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MAE/CRUI Internships

Who is Eligible
Young Italian citizens of particular merit who hold an Italian university degree (“laurea breve,” or “laurea specialistica,” or “laurea del vecchio ordinamento”) earned no later than 18 months from the date of application, as well as degree students (“laureandi”) from Italian universities and master students (“1° e 2° grado” with a degree no later 18 months from the date of application)

Where and When
Three-month internships are offered at one of the Offices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome or one of the Ministry’s Offices abroad: 
Italian Cultural Institutes
Italian Embassies
Italian Consulates
Permanent Representative Offices at International Organizations

Who Offers Them
The internships were established with an Agreement between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Diplomatic Institute) and the Conference of Italian Universities Rectors (CRUI), which has so far been joined by 57 Italian Universities. From 2001 to 2004 the Ministry received almost 10,000 applications and assigned over 3000 internships.

The Program
This Program is aimed at those who wish to come into contact with our country’s international relations in the political, economic, socio-cultural, and scientific arenas in addition to cooperation for development endeavors. It also provides an opportunity to directly develop a first-hand knowledge of the Ministry’s operations both in Italy and overseas – from a privileged perspective. Therefore, it is strongly recommended for those who wish to gain supplementary knowledge in view of pursuing a career in the international field either studying “in situ” or complementing and enhancing their academic background.

The Diplomatic Institute
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Diplomatic Institute is in charge of coordinating and managing the Program in conjunction with the CRUI. Specifically, it sets forth its objectives, conditions and contents. It also posts the positions that are currently vacant together with the relevant job description. Furthermore, it promotes and disseminates the program to the extent possible, selects candidates, provides training courses for the candidates selected who are currently working at the location assigned to them. Finally, it monitors intern programs and the results  achieved.

Information on the procedures and requirements to participate in this program is available on the following website:

The parties interested should contact their university administration, which, in turn will collect their application and provide the applicant with all relevant details. The Institute of Diplomacy of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs also provides email information at the following address: