Internship | Florence, Italy

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This program is designed to provide students with real work experience while enjoying one of the most beautiful cities in the world. All interns are assigned a placement prior to departure for Florence. Placements are made on a case-by-case basis. Past interns have been placed in many fields including prestigious art museums and galleries and marketing/communication firms. All of these opportunities immerse students in the unique culture of Florence. This experience and exposure raises awareness of, and potentially provides entry to, a variety of career opportunities. Interns gain unparalleled practical work experience, make invaluable connections, and acquire international employment references.

Internships in Florence are part-time, or 20 hours per week and unpaid. All interns are interviewed and assigned a placement prior to departure for Florence. Specific placements are not and cannot be guaranteed.

Program Description

COVID-19

Due to changing factors in the program location, please contact IP-Intern@fsu.edu if you’re interested prior to applying. These factors may include, but are not limited to: hybrid format internships (in person and online), limited placement types, and required testing.

Effective September 1, 2021, all university students and personnel in Italy must present proof of full vaccination to enter many venues, including university facilities such as the FSU study center & residences. This requirement will be in effect for the remainder of 2021, and Italian Authorities will likely extend the requirement into 2022. Therefore, applicants for programs based in Italy should expect to provide proof of full vaccination prior to the beginning of their program or upon arrival.

Due to the uncertain nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, all program elements are subject to modification at any time in order to comply with host country restrictions as well as the policies and practices of Florida State University. Examples of possible impacts include but are not limited to:

    ▪  Limitations on independent travel within or between countries
    ▪  Possible quarantine upon arrival or due to positive test/close contact
    ▪  FSU expects students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (see FAQs for more info)
    ▪  COVID-19 testing before/during the program
    ▪  Host country restrictions related to masks, curfews, contact tracing, etc.
    ▪  Program date and/or social cultural calendar modifications
    ▪  Other impacts as detailed in the COVID-19 FAQs

IP staff will review local guidance or restrictions with participants during pre-departure and on-site orientations, but participants are also expected to remain informed of the guidance and restrictions in place for their program location before and after applying as host country authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend restrictions in the time between your application and departure.

Program Sessions

Do not purchase airline tickets until advised to do so by International Programs.

CodeTermStart DateEnd DateFeeApply
IN46Fall 202109/02/2112/16/21$13,995.00Closed
IN48Spring 202201/13/2204/28/22$13,995.00Closed
IN47Summer 202205/05/2207/30/22$14,895.00Closed
IN46Fall 202209/01/2212/15/22$14,930.00Applications open January 05, 2022.
IN48Spring 202301/12/2304/27/23$14,930.00Applications open April 06, 2022.

Eligibility

This program is open to all interested students.

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Students must be at least a Sophomore with a declared major
  • Interns must have completed ITA 1120 Elementary Italian prior to departure. All internship placements are part-time. In addition to the internship credits, interns are required to take an Italian language class, unless they have completed at least three semesters of Italian.

Placements

Specific placements cannot be guaranteed, are subject to availability, and may require specific skills or previous experience. Internship opportunities for those seeking a professional global experience through this program can include, but are not limited to the following placements areas:

  • Advertising
  • Architecture
  • Art History
  • Artisanal Workshops
  • Communications
  • Fashion
  • International Affairs
  • Merchandising
  • Hospitality
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Museum Studies
  • Political Science
  • Retail Marketing
  • Tourism

Other areas of placement may be considered after consultation with Florence staff.

Study Center

Founded in 1966, FSU Florence is one of the oldest U.S. study abroad programs in Italy and one of the few located in the historic, medieval heart of this remarkable city. The study center is located in the 16th century Bagnesi Palace on Via de Neri, one of the city's most famous streets and a paradise for foodies. FSU Florence is only two blocks away from the Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi Gallery, and the Galileo Museum, and one of Europe's most renowned outdoor spaces, the Piazza della Signoria. The study center features an atrium with coffee bar, glass-ceiling library & courtyard, interior & exterior student lounges, nine classrooms, two computer labs, state-of-the-art textiles and media labs, as well as a Tuscan-style tasting & learning kitchen. On-site security means students, staff, and faculty alike can use the study center as a safe and secure gathering spot for both academic and social activities.

Click here to read more about FSU’s new Florence Study Center and see renderings of the Bagnesi Palace.

Housing

Students interning at FSU Florence are housed in shared Florentine-style apartments within a 20-minute walk of the study center along beautiful cobblestone streets. Each residence includes security, furnished living spaces, a kitchenette and shared kitchen space, washing machines, Wi-Fi, air conditioning, safes, and a weekly cleaning service with a change of bed linens and towels. Students receive meal vouchers that can be redeemed at dozens of local cafes and restaurants throughout Florence. Overnight guests are not allowed in program housing. Please click here for a listing of recommended hotels in Florence.

Excursions, Group Activities

Cultural immersion and social events planned for this program may include the following. Group activities and excursions vary per term and may change due to unexpected events and/or new opportunities.

Overnight Excursions

  • Rome: Colosseum, Pantheon, Forum, St. Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museum, and Trevi Fountain
  • Venice: Burano, Torcello, St. Mark’s Basilica, Gallerie dell’Accademia, and Peggy Guggenheim
  • Naples & Amalfi Coast: Mt. Vesuvius, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Positano, and Greek temples of Paestum
  • Verona & Lake Garda: Romeo and Juliet’s house, and live opera in the ancient Roman amphitheater

Day Excursions

San Gimignano, Siena, San Galgano, organic vineyard, and Bologna

Program Fees

Include:

  • All registration fees
  • Instructional costs for up to 12 undergraduate or graduate credits
  • Welcome orientation
  • Housing
  • 10 meal vouchers per week while school is in session (each worth approximately 5 euros)
  • Group meals including welcome dinner, dinner on group trips, some holiday dinners, and farewell dinner
  • Program planned excursions/group activities
  • Full-time academic support
  • 24/7 student support
  • Health Insurance
  • IP T-shirt
  • Universal travel adapter
  • Luggage tag

Do Not Include:

  • Round-trip international airfare
  • Passport
  • Food (except as noted)
  • Books and supplies
  • Personal travel/activity money
  • Personal spending money
  • University-assessed fees (e.g., per credit hour technology fee)
  • Course-related fees (e.g., theatre tickets)

Internship Coordinator

Getting Started

Thank you for your interest in participating in an FSU International Programs internship program. Internships are an opportunity for students to gain experience within a field of study and career interests. Most of all, you can gain valuable and transferrable professional and personal development skills, all while receiving academic credit. Please note all internships are unpaid.

What do I need to get started?

  1. Do your research. Meet with your academic advisor to determine if an internship abroad fits into your academic map. Speak with the IP Internship Coordinator about your interests, career goals, and placement opportunities. Visit our office during drop-in academic advising hours on Wednesdays from 1:00-4:00pm or contact the IP Internship Coordinator at IP-Intern@fsu.edu. FSU students can make an appointment via Campus Connect.

  2. Apply. After doing your research and finding the perfect program, it’s time to submit an online application (accessed from the relevant program page) for the international program of your choice. Internship abroad programs have a $250 non-refundable application fee.

  3. Access the Student Portal. Once you have completed the application and your application fee is processed, you will receive an email with access to the International Programs Student Portal. You are required to submit the following documents for the application process through the IP Student Portal:
    • Internship request form
    • Résumés:
      • A copy of your résumé critiqued by the FSU Career Center
      • A final copy of your résumé
    • *Two letters of recommendation, along with the recommendation form (at least one academic). Recommendation letters can be mailed or dropped off to the International Programs office.
      • *Submit three letters of recommendation for Parliament internships
  4. Commit to participate. Being admitted to a program was only the beginning of your international journey. Your participation is not confirmed until you have paid or deferred the non-refundable Commitment Fee. Failure to pay or defer the commitment fee by the published due date will result in cancellation from the program. Before committing, you should review all relevant program information (dates, courses, visa requirements, fee liability, etc.) available on the program page and in the International Programs Student Portal.

Review the Internship flowchart for additional information and instructions.

Money Matters

The biggest factor in deciding when and where to study abroad is often the financial aspect. In fact, too many students assume they cannot afford to participate, missing out on an invaluable opportunity because they are not aware of alternative methods of funding. The Finances Team at International Programs is dedicated to helping students through the financial aid application process by conducting financial aid workshops on a regular basis in addition to meeting personally with students in need of assistance. We also help concerned parents! Additionally, non-FSU students are strongly encouraged to contact the financial aid office at their home school as early as possible. Finally, FSU students will find additional helpful information on the FSU Financial Aid website.

Please review Understanding the Financial Aid Process for Students Studying Abroad to explore a range of issues for students who anticipate receiving any type of financial assistance. This is a document just for FSU IP students and families, with step-by-step guidance for the process. FSU students, access it here. Non-FSU students, access it here. For summer financial aid, please keep in mind a student must be enrolled in at least 6 hours in order to receive aid.

For information about the 1098-T form, click here.

To make a payment, click here.

Any student receiving any form of assistance below will want to complete a Fee Deferment to allow International Programs to delay the due date of the associated program fees. More information about the Fee Deferment is included in the step-by-step guidance at the link above.

Florida Bright Futures

Florida Bright Futures scholarship funds may be used toward a semester abroad. The Bright Futures Academic Scholarship and Medallion Scholarships will be available for all terms.

The Florida Department of Education website contains additional information concerning eligibility, renewal criteria, appeal processes and legislative updates.

Credit Hours Bright Futures Academic
$213.55 Per Credit Hour
Bright Futures Medallion
$160.16 Per Credit Hour
6 $1281.30 $960.96
7 $1494.85 $1121.12
8 $1708.40 $1281.28
9 $1921.95 $1441.44
10 $2135.50 $1601.60
11 $2349.05 $1761.76
12 $2562.60 $1921.92
13 $2776.15 $2082.08
14 $2989.70 $2242.24
15 $3203.25 $2402.40
16 $3416.80 $2562.56
17 $3630.35 $2722.72
18 $3843.90 $2882.88

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Florida Prepaid

Florida Prepaid (FPP) tuition and local fees and/or dorm benefits may be used to pay International Programs fees.

To use a Florida Prepaid dorm account during the summer term, the purchaser of the Prepaid account must contact Florida Prepaid and complete the steps required to authorize use of the summer dorm plan for studying abroad. All other plans will be billed by FSU without additional authorization.

Contact Florida Prepaid directly at 1-800-552-4723 or access their requirements online at https://www.myfloridaprepaid.com/resources/forms/.

Note: Eligibility for summer financial aid requires enrollment in at least six credits.

How much is my Florida Prepaid worth if I study abroad?

# of Credits Enrolled FPP Tuition FPP Local Fees* Dorm Rate
1 $115.08 $34.73 $3890.00
2 $230.16 $69.46 Per Term**
3 $345.24 $104.19
4 $460.32 $138.92
5 $575.40 $173.65
6 $690.48 $208.38
7 $805.56 $243.11
8 $920.64 $277.84
9 $1035.72 $312.57
10 $1150.80 $347.30
11 $1265.88 $382.03
12 $1380.96 $416.76
13 $1496.04 $451.49
14 $1611.12 $486.22
15 $1726.20 $520.95
  • * Please note the above tuition and fees are subject to change at any time.
  • ** Contact FPP for authorization instructions to use dorm account during a summer term: 850-309-1660 ext. 4134

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International Programs Scholarship Opportunities

International Programs strives to award an average of $200,000 in scholarships annually to about 100 students.

Current FSU students who have been admitted to an international program can apply to IP scholarships through the FS4U portal (link below). Before applying, students should review the list of available scholarship opportunities as well as the application process instructions.

Please note: IP scholarships are not available to in-state/out-of-state students currently on the First Year Abroad (FYA) program or First Semester Abroad (FSA) program or those who are directly enrolled at FSU Panama. Some scholarships may have additional eligibility criteria in addition to what is listed below. Please reference the Scholarship Application Instructions for complete details.

Scholarship Application Deadlines

Program Start Date Scholarship Open Date Scholarship Application Deadline Scholarship Award Decisions Communicated to Applicants
Spring 2022 June 9, 2021 September 8, 2021 Prior to September 22, 2021
Summer 2022 November 1, 2021 January 5, 2022 Prior to January 12, 2022
Fall 2022 January 14, 2022 April 27, 2022 Prior to May 18, 2022

Scholarships Administered by Other FSU Departments

Other departments at FSU also offer their own study abroad scholarship opportunities. You can review the list of scholarships administered by other FSU departments by following the link below.

As a member of the Generation Study Abroad campaign sponsored by the Institute for International Education, Florida State University is committed to the goal of doubling the number of our study abroad participants by 2020. As part of this commitment, International Programs awards an average of $200,000 in scholarships annually to about 100 students.

Current FSU students who have been admitted to an International Program can apply to IP scholarships through the FS4U portal (link below). Before applying, you should review the list of available scholarship opportunities as well as the application process instructions.

Please note: IP scholarships are not available to in-state/out-of-state students currently on the First Year Abroad (FYA) program or First Semester Abroad (FSA) program or those who are directly enrolled at FSU-Panama. Some scholarships may have additional eligibility criteria in addition to what is listed below. Please reference the Scholarship Application Instructions for complete details.

Scholarship Application Deadlines

Program Start Date Scholarship Open Date Scholarship Application Deadline Scholarship Award Decisions Communicated to Applicants
Spring Break 2020 September 4, 2019 October 23, 2019 Prior to November 6, 2019

Scholarships Administered by Other FSU Departments

Other departments at FSU also offer their own study abroad scholarship opportunities. You can review the list of scholarships administered by other FSU departments by following the link below.

Other Scholarship Opportunities

Follow the link below for a general listing of  scholarships that may be available for international study. These scholarships are available to both FSU students and non-FSU students.

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Study Abroad Loans

Additional Discount or Savings Opportunities

Multi-Term Discount

Students who have completed 15 or more credit hours on programs administered by the International Programs office, earning at least a 3.0 average or above in their course work at an international location(s), are eligible for a discount for subsequent IP program. The discount is $500 for summer session or $1,000 for fall or spring semester. Note: This discount is built into the program fees for First Year Abroad program students.

Florida-Costa Rica Linkage Institute

The Florida-Costa Rica Linkage Institute, known as FLORICA, was created in 1986, authorized by the Florida Legislature in 1987, and formalized by an agreement signed by the State University System of Florida, the Florida Community College System and the Council of Rectors of Costa Rican Universities (CONARE). Since its beginning, FLORICA has been administered for Costa Rica by CONARE and on behalf of the State of Florida by The Florida State University and Valencia College, with co-directors appointed from each institution.

FLORICA has strong credibility both in Florida and Costa Rica as a stimulus and a catalyst. The Institute has interfaced broadly in Costa Rica with public and private institutions and agencies including all the public universities.

Costa Rican citizens who have applied and been accepted in a Florida public university or community college may apply for out-of-state tuition waivers through the Florida-Costa Rica Institute Non-Resident Tuition Exemption Program.

Co-Directors

Florida State University
Florida State University
282 Champions Way
University Center Building A
Office Suite A5500
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2420
Phone: 850.644.3272
Fax: 850.644.8817
Email: Linkage-FLCR@fsu.edu

In Partnership with Valencia College
Ariel Ortiz
Florida-Costa Rica Linkage Institute
Phone: 407.299.5000
Email: aortiz167@valenciacollege.edu

Florida-France Linkage Institute

The Florida-France Linkage Institute was created by the Legislature of the State of Florida in 1989. Over the years, the scope of activities and outreach of the Institute have grown considerably; in Florida, in France, and in the départments of the French Caribbean. The Florida-France Linkage Institute is administered by The University of South Florida in partnership with Florida State University and Miami-Dade College. The educational mission of each of these institutions lends an unusual and unique diversity to the joint co-sponsorship of the Florida-France Linkage Institute. The Florida-France Linkage Institute is supported on behalf of France by the office of the French Consulate-General in Miami.

The Florida-France Linkage Institute utilizes the resources of the State University System and the Community College System. The Institute also serves as a clearinghouse for inter-institutional and community networking to bring projects and activities to college and university campuses.

Thus, the Florida-France Linkage Institute places a high priority on its mission to serve as a facilitator for international tourism, trade, economic development, and business for the Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development (OTTED).

For more information about tuition waivers for the Florida-France Linkage Institute and to apply, visit the Florida France Institute Information and Application webpage.

Co-Directors

University of South Florida
Dr. Alexxis Avalon
Florida-France Linkage Institute
USF World
4202 E. Fowler Ave., CGS 101
Tampa, FL 33620
Email: ffli@usf.edu
Phone: (813) 974-5313
Fax: (813) 974-8271

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please feel free to contact Dr. Avalon by phone or by the email listed above.

In Partnership with Florida State University
To be announced

In Partnership with Miami-Dade College
To be announced

FSU Fees

Technology Fee (Not Included in Program Fees)

Florida State assesses a technology fee which is NOT included in the International Programs fee. The technology fee rate for 2021-2022 is assessed at $5.25 per credit hour for all students, regardless of location of study.

After registration, the student must pay the applicable technology fee; this fee is paid directly to Florida State University Student Business Services. Failure to pay this fee will result in a late payment charge being assessed to the student by Florida State University Student Business Services. International Programs has no control over the fee or any associated late payment penalty.

Facilities & Equipment Fees (Not Included in Program Fees)

International Programs fees do NOT include Facilities and Equipment Fees, which are assessed each semester for some majors (Medicine, Motion Pictures Arts, Music, Nursing, Fine Arts, Dance, Digital Media Production, etc.) even though you are studying overseas. If you are in one of these colleges/majors, you will be assessed a fee. Details can be found on the Registration Guide, under 'Fees and Financial Information.'

Financial Aid Info Sessions

The world is within your reach! Talk with a member of IP's Finances Team to learn how your financial aid can help you have a study abroad experience of a lifetime!

Join us for a virtual information session, register below! Or request a meeting by contacting IP-FinancialAid@fsu.edu. Be sure to follow us on social media @fsuip for updates.

  1. Tuesday, September 21st | 1-2 PM
    Register Here: https://fsu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAqfuGqrT0tEtN-kjYMhgc6nELYVuC_ZNBS
  2. Wednesday, October 6th | 11am-12 PM
    Register Here: https://fsu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMlceGorD4vGNebr7M2AP1KHsmd7QO-5Z0N
  3. Thursday, October 21st | 4-5 PM
    Register Here: https://fsu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEsceypqDsuEtNg8C_i2AG1Q9sMZOtNu_JU
  4. Wednesday, November 10th | 3-4 PM
    Register Here: https://fsu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIkdOqrrT4sEtCxHX18GAbflNaZdKz7ixZq

Deferment Forms

The online fee deferment is located in the International Programs Student Portal under the Money Matters area. Login here to access the portal.

Internship Fee Liability (Including Withdrawal & Refund Policy)

APPLICATION FEE (INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS’ INTERNSHIPS)

All International Programs internship applicants are required to submit a non-refundable, non-transferable $250 application fee in order to have their application reviewed by International Programs. Paying the application fee does not guarantee admission or placement into an international internship.

COMMITMENT FEE

Once admitted to an International Programs Internship, a non-refundable $1,500 commitment fee is required to confirm your participation in the program. FSU Applicants expecting to receive financial aid including scholarships, grants, and other sources of assistance have the option to submit a legally binding fee deferment for all or part of the $1,500 commitment fee, with payment of the balance, if any. Non-FSU Students may not defer the commitment fee.

Applicants are fee liable for the entire $1,500 commitment fee on the commitment fee payment due date.

COMMITMENT FEE PAYMENT DEADLINE

Admitted applicants who have not paid or deferred the non-refundable $1,500 commitment fee in full by the published commitment fee payment deadline will be ineligible to participate in the program (i.e. International Programs will change the student's status to cancelled and the student will have no further fee liability). Applicants who apply to a program after the regular commitment fee payment deadline has passed must pay or defer the entire commitment fee to be eligible for admittance to a program.

FULL PROGRAM FEE

All admitted applicants must pay or defer the full program fee in accordance with the published full payment date in order to avoid being canceled from the program.

  • Admitted applicants who have submitted a written request to cancel from the program by close of business on the full program fee payment due date will be held liable for the $1,500 commitment fee but not the full program fee.
  • Admitted applicants who have not paid or deferred in full and who have not submitted a written request to cancel from the program as of the close of business on the full program fee payment due date will be canceled from the program and will remain liable for the commitment fee previously paid or deferred.
  • Fully paid or deferred admitted applicants who have submitted a written request to cancel from the program after close of business on the full program fee payment due date will remain liable for the full program fee.
  • Program fees will be fully refunded if International Programs is unable to secure an internship placement 60 days prior to the start of the program, unless the student agrees to an extension.

SUBMITTING CANCELLATIONS AND REFUND/RELEASE FROM FEE LIABILITY REQUESTS

Submit all cancellations and requests for refunds or release from fee liability in writing via email to IP-Cancel@fsu.edu. Applicants should include their last name and program code in the subject line of the email.

Alternatively, requests may be submitted in writing to International Programs at the following postal address:

Attention: Refund Committee
Office of FSU International Programs
A5500 University Center
282 Champions Way
P.O. Box 3062420
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2420

REFUNDS/RELEASE OF LIABILITY OF PROGRAM FEES

Refunds of program fees/release of liability for program fees will be granted for student cancellations prior to the start of the program under the following circumstances, upon providing appropriate documentation:

  • Involuntary call to active duty
  • Death of the student or a death in the immediate family (parent, legal guardian, spouse, child, or sibling)

PARTIAL REFUNDS/RELEASE OF LIABILITY OF PROGRAM FEES

Partial refunds/partial release of fee liability for program fees may be granted in instances of withdrawal prior to the start of the program under the following circumstances, upon providing appropriate documentation:

  • Illness of the student of such a duration or severity that it precludes overseas travel. The student will be required to submit all relevant medical records for review and evaluation by FSU’s University Health Services. University Health Services will advise International Programs’ refund committee of its recommendation. International Programs’ refund committee will notify the student of the decision.
  • Exceptional unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of the student, as approved by the International Programs refund committee.

REFUND AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY POLICY DETAILS

In evaluating requests, the refund committee considers the timeliness of the notification in relation to the event causing the need for withdrawal and timeliness in relation to the start of the program.

  • Refunds or release of liability cannot be granted, under any circumstances, in instances of withdrawal after a program has begun.
  • In no instance is a refund or release of fee liability request considered if it is after the end of the applicable program or semester, even if the cancellation or withdrawal occurred prior to the start of the program.
  • Applicants who apply and are accepted after published due dates remain liable for fees in accordance with the published dates.

REFUNDS/RELEASE OF LIABILITY OF PROGRAM FEES WHEN IP CANCELS A PROGRAM

Refunds of program fees/release of liability for program fees will be granted when International Programs cancels a program prior to the beginning of the applicable term.

If FSU International Programs cancels a Study Abroad Portion of a program after the start of the term due to causes beyond the control of FSU International Programs, including, but not limited to, acts of God; natural disasters; riots; war; epidemics; terrorist activities; government restrictions; failure of suppliers, subcontractors, or carriers; or travel warnings or prohibitions issued by the World Health Organization or any U.S. federal government agency, including the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of State, no refunds of any kind will be issued. However, FSU International Programs, in its sole discretion, may issue refunds for unused program costs such as housing.

Spring 2019 Internship Fee Liability (Including Withdrawal & Refund Policy)

Application Fee

The $250 application fee is nonrefundable.

Confirmation Deposit

The $1,500 confirmation deposit is due one week after being admitted into the program, and is refundable until the close of business on the deposit's due date. If an applicant has paid or been granted a deferred payment plan for the deposit and has not withdrawn from a program as of the close of business on the deposit due date, the applicant becomes fully liable for the confirmation deposit.

Full Program Fee

Program applicants who have demonstrated their intent to participate in the program by payment or by deferral of the confirmation deposit and who have not withdrawn from the program as of the full payment due date become fully liable for the full program fee as of the close of business on the full payment due date.

Upon notification of acceptance to Florida State University International Programs Internship Program, the applicant will receive an Internship Agreement which details the terms and conditions of the Internship.

Fees will be fully refunded if Florida State University International Programs is unable to notify the intern of a potential placement by 60 days prior to the start of the program, provided all application materials are received by the application deadline. Program fees will be fully refunded if International Programs is unable to notify the intern of placement by the placement notification deadline as stated in the Internship Agreement. The structure of internships is dependent upon immigration laws of the host country. Thus, the structure and dates of each program are subject to change.

Refunds of Program Fees

Refunds of program fees WILL BE granted in instances of withdrawal prior to the start of the program under the following circumstances:

  1. Cancellation of program by International Programs
  2. Involuntary call to active duty
  3. Death of the student or death in the immediate family (parent, legal guardian, spouse, child, or sibling)

Refunds of program fees will not be granted where a student becomes ineligible to participate in a program for failure to meet or maintain admission requirements.

Partial Refunds of Program Fees

Partial refunds of program fees MAY BE granted in instances of withdrawal prior to the start of the program under the following circumstances:

  1. Illness of the student of such duration or severity that it precludes overseas travel. The student will be required to submit all relevant medical records for review and evaluation by Florida State's University Health Services. University Health Services will advise International Programs’ refund committee of its recommendation. International Programs’ refund committee will notify the student of the decision.
  2. Exceptional circumstances that could not have been foreseen and were beyond the control of the student, as approved by the International Programs’ refund committee.
    • Timely notification in relation to the event that caused the need for withdrawal will be considered in evaluating refund requests. In no instance will a request be considered if it is made after the end of the semester for which the refund is requested.
    • Refunds cannot be granted, under any circumstances, in instances of withdrawal after a program has begun.
    • Applicants who apply and are accepted after the published due dates remain liable for fees in accordance with the published due dates.
  3. Rescission of admission by the Florida State University Office of Admission for failure to meet the conditions of one’s admission. Students whose admission offer to Florida State University is rescinded after the confirmation deposit is paid or deferred (in accordance with the due date) remain fee liable for the confirmation deposit

Submitting Withdrawals, Requests for Refunds, and Release from Fee Liability

All withdrawals, requests for refunds, and requests for release from fee liability must be submitted in writing via email to International Programs. Applicants should include their last name and program code in the subject line of the email.

Alternatively, requests can be submitted in writing to International Programs at the following postal address:

Attention: Refund Committee
Office of FSU International Programs
A5500 University Center
282 Champions Way
P.O. Box 3062420
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2420

Visa Information

Italy

A visa is required for US citizens participating in an internship program longer than 90 days in Italy.

Internships Under 90 Days:
US citizens participating in an internship in Italy over the summer will not need to apply for a visa as all summer internships are under 90 days. Please keep the following immigration requirements in mind:

  • Passport Validity: Participants must hold a passport valid for at least six months beyond their intended departure from Italy containing at least two empty visa pages. Keep in mind that the last three pages of your passport are not visa pages.
  • Travel Restrictions: US Citizens are permitted 90 out of 180 days in Italy and the Schengen Area. If you plan to travel before or after your program, please ensure that you will not be in Italy or the Schengen Area longer than 90 days.
  • E.U. Citizens: Please be advised that if you possess dual citizenship with a country in the European Union, you will likely be required to enter Italy on your European passport. Check the expiration date to ensure it is valid for the duration of your time abroad. If it is not, you should renew it immediately.
  • Non-US Citizens: Regardless of your internship duration, some non-US citizens may be required to obtain a visa to enter Italy. It is your responsibility to check with your local Italian Consulate to assess whether or not a visa will be required. If you are a non-US citizen, please contact ip-visas@fsu.edu.


Internships Over 90 Days:
Students participating in Fall or Spring internships in Italy will be required to obtain a visa. A number of documents will need to be submitted in order for International Programs to apply for the visa on your behalf. Full visa information will be provided in a “Visa Packet”. Please take note of the following important visa requirements:

  • Passport Validity: Participants must hold a passport valid for at least six months beyond their intended departure from Italy containing at least two empty visa pages. Keep in mind that the last three pages of your passport are not visa pages.
  • Finaincial Support: The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs require those applying for a semester-long visa to have proof of financial support in the amount of $4,000. This must be in the form of an original recent bank statement (checking/savings only) or a notarized letter from the bank for an account either in the student’s or parent(s)’/guardian(s)’ names.
  • Travel Restrictions: You will be required to submit your passport for visa processing. As such, international travel prior to your program will be restricted. If you have preexisting travel arrangements, please contact ip-visas@fsu.edu.
  • Under 18 Years Old: Minors will be required to submit additional visa documentation. Please contact ip-visas@fsu.edu if you are under 18.
  • Non-US Citizens: Non-US citizens will be required to submit documentation proving the ability to return to the US following their internship. Further information will be provided in the Visa Packet.
  • E.U. Citizens: Please be advised that if you possess dual citizenship with a country in the European Union, you will likely be required to enter Italy on your European passport. Check the expiration date to ensure it is valid for the duration of your time abroad. If it is not, you should renew it immediately.

Important Dates & Documents

Spring 2022
Applications OpenWednesday, April 07, 2021 $250.00
Intern Application CloseWednesday, September 08, 2021
Scholarship Applications DueWednesday, September 08, 2021
Intern Acceptance Due*Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Commitment Fee DueWednesday, September 22, 2021 $1,500.00
Full Payment DueWednesday, October 20, 2021

* No admissions made after this date. All materials must have been received and processed in time to make admission decisions prior to this date. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Summer 2022
Applications OpenMonday, October 11, 2021 $250.00
Intern Application CloseWednesday, December 01, 2021
Scholarship Applications DueWednesday, January 05, 2022
Intern Acceptance Due*Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Commitment Fee DueWednesday, January 19, 2022 $1,500.00
Full Payment DueWednesday, February 16, 2022

* No admissions made after this date. All materials must have been received and processed in time to make admission decisions prior to this date. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Documents

Health & Safety

For 60 years, Florida State University International Programs has been committed to providing a rewarding academic and cultural experience that enriches the lives of our students. Our highest priority is and always has been the welfare and security of our students.

Program directors maintain contact with our Tallahassee office, local authorities, and United States officials, both at home and abroad. Each program holds meetings with students in which safety procedures and precautions are detailed and regularly re-emphasized. Each program has an Emergency Plan which includes details about local health care facilities, meeting points and procedures, and contingency plans and funds should it ever become necessary to evacuate our students.

Students are reminded to inform International Programs of the details of their independent travel details via our online travel form, heed US State Department travel advisories, and take relevant emergency and US Embassy/Consulate contact information with them.

Students venture abroad to experience other cultures, and to gain a deeper appreciation of their role as American citizens in the world. FSU International Programs is fully committed to helping students realize these aspirations in a safe and secure learning environment.

Insurance

International Programs Insurance

All International Programs fees include international medical and evacuation insurance coverage through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI). A link to our policy is provided below. The coverage will be effective for participants from the day the program starts until the day the program ends. Please note: this policy is NOT intended to replace your domestic coverage. For more information, visit studentinsurance.fsu.edu.

Travel Insurance Information

FSU International Programs encourages program participants to consider purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance comes in many forms and can protect you in case you need to change your travel plans due to unforeseen circumstances. The coverage ranges from help with lost baggage to delay in flight plans to trip cancellation.

Travel insurance that covers fees associated with changing your airfare plans is especially helpful for those attending programs that require entry or student visas. Immigration approval can take months with regulations changing often that can cause the need to delay or cancel flight plans. Often airfare arrangements are non-refundable or cannot be changed without fee penalties. Certain types of trip cancellation insurance will reimburse you the cost of your airfare or penalty fees. Travel Insurance must cover failure to obtain visa.

You may wish to begin researching travel insurance and trip cancellation policies by using the Travel Insurance Review website. Their Travel Insurance 101: The Complete Guide to Travel Insurance section is particularly helpful for those just beginning their research. They also have a section that allows you to compare different policies.

Travel insurance is also offered through CISI and Travel Insured International. Please note that this plan must be purchased within 21 days of paying your first fee. For example, if looking to insure the cost of the program, the plan must be purchased within 21 days of paying the commitment fee to International Programs. If wishing to insure only the cost of the flight, the plan must be purchased within 21 days of purchasing airfare.

Travel Resources

University Policies & Resources

Clery Act

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Florida State University study center safety guides include institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. The report also contains statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off campus buildings or property owned or controlled by The Florida State University; and on public property within or immediately adjacent and accessible from the campus. A paper copy is available upon request to FSU International Programs at A5500 University Center, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-2420, or by contacting FSU International Programs at (850) 644-3272 or (800) 374-8581.

Copies are also available from the study center administrative offices, or you may download from the links below:

FAQ

No. You are expected to be in attendance for the entire duration of your internship. Exceptions will be granted for serious illness or death in immediate family (parent, legal guardian, spouse, child or sibling) or a health issue.

No. You are only permitted to stay in program housing during your program dates. If you choose to arrive early or stay late, you must make your own housing accommodations.

All internships are full-time, except internships in Florence. Interns in Florence work part-time (approximately 20 hours per week) and take classes (approximately 6 credit hours).

You are not able to enroll in courses if you participate in an internship in London, Panama, Valencia, Hong Kong, and Sydney because the internship placements are full-time. Florence is the only location that allows interns to enroll in courses since the placements are part-time. In order to participate in an internship in Florence, you must have taken university-level Italian I and passed with at least a “C" or better prior to leaving for Florence. You are also required to take Italian Level II and/or III while in Florence unless you have already taken these courses prior to the internship.

Yes. This is an academic program and you are required to take a minimum of six credit hours.

Yes. You can earn academic credit towards your minor, major, or both if they are approved by your college or school.

No, all internships are unpaid. However, students can receive academic credit on their transcript.

The International Programs on-site coordinator will arrange an interview with another organization.

The amount of credits you can receive varies based on the requirements of your major or minor. It is best to speak with an academic advisor to determine the specific amount of credit hours necessary.

You cannot defer the application fee. It must be paid before the application can be reviewed by International Programs.

International Programs keeps a copy of your passport in the event that it is lost or stolen to provide tangible proof to the U.S. consulate.

No. International Programs internship program is only offered on a semester basis.

No. If you want to participate in an International Programs internship program, you must be an enrolled student. Once you graduate, you will no longer be eligible to participate in our program. However, if you would like to find out more information, email IP-intern@fsu.edu or IP-info@fsu.edu.