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.

General Information

The practices relating to the History and Criticism of the Arts and the Performing Arts internships are supervised by Prof. Elisabetta Fadda and Prof. Federica Veratelli

1) Essential Vademecum of the Intern

In the context of internships and other training activities, aimed at implementing practical skills and abilities, each student on the History and Criticism of the Arts and the Performing Arts course is required to acquire 6 compulsory ECTS credits

6 ECTS credits = 150 hours [1 ECTS credit = 25 hours]

The 6 ECTS credits required can be obtained

- through internships at in-house locations such as:

  • Unipr Libraries [Arts and Performance Library]
  • CSAC - Study Centre and Communication Archive
  • CAPAS - Centre for Activities and Professions in the Arts and the Performing Arts

- through work placements in venues outside the university:

  • museums, galleries
  • archives
  • cultural associations and foundations
  • theatres
  • music auditoriums
  • libraries, schools

- through work placements abroad [Erasmus Plus SMT]: the Course internationalisation contact person is prof.ssa Francesca Bortoletti

According to the programme of study, the internship is envisaged in the 2nd year of the History and Criticism of the Arts and the Performing Arts course, with the possibility of an advance in the 1st year .
2) Recognition of external activities already carried out that can count as an internship

The university gives the student the right to have credits recognised for internship-like experiences already carried out, i.e. without the support of tutors or internship supervisors, completely independently.
This requires the student:

1. began the internship when s/he was already enrolled at university;

2. at the time s/he applies for recognition, s/he has completed the internship no more than two years previously;

3. s/he is in possession of appropriate documentation issued by the host organisation where he undertook the internship, from which it is clearly apparent

  • - the start and end dates of the internship
  • - the total number of hours of the internship
  • - an accurate and non-generic description of the activities carried out, which must obviously be congruent with the student's degree programme and qualifying
  • - the most accurate assessment possible, by the head of the host establishment, of the intern's activities

In addition to these documents, the student shall submit to the Head of Internships for his or her course a simple application for validation of his or her internship on unstamped paper.All documentation, to be submitted to the Head of Internships, will be assessed by the Course Council.
It is not possible to recognise as an internship paid activities or activities already aimed at the acquisition of other qualifications, except for National Civil Service for which the Course Council may recognise a maximum of 6 ECTS credits.
3) Recognition of ECTS credits for other learning activities

Although the student considers the internship activity to be the most important, he/she may obtain part of the ECTS activity through other learning activities - study days, conferences, seminars - for which the Course Council will determine the number of ECTS credits acquired.
4) Online internship activation procedure

As of January 2019, the online procedure for activating internships came into force. According to the new management, each individual interlocutor

- institution/company, student, university

- has to manage exclusively online the part of their responsibility concerning the subscription of training projects.
To access the procedure, the user must enter his or her own page.
To find out about the new online procedure, go to the online curricular internships page of the Unipr website where you can view

  • procedure for internal internships.
  • procedure for students [external internships]
  • procedure for companies

5) Online procedure for closing internships

The student who has completed the internship must:

  • Access his/her personal page on the Esse3 platform;
  • Go to the section Internships and traineeships at My internships;
  • Upload the student's final report in the Attachments section;
  • Upload the attendance form in pdf/word format in the Attachments section (the attendance form should NOT be signed by the university tutor but only by the company tutor);
  • Fill in the evaluation questionnaire;
  • Check the status of the evaluation questionnaire by the host company (green if completed);


The final report by the student (1/2 pages) can be uploaded in word or pdf format;

the attendance sheet can be found in the Training Courses section of the Unipr website.
Once the required documents have been uploaded, the university tutor will be able to approve the internship and start closing the file.
            1.  The commencement of an internship always involves the conclusion of a training project and, if not present, a new agreement.

With the online procedure, the student has two options:

. apply for an internship opportunity (if the organisation/company has posted an open opportunity)

. make contact directly with the organisation and wait for the start of a specific internship for the student


For this reason, the list of organisations with which agreements are in place for the carrying out of internships in line with the themes and areas of the course of study is made available.
             2.  Even in the online mode, the closure of the internship always involves the completion of:

. a final internship evaluation questionnaire by the institution/company

. a final internship evaluation questionnaire by the trainee

. the intern's final report to be enclosed with a pdf attachment

The procedure for the closure and recognition of ECTS credits by the internship supervisor is also carried out exclusively online.