Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

You will find the application available at https://luc.edu/forms/rost370/index.shtml

  • Current Résumé
  • Statement of interest and goals: no longer than one page double spaced (300 words), this statement should explain your goals and objectives for the internship placement.
  • Professional letter of reference: submit a letter of reference from a previous employer or supervisor (if not available you may ask to a former professor).
Fall Semester June 15th
Spring Semester  November 10th
8-Week Summer March 15th

Approximately one month after the application deadline. As soon as the prospective placement has interviewed the candidate and confirmed to the coordinator the availability to host the intern, the student will receive an official confirmation that has to be sent back signed within 10 days.  

Although it will be possible to drop the internship during the first week of classes, due to the specific nature of this course which involves collaboration with institutions external to JFRC, a specific policy is in place. After you have sent back the confirmation letter signed, dropping the class will result in losing your $500 deposit. 

For a semester internship you should enroll in 4 additional classes, besides the internship, at least until the internship is confirmed. This will give you a total of 5 classes (15 credits).

For the summer you are enrolled in:

  • ROST 370 International Internship: Focus on Rome
  • Ital 300 Applied Italian for the Workplace

Knowledge of Italian will increase the possibilities to be place in certain institution but no previous Italian experience is required. All students must take Italian language classes while they are in Rome if they have had no prior knowledge.

No, you don’t. The Senior Academic Advisor will register you on LOCUS as soon as the class Roster is confirmed.

No, all the internships in Rome are unpaid and for credit.

There is a variety of different placements available from international and Italian private companies, to non-profit organizations, educational institutions, museums and some others, in order to adapt to many different majors (International Studies, Political Science, International Business, Communication Studies, Finance, Journalism, Film and Digital Media, Accounting and so on). The coordinator will discuss the options available with each student during a Skype interview that follows the completion of the application. New placements, tailored to the student’s interests, are constantly added to the list.

Semester internship lasts 10 weeks, 10-12 hours a week, for a minimum of 100 hours total (plus 15 hours in class meetings).

Summer internship lasts 8 weeks, it is more intensive for 230 hours total (plus 40 hours in class, including Italian 300).

The commute time is not included in these calculations.

Although the vast majority of placements are in the central area of Rome it is reasonable to consider an average of 40 minutes commuting. The regional train (the nearest station is about a 15 minute walk from campus) is the fastest and most convenient way of transportation.

No, all the internship offered in Rome are for credit.

The internship class should count, at least, as elective credit for all students regardless of their university. Elective credit means that students should receive 3 course credits counted toward their overall credit count. If you would like to know if the internship course will specifically satisfy a core curriculum or major requirement at your home university, you will need to confirm this directly with your study abroad office and advisor at your home school. You can use the course syllabus to submit the request for approval. Please note that this must be arranged between the student and the home university. 

Besides special events or projects that may take place on weekends, the internship follow the same class calendar as any other class; therefore you are supposed to work Monday/Thursday.

Yes. For semester internship you are supposed to go to your internship twice a week for 5 hours each time. Considering the commuting time, you should dedicate 2 half-days to the internship. Summer won’t incur any conflicts since you will be registered for the two classes that constitute the Internship program (ROST 370 and Italian 300).

As part of the course that complements the internship, students are required to write an internship blog with a minimum of 10 weekly entries (8 for summer), a final paper, and a 2 page Engaged Learning paper. An in-class presentation of the experience completes the list of assignments.

No, a previous experience is not a requirement even though it could be useful in order to reflect the cultural differences between Italy and the US. 

No, most of the workplaces in Italy are more informal than the US ones. Exceptions will be communicated to the student. 

Transportation costs will be the responsibility of the student upon their arrival in Rome.

Semester internships require a minimum of 100 hours in 10 weeks.

Summer internships require 230 hours in 8 weeks.

The internship schedule is arranged between the intern and the host agency, therefore no conflict should occur. It is advisable to discuss it during the interview with the prospective placement in order to prepare a meaningful schedule, which includes also your academics and other commitments.

No, the 100 hours (230 for summer) have to be calculated only considering the time spent at the internship.

The best means of transportation in Rome are regional trains and metro.

The train station is at a walking distance from JFRC campus (and connected also to both metro lines A and B).