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 curriculum through the performance of practical activities which, on the basis of the provisions of their respective 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 university tutor, a University professor/instructor and a company supervisor.
Curricular internships are not a prerequisite for an employment relationship between the student and the host structure, nor can they be a substitute for company labour or professional services.
In the second year of the Second-cycle degree in Geological Sciences Applied to Environmental Sustainability, 6 ECTS credits of curricular internship (corresponding to 150 hours of commitment) are provided.
In the second year of the Second-cycle degree in Geological Sciences and Technologies, 4 ECTS credits of curricular internship (corresponding to 100 hours of commitment) are provided.

Internal internship

Academic tutors for the activation and registration of the internship:
Prof. Alessandro Chelli Course President
Prof. Fulvio Celico Deputy course President

Web page for instructions on procedures:

The student, at least 20 days before the start date of the internship/thesis, must send the application for the internship by e-mail to the INTERNSHIPS RESPONSIBLE TUTORS (or COMPANY REFERENTS). Bear in mind that, for insurance reasons, the start date of the training project must be at least 15 working days after the date on which the project is entered into Esse3, as established by the Internships division. 

IMPORTANT: before accepting/enrolling in any training project, students must ensure that they have entered the correct internship mode (STA-STE -STI) in their transcripts, otherwise they must wait until the programme of study compilation period to make the change; as a matter of urgency, they must go to the student registry office for the change, but always before the internship is activated to avoid problems with the recording.
The student, before starting any internship activation procedure, must comply with the following requirements:

REQUIREMENTS FOR STARTING THE INTERNSHIP Having acquired at least 150 ECTS credits

The choice of the facility (university laboratory, external laboratory, public or private, institutions, parks, companies, etc.) where the internship is to be carried out must be made in advance to allow for the bureaucratic guidelines outlined below.


In order to choose where to carry out the internal internship, the student, who is eligible to start it, contacts the laboratory where he/she will carry it out and the university tutor who will supervise him/her, and agrees on the training project.

Send to Prof. Alessandro Chelli Course President ( and Fulvio Celico Deputy course President ( the Internship/Thesis Application (which can be found on the website) in which they must indicate: the chosen internship (title of the project); the name of the university tutor who will supervise the work (company tutor=instructor).

The agreed start and end date;
The application must be accompanied by Certification of examinations taken (by downloading the syllabus or online academic transcript) (only for three-year courses given the constraint)
If the conditions are met, Professors Fulvio Celico /Alessandro Chelli as company and university tutors, having asked the tutor to confirm the data transmitted by the student, will initiate the online procedures to start the internship.
Enter the training project indicating the name of the company tutor (the university tutor chosen by the student).
The student will be notified and must accept the internship project, indicating the unviersity tutor Prof. Alessandro Chelli, who, in the case of internal internship, will accept and the internship will be started.
Students are advised to take particular care not to make a mistake by indicating their supervisor (who has already been entered) as their unviersity tutor, as this creates an incompatibility situation that may block the internship and, ultimately, its recognition, effectively cancelling it.

At the end of the internal internship period, the Professor acting as supervisor (company tutor) must notify the university tutor (Prof. Fulvio Celico or Prof. Alessandro Chelli) by e-mail of the assessment of suitability, who will approve the internship and authorise recognition of the relevant training credits.

If everything has been done properly, the internship will be registered, subject to the student completing the internship evaluation questionnaire.

External internship

For internships outside the University's facilities, the course teaching staff may indicate availability of which they are aware or the students themselves may contact external companies or institutions or laboratories.
In the case of external internships, the university tutor for the University is the professor who established contact with the external structure or to whom the student approached by proposing his or her internship project who, at the end of the internship period, after assessing the results, will approve the internship.
The company, if it is not already registered, will register by following the instructions on the website under "Procedure for companies" and, once it has obtained its credentials and carried out the agreement procedures, the company manager (company contact person) will enter the training project, indicating the name of the company tutor (the person from the company who will follow the student directly).

At the end of the external internship period, the company tutor (the person in charge of the student's work at the laboratory or external company) must notify the academic tutor by e-mail of the assessment of suitability and will proceed to approve the internship and authorise the recognition of the relevant ECTS credits, subject to the student's completion of the internship assessment questionnaire.

Internships abroad

If the student intends to carry out the internships abroad, the procedures are similar to those for external internships.