Opportunities for Students
The Inserra Chair is committed to providing opportunities to MSU and High School students for the acquisition and application of knowledge about Italian culture through ad hoc projects and regular programs.
Every year, the Inserra Chair offers a two-semester internship to a student as the Inserra program assistant (either for credit as a Coop Ed option or as a paid position).
Highlights of other projects include students from the Italian Program at MSU writing articles on the cultural events for local newspapers, translating text for Italian-language events under the supervision of the Italian faculty, and producing videos to document and promote the events in collaboration with the School of Media and Communication.
Additionally, the Inserra Chair supports select programs organized by the Amici Italian Club on campus.
Future initiatives include partnerships with local high schools so that qualified students can participate in theatre/music workshops and receive a guided tour of the campus in view of possible enrollment at MSU.
Emilia D'Albero, Italian Major (2013-2014 Assistant)
"This assistantship has benefited me both professional and academically. Not only have I learned interesting things about my heritage and culture that may perhaps play an integral role in my future research, but I have also acquired many useful professional skills through this position. Interpersonal communication, both in Italian and English; web management, and time management are all very good skills to have early on in my career, and I am thankful that I was able to learn them as the Inserra Assistant."
Celina Poggiogalle, Montclair State University graduate (Inserra Assistant Poggiogalle Awarded)
"The most rewarding part of the Inserra Program Assistantship was being able to actively participate in a cultural event’s growth from a concept to a successful evening for the campus and local community. I found new uses for my Italian language skills every step of the way by working with Dr. Fiore, communicating with Italian guests and the Italian Consulate, and co-writing post-event articles in Italian for local publications. This intellectually stimulating and culturally enriching experience showed me the practicality of my skillset in both academic and professional settings."
Arianna Fognani, Rutgers University graduate student
"Through this incredible experience I gained a different perspective on how cultural events can be successfully integrated into academic curricula. I learned to get people and institutions involved in projects, to write grant proposal and refine my language skills. The Inserra programs allowed me to meet scholars, artists, journalists, and professionals coming from different institutions and cultural backgrounds whose impact on my work continues to be relevant to my research."