Dear Summer Interns,
We are very much looking forward to working with you in Rome this summer! Below is logistical information you will need as you prepare for the summer, along wth links to the deposit and balance payments, as well as a few forms to collect information that we need from you. Please read through the information below and fill out the forms linked at the bottom.
The Paideia Summer Internship
The internship kicks off at 9am on Monday, June 11 and interns will work Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Bring your laptop! All interns will be working on their own laptops.
Interns will be divided into two teams, Development & Outreach and Media. Projects will be discussed and assigned at the beginning of the internship. We will be working from the Alma Business Center near San Pietro.
Alma Business Center
Via della Stazione di S. Pietro 65
The Alma Business Center is a co-working space, shared with other Italian businesses. When at work, please conduct yourself professionally and be respectful of our neighbors.
On some Fridays, work will end early in the afternoon and interns from both teams will come together to participate in seminar discussions, guest lectures, and tours of sites in Rome led by Paideia Institute staff. The Paideia Institute will organize a few day trips for the Interns during the weekends to sites in or near Rome. You will receive a full program itinerary when you arrive in Rome.
Practical Information for Your Summer in Rome
Clothing: What to Pack
Rome is hot in June and hotter still in July. Some of our weekend day-trips will involve spending hours outside in the sun. We recommend a good hat, plenty of sunscreen, and a good pair of UV protective sunglasses. Sunscreen is very expensive in Italy; it’s best to bring enough from home.
Appropriate attire. The Paideia office dress code is casual. While shorts and t-shirts are fine on most days, our day trips will include trips to basilicas and churches, where visitors must wear clothing that fully covers knees and shoulders to be allowed entrance (e.g. trousers or skirts and shirts with sleeves). Female visitors to Italy generally bring a light shawl that can be thrown over the shoulders or tied around the waist as needed.
Come prepared with a swimsuit and beach towel.
Bring good strong shoes. One does a lot of walking on cobblestones in Rome, both because the public transportation system is inadequate and hot and also because there is so much to see. Archaeological sites are full of dusty walkways, uneven flagstones, and low stone walls. Your feet will thank you if you do this walking in good, strong sneakers or cross trainers.
Staying in Touch
Cell Phones: The easiest way to stay in touch while in Italy is to buy an Italian sim card for your smartphone, which provides both cellular and wireless coverage on a pay-as-you-go basis. Make sure your phone is unlocked to work with an international sim before you leave the US by calling your provider.
Internet Access: Both the classroom building and institute apartments are equipped with high-speed internet access.
You can receive mail and packages while in Italy via the Institute at the below address. However, packages must pass through Italian customs and the Italian post is relatively unreliable. Delays are unpredictable. Sometimes letters and packages reach Italy from the United States in a week, sometimes a month, sometimes longer. We’re still waiting for one student’s package from July 2011.
The Paideia Institute
Viale Aurelio Saffi, 70
00152, Roma (RM)
In case of emergency a Paideia staff member can be reached 24 hours a day at +39 345 192 4153. For anything else, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will respond within 24 hours. Once in Rome, your main contact is Amy Garland, Assistant Director for U.S. Operations. We will give you her phone number in Rome, and you can call her for day-to-day concerns.
Health and Well Being
Medical care in Italy is first rate and should the need arise, the Paideia Institute has a physician on call 24 hours a day for the duration of the course. All participants must have their own health insurance covering them internationally during the full duration of their time in Italy.
A Student Travel Protection Plan is available for this program through Travel Guard. For coverage information and to purchase this insurance prior to final trip payment, please visit this link. Please contact Travel Guard at 866-385-4839 with any questions.
If you are taking medication, be sure to bring enough for your entire stay. There are well-stocked pharmacies in Rome, but not all drugs are readily accessible without a prescription and it is better to bring one’s own supplies.
If you have a medical condition that could affect your ability to participate, we strongly urge you to share that condition with your instructors so that in the event of a medical issue they can most quickly and efficaciously arrange your care. All such information will be held in the strictest confidence.
Housing is included in the program fee. Participants live in shared apartments in central Rome within an easily commutable distance of the classroom by public transportation. Apartments are fully furnished with full kitchens and linens are provided. Please bring your own towel.
Roommates stay in shared bedrooms with two twin beds and are matched by age and sex. No overnight guests are allowed in Institute housing. If friends or family visit, please arrange for them to stay elsewhere.
Your apartment will be available from Sunday, June 10 to Friday, July 20. Interns must move out of apartments by the afternoon of July 20. If you plan on arriving in or leaving Rome before or after these dates, you will need to arrange your own accommodation.
Food in Rome is very affordable, and Paideia staff are happy to share recommendations about where to food shop and the best pizzerias in town. Interns are responsible for providing their own meals. There will be a few Paideia-sponsored group meals throughout the program as well.
Arrival and Departure
Interns are expected to purchase their own flights, and to arrive on Sunday, June 10 at Rome’s Leonardo Da Vinci - Fiumicino Airport between 8 am and 5 pm. We will send more detailed arrival day information closer to the time, but we will be providing transport from the airport to the city and will also give you your apartment keys upon arrival. The Institute will also provide transport back to the airport on departure day.
If you wish to arrive or depart Rome before or after the official arrival and departure days, at an airport other than Fiumicino, or after 5pm, you will need to arrange your own transportation to your apartment. Please be sure to indicate this on the travel information form below.
Payments and Forms
To enroll in the Internship, please click the button below. Please fill out this form by April 15, 2018 to secure your place in the Internship:
For legal purposes, please electronically sign the Media Release, Health Insurance, and Release of Liability Forms by April 15, 2018.
All interns must sign the first two forms in this packet. The third form is a media consent form. This summer, the Paideia Institute media team will capture footage to share on social media and to use in promotional videos and multi-media curricular materials. Please sign the media consent form if you are comfortable doing so.
Interns are also required to sign the following Internship Agreement.
When you know when and by what form of transportation you'll be arriving, please let us know!
Interns are responsible for paying, or arranging for an outside funding Institution to pay, the program fee of $3500 to the Paideia Institute before the internship commences. The Paideia Institute is not able to refund the cost of the program for interns who withdraw.
Deposit of $500: April 15, 2018
Remaining Balance: May 1, 2018
Payment by Check
Please send a check payable to the Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study, Inc. to the following address:
Internship Deposit or Balance
The Paideia Institute
540 President St. 3rd Fl.
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Please make sure that the checks are postmarked and forms are signed by these dates. Failure to send your deposit on time may result in your spot being given to somebody on the waiting list. All checks should be made payable to The Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study, Inc. Please note that this initial deposit is non-refundable.
NB: Online payments by card include a 3% convenience fee.