The University of Parma promotes curricular internships in order to facilitate professional choices through direct knowledge of the world of work and the realisation of moments of alternation between study and work.

The curricular internship integrates and completes the student's training pathway through the performance of practical activities which, on the basis of the provisions of the Degree Course Regulations, may be carried out in structures within the University or externally at qualified public and private bodies with which the University has entered into appropriate agreements.

The internship involves three parties: the student, the promoter (the University of Parma) and the host (company or organisation) where the activity is carried out under the guidance of a student tutor, a university tutor and a company supervisor.

Curricular internships are not a prerequisite for an employment relationship between the intern and the host structure, nor can they be a substitute for company labour or professional services. 

Brief description of curricular internships

The programme of study for the Degree Course in Informatics provides for a 9 ECTS credits for the internship, corresponding to 225 hours of student commitment (1 ECTS credit = 25 hours).

The training activities in the field of occupational safety, carried out in compliance with the combined provisions of Legislative Decree no. 81/08 and the State-Regions agreement of 25 July 2012, is considered an integral part of the internship, constituting 1 of the 9 ECTS credits provided. The internship must be consistent with the educational objectives of the Informatics degree course and aimed at the scientific and professional maturation of the student.
It may be carried out at external structures (external internship), with which the University will enter into an appropriate agreement prior to the start of the internship activity, at Departments or other University Structures (internal internship) or at foreign universities as part of international mobility exchange programmes (e.g. Erasmus or Overworld programmes).

Consistent with the procedures in place at the University, two tutors are assigned to each internship: a tutor from the host structure and a university tutor.

The host organisation's tutor is appointed independently by the host organisation and is responsible for enabling the student to cope with the internship and supervising him/her in his/her activities. The university tutor is a teaching staff member in the Informatics degree course and is responsible for supervising the training aspects of the internship.

What to do for the internship

The application for an Internship, subject to prior approval by the university tutor, may be submitted by the student to the Course Council no earlier than the beginning of the third year of the course, after having acquired at least 120 ECTS credits or after having acquired all the ECTS credits provided for in the programme of study for the first two years of the course.

The request must include certification that occupational safety training has been carried out. At the end of the internship, and after completion of the evaluation form, the activity carried out during the internship is assessed by the university tutor, who formalises a suitability judgment entitling the trainee to acquire ECTS credits.

For the activation of external or internal internship, the IT procedure will be used via the portal under the section Traineeships and internships.

The company tutor is the person who places the proposed internship. The student selects the internship from the esse3 portal and indicates the university tutor. The tutor, having examined the project, approves it and sends it via the portal to the University's Internships Service for approval by the Magnificent Rector.

External internships require an agreement between the university and the facility hosting the student. If the host structure does not yet have an agreement, or if the agreement is no longer active, it is necessary to proceed with the conclusion of the agreement according to the procedure to be found on the page of the Internships Service of the University website.

At least fifteen days must elapse from the moment the training project is sent to the Internships Service until the start of the internship, in order for the procedure to be completed and the insurance cover to be activated. In any case, internship activities may not commence until the request has been validated by the Magnificent Rector.

It is possible to monitor the progress of the file via the esse3 portal.

The internship activity may constitute the subject of the Final Examination of the programme of study.

Useful contacts

Contact person Prof. Roberto Alfieri

Tel. 0521.90 6214

For administrative information, please contact the Internships Service, P.le S. Francesco, 3

Dott.ssa Roberta Donaera

E-mail: -
Tel. 0521.902930

For the on-line procedure, connect to then follow the path: 
Services>Study Services>Internships and Traineeships>Curricular Traineeships>Student Procedure
Follow the instructions highlighted in the 'PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR STUDENTS'

NOTE: The internship starts after the academic tutor has accepted the training project submitted by the proposing party.

Security training

All students enrolled in the Informatics degree course are required to undertake security training.

Training is started for newly enrolled students at the beginning of the academic year and is conducted in e-learning mode on the Elly Security platform.

The first two modules are required for the Informatics degree course: 

  • Module 1- General Training (4h)
  • Module 2- Specific Training Low Risk (4h) 

Certificates from previous courses are only considered valid in the following cases: 

  • if the certificates for modules 1 and/or 3 were issued by the University of Parma
  • if the certificates for modules 1 and/or 3 were issued by the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, as the same as the University of Parma; module 2, on the other hand, is specific to UniPR. 

In all other cases, there is no exemption from the safety training modules provided by UniPr. 

The certificates are valid for five years.

Students who are not enrolled on the platform and 2nd or 3rd year students who have yet to attend the course can apply to be enrolled directly to tutor Dr Claudia Buga at

In order to be enrolled by the tutor, you have to log in with your University credentials on the platform before applying.

The printing and storage of the certificate of attendance is the responsibility of the student. You can produce it yourself after passing the test and show it if required. 

We would like to remind you that students who are not in possession of the course attendance certificates in the field of safety will not be able to start the procedure for the Internship or register for the Final examination.

Course information can also be found at Sicurezza, in the 'Student Training' box.