Curricular internships provide for a period of alternation between the activities foreseen by the study plan and a recognized educational experience deemed useful by the Scuola Normale for increasing the students’ knowledge and skills. By law it must be carried out within a formal education or training course.
The promoting institution for internships is the Scuola Normale Superiore, while the host organizations can be companies, public or private institutions, international organizations, diplomatic representations, cultural institutions and other organizations, in Italy or abroad.
An academic tutor guarantees the adequacy of the contents of the educational project according to the student's study plan (the tutor is the lecturer who validates the study plan for the undergraduate course, and the course coordinator for the PhD course).
A company tutor, chosen by the host institution, provides the methodological, technical and operational support to the intern during the time spent within the company.
Interested undergraduate and PhD students must submit an application at least two months before the internship is due to start.
The internship period must be included within the student’s academic career, and must in any case be completed by the date of graduation from the Scuola.
The duration of the curricular internship can vary from a minimum of 2 months to a maximum of 12 months, and must be continuous.
If the internship takes place at a host institution / company that already has an agreement with the Scuola, the educational project can be submitted.
Should the internship be activated at an institution / company which does not yet have an agreement with the Scuola, the agreement must be stipulated first.
The intern will fill in the attendance register, which will be signed by the company tutor.
Within 30 days from the end of the internship the final report must be submitted to the placement office, signed by the intern, by the academic tutor and by the company tutor.
With the "Internship request" form it is also possible to request a contribution towards the expenses for the internship, to be submitted to the committee of reference of the relevant faculty following the procedure foreseen by “study and research activities off-site”.
The internship application, whether or not a request for contribution is made, will be submitted to the assessment of the contribution commission of the relevant faculty and the procedure for requests for “off-site activities” will follow.
Funds towards internship grants are made available periodically through the publication of calls.