Pre-Professional Internships


INT -Pre-Professional Internships

DA Siena's Internships in Italy are a unique educational experience. Our interns work and participate in real working environments. Through this program DA Siena will help you develop your talents further than you ever thought possible. You will work and collaborate as part of a team in practical work assignments and understand first-hand what your career is really like. This is the ideal way to help orchestrate your transition from being a college student to a business professionals.

DA Siena is accredited by the Tuscan Region as a Formative Agency (Regional Decree n. 373 re-issued on 06/02/2009) for internship programs in Siena and Tuscany. Our 30 years of experience makes our organization a recognized expert in the field of developing and optimizing international internships.

DescriptionFee
80 Italian language group lessons over 4 weeks + 4 private lessons in 4 weeks + 4/12 weeks of internship1.580,00 €


COURSE OVERVIEW

- Students must be at a B1 Italian language level prior to starting the internship course. Those who do not have that level must take Italian language classes to reach the B1 level.
- In order to be prepared and feel more secure at the place of internship, before students are placed in their specific internship in Italy, they must take 4 weeks of Italian language classes (depending on the initial Italian language level). These classes will include private lessons to learn specific language for the internship of choice;
- After taking the 4 weeks of Italian language classes, students will participate in the day-to-day activities in their internship for approximately 6 – 8 hours per day;
- Students will keep a daily journal which must include pictures. These journals will be a summary of their work activities and achievements, as well as reflection on the key course themes and the experience of living and working in Siena;
- Journals will be turned in to DA Siena Director on a weekly basis;
- Students will have a mid-term and final interview with DA Siena Director;
- Students will write a mid-term and a final paper about a relevant aspect of their internship experience.
- DA Siena will handle all placement details as well as support students for the entire duration of the internship; including providing Internet access at the school, housing, medical emergencies, etc.

The Internship program is organized in accordance with official regulations which can be summarized as follows: - internships in Italy are unpaid
- time commitment is approximately 6-8 hours a day
- insurance is included and covers work accidents as well as third party liability coverage

INTERSHIP INCLUDES:
- entrance test to ascertain your language level;
- group language course (from 5 to 12 people);
- one-on-one lessons on your specific field of interest;
- books and other didactic material;
- progress exams during the language course;
- final exam and certificate of attendance;
- assistance and tutor to help you to identify the most suitable business;
- I.N.A.I.L. insurance and coverage for damage to third parties;
- 24/7 emergency assistance;
- Afternoon and weekend co-curricular / social activities (trips/activities requiring additional payment are not included);

FIELDS IN INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS:
- Accounting - Private Accounting offices;
- Agriculture – farms, wineries, olive groves, cheese factories, honey farms etc;
- Architecture - Private Architecture Studios (for students of architecture and interior design);
- Gastronomy – Depending on the participants' interests, there's a wide range of internship arrangements, from restaurants in 5 star hotels to local restaurants to the simple trattoria;
- Graphic Design – various studios in Siena;
- High school - Liceo Classico “E.S. Piccolomini” (high-school President Prof. Nicola Buonabitacola) for second language acquisition assistance in the classes;
- High school - Liceo Scientifico “G. Galilei” (high-school Presidente Prof. Antonio Vannini) for second language assistance acquisition in the classes;
- Hotel - Various hotels in Siena (i.e. Hotel Athena, Hotel Academy, etc.);
- Insurance company - Assicurazioni Generali for assistance to non-Italian speakers, translations, etc.;
- Jewelry making – Private shops/laboratories in Siena;
- Law – various law firms in Siena and surrounding towns;
- Medical - University of Siena (formal agreement with the surgery department Dr. Prof. Alfonso de Stefano) for students of medicine;
- Museums and Cultural events in the City of Siena – formal agreement signed by the City Mayor on January 23, 2008 – for internships (Tutor: Dr. Mauro Civai – Director of the Siennese Museums). Museums include Santa Maria della Scala, Museo Civico etc;
- Photography - Freelance photographers;
- Physical therapy – various offices in Siena;
- Secretarial/front desk – various schools/institutions in Siena;
- Teaching children English – Language school for children 3 – 10 years old;
- Tourism - Azienda per il Turismo di Siena (APT) provides front desk information to tourists;
- Other (car dealerships, sport centers, etc.);
- Volunteer organizations - CARITAS in Siena; Istituto della Misericordia di Siena (formal agreement signed by the Rettore on May 2005), the oldest volunteer organization in Siena founded in 1347 (Dr. Filippo Franchi – Vice Director) for:

- Assistance to people with disabilities
- Assistance to immigrants;
- Assistance to people in financial need;
- First aid with ambulance;



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Testimonial

Famulatur in der Allgemein- und Onkochirurgie, Policlinico Santa Maria alle Scotte, Siena

Nachdem die zwei bzw. drei Wochen Sprachkurs an der Schule wie im Flug vergangen waren, hat mich Freitags ein Lehrer der Schule ins Krankenhaus begeleitet, um mich auf Station vorzustellen. Das Willkommen war herzlich, wie auch die folgenden vier Wochen eine sehr schöne, interessante Zeit waren. Es empfiehlt sich jedoch eventuell, schon Chirurgie gehört zu haben, damit man einigermaßen mit den Techniken und Begriffen vertraut ist. Auf Station , die bevölkert wird von vielen Ärzten, Spezzializandi (Assistenzärzte) und einer Menge Studenten, habe ich mich sehr wohlgefühlt. Im OP konnte ich zuschauen, wie ich Lust hatte, allerdings ist nicht im Entferntesten daran zu denken selbst an den Tisch zu treten. Viel zu tun gibt es aufgrund der Menge an Arbeitskraft nicht. Ab und an habe ich beim Verbandswechsel geholfen. Blutabnahmen werden vom Pflegepersonal vorgenommen. Aber mir wurde bereitwillig und auch von sich aus viel erklärt. Übrigens beginnt der Tag erst um 9:00 mit der Visite, die mehr oder weniger den Vormittag einnimmt. Praktikanten, wie auch die Studenten, sind frei ab 12:00 heimzugehen. Oder zu bleiben. Sprachlich habe ich leider noch nicht soviel verstanden, jedoch sind die medizinischen Termini leicht verständlich - dank dem Lateinischen. Und wenn man einigermaßen interessiert und offen ist, Fragen stellt, dann findet man doch immer jemanden zum Reden.
Eine spannende Zeit, weil doch einiges sehr unterschiedlich ist im Vergleich zur deutschen Hektik. Es geht ruhiger zu, gelassener. Allerdings sind die Tage für die Ärzte auch entsprechend lange. Die -nun ja, typisch italienische - Organisation dehnt den Zeitbegriff etwas.
Insgesamt waren die sieben Wochen hier in Siena, eine der besten Erfahrungen, die ich je gemacht habe. An der Dante Alighieri habe ich Freunde aus aller Welt gefunden, meinen Horizont erweitert. Ich möchte die Zeit nicht missen - vielmehr unbedingt wiederkommen!