Graduate Internships in Italy

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Graduate internships are intended for candidates who have already earned their Bachelor’s or Master’s degree. A graduate internship is an opportunity for you to enter the job market and make use of the competencies you have acquired during your studies.

You can ask us to start a graduate internship within 12 months of your graduation date. The maximum duration of a graduate internship is 6 months. If you start more than one internship, the maximum overall duration of all graduate internships cannot exceed 6 months.

In accordance with Italian regional laws, you will receive a pay during your graduate internship. The minimum gross monthly pay according i.e. to Regione Piemonte is € 300.00 for 20 hours a week (part-time). This pay increases proportionally to the number of working hours up to a maximum of 40 hours per week (€ 600.00 a month). 

Please note that your pay may vary depending on the Italian region where you do your graduate internship. Please check the regional legislation of the region where you intend to do your internship. 

RULES ABOUT POST GRADUATE INTERNSHIPS IN REGIONS OTHER THAN PIEMONTE

Different rules may occur for abroad internships: please refer to the information at the end of this page.

You need to find an Academic Tutor and write his/her name on your Progetto Formativo. Normally students choose their Thesis Supervisor for this role. The employer will assign a company tutor, too.   

First of all, before filling the required documents, you need to define with the employer your internship tasks, duration, work schedule and duty station. There are some COMPULSORY DOCUMENTS that you must submit before you start your insterhsip: Convenzione di tirocinio (Internship Agreement), the official agreement made between Politecnico di Torino and the Host Company, and Progetto Formativo.     

For graduate internships in Piedmont or Lombardy, it is possible to follow the instructions listed below; on the other hand, if the prevailing place of employment is located in other regions, the process is more articulated and it is necessary to open a ticket in the dedicated section at least one month before the planned start date.

The Convenzione di tirocinio  is an official agreement made between Politecnico di Torino and your Host Company. 

It must be signed BEFORE you start your internship. To find out if a company has already entered into an agreement with Politecnico di Torino, you can:  

  • type the company name in the “Company name” field when you fill out your Progetto Formativo. If you can find the company in the drop-down list, it means that it has an agreement with Politecnico. In this case, you can continue filling out your Progetto Formativo;   
  • contact our offices using the ticketing service: open a ticket specifying the company name and its vat number.

If a company does not have an agreement with Politecnico di Torino, please inform them that they need to follow the procedure below:   

  • Italian companies must register on Politecnico website. Please note that it is the company’s responsibility to register on our website, not yours;
  •  after registration, the company will receive its access credentials to log in to our platform (company private area). From this page, the company can fill out a form to request to enter into an Agreement for Graduate Internships with Politecnico di Torino;
  • the system will generate the Agreement. The italian Company must sign, stamp and send the original copy of the Agreement to the Office by PEC (politecnicoditorino@pec.polito.it). The Agreement is subject to revenue stamp tax according to DPR n. 642/1972. The tax (€ 16.00 revenue stamp - to be paid by the employer except for Territorial Public Entities) may be paid through the application of a paper mark visible on the document and kept at the office of the employer or, alternatively, through the payment of a telematic mark indicating its details on the document.

This procedure must be followed also to renew an expired agreement.

To retrieve lost access credentials, the company can click HERE

An Agreement enters into force after it has been signed by Politecnico di Torino.

Template for post-degree internship agreement in Piedmont (only for consultation)

Template for post-degree internship agreement in Lombardy (only for consultation)

The Progetto Formativo (Training Project) is a document that you must fill out online BEFORE you start your internship in Italy. 

It includes the following information:  

  • your personal data; 
  • information on your Host Company and contact details of your Company Tutor (the person chosen by the Company to assist and guide you during your internship);
  • contact details of your Academic Tutor, a Polito faculty member chosen by you. Your Academic Tutor is in charge of verifying that the contents and activities carried out during your internship actually match with your academic degree;
  • work schedule and internship dates. We need this information to provide appropriate insurance coverage;  
  • expected training outcomes and contents of your internship.

How to fill out your Progetto Formativo:  

  • once you graduate and PoliTO updates your profile, log in to your personal page of the Teaching Portal using your access credentials (Login);
  • select the STAGE (internship) tab and click “New Progetto Formativo”;
  • enter the company name in the “Company name” field: if you find the company in the drop-down list, it means that it has an agreement with Politecnico. In this case, you can continue filling in your Progetto Formativo;
  • if the company is not included in the drop-down list, go to point 1 and follow the procedure. Then go to the next step;
  • fill out your Progetto Formativo in detail; if you do not have some information, ask your Company Tutor or your Academic Tutor;
  • print your Progetto Formativo;
  • the document needs to be signed by: you, the Host Company (HR Manager or Legal Representative) and your Academic Tutor. 

Your Company Tutor will receive an e-mail asking him to confirm his/her e-mail address. If your Company Tutor does not confirm his/her e-mail address, you cannot print your Progetto Formativo.

 Make sure the Company sends a scan copy of your Progettp Formativo (duly signed) to PoliTO (career.service@polito.it) at least 7 days before you start your internship in order to allow enough time for administrative procedures and insurance coverage.   

IMPORTANT: What is described in (1) and (2) above is valid only for graduate internships held primarily in Piedmont or Lombardy. For internships held in different regions, open a ticket in the dedicated section at least one month before the scheduled start date.

 

Fac-simile Progetto Formativo post-laurea

The terms of an internship can be modified even after its beginning to fulfil the needs of the Host Company or the intern. In some cases, you might need to modify the terms of your internship because you need to extend its duration to improve your experience or suspend it for different reasons. In other cases, you might need to change your work schedule or duty station due to business trips. In the most fortunate cases, an internship can be interrupted because the company decides to hire you with a regular employment contract.


But whatever the reason may be to change your Progetto Formativo, you need to inform Politecnico following this procedure: 

  • go to the Teaching Portal https://didattica.polito.it/;
  • log in to your personal page using your access credentials;
  • click the STAGE tab and select your Progetto Formativo;
  • click “Richiesta Variazione” and enter the information required;
  • when you click the "Go" button the system will send a confirmation e-mail to your Company Tutor with your data;
  • your Company Tutor must confirm your data by clicking the link in the message;
  • after this confirmation, the Office will approve your request;
  • you will receive an e-mail confirming that your changes have been approved.

 

At the end of your internship, you are required to:

  • send via ticket the completed attendance booklet for each day of activity, including the required signatures;
  • fill out an online evaluation questionnaire (go to your personal page of the Teaching Portal –  STAGE tab -  select your internship);
  • submit your certificate of experience (scheda attestazione delle competenze) and your personal report (dossier individuale) by ticket, duly filled out and signed by both your Company and Academic Tutor.

Graduate Internships Abroad

A graduate internship abroad is an excellent opportunity not only to gain educational experience, but also to develop language skills.

With regard to carrying out an internship abroad the process is different from an internship in Italy, this is because one must always take into consideration the constraints imposed by the country where one intends to work. To begin an internship abroad, it is first necessary for the company to accredit itself to the service by registering at this link.

Following the accreditation request, the employer will receive a confirmation email, with a link to validate. After the validation he/she will receive the credentials to access the platform, complete further information and attach, in the "Internship Agreement" section, a copy of an identity document of the company contact person.

At the end of this procedure, the company will be on the list of hosting companies and you will be able to proceed to fill out online the internship agreement necessary to start the internship abroad (tab "internship" on your personal page). This is the document that must be completed online by the trainee BEFORE the start of the internship activity and contains: 

  • your data;
  • infromation on the employer and your "company tutor," the person identified at the company level who will follow the intern in his/her training; 
  • information about the "academic tutor", a professor of the Polytechnic of Turin identified by the trainee who is responsible for verifying the acquisition of the expected skills and consistency with your academic path; 
  • the time and dates of the activity in order to activate the insurance coverage; 
  • the training objectives and the main activities of the internship.

After filling out your online Internship Agreement, print it and have it signed by both your Company and Academic Tutor.  The employer must submit by email a scan copy of your Internship Agreement to our offices at least 7 days before you start your internship (mail to: career.service@polito.it). 
The PoliTO will sign your Internship Agreement and send a copy of the document to your Host Company. You will receive an e-mail into your Polito mailbox with the link to print your internship booklet that must be filled and signed each work day.    

When your internship is over, you need to return your internship booklet (duly signed by both your tutors) to the Office within 15 days of the end date of your internship. 
You also need to fill out an online evaluation questionnaire (go to your personal page of the Teaching Portal – click STAGE tab - select your internship).   

The internship may have a maximum total duration of 6 months (possibly distributed among more than one internship and NOT including previous curricular internships with the same Student ID number). You can ask us to start a graduate internship within 12 months of your graduation date.

Unlike internships in Italy, the pay you will receive (if any) varies depending on the legislation in force in each country.

IMPORTANT: Before travelling to a foreign country for your internship (even if the country belongs to the Schenghen Area), verify with the embassy/consulate of your host country if you need an entry visa. This depends on your nationality and current domicile. Before buying any ticket, please go to the International Students Office of Politecnico for more information.     

 

Fac-simile Internship Agreement (graduate) 

Insurance coverage

PoliTO former students have the opportunity to carry out internship in collaboration with companies, public bodies, professional firms, in Italy and abroad. To carry out such activities, PoliTO guarantees the relevant insurance coverage (copies of policies below).

 

Contacts

If you are a student or graduate, you can contact us by opening a ticket on your personal page, "graduate internships" section. You will also find numerous FAQs that will answer your questions.