Postgraduate internships

Postgraduate internships can be carried out by recent graduates within 12 months from graduation.


Internships for graduates of the University of Bologna will be resumed in September. 

The new regional regulation (no. 1/2019) introduces some changes that require the trainee, the hosting structure and the promoting entity to all have access to the regional platform “Lavoro per te”. To simplify procedures and reduce the number of operations on the regional platform, the internship application of the University of Bologna had to be adapted to the new system, and this requires a testing phase. In August the university administration will deal with internships starting by mid-September.

Postgraduate internships

Postgraduate internships are aimed at establishing a direct contact between interns and host organizations or companies. Graduates can develop personal and professional skills and enhance their employability by gaining knowledge through a practical experience in their chosen field.

Postgraduate internships consist of a period of training that does not constitute a working relationship.

The University of Bologna manages only postgraduate internships carried out in Emilia Romagna.

Postgraduate internships located in other Italian regions are promoted in compliance with their regional laws and through Authorised Entities (e.g. Job Centres, Recruitment Agencies, Training Institutions).

Postgraduate experiences abroad are regulated by national laws (generally without the involvement of the graduate’s University of origin) or by specific international programmes.


Graduates are eligible if they have obtained a qualification (first cycle degree, second cycle degree, specialization school, PhD programme degree, professional Master’s programme – first or second level) within the past 12 months.


The following information concerns only internships carried out in Emilia-Romagna.

Postgraduate internships must begin within 12 months from the graduation. Internship offers and the list of organizations and public bodies that accept speculative applications are available on the Online Internship Service for students.

The content and the objectives of the internship are to be agreed by the intern, the Contact Person from the host organization and a University Professor indicated as “Teaching/Academic Coordinator”. 

In order to begin an internship, it is mandatory to create an agreement between the University and the host organization and to write an individual training programme stating all the activities and the tasks that the intern will carry out.

The training project must contain:

  • the details of the intern;
  • the details of the tutors;
  • the details of the host organization;
  • the objectives of the internship and the procedures for carrying it out according to the Regional Qualifications System (SRQ);
  • the details of the INAIL accident insurance and the third party liability insurance;
  • the Certification Authority for the internship.

The document must be signed by all the parties involved.


The postgraduate internship can last 6 months maximum in the same host organization (extensions included). No probationary periods are permitted.


The monthly remuneration for internships carried out in Emilia Romagna cannot be less than 450 €.

Certification of skills and competences

Each internship must finish with a certification of skills and competences acquired by the intern.

The certification institutions of the region Emilia-Romagna provide this certificate.