Psychology Internship in Rome, Italy

Academic Credits


Hours per week

40 hours per week



Application Deadline



Via di Portonaccio 23/b


Gain Professional Experience in Rome, Italy!

21 May – 08 June 2018


Are you looking for your passion or know what you want, but are not sure how to pursue it in the professional world? Do you want to build skills and knowledge via hands-on experience and mentorship customized to meet your needs and goals? Do you want to explore the world and learn first-hand knowledge of developing and implementing programs, performing research, and building capacity?

Open the doors to your future by participating in this truly unique internship, offering professional, hands-on experiences that most internships cannot offer. Inizia Futuro was developed to both serve vulnerable populations and provide unique, experiential learning for interns. We focus on guiding and teaching valuable professional and technical skills to each intern while also assisting them through their daily work and field research. Additionally, Inizia Futuro leadership works with interns in development and implementation of interventions for our local partners and the community members they serve. We give you the room and skills needed to grow and flourish, while teaching and mentoring you along the way. Come assist and work side-by-side with prominent organisations striving to integrate refugees and address needs of vulnerable Italian populations.

Psychology interns will work on one or more of the following projects:

  • Research current mental health stressors and barriers to overcoming them that refugees face
  • Mental health and social integration of adult, children, or entire family of refugees/migrants
  • Training the government operators in the migrant welcome centers to improve relationships with refugees, implement interventions, and provide stress management training
  • Developing and presenting interventions via workshops and various modalities to assist refugees manage and overcome stress and other issues arising from the nature of their circumstances
  • Working with refugees that are no longer eligible for government assistance and face deep psychological strain from their challenges, such as unemployment, isolation, poverty, lack of confidence
  • Additional projects as they develop to meet local needs and intern goals

Psychology interns will work closely with Inizia Futuro leadership and local partners to develop and execute work. While receiving mentorship and guidance, interns are encouraged to drive the projects in an autonomous fashion to integrate their own passions and skills. 

Applicable fields of study/interest:

  • Psychology
  • Mental Health
  • Human Behavior
  • Human Development
  • Sociology
  • Social Work
  • Anthropology
  • Community Development
  • Any other related field

The cost to participate in the program is $1900.00 USD and includes: 

  • Housing for the duration of the internship
  • Transportation to and from the airport upon arrival to and departure from Rome, Italy
  • Orientations, overall guidance, opportunities to meet and interact with Italians and other interns alike
  • Ground transportation to the internship sites and return
  • Access to and work experience with local organizations, government and community
  • Direct guidance from the program director, who will provide overall and technical training and education
  • Italian language learning opportunities
  • Education on Italian history, economy, politics, refugees and their hardships, resources, and processes
  • Opportunities to work with previously-collected data from past and current projects, to learn, and to educate 
  • Gaining experience in leadership, project development, and hands-on work
  • Many more opportunities and growth! 


You will gain professional skills in many of the following areas:

  • public speaking
  • research
  • data analysis
  • human development
  • organizational capacity-building
  • training & materials
  • problem solving
  • critical thinking
  • leadership
  • global & philanthropic perspectives
  • fine detail and large-picture decision-making
  • project development & implementation
  • integrated and collaborative methodologies


This experience was fashioned specifically for the enhancement of the participants. The interns are the focus of the program, not just integrated into the work we already are performing, and are given much attention for the development and enhancement of their academic and professional skills. The experience of the internship we offer is semi-customized to meet the objectives of each participant individually. We provide appropriate experiences based on education and experience level. The program was created specifically for developing the participants and we aim to meet each participant where they are at the time they begin the program. From there, we work to enhance their professional and technical skills, provide them with hands-on and pertinent work that enables them to learn and grow. Additionally, we aim to develop each intern in a manner that is nurturing, comfortable, and didactic. As a result, upon completion of the experience, participants have an advantage over competition as far as advanced educational programs and job opportunities, having learned both typical and unique skills that can be an asset and major advantage. Interns are given freedom to make decisions and drive projects, while being mentored by our organizational leadership. As a result, the interns will attain an experience that will assist in opening the doors to their future goals and have unique skill sets that are not learned in an academic setting and are slowly learned in a job setting that is not catered to intern talents and objectives. This experience is individualized for each intern, so they are ahead of competition for future aspirations. 


In general, we work with partnering organisations that are local NGOs, companies, or government entities working with the underserved community members. We fill needs and gaps by performing research and offering services and interventions, such as workshops, manuals, videos, trainings to both the community members and NGO staff. The scope of the work varies and can range from conducting interviews and compiling data that is then used to develop a workshop addressing topics of concern, such as chronic diseases. Or, an intern could help an NGO develop infrastructure and capacity. Additionally, the work can include assisting a community member with starting a business via a number of means, such as market research, marketing, mentoring, preparing spreadsheets and budgets, etc.

How To Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for a limited number of spots. If interested, please email your CV and a cover letter stating the reasons for your interest in the program and the knowledge, experience, and studies that enable you to add value to our program and the communities in Rome, Italy, to the program director:

If you are interested in our combined Italy - South Africa internship program, please contact the program director: