Wide shot of a theater stage with a black and white image projected. Hand written text on the screen says "Macerata 1921" and "Macerata 2017."

2017 Summer Internship in Macerata, Italy

Surtitling for Opera at the Sferisterio Arena

Coliseum in Italy

As part of a broader initiative about translation and pre-professional opportunities for students, the Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies and the Italian Program at Montclair State University are pleased to offer a new seven-week summer internship (June 19-Aug. 7, 2017) at the prestigious Sferisterio Arena in Macerata in connection with the summer opera season.

The selected intern will work on the surtitling of three operas (Madama ButterflyTurandotAida) within a translation and accessibility project overseen by a team of experts at the Macerata Opera Festival and the University of Macerata. The intern is expected to work closely with this team and communicate effectively in Italian at the advanced level, both orally and in writing. Responsibilities will include: collaboration on the development of the surtitles (translation, editing, timing) and their deployment during live performances, as well as involvement in organizational aspects of the productions.

This is a paid internship ($5,000) made possible by the Lawrence R. Inserra, Jr. Scholarship Award.
Lodging in Macerata will be covered for the whole stay. The student is responsible for the airfare.
The intern will be expected to work 25 hours/week (5 per day) for a total of 200 hours over 8 weeks (note that distribution of hours during the week may vary depending on the calendar of rehearsals and shows).

Eligibility: Advanced students enrolled in the Italian Program. Preference will be given to a current major in Italian or a major who graduated in 2016-17.


  • Completion of at least one translation course in Italian at Montclair State University
  • Prior experience with the completion of at least one independent surtitling project (beyond classroom projects)

Application form available HERE
Deadline to apply: Sunday March 19, 2017 (the selected intern will be notified by the end of March)
For more information write to fiorete@montclair.edu

Support for this internship is provided by the Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies at Montclair State University and the Macerata Opera Festival, Italy. This project further expands on previous programs and initiatives in audiovisual translations including a student internship in Florence (Summer 2016); a series of in-class talks by experts in translation; roundtables and workshops on the subject; as well as hands-on projects involving students at Montclair State and developed in collaboration with some of the most prestigious Italian theaters. For a full list see “The Italian Translation Curriculum and Internship Project

Co-developers of the internship at Montclair State University: Dr. Teresa Fiore(Inserra Chair) and and Dr. Marisa Trubiano (Italian Program)
Co-developer at the Sferisterio Arena in Macerata: Dr. Elena Di Giovanni(English Translation, University of Macerata) and Luciano Messi (General Manager, Macerata Opera Festival)

Selection committee for the internship/scholarship: Dr. Teresa Fiore (Chair), Dr. Enza Antenos and Dr. Marisa Trubiano.