The Normale enables students and graduates of Italian universities to carry out curricular and non-curricular internships. Students of the Normale can also access the service, as students of the University of Pisa or Florence. Non-curricular internships are announced by specific calls.
The Normale promotes internships, also as a host institution, through special agreements, in view of the importance of encouraging the consolidation of knowledge through experience.
Internships can be aimed at acquiring professional skills, completing the training acquired during university, or learning about different organizational contexts.
They may concern undergraduate students and postgraduate students, as well as graduates and PhDs.
The types of internships change according to the objectives and recipients, as do the regulations of reference and in many cases also the interlocutors of reference.
Curricular incoming internships
Curricular Internships provide for a period of alternation between study activities and an educational experience recognized as useful by the study course and by the University of reference for increasing knowledge and skills. By law they must be carried out within a formal educational or training course. Students enrolled at Italian universities can apply on the basis of the regulations established by the respective degree courses for internships during their course of studies or internships aimed at the production of their degree thesis. In this case, the promoting institution is the university or the faculty of appartenance, while the host institution is the Scuola Normale Superiore. In order to be able to carry out a curricular internship at the Scuola Normale, it is essential first of all that there be an agreement with the university or with the degree course of reference (on the basis of the regulations of the university of reference): therefore it is necessary to check with the university’s Placement Office whether an agreement already exists; if this is not the case, it will be necessary to provide the Scuola with the written agreement in use and stipulate the agreement.
The academic tutor guarantees the congruity of the contents of the educational project with respect to the study plan: students who wish to carry out a curricular internship at the Scuola Normale, must have previously identified their own academic tutor within their degree course. As a rule, the academic tutor identifies the structure and the reference persons to refer to within the Scuola Normale.
For its part, the Scuola, as host institution, identifies an organizational tutor who provides methodological, technical and operational support to the intern during the activities carried out within the Scuola.
There is normally no allowance for curricular internships.
Administrative management (stipulation of the agreement and management of the placement) is the responsibility of the departments/schools/universities of the study courses to which the trainee is enrolled.
The first step is to send the internship request using the appropriate form. When the agreement has been stipulated, the educational project and the additional supporting documentation (e.g. attendance sheets, final reports) must be sent (or submitted in person where possible); the documentation must comply with the provisions of the competent offices of the proposing institution, the student's department/university.
Incoming non-curricular internships
Non-curricular incoming internships are reserved for those in possession of a degree or doctorate, in order to facilitate career choices and employability. The legislation of reference, in this case regional, establishes that "The Region, in order to facilitate professional choices through direct knowledge of the world of work, protects non-curricular internships as an educational and professionalizing experience, as opposed to a work experience, carried out at public and private institutions in the regional territory "(Tuscany Region, art. 17 bis, Regional Law No. 32 of 26 July 2002 and subsequent amendments). The Normale, following the publication of specific calls, welcomes non-curricular interns within its structures. Usually these are activities for which an economic contribution is envisaged in the form of participation allowance.