Arts Administration Internship in Florence, Italy

Gain an in depth understanding of how performing art functions in an international context by interning abroad in Florence at an arts organization.


Intern at a theater, opera house, dance studio, or other performing arts organization in Florence, Italy, the birthplace of opera and a mecca of Italy’s artistic life.

An internship is not a training program. While you may have the opportunity to train and/or perform while at your company (depending on your skill level and Italian language level), many interns spend the majority of their time helping with the logistics of running the organization and gaining valuable insight into the inner workings of an international arts company. This could involve marketing and promotion, helping to teach classes, assisting with stage duties during shows, attending rehearsals, selling tickets, or any other number of tasks. The extent to which each intern is involved in training or performing will depend on many factors, including commitment to the internship, work ethic, abilities or skill level, and Italian language level.

Your internship is managed by Performing Arts Abroad in conjunction with a university in Florence, and thus you will enjoy student privileges, such as a meal plan, gym access, library card, and more, all included in the price of the program.

Performing Arts Abroad intern abroad participants are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to take on a self-driven capstone project to complement their internship experience. This is a unique opportunity for you to complete a project of your own design and choosing with the guidance of a PAA advisor. In the end, you’ll feel a deeper connection to your international internship experience, and you’ll produce something that demonstrates your professional aptitude, what you have learned, and what you have contributed to your host organization.

For more specific information about a typical day on this program, please see the “Host Group” tab.


-Age: Participants must be 18 or over the day they begin the program.

-GPA/Student Status: You do not need to be a student to be eligible for this program.

-Language: There is no language requirement for this internship, although knowledge of Italian will widen the range of placement possibilities.

-Experience: Preference is given to candidates with at least one year of experience in your chosen discipline.

-Motivation: We are looking for open-minded, flexible applicants who can clearly convey their passion for the performing arts and an acute interest in international travel and exposure to new ideas.


-Application Deadline: Please see the “Cost & Dates” tab for the session dates and application deadlines.

-Application Process: to apply, click the blue “Apply Now” button on this page. You will fill out a simple initial application online and pay a $200 deposit that is refundable if you are not accepted, and will apply toward your overall program cost if you are accepted (not an additional fee). At this point, we will ask you to send us the following materials:

-Your resume/CV
-A cover letter
-A questionnaire about your background, interests, and goals for the program
-Your availability in U.S. Eastern Time for a 30 minute Skype interview

We will contact you within two weeks of your Skype interview with an acceptance decision



Cost & Dates

Host Group


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-Get an in depth look at how a performing arts company operates in Italy

-Live within walking distance of beautiful cafes, restaurants, and shops that make up downtown Florence

-Build your knowledge of the Italian language through intensive classes


"Doing an arts internship abroad in Italy through PAA, I gained experience in the business in a new way that forced me to grow as an artist and as a person. I learned to push myself to 110% in all aspects of my life and gained necessary skills in order to succeed in the business, such as communication and adaptability. I would not trade this experience for the world and will take this experience and apply what I learned to every aspect of my career." -Emily Elliott