As part of a broader initiative about translation and pre-professional opportunities for students, the Inserra Chair, in collaboration with the Italian Program, has worked with notable Italian organizations such as the titling agency Prescott Studio in Florence and the Sferisterio Arena in Macerata (in collaboration with the local university) to provide Italian students with hands-on projects and summer internships in Italy in 2016 and 2017.
- New Internship at the Italian Trade Agency in New York (SU17) and Choose New Jersey in Princeton (W18)
- 2017 Summer Internship in Macerata
- 2016 Summer Internship in Florence
These educational activities are integrated into the regular curriculum and have had a long-term effect on student success. In this sense, this ecperiences are in line with the 2014 Gallup/Purdue University study called Great Jobs, Great Lives which indicates that the three experiences that contribute to feeling prepared for life after college are:
1. Internships or jobs where students can apply what they learned
2. Active involvement in extracurricular activities (cultural events, clubs, etc.)
3. Working on a project that took a semester or more to complete
Graduates who participated in all three experiences had double the workplace engagement than those who did not take part (59% vs. 30%), in terms of actively pursuing goals and trying to improve their skills, communicating well with other employees and employers, and expressing a sense of satisfaction towards their job experience. Deep learning experiences coupled with steady academic and emotional support from faculty members produce long-term outcomes for college graduates.