Student assistantships with the Inserra Chair have been offered on a regular basis in the past. At the moment the position is open to a person who has already hearned a BA.
This position provides incredible pre-professional training (administrative work, event organization, website management, development of promotional materials) and exposure to Italian culture.
The experience has proven to be extremely useful for past student assistants to secure jobs (see for example the case of Emilia D'Albero).
In the past, the Inserra assistantship has been supported through external donations.
Laura Campisi (2015-16 and 2016-17)
A performer with years of experience in organization of events and in show business, Laura has a Degree in Musical Arts from the University of Palermo, Italy.
"This new job opportunity has already broaden my professional horizons, as I started collaborating with Dr. Fiore on the new Inserra calendar of events. I am looking forward to being a part of such an inspiring set of cultural activities, which makes it possible for MSU and the NY-NJ community to welcome oustanding personalities from the most diverse fields, and to create a spotlight on all that Italians and Italian Americans have to offer to this country."
For the AY 2016-17, Italian major Ashly Espinoza regularly offered her help on a volunteer-basis for select tasks related to the Inserra events.
Emilia D'Albero, Italian Major (2013-14, 2014-15)
"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 (Italian major) (Inserra Assistant Poggiogalle Awarded) (2013-14)
"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 in Italian (2012-13)
"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."
The assistantship is supported by the Inserra Chair with the generous help of external donors, such as the Columbian Foundation which contributed to the position in 2013-14 and 2014-15.
Charles DiLorenzo (Columbian Foundation) delivers Columbian Foundation check to Teresa Fiore (Inserra Chair) (October 2013)