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, in accordance with the provisions of the Teaching Regulations of their course of study, may be carried out in facilities within the University or externally at qualified public and private organisations with which the University has entered into appropriate agreements.

The internship involves three subjects: 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 university tutor, a University professor/instructor and a company tutor.

The curricular internship does not constitute a prerequisite for an employment relationship between the trainee and the host structure, nor can it be a substitute for company labour or professional services.

Curricular internship

The degree course provides 14 ECTS credits (350 hours) of internship activities spread over the three years of the course (1st year/4 ECTS credits; 2nd year/5 ECTS credits; 3rd year/5 ECTS credits).

This activity will be carried out at the end of the second semester of each year, and before the beginning of the following semester, at the University or (Italian or foreign) affiliated companies active in the zootechnical and agro-zootechnical sector, as well as at companies operating in the processing and marketing of animal productions, in the breeding and use of animals for sport or work purposes and in the management of wild populations.

Internship coordinators

1st year: Prof. Alberto Sabbioni
2nd year: Prof. Andrea Summer
3rd year: Prof. Massimo Malacarne

Procedure for the activation of internships

To activate the internship, it is necessary to access the online platform set up by the University of Parma and carefully follow the instructions provided (to consult the guides click here).

The procedure involves several steps:

  • Accreditation of the external structure by telematic means; Indication by the external structure of a Company Tutor;
  • Signing of the agreement (paper) and sending to the Internships Office;
  • Insertion of a training project by the external structure;
  • Acceptance of the training project and indication by the student of an academic tutor, chosen from among the proofessors/instructors of the degree course;
  • Acceptance/modification of the training project by the Academic Tutor;
  • Activation of the work placement; End of the work placement;
  • Completion of the evaluation questionnaire;
  • Recognition of the ECTS credits, at the end of the internship activity, by the Academic Tutor; Delivery of the daily attendance sheet;
  • Enrolment of the ECTS credits in the student's career.

During the work placement experience, the student must complete an Attendance sheet, on which he/she will take care to note down the hours of activity carried out on a daily basis.

The Attendance sheet must be signed by the company tutor to certify attendance and the activity carried out and countersigned by the academic tutor; the Attendance sheet must be sent to the Student Registry Office at the end of each internship period.

Attention* if the company already has an online agreement with the University of Parma, it will immediately be possible to proceed with the compilation of the training project.

For more detailed information please consult the Course Regulations and the attached Internship Regulations

Final evaluation questionnaire

The student's completion of the final internship evaluation questionnaire is a prerequisite for authorisation of the recognition of internship ECTS credits on the student's transcript. This is permitted from the day after the end of the internship. Once completed, the questionnaire will always be visible to the host institution and the academic tutor but cannot be compiled again.