The University of Parma promotes curricular internships in order to facilitate professional choices through direct knowledge of the world of work and the creation 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 degree course, 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 course units: 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.

The training internship of the Degree Course in Planning and Management of Social Work

In the two-year second-cycle degree course, 300 hours of internships are usually activated in the second semester of the first year. The internship is undertaken at contracted local authorities under the supervision, as a rule, of a company tutor, Social Worker, Coordinator or Manager.   The second-cycle degree course internship is realised through direct observation and experimentation in the professional practice of coordinating or directing social service areas, as well as through study, research and design activities.  
The internship is governed by:
  • The internship Regulations, approved by the Course Council on 14 September 2020, which apply from the academic year 2020/2021 for all active cohorts. These regulations annul and replace the regulations previously in force.
  • The Guidelines for the conduct of the internship and the drafting of the Individual Internship Plan, which guide the trainee and the company tutor in defining the internship pathway, provide guidance with respect to the drafting of the Individual Internship Plan, the final report by the trainee and the drafting of the company tutor's final assessment. 

How to activate the internship

The student must submit an APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION TO THE INTERNSHIP to the Internship Commission, following the instructions and deadlines given on the home page in the Notices section and on the Deadline Summary page.
Once the application has been received, the Internship Commission will match the Company/Student and the internship will be activated through an online procedure (, as indicated below:

  • The Institution willing to host the student in an internship must enter into an agreement* with the University of Parma;
  • once the agreement has been approved, the Institution may proceed with the compilation of the training project through the "KNOWN STUDENT" procedure;
  • once the Host Institution has started the "known student" internship, an internship application (training project) will be generated, which will always be visible to the student on the ESSE3 portal under the menu item my internships;
  • the student must autonomously enter the name of the academic tutor in the internship application (training project);
  • once the name of the academic tutor has been indicated and the training project has been viewed, the student may proceed to confirm the project by clicking on the "accept training project" button;
  • once the student has been accepted, the system will automatically inform the academic tutor that he/she has been chosen and will invite the professor/instructor to enter ESSE3 to evaluate the training project;
  • once the academic tutor has been approved, the Career and Services for Students office will conclude the procedure by starting the internship.

NB * If the company already has an on-line agreement with the University of Parma, it will immediately be possible to proceed with the compilation of the training project through the "KNOWN STUDENT" procedure.
For further information on the on-line internship activation procedure and to consult the GUIDE for Students click HERE.


If there are any changes (e.g. extension of the start or end date, temporary interruption of the internship, etc.) to what was previously indicated in the training project before starting the internship or during the course of the internship, these changes must be communicated in good time via the ESSE3 student page (My Internships menu item, click on the traffic light in the extensions and suspensions column for the internship concerned). This procedure must also be followed if the student concludes the internship, upon reaching 300 hours, before the deadline indicated in the training project.

The university tutor

Upon approval of the training project, the student must indicate the name of his/her university tutor.  
THE UNIVERSITY TUTOR of the degree course in  Planning and Management of Social Work is PROF. ANTONIA SANDROLINI

How and when to make changes to the training project

If, before the end of the on-line internship activation procedure or during the course of the internship, VARIATIONS occur with respect to what is indicated in the training project, these must be communicated by the student in good time by completing an on-line form available on the ESSE3 portal, under the menu item "my internships" (click on the traffic light in the extensions and suspensions column for the internship concerned. Then proceed to make a new request).
Examples of changes/alterations to the training project:

  • extension of the start date;
  • extension of the end date;
  • temporary interruption of the internship;
  • ending the internship earlier than the end date indicated in the training project.

 The recording of work internship ECTS credits in the student's career is only possible if the work internship is formally completed (it closes automatically when the end date indicated in the training project is reached). Therefore, in the event that the student has completed the 300 hours of internship before the end date indicated in the training project, he/she must, via the online procedure described above, close the internship early and then complete the mandatory questionnaire. In fact, the academic tutor will be able to check in ESSE3 the regularity of the internship and assess the internship course, instructing the Student Registry Office to award ECTS credits for a successful internship only once the internship has been formally completed.

The conduct of the internship

The company, the student and the academic tutor will be notified by e-mail of the completion of the on-line procedures for the activation of the internship. The status of the file will also always be available on the ESSE3 portal in the 'My Internships' section.

  • The student may then contact the company tutor in order to agree on the start of the internship. The contact details of the company and the company tutor can always be viewed by the student as they are included in the work internship project published in ESSE3.
  • The student is required to complete 300 hours of work experience in accordance with the procedures and instructions set out in the work experience RULES and in the GUIDELINES FOR DRAWING UP THE INDIVIDUAL INTERNSHIP PLAN.
  • During the first 10 days of the internship, the student and the company tutor must draw up an INDIVIDUAL INTERNSHIP PLAN, which must be sent to the head of the teaching laboratory by filling in the online format:
  • Once the 300 hours have been completed, the internship can be terminated;
  • at the end of the internship, the trainee and company tutor must attach the final documents (attendance sheet, trainee's work and tutor's assessment) to ESSE3, which are useful for the recognition of university training ECTS credits.
  • The trainee must also complete the internship questionnaire; the university tutor will take into account the assessment made by the company tutor and the materials attached to ESSE3 by the trainee and, if the internship has been successfully completed, will approve the internship for the subsequent award of ECTS credits.

What to do in the event of an injury

The procedure provided by the University, in the case of injury, requires the student to submit in person to the Department, of reference by course of study, the Injury Report Form, the Privacy Form and the Certificate issued by the First Aid Station.

The Injury Report Form must be properly completed and signed by the student and also signed by the Department Director, the latter following due investigation of the incident.

The injury procedure and all documentation can be found on the Department's website in the Injury Management banner

Conclusion of the internship and recognition of ECTS credits

Please enter the following attachments in your on-line internships page (ESSE3) in the dedicated section:  

  • the attendance sheet;
  • final paper prepared by the student (see guidance in the Internship Guidelines);

A final interview with the university tutor is not required for the recognition of work internship ECTS credits. Therefore, at the end of the internship, the attachments must be uploaded in ESSE3 on the Internship page so that they can be assessed by the university tutor.

To add an attachment, you have to ⇒ log into ESSE3 with your credentials and go to the section Internships (my internships) and under Attachments enter the document.
Adding attachments to the internship application may be done by the student at any time during the internship, even at the end of the internship, but it is strongly recommended that they be added before the formal closure of the internship.
The attachments entered by the student will always be visible to the academic tutor and the contact person of the host organisation. Likewise, the documents attached by the host organisation's contact person to a student's application for an internship will be visible to the student and the academic tutor.

ATTENTION: The display of attachments is allowed to all actors in the process, but THE MODIFICATION AND REMOVAL of attachments is only allowed to the user who has inserted them.

  • Fill in the 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 Organisation and the Academic Tutor but cannot be recompiled.


  • Attach the final internship evaluation online to the student's training project.

Attachments can be added to the internship application by the company contact person at any time during the internship and will always be visible to the company contact person, the student and the academic tutor.
To add an attachment, log in to ESSE3 with your credentials, click on the My Internships menu item in the INTERNSHIP section and consequently on the "View" item corresponding to the row of the student internship for which you wish to add a "new attachment".

  • Evaluate the internship course taking into account the evaluation expressed by the company tutor and the materials attached by the student in ESSE3.  If the student has complied with all the requirements and the course has been completed successfully, the university tutor approves the internship for the subsequent recognition of ECTS credits.

REPORT AND SHARE YOUR INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE If you would like to tell and share your internship experience, please write to the Internship Office by filling in this form

Request for generation of certificate for company tutor

The certificate for the role of company tutor can be obtained through the following procedure:
When the internship has ended, i.e. when the internship application is in the "CLOSED" status in the student's ESSE3 reserved area, the trainee can produce the certificate for the company tutor; to do this, go to the menu item Student Registry Office - Self-certifications and print Diploma Supplement and click on the link Social Worker internship certificate in the section PRINTING LIST, SELF-CERTIFIED DATA AND DIPLOMA SUPPLEMENT.
The student will then be shown all closed internships. Click on the work internship for which you wish to generate the certificate, the procedure will produce a self-certification in pdf format which the student must download and then attach to the work internship application (menu item internships and job placements - my internships - View button in the Attachments column), thus making it available to the work internship contact person.

Support for internship activation

  • For information on internship activation and agreement procedures, students and companies can contact the course's didactic Student Registry Office ( );
  • For information on the status of internship agreement activation and assistance with the online procedure, students and companies can contact the University Internship Office directly (

 Please consult the guides before activating the support service: Procedures for students and Procedures for companies

Tell and share your internship experience

You can contact the Internship Office to tell and share your internship experience using this FORM

Requesting information, sending reports or suggestions

If you need information that you were not able to find on the degree course website, if you would like to submit reports or make suggestions, please write to the internship commission by filling in this form ⇒ FORM