibility of UniTrento and is also valid abroad. This insurance takes the form of reimbursement.  It is the intern’s responsibility to check with the host that the maximum cover is adequate as regards the National legislation and, if this is not the case, to take out a private insurance policy.