Completing an internship will give you the practice that you need for the real job world.  CIRPS are ensuring that you are getting accustomed to a corporate environment, disciplining yourself, learning the basics, and getting along with colleagues, activities which all takes time and practice. Hence, once you complete an internship, you will be polishing the skills required for the real job world and once you graduate and enter the corporate environment, it will all be a lot easier for you.

When it is time to begin your Masters, your mind may already be exploring job opportunities and contemplating how you can land your first job or perhaps an internship. The latter is an excellent opportunity to gain job experience and try out your skills in your field of interest, while also aiming to land a permanent job with your employer after you finish your studies. However, for those of you that are new to the field, it may be slightly confusing why to do an internship and how to land an appropriate one. So here is the “why” and the “how” all of the Master Programmes of IEP include a stage and internship period.  It is important to reiterate that all professional masters of IEP/CIRPS have an internship/stage embedded in the programme and no candidates are exempt from this learning mode.

Each traineeship carries normally a 10 ECTS weighting on 60 one year ECTS professional masters’ programme. Internships give you valuable job experience which may enhance your job hunt later on. Most graduates are haunted by the fact that the corporate world asks for job experience and they only have a degree including a professional Masters’ degree. If you have completed an internship, employers are likely to count this as at least some experience. You know, something is always better than nothing. And you can be sure that a degree with an internship is better than a degree with no internship. IEP and CIRPS will give each candidate some valuable references to forward to your potential employer, giving you a competitive edge over other candidates with the same educational background.

The duration of an IEP Masters, like in most other European countries, is of one year, meaning you are likely to hit the job market soon. Employers are looking for exceptional talent and if you perform exceptionally well in your internship, there is a good chance that you will be offered an exceptional position there once you graduate!  In case you missed it – employers have no trouble waiting for exceptional internees to graduate. The added awesomeness of it? You will skip the hardship of looking for a good job after your education. Trust us – it’s worth not going through this part of life by completing successfully a CIRPS/IEP internship.

Professors and academic supervisors are a good bet when it comes to an internship hunt and guidance on what to do after your Masters. Make sure you talk to Cirps Universities’ representatives who will be available,  regarding your intention of finding an internship and they will offer help and guidance on where to look and what types of offers to go for and also bridge you with entities that are offering these possibilities. They can help you find direction in your search, introduce you to contacts, and mentor you regarding how to go about the process and what to do during and after your internship.  This is all part of the IEP Cirps professional Masters experience.

Internship as part of the Professional Masters Programme

Every professional Masters’ has a career placement focal person and it is best if you keep in contact from time to time to discuss your career with your programme counsellor. Career counsellors at CIRPS/IEP Italy usually know all about current internship/job openings and can also help match your aspirations and personality type to an internship of future choice. Make sure you ask your counsellor ample questions, ask them to introduce you to contacts, and give you direction in your search. They will also make recommendations and suggestions which the Universities expect you to undertake. Each traineeship is of course related to the area, discipline or focus of the Professional Masters’.

Every minute counts and while that may seem like an exaggeration, make the most of your time and start looking for an internship as soon as you decide on the IEP/CIRPS professional Masters’ programme. You can also search magazines, websites of renowned companies, newspapers, job portals, and student websites which will be made available to all those fully registered students who are completing with profit their course requirements. There will be dedicated sections on your student career portal and every programme has a section offering students internships. Make sure you search thoroughly and extensively for the right match.

Dedicate ample time to your internship search and do not put it off as a last-minute event. Properly read and understand job descriptions, responsibilities, and the requirements for internship positions. The more time you dedicate, the better a position you are likely to land. Unless you are relying on sheer luck, hard work is the ticket to success. Remember that you can graduate with a professional Masters unless you complete successfully your internship/stage as it carries academic weighting.
Look for multiple opportunities and you will be supported to apply for several internship openings. There is likely to be high competition and you do not want to limit your chances by applying for only one or two positions. Aim to apply to a particular number of positions daily or whenever you come upon openings. Applying for multiple opportunities will also give you greater probability of landing a position which will reward your academically and professionally past your academic course.

Finally it is important to note that a full preparation course and digital webinar will be organised to explain what is expected during the internship and how best to prepare for this academic/professional experience.

Post-Study Work Visa

According to the official website of the Italian government (, an international (non-EU/EEA) student, who has successfully completed the degree/diploma from an Italian institution of higher education, at the expiry of the residence permit for study reasons, can be registered in the employment lists in Italy for a period not over twelve months and can request the conversion of the residence permit for study into a residence permit for awaiting employment.