Friends a Firenze
“I have been getting very close to someone in the Friends a Firenze program. I have lunch with her about once a week, and she has met my family. I want her to visit me in California. It was an amazing way to get the chance to try to immerse myself into Florentine culture." Fall 2018, Program Participant
The Friends a Firenze program is an ideal opportunity to meet college-aged Italians and get to experience firsthand Italian youth culture in Florence. Friends a Firenze are local students who are eager to meet their American counterparts. Students who wish to participate can indicate their interest on the orientation form.
"My volunteer experience helping take care of the kids at a pre-school was great and I really enjoyed the company of the other people who worked there and I got to learn about Italian culture from them." Winter 2017 Program Participant.
Public service is a great way to be an active part of Florentine life and to give something back to the community and to the city that has hosted our Program for sixty years. You can choose to work with children, immigrants, those in need, and organizations dedicated to international cooperation, the environment, healthcare, women, and sports. In addition to quarter-long volunteer opportunities, we also organize “Public Service Day” events. For more information on getting involved in public service while at the Program please send us an e-mail.
“I enjoyed my internship immensely and was a big fan of how well I was able to network within that space and within my Florence experience.” Fall 2018 Program Participant
Students coming to Florence are encouraged to participate in our internship program. Mentored internships provide students with the opportunity to gain invaluable professional experience in a foreign country and offer in-depth exposure to Italian organizations and companies, enabling them to improve their Italian skills and to increase their knowledge of Italian professional communities and of how business is conducted outside of the U.S. Successfully completing an internship abroad is something that truly stands out on your résumé and demonstrates that you are not only culturally savvy but also professional, adaptable, and have excellent communication skills. Please note that all final decisions regarding placement are at the discretion of the internship hosts.
Want more information or have questions? Send us an email.
To ensure you receive the best placement possible, please contact us at least 3 months before your arrival to Florence. Fall Quarter Deadline: June 1; Winter Quarter Deadline: November 15; Spring Quarter Deadline: February 1