Internship/traineeship

The internship is a period of on-the-job training offered to students and recent graduates to acquire knowledge and professional skills that can be put into practise in the world of work, experiencing the life of a company.

It is a compulsory part of the all Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes. The internship can be linked to the final exam and it is recommended that you do it during the final year of the programme.

To calculate the required duration of the internship, multiply the number of credits provided by your study plan by 25 hours: for example 6 ECTS = 150 hours, 9 ECTS = 225 hours, 12 ECTS = 300 hours.

Internships in Italy
Students interested in finding an internship in Italy can consult the possibilities and apply by following the instructions in the appropriate section.

Internships abroad
Ca’ Foscari promotes and organises internships all over the world. For students who choose to do an internship abroad, the University awards bonus points to the final degree mark.

How to choose your university tutor
Once you have identified an internship or a useful contact and you are a candidate according to the necessary procedure, you will have to ask the university tutor to accept your research project. You may choose a professor in the field of economics as your tutor, or you may choose a professor whose discipline is similar to your internship field. For any clarification you can also contact the president of the Teaching Committee of your study course.

Recognitions, Internships as extra or substitute ECTS

For enquiries regarding the recognition of internships as a substitute for chosen exams or internships with additional credits to chosen exams, contact the Economics Campus  campus.economico@unive.it.

If you are enrolled in the Master’s Degree Programme in Economics, Finance and Sustainability the following course may be recognised as internship substitute activity, provided that the course professor agrees:

  • Computational Finance Lab [EM2082].

You will have to insert the course in your study plan among the surplus exams, inform the professor by email at the beginning of the course, or at least one week before the exam date, stating that you wish that the course be registered as an internship substitute activity. You must participate in the course according to the professor’s instructions.

You will have to register for the exam but the professor will not register the outcome of the exam. Instead, the professor will inform the Educational Programme Office of the Department of Economics on the positive or negative outcome of the exam. The Educational Programme Office of the Department of Economics will forward the information to the Student Services Office, which will modify your study plan by eliminating the surplus exam and registering the completion of the curricular internship.

After completing this procedure, you will no longer be able to choose that course as an elective exam. Vice versa, if you have already taken the exam and it has been registered, you will not be able to request for it to be recognised as an internship substitute activity.

It is possible to include an extra-curricular internship into the study plan, that is, in addition to the total credits already foreseen by your programme, with modification of the study plan assessed by the Teaching Committee.

The request must be forwarded to the appropriate campus before starting the internship in all the following cases:

  • Further training in the curricular already carried out
  • Training that includes more hours than the curricular one
  • Extension of an ongoing traineeship

You will have to fill in the appropriate form of modification of your study plan and send it over via e-mail to your campus along with the documentation indicated.

The Campus will send your documentation to the coordinator of the Teaching Committee for prior authorisation. If you have obtained prior authorisation, you will have to keep the form until the end of the internship and then request the final recognition, re-transmitting everything to your Campus.

Once you have obtained final recognition, the campus will send the documents to the Students Career Service for a career update.

The Teaching Committee consent to the substitution of an open unit with an internship only under certain conditions.

Before starting the internship, you must complete the appropriate form to request the modification of your study plan that will be sent via e-mail to your Campus, together with the documentation indicated in it.

The Campus will send your documentation to the coordinator of the Teaching Committee for prior authorisation. If you have obtained prior authorisation, you will have to keep the form until the end of the internship and then request the final recognition, re-transmitting everything to your Campus.

Once the final recognition is obtained, the Campus will send the documentation to the Career Service for the career update.

It is possible to choose the internship among free-choice credits:

  • in degree programmes with a maximum of 18 ECTS for the whole course.
  • in Master’s degree programmes with a maximum of 6 ECTS. Furthermore, a total of 12 ECTS can not be added to the study plan.

Further credits for internships can be recognised as additional credits.

These limits are valid both for the degrees of new D.M. 270/04 and for the D.M. 509/99 degrees.

Experiences such as volunteering can be recognised after evaluation by the Coordinator of the Teaching Committee.
Before starting the activity, ask for a prior evaluation by sending the educational project/related documentation to your reference Campus, which will be submitted to the Coordinator of the Teaching Committee.
Once the activity is complete, send all the documentation in your possession to the Campus, which will submit it to the Coordinator of the Teaching Committee for final recognition.

Moreover, the University also offers the possibility of carrying out a student collaboration by participating in a call for applications. However, it is not possible to consider this activity as a replacement for the internship foreseen, since it must be carried out at facilities other than the University.

In place of the curricular internship, various activities can be recognised that will be subjected and evaluated by the coordinator of the Teaching Committee on the basis of relevance with your Bachelor’s / Master’s degree. 

The compulsory internship can be substituted by work carried out, for example at a company or a professional firm. To request recognition of the work you will need to send your Campus:

  • a copy of the contract
  • a declaration from the employer stating the duration of your work, the average hours done the tasks performed.

In the case of self-employment, you will need to send a company certificate (or similar certification) and a detailed self-certification that specifies:

  • the nature and duration of the work
  • the tasks performed
  • the skills acquired

And report and name any companies or customers with whom you have collaborated.

The coordinator of the Didactic Board, after evaluating the relevance of the request received, can authorise the attribution of credits.

The work carried out before enrollment, for the purpose of recognition of the curricular internship:

  • for Bachelor's degree programmes it can be considered as long as it is consistent with the programme.
  • for Master’s degree programmes cannot be considered.

The job can only be recognised in the place of compulsory credits.

Last update: 05/12/2022