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Internships and workshops

Internships are one of the most salient innovations of the reform of the university system because they help enhance the professional profile of the degree courses in the Department of Political and Social Sciences. With this aim in mind, the teaching structures of the Department have included training credits in the study plan destined to this activity, which is usually carried out in the final year of studies.

 To help students with their internship, the Department of Political and Social Sciences has created an Internships Office. 

 The office is currently not open to the public. If students require information, they can send an email to 

 Students are reminded that as well as using the above-mentioned alternative internship during the current health emergency, they can also choose to do their internship following the normal curricular internship path: via the Almalaurea portal.

 For student workers, the same rules apply regarding the validity of their internship.

 University Tutor  

Prof. Vittorio Poma

The lecturer is available during his office hours or by appointment, and can be contacted at

 The internship step by step 

Students should check internship agreements by opening the following link:
If the company chosen for the internship is listed, they can go directly to point 3.

If the company chosen is not on the list, students can ask for an agreement following the guidelines on this page:
Once the agreement is active, the training plan can be filled in, as indicated in point 3.

After agreements  have been made with the company, the training plan should be filled in on the ALMALAUREA portal:

At this point the student can begin the internship according to the dates indicated in the training plan.

At the end of the internship, it is necessary to SEND IN the following VIA “FILO DIRETTO” or, alternatively, to hand in to the Student Admissions Office in via S. Agostino, 1:

the form with details of the hours undertaken, which must be filled in during the internship; each page must be signed and stamped .

a copy of the Evaluation Questionnaire filled in by the company tutor: the link for the questionnaire is created automatically and sent directly to the company tutor at the end of the training project ( if the hours are completed before the expected date, students can ask to bring forward the closure of the internship and the link will be sent earlier ). It is NOT sufficient to fill out and hand in the questionnaire online: in order to have all CFUs assigned, it is necessary to save a copy and deliver it to the Student Admissions Office using the “Filo Diretto” service 

The Student Admissions Office checks that all the documentation has been filled in correctly and then proceeds to assign the credits for the internship following the same procedure used for registering the results of exams, usually this takes place within 7-15 days of receiving the documents.                   

There are other activities that can be counted as internships: 

The department suggests the following:

Activities abroad

Studying abroad is a useful activity to enhance the professional experience of the student. For this reason, student participation on Erasmus projects or any other international mobility projects sponsored by the University, by university colleges and authorised by a delegated lecturer of the Department is encouraged.


Work activities 

Students can ask for their job to be recognized as a curricular internship (6 CFUs); this includes National Civil Service, on condition that: they can produce a work contract in which it is specified that the job is a regular job and not occasional work; the skills acquired and used during the internship are in keeping with the training path for the student’s course of study.

In order for work activity to be recognized, it is necessary to submit: 

  • a signed report by the requesting student that explains what the job involves and the role covered. It should also highlight the professional competencies acquired / developed and it should testify the connection between the professional experience and the university training path;
  • a letter written by the employer on letterhead which describes the duration of the work experience and the work carried out by the student (this should be signed and stamped)  
  • a copy of the contract which proves that the student was employed. The documentation can be tagged or sent via email  (it must be sent EXCLUSIVELY from the student’s university electronic email account ) to the Administrative Office of the department 

The office then sends all the documentation to the person in charge of the internships of the course of study, and the student will be informed of his evaluation and, should this be positive, the Student Admissions Office will be asked to assign the credits.


Frequently asked questions 

  • What is an internship/internship?
    An internship is a period of time during which students are part of a company; throughout this period they hold roles which are connected to their course of study. During an internship, students have the chance to experience the role for which they are being trained. 
  • When can students undertake an internship?
    A teaching internship usually takes place during the final year of the Course.
  • How many hours are involved?
    An internship is worth 6 CFUs which is equivalent to 150 work hours.
  • Who is in charge of assigning the CFUs once the internship has been completed?
    At the end of the internship, it is the student himself who has to ask the company tutor to sign the final evaluation form. The assigned credits will be recognized within a few days of handing in the form to the Administration Office.
  • How can students enrol for an internship?
    In order to undertake an internship, it is necessary to contact one of the companies that has an agreement with the University of Pavia; these can be found at the following link:
    A training project is agreed upon together with the company. This is then submitted to the Student Admission Office at least 15 days before the commencement of the internship. 
  • Who is the university tutor?
    The university tutor is the lecturer in charge of collecting and promoting training offers from companies; he/she authorises training projects and, when the student has finished the internship, helps write an evaluation report. 
  • Who is the company tutor?
    The company tutor is the person who defines the agreement and personalises the training activity. He accompanies the student throughout the internship to help solve any possible problems which may arise. When the internship has been completed, the company tutor will send the evaluation form related to the student’s work experience in the company to the university tutor.
  • I am a student worker, so do I have to do an internship?
    No, this is not necessary. Student workers can substitute the internship with a report related to their own job. The topic of the report will be agreed upon together with the lecturer in charge. 
  • What is a work placement?
    The term’ work placement’ indicates the work that student workers will carry out instead of an internship.
  • What is meant by a training project?
    The training project is the form that guarantees insurance cover to students undertaking an internship. It can be collected from the Internship Office or the Student Admissions Office and must be submitted at least fifteen days before the start of the internship, to the Student Admissions Office. 
  • What is the connection between the internship and the final exam?
    All students can connect the educational experience gained while on an internship, regardless of what was involved, to their final exam. The final exam consists of the drafting of a written paper of 30-35 pages. This paper can constitute an in-depth analysis of the report prepared in the case of the "Work placement", or brief research on the activities related to the internship. However, students can decide to undertake a final test that is entirely unrelated to the internship undertaken.

The online courses and voluntary work offered as alternative activities in 2021/22 following the pandemic are no longer available for the 2022/23 academic year.