Guidelines and regulation for Internships
An internship is a position held by the student as a trainee in an organization in order to gain work experience. It provides the opportunity to familiarise with the labor market before the conclusion of one’s studies by applying the knowledge acquired during the Program to concrete problems of interest for a company and by acquiring new related skills. Being involved in a professional environment, the internship allows the student to learn more about the career path one intends to pursue. Furthermore, employers are much more likely to hire someone with previous work experience which, for students, can indeed be acquired through an internship.
Internships can be held at research institutions or in public or private companies. The selection of the hosting institution can be done according to the three following possibilities:
- The websites of the Job Placement office of the School of Natural Sciences and of the Job Placement office of the School of Management and Economics offer a list of possible companies and internships.
- Students can find a hosting institution, not listed in the job placement offices' lists, by their own initiative. In this case, the institution needs to stipulate a standard agreement with the University of Torino. Refer to the homepage of the Job Placement office of the School of Natural Sciences for more details.
- Orientation Days are organized in the first semester of every academic year, where companies and research institutions presents their activities and internship possibilities. These are great opportunities to meet hosting institution and interact directly with them. Look out for these announcements, some of which will be advertised to the SDS mailing list.
Internships can be formally recognised as CFU in the student’s Career Plan, according to the one of the two following, mutually exclusive, possibilities:
Regular Internship (6/12 CFU)
The internship substitutes 6 of the 12 free credits in the student’s Career Plan. After the approval by the Committee, the student inserts the internship in the career plan by selecting the code MFN1439 when asked to choose the free credits. In exceptional cases, when justified by the quality of the Internship, the Committee can also grant 6 further CFU which are listed in the Career Plan in addition to the full M.Sc. study load of 120 CFU. In this case the Internship will amount to 12 CFU, and the Career Plan to a total of 126 CFU.
Thesis related to the internship activities (24/30 CFU)
If the Internship and Orientation Committee evaluates that the thesis topic is strictly related to the internship activities, the time commitment spent for the internship activities can substitute the time commitment foreseen for the thesis, amounting to 24 CFU. In this case the student is still required to produce a dissertation to be defended at the final examination under the supervision of a faculty member, possibly the Internship internal advisor, which will be mostly based on the internship experience. In exceptional cases, when justified by the quality of the Internship, the Committee can also grant 6 additional CFU which substitute 6 of the 12 free credits in the career plan, amounting to a total of 30 CFU in recognition of the Internship.
Internships can be formally recognised as CFU in the student’s Career Plan subject to prior and final approval by the Internship and Orientation Committee and the Executive board.
It is the student’s responsibility to take the necessary administrative steps with sufficient anticipation to allow the Committees the time for evaluating the proposal, prior to the beginning of the Internship, and to be able to modify the Career Plan in order to include the internship (informations on the Career Plans are available here).
- A standard agreement between the hosting institution and the Turin University needs to be stipulated. For all the institutions present in the lists of the two job placement offices, the agreement is already signed. If not, refer to the homepage of the Job Placement office of the School of Natural Sciences for more details.
- Once the hosting institution has been selected and the agreement signed (if needed), it is necessary to find an Internship Supervisor, responsible for the activities within the institution, and a Faculty Advisor among the faculty members. In accordance with the Internship Supervisor and the Faculty Advisor, the student fills an Internship Project proposal, following this template. The Project must to be coherent with the Career Plan, regardless of the type of Internship chosen (thesis related or not).
- The Internship Proposal is sent to the Internship and Orientation Committee via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). The committee will evaluate the proposal and provide a recommendation to the Executive Board for the final approval.
- After the approval by the Executive Board is notified to the student, the final Internship Project (following this template, currently only in italian) to the Job Placement offices of the School of Natural Sciences at least 20 days before the formal beginning of the internship.
- During the internship, compile and sign the presence logbook.
The Internship and Orientation Committee is currently composed by Marco Beccuti, Antonio Canale, Cristina Zucca.
For further informations and questions, please contact the Internship and Orientation Committee via email at the address email@example.com