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Program Overview

Program Overview

CIEE Global Internship programs are built just for you! All of our locations offer a wide range of internship opportunities across a diverse set of industries. When you apply, we work directly with you to find an internship that suits your unique needs and professional goals.

Students on this program begin by taking two CIEE elective courses offered on a 6-week academic block system. Electives cover a variety of area studies and language courses. Each area studies course includes 45 contact hours for 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours. Beginning language courses include 60 contact hours for 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

The second part of the program includes an 8-week CIEE full-time internship (200-240 internship hours) with an integrated academic seminar (30 contact hours) for 6 semester/ 9 quarter hours. In addition, students on this program have the option to enroll in one additional CIEE elective course for 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours: 1) Intercultural Communication and Leadership (ICL) or 2) Doing Business in Europe during their internship to augment their placement.

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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    The GAIN Grant helps cover airfare costs to and from CIEE program locations for students who demonstrate high financial need. GAIN Grants are available for short-term (January and summer), semester and year-long CIEE programs.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

    Applicants for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship can apply for the CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant, which provides both program cost support and support for airfare. Students will have to provide proof of having applied to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, upon request.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Placement Process

  • Individual pre-placement meeting, personalized matching process, and coaching for each student throughout the internship placement
  • Materials to guide creation of a resume appropriate for local business culture as well as guidance on application materials relevant to industry area of interest
  • Interviewing skills webinar based on local business culture in addition to individual student feedback to help prepare for Skype interviews with potential internship supervisor
  • Pre-arrival webinar to review packing recommendations, travel logistics, and first few days of program
  • On-site orientation activities including neighborhood resources overview, review of program parameters and emergency procedures, welcome reception, historical and key sites city tour, introduction to public transportation, and practice commute
  • Ongoing coaching and consulting related to coursework, internship, and city activities
  • Midpoint review from student and supervisor
  • Final written evaluation from student and supervisor

Professional Development

  • Professional development workshops may include:
    • Making the Most of your Internship
    • Networking and Informational Interviewing
    • Understanding Working Styles
    • Leveraging your Internship for a Global Career

Cultural Exploration

Students in Rome can learn about European Union monetary policy at the Ministry of Economics and Finance. See where more than 3,000 movies have been produced during a visit to Cinecittà. Experience some of the most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world at the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums. Learn where different popes, kings, and presidents have lived during the centuries at the Palazzo del Quirinal. Additional activities may include cooking lessons, pasta making workshops, theme-focused walking tours, photography workshops, wine tastings, sketching tours, etc. Other activities may include having aperitivos with local students or discovering Rome through movie locations in the city.

Coursework

Students on this program begin by taking two CIEE elective courses offered on a 6-week academic block system. Electives cover a variety of area studies and language courses. Each area studies course includes 45 contact hours for 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours. Beginning language courses include 60 contact hours for 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

The second part of the program includes an 8-week CIEE full-time internship (200-240 internship hours) with an integrated academic seminar (30 contact hours) for 6 semester/ 9 quarter hours. In addition, students on this program have the option to enroll in one additional CIEE elective course for 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours: 1) Intercultural Communication and Leadership (ICL) or 2) Doing Business in Europe during their internship to augment their placement.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Start Date
End Date
Costs
Fall 2017 (14 wks)
05/01/2017
08/14/2017
11/18/2017
$14,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes internship placement and supporting services, coursework, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advsising.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs
$10,593
Housing **
$3,790
Insurance
$167

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* Non-refundable

** Does not include a meal plan

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$2,100
International Airfare *
$1,150
Local Transportation
$235
Books & Supplies
$240
Visa Fees
$50
Personal expenses
$2,300

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* Roundtrip based on U.S. East Coast Departure

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Eligibility
2.5 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.5
  • Sophomore standing and above at time of participation
  • Note: Students should understand that a background in host country languages will expand the potential range of available internships. A limited number of internships for those speaking only English may be available in Rome
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total credit for the program is 12 - 15 semester / 18 - 22.5 quarter hours.
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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students participate in a weekly integrated academic seminar alongside the full-time internship placement.

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About the City

About The City

With a history of over 2,500 years and a population of 4.3 million, Rome is one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities in the world. The first among major centers of the Italian Renaissance, and then the birthplace of the Baroque style, Rome is the setting for numerous churches, monuments and museums, and some of the most visited places in the world, including Saint Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums, the Coliseum, the Spanish Steps, and the Pantheon. From a hill in the region of Lazio, along the shores of the Tiber River, you can see Rome’s many churches, palazzos, and neighborhoods.

Transportation

Students commute to their internships and most program activities via public transportation. We provide an Introduction to the system during orientation, and students are responsible for securing their own public transportation pass. Program housing is convenient to public transportation and all internship locations are accessible.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Giulia Bottero, PhD

Academic Director, Rome

Giulia Bottero is the Academic Director and an Italian language instructor for the CIEE Global Institute – Rome. She came to CIEE after working in international education for nearly ten years as an Italian language faculty member and program coordinator. Giulia studied at the University of Rome La Sapienza, and then at the University of Venice Ca' Foscari, where she earned her Ph.D. in Eastern Languages and an additional M.A. in “Advanced Planning of Teaching Programs for Italian Language and Culture,” with a dissertation on the development of Intercultural Competence through on-site classes. Giulia is a native of Rome and is happy to share her knowledge and love for her city with students experiencing it for the first time.

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Rosalyn Carey, BA

Student Services Coordinator

Rosalyn hails from Syracuse, New York, and received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Richmond, in Virginia. During college, she studied abroad in Rome, during which time she also participated in an internship with a cultural center where she helped organize an international literature festival. After graduation she returned to Rome, where she has worked for five years in the study abroad field, enjoying contributing to students’ experiences in the city she has come to call home. In her free time, Rosie enjoys reading, baking, traveling, singing along to music and spending time with family and friends.

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Valentina Follo, PhD

Director, Global Institute - Rome

Valentina Follo is the Resident Director, Global Institute – Rome. She graduated summa cum laude in classical archaeology at University La Sapienza in Rome and also studied at the Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. After receiving her M.A. in pedagogy of antiquity from the University of Ferrara, she completed her Ph.D. in Art & Archaeology of the Mediterranean World from the University of Pennsylvania. For years, Dr. Follo has been sharing her passion for the Eternal City with American university students in various capacities. In addition to teaching at Loyola University and IES Abroad, she has created and supervised numerous student internship and exhibition opportunities as curator of the Norton-Van Buren Archaeological Study Collection at the American Academy in Rome.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

The CIEE Global Institute – Rome is located in the Prati neighborhood, right at the heart of Rome. Just a few minutes away from the historical city center and a fifteen minute walk to Vatican City, Prati is filled with great authentic Roman trattorie and great restaurants and bars where you can listen to live music. Other historical sites within walking distance include the Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona or Campo di Fiore. The Global Institute features modern classrooms, as well as a student lounge area. Classrooms are designed to ensure the comfort and quality for a successful academic experience.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Program housing is in student accommodations and meets the following requirements:

  • Shared (double or triple) rooms
  • Kitchen facilities
  • Laundry facilities
  • Internet access
  • Convenient to public transportation

Meals are not included in the program housing but students do have access to cooking facilities and are given a briefing during orientation about local markets and stores.

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Orientations

Orientations

Your experience abroad starts now! Before you’ve even left home, you will participate in a one-one-one Skype conversation with a program director who lives and works in Rome. Our directors are extremely knowledgeable about their programs and cities, and will share information about your program, provide you with helpful tips, and answer any questions you may have. You will also have an opportunity to take part in an online webinar and connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, learn what others in the group would like to accomplish, review packing recommendations, travel logistics, and talk about the first few days of the program. And if that’s not enough, once you touch down in Rome, you will receive an on-site city orientation with other interns on the program. This may feature a tour of the neighborhood, where to shop for food, tips on affordable living, an introduction to the transit system, a walkthrough of your commute, and even visits to markets and neighborhood eateries to help you take advantage of the best local fare.

CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple: to help you understand more about the program, and identify your objectives so that you arrive well-informed and return home having made significant progress towards your goals. Don’t worry – you’ll arrive in Rome with the knowledge to succeed.

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Internet

Internet

Housing, classroom, and internship locations all have internet access. Students are encouraged to bring Wi-Fi enabled laptops.

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Academics

Academics

Academic Culture

Students on this program should expect to spend 30 - 32 hours per week (220-240 hours total) engaged in internship project work. In addition, the academic internship seminar will meet for approximately 4 hours per week (30 contact hours total). Students are expected to dress and behave professionally throughout their internship project and are subject to the agreed-upon internship protocols arranged by CIEE and the host organizations.

Nature of Classes

Courses taught at CIEE Global Institute are for CIEE students only and are designed to provide rigorous, interactive learning environment.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

While the Global Internship program is conducted in English in all locations, students will have the opportunity to develop communicative language skills through interactions with peers and host organization colleagues throughout their internship experience.

Grading System

Assessment

Students will be assessed via assignments and activities related to the integrated academic seminar, as outlined in the syllabus. Assignments and activities include but are not limited to the following: reflective papers, synopsis of research, collaborative discussions, individual or small group presentations, analysis of readings, class participation, and feedback from the internship supervisor.

Internship supervisors and students each provide a written evaluation of progress towards goals during their placement. In addition, resident directors seek out individual conversations and group feedback through formal and informal channels throughout the program.

Language(s) of Instruction

English

Faculty

All courses are taught by local adjunct faculty who typically have a terminal degree in their field, relevant professional background, and experience teaching an international cohort of students. Most faculty are also associated with and/or have taught at a local university.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

Students may choose between any of the 6-week courses offered through the CIEE Rome Open Campus program in Block I. Sample course descriptions follow:

HIST 3004 ROIT / ITST 3002 ROIT

A City Within the City: the Vatican and Rome. History, Politics and Society
History, Political System, Economy and Culture of the Vatican will be analyzed in their relationship with the city of Rome: the role of the Pope, the artistic features of Saint Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums – which students will be visiting – will be discussed and critically analyzed in order to elaborate on the political and social implications of a city within a city.

(GI) INRE 4007 ROIT

Contemporary Controversies in International Relations
This course looks at current global controversies, using theoretical and paradigmatic approaches utilized by scholars and practitioners to gain greater understanding of world politics and international relations among countries. The course will analyze what nations can do to minimize the emergence of international conflicts, and what are the existing means to resolve those conflicts. As part of the analysis, the role of individuals, states and international organizations will be addressed. A central issue that will be addressed is the role of governments, supranational organizations (like the European Union) and international organizations to cooperate effectively to address pressing global and regional problems such as terrorism, global warming, environmental destruction, poverty, civil conflict, underdevelopment and violations of human rights. The course will also examine events such as the collapse of communist regimes in the latter part of the 20th century, the end of the Cold War, the inclusion of former communist countries in the European Union, and how all these events have shaped the history and study of international politics. As all these events and issues are analyzed, special focus will be placed on the role that Italy has played and continues to play in the global scene.

(GI) MKTG 3001 ROIT

International Marketing
Students will gain an understanding of the issues and processes involved in developing an international marketing and branding strategy and plan, as well as the execution of marketing and PR operations on an international scale. Course content and practical assignments focus on real-world problems such as identifying and evaluating opportunities in international markets, developing and adapting marketing tactics in relation to specific national sociological, and cultural market needs and constraints, and coordinating marketing and branding strategies in global markets. Included guest lectures by local business professionals and company visits provide firsthand context and experience for the issues explored in the course.

POLI 3001 ROIT

Power, Politics and Law: Mafia, Camorra and Gomorrah
Popular culture, through movies, TV shows, theater and books, shaped the international representation of the Italian Mafia. This course will analyze historical reasons behind the birth of Mafia and Camorra, closed linked from Rome to Sicily. Laws and political implications will be also studied in order to understand anti-mafia movements, exemplified by the book, the movie and the TV series Gomorrah by the Neapolitan journalist Roberto Saviano. Rituals, symbols, the role of women and contemporary exemplifications of Italian organized crime associations will be interpreted in their cultural value in order to discuss the creation and projection of stereotyped visions.

ITAL 1001 ROIT

Italian Language – Beginning I
This course will provide an introduction to all of the basic elements of the Italian language. Through a communicative approach, students will learn to read, write, listen, and speak basic Italian. Additionally, students will gain familiarity with Italian culture through exposure to various media and creative projects. Students will master fundamental vocabulary pertaining to school, daily activities, telling time, travel, restaurants, city, and more. They will be able to communicate and exchange information in a simple way, in both the present and past tense.

ITAL 2001 ROIT

Italian Language – Intermediate I
This course will provide a reinforcement and expansion of previous learned structures of the Italian language. Through a communicative approach, students will learn to read, write, listen, and speak intermediate Italian. Additionally, students will gain familiarity with Italian culture through exposure to various media and creative projects. Students will master fundamental vocabulary pertaining to newspapers, TV programs, travel, leisure time, professions, job interviews, and more. The course is designed to facilitate practical communication skills and encourage efforts towards linguistic independence and student integration in Italy.

ITAL 3001 ROIT

Italian Language – Advanced I
This course will provide a review and expansion of Italian grammar, vocabulary and culture and will combine lectures, class debates, field trips and on-site classes, walking tours, conversations with guest speakers and creative activities. By the end of the semester, students will be expected to be proficient in the written and spoken usage of advanced linguistic structures, and to use language flexibly and effectively for social, academics and professional purposes.

Weeks 7-14

All students enroll in the 8-week CIEE Global Internship with Integrated Academic Seminar and then will have the option to choose one of the two elective courses.

Required CIEE Internship

INSH 3806 ROIT

Academic Internship in Rome
The CIEE Global Internship program combines a full-time internship with an integrated academic seminar to provide professional exploration and specific skills development, enhance intercultural understanding, and a contextualized real-world work experience in a local or multi-national company or organization. The 8-week program includes between 220 and 240 hours of onsite internship project work alongside a 30-hour integrated academic seminar focusing on local business culture, intercultural communication, professional development, and linkages between local observations and global trends. Students will be assessed via assignments and activities that include but are not limited to the following: reflective papers, synopsis of research, collaborative discussions, individual or small group presentations, analysis of readings, class participation, and feedback from the internship supervisor.

CIEE Elective Courses

Students choose one of the following courses:

(GI) COMM 3301 ROIT

Intercultural Communication and Leadership
In this course, you will develop skills, knowledge, and understanding that will help you more appropriately and effectively engage, communicate, and lead in local as well as other intercultural contexts. Course participants explore a variety of topics in intercultural communication based in the context of students’ experiences abroad, and practice intercultural learning processes that can be applied when working across cultural differences in a wide variety of common contexts. Students increase their cultural self-awareness and develop critical personal leadership skills that equip them to become more effective citizens and leaders in an increasingly interdependent world.

(GI) BUSI 3007 ROIT

Doing Business in Europe
This course aims to provide an introduction to the related influences of business, society, government and culture in the region and link these influences to students’ experience within their professional internship program and academic coursework. Using our location of Rome as our beginning reference point, this course will review Europe’s economic and cultural contexts and major changes. We will explore the shared cultural history and diversity across the region (for purposes of this course, we will focus on the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Germany, and Italy). Through small group work and individual inquiry, we will strive to focus on gaining an understanding of the major cultural groups in each country, their heritage and business activities along with the country’s current challenges and opportunities for trade and expansion within the region and globally. By using current business cases and media coverage of economic, political and business issues, we will focus on what we as outsiders to the region need to quickly assess and integrate into our business approaches for success in the region.

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