Postgraduate internships

The University of Bologna promotes postgraduate internships based in Emilia Romagna for its students who 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.

Notice - Covid-19 Health Emergency

During the health emergency, internships can start in remote mode if the characteristics of the project allow to do so.

To start an internship “on-site”, the intern and the hosting subject must notify the Internship Office of their intention of choosing this option. Subsequently, the Internship Office must request the Tutor’s approval.  On-site internships may start only if all three parties (intern, university tutor, hosting structure) agree to do so. 

Hosting structures are required to follow the safety rules and the specific emergency phase regulations, explain the Company Safety Protocol to interns and provide them with the protective equipment necessary to carry out the internship activities safely.


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.


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

The following information applies to internships that are carried out in Emilia-Romagna and in which the University of Bologna can play the role of promoter.

The regional regulation (n° 1/2019) defines the rules to start postgraduate internships and requires interns, hosting structure, and promoting entity to all have access the regional platform “Lavoro per te”.

The University of Bologna acts as promoter of postgraduate internships that take place within the region for its graduates first cycle degree, second cycle degree, specialization school, PhD programme degree, professional Master’s programme – first or second level)  within 12 months from the graduation. Beyond 12 months following graduation, postgraduate internships can be started with promoters authorised by Regione Emilia Romagna Soggetti promotori — Formazione e lavoro (

Internship offers and the list of organizations and public bodies that accept 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 sign 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 with reference to the skill and competence standards of the Regional Qualifications System.

The individual internship training project must contain:

  • the details of the intern;
  • the details of the Tutors;
  • the details of the host organization;
  • the qualification of the SRQ Regional System to which the internship refers and the competence units acquired by the intern during the experience;
  • 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 individual training programme must be signed by all the parties involved who must confirm online the data provided in the "Lavoro per Te" platform.


The minimum duration of postgraduate internships within the same host structure is 2 months; the maximum is 6 months (extensions included). There is no trial period.


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


Internships cannot start without preventive authorisation from the Regional Employment Agency.

End of the internship

All internships must end with the submission of the individual attendance sheets and a certification of skills and competences acquired by the intern to the Internship Office. The certification of skills and competences is provided by the internship certification institution.