As part of a broader initiative about pre-professional opportunities for students in the field of Italian Business, Translation, Teaching, and Videomaking, the Inserra Chair, in collaboration with the Italian Program, has worked with notable Italian organizations such as the titling agency Prescott Studio in Florence, the Sferisterio Arena in Macerata (in collaboration with the local university), the Italian Trade Agency in New York, Choose New Jersey in Princeton, and IACE in NY in order to provide Italian students with hands-on projects and internships encompassing an international component in 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19.
- Internships at the Italian Trade Agency in New York and Choose New Jersey in Princeton (Italian Business and Made in Italy)
- Summer internship in Narni (Umbria) with IACE (The Italian American Committee on Education/Italian Consulate, NY) (Italian teaching)
- Summer Internship in Macerata (Opera Surtitles and Audiodescriptions)
- 2018 Summer Research Assistant Opportunity (Food and Sustainability in Sicily – ad hoc faculty-led research project)
- PAST: New Internship at the Italian Trade Agency in New York (SU17) and Choose New Jersey in Princeton (W18)
- PAST: 2017 Summer Internship in Macerata
- PAST: 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, these experiences 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.
When Internships Don’t Pay, Some Colleges Will (Nov. 2, 2017, The New York Times)