Compulsory internship






General informations

The internship / traineeship, henceforth 'internship', allows you to verify and complete the theory and methods learned during the course of study through a concrete approach to the job market and professionals.

There are three types of internships:

• Curricular compulsory internship: this is the internship foreseen by the degree program of students enrolled in the Master's Degrees.

• Curricular non compulsory internship: May be held by:
- Students who aim at developing a Master Thesis through an internship;
- A student who simply wants to do a training on the job experience.

The curricular non compulsory internship does not appear in the study plan and does not involve the recognition of CFUs. However, the activity must include contents related to the course of study. Students must activate the compulsory internship to complete the study plan and may additionally activate one (or more) non compulsory ones. However, this internship must be completed before the thesis is discussed.

• Extracurricular internship: it is any internship undertaken by a graduate non-enrolled in another course of study and can start up to 12 months after the title is obtained, with a maximum duration of 6 months for each experience. It does not confer CFUs. Extracurricular internship is managed by the Career Service. For more information:

A student who has been employed with a job contract (not an internship) at a company with a duration of at least six months and a professional profile related to his / her study course, can get the recognition of the experience as "Activity comparable to internship" (see paragraph HOW TO ACTIVATE AN INTERNSHIP for details) instead of  the curricular compulsory internship, provided it is approved  by the Internship Academic Supervisor for the Course of Studies (see below, paragraph CONTACTS AND STAFF).


Curricular compulsory internship figures


How to search for an internship

You can find an internship in the following ways:

• applying for the offers on the Career Service board by using the flags “internship/student / graduate / your subject area". In the thirty days following the application, you may be contacted directly by the company for an interview if your profile is suitable

• identifying a company through personal contacts/search or through a Professor

• contacting a Professor of the School who is available to host you in his/her Laboratory for the internship

For more information: "How to find an internship that suits you"

TIPS ON APPLICATIONS FOR INTERNSHIPS ABROAD: If you wish to apply for an internship abroad, we suggest you to make your curriculum and book available online, by creating a mini site or by using a "file-sharing" service. It is better to start searching 3-4 months before the period scheduled for your internship because:

- finding an internship abroad could take more time

- it may be necessary to produce special documentation (visa ...)

You are required to check the legal requirements valid in the hosting country, according to your nationality. In case additional documentation to support visa applications is needed, it has to be requested to CareerService/SATs at least 15 days before the start.

- often, foreign companies plan their internships well in advance.

In the case of internships in Europe, you can take part in the annual Erasmus + for Traineeship competition call, managed by the Career Service


How to activate an internship


Recognition Procedures

At the end of the internship period, the student and the host organization’s supervisor must fill in an online Final Evaluation Survey, for which they will receive a link via email with specific instructions on the last day of the internship.

The student must pay particular attention to the question asking for a technical report on the activities done.

The student and the host organization's supervisor both have maximum 20 working days after the end of the internship to fill in the surveys

To complete the process correctly, the student will have to book an appointment with his academic tutor, present the report in pdf format and support a short interview.

Only after both Final Evaluation Survey have been completed (and the interview sustained), the Academic Tutor will receive the confirmation email to complete the assessments and be able to proceed with the validation of the CFU.

After filling out the online Final Evaluation Survey and after supporting the interview, It is responsibility of the student to check for validation of ECTS by the Academic Supervisor, and if necessary, soliciting for it.

The validation of internship is successfully completed when in the Study Plan the student can see, next to the line "Internship", the word "Conv" (Convalida - Validation) and 00

(double zero because the internship does not have marks and it is not counted in the student average).


Download forms


Internship variations:

Final internship documentation:


Contacts and staff

Design School Internship Service
Antonietta Leanza ref. National and International Internships
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Building B1, via Candiani 72, 3rd floor


Academic supervisors

Interior Design: Prof. Alessandro Biamonti
Product Service Sistem Design: Prof.ssa Beatrice Villari, Prof.ssa Stefana Maja Broadbent, Prof.ssa Daniela Sangiorgi
Design della Moda: Prof.ssa Susanna Testa
Design della Comunicazione: Prof. Francesco E. Guida
Design del Prodotto – Design del Prodotto per l’Innovazione: Prof.ssa Stefania Palmieri
Design&Engineering: Prof.ssa Silvia Ferraris
Digital and Interaction Design: Prof.ssa Mariana Ciancia


Legal references


D.d.u.o. 5 novembre 2013 – n.10031 Nuovi indirizzi Regionali in materia di tirocini - Disposizioni attuative

DM 509/99



In Italy as outside it. In firms, studios, agencies, companies, associations, laboratories come all’estero presso studi, agenzie, aziende, associazioni, laboratori es, research centers, universities (Polimi included, but only in the case of curricular compulsory internships). Also during exchange periods (Erasmus, extraEU exchanges).

The student sends an email to the internship office ( with the following information:

  • Student data (name and surname, ID number and degree course)
  • Company data (name, VAT number)
  • Company contact data (first and last name, e-mail address)
  • Description of the activity proposed
  • Educational assignments

Asking via email to, indicating company name and VAT number.


Yes, Politecnico di Milano provides you with an insurance covering you in terms of accidents and civil liability, in days, premises and hours declared within the document itself; for this reason it is necessary that the internship is activated by delivering to the Internship Office the contract signed by the parties before the beginning of the internship.


The Company will be informed by the Career Service upon request of the agreement of the need to pay € 32.00 as a reimbursement of stamp duty (unless it is a foreign body, public body or ONLUS)


Curricular compulsory internships last 250 hours. If you want to extend the duration of the internship beyond 250 hours, you must activate a new "non compulsory" internship. The maximum duration, between compulsory and non compulsory internship is 12 months.


Yes, only for serious and documentable reasons and only after notice to the Internship Office. In the case of compulsory internship, if no minimum hour amount has been reached, the hours spent are not recoverable and a new internship of at least 250 hours is required.


Normally, the internship must be done in a working environment. According to the Policy of Politecnico di Milano on Internships, during the health emergency due to Covid-19 it is always possible to carry out the internship activity by remote or in a blended mode (remote + in presence), provided that the quality of the of supervision by your Host Organization is granted.


Contact and inform the Internship Office via email on any changes to the Internship Document.


No. In the absence of an Agreement and an Internship Document, there is no legal internship or insurance coverage.


The 3rd year workshop can be replaced by non curricular training activities such as internships with the support of the Internship Office. The application for replacement must be submitted before the start of the activity and before the start of the semester in which the course for which validation is requested is placed. The documentation to be submitted must be requested via email to the Internship Office.

Write to the Internship Office for the proper verifications.


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