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Top reasons to do internships in Italy

sunset over Milan

Internships in Italy are a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. If you dream of traveling the world, Italy is sure to be on your list. This amazing country is home to some of Europe’s most famous cities, museums, and destinations. It has something for absolutely everyone! On top of all that, it’s a great place to launch a career in Europe, expand your network, and enhance your CV.

Milan in particular is an excellent destination if you’re interested in fashion, business, design, engineering, and much more. It’s an incredibly global city, and is home to Italy’s stock exchange, as well as the headquarters of international firms and banks.

If you love fashion, Milan is the city for you. Internships in Italy are great opportunities to attend international fashion events and experience the global business of fashion.

But if fashion isn’t your thing, don’t worry – Italy has everything. Sports lovers can cheer on the Italian national football team, and food lovers will be overwhelmed by the country’s fabulous cuisine. Milan is also perfect for those seeking culture, history, and travel opportunities.

These are a few of the top reasons internships in Italy are so amazing:


Milan is one of the most picturesque destinations on the globe. Located in northern Italy, it’s famous for high-end cuisine, world-class shopping, priceless works of art, and rich history. Everything you could ever want can be found in this amazing city. That being said, it’s also a great home-base for those who love to travel. From Milan, you can easily explore all of Italy. Take the train to Florence to taste gelato and see Michaelangelo’s “David.” Or, head to Rome, Italy’s capital city and the site of incredible ancient history. If beaches are more your style, head all the way south, to Sicily, Sardinia, or Puglia. Of course, Italy is also a central location for visiting the rest of mainland Europe. Milan’s international airport makes it easy to catch a quick flight, but you can also take a train or bus to neighboring France, Switzerland, or Austria.


The city of Venice has canals and gondolas.


Most people can probably agree that Italian food is amazing. Whether you live in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, or anywhere else in the world, chances are Italian food is at the top of your list. If that’s the case, you’re in for a real treat, because there’s nothing like Italian food in Italy. From delicate handmade ravioli to mouthwatering gelato flavors, there’s something for every palate. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’ll fall in love with tiramisu and ricotta-filled cannolis. Carb-lovers will  want to track down the best pizzas and focaccias (spoiler – they’re all great!)

History & Art

Italy is home to some of the world’s most famous historical sites, as well as well-known works of art. If you’ve ever taken a European history or world history class, chances are you’ve studied some of Italy’s treasures. For example, Rome’s Colosseum was built nearly two thousand years ago, and was most famously used to host gladiator fights. The magical city of Venice, built on islands using a network of canals, boasts some of Europe’s most well-known and impressive architecture. For art lovers, there’s truly nowhere better to spend a few days than Italy’s museums. The Vatican Museums hold work by DaVinci, Michelangelo, and other famous and influential artists. And the Gallery of the Academy of Florence is an absolute must-see.


Interns heading off to Italy will be thrilled to know that it’s one of the most affordable destinations in Europe. Transport, including busses, trains, and plains, tend to be cheaper in Italy than elsewhere in mainland Europe. Keep in mind that the major cities – Rome, Milan, Florence – will have higher prices for most goods and services than elsewhere in the country. That being said, those cities tend to be incredibly walkable, so you’ll save money by bringing a good pair of shoes and a map!


1 Golden hour in Milan, by Matteo Raimondi on Unsplash.

2 Summer in Venice, by Dan Novac on Unsplash.

Photos and blog by Maeve Allsup

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