Curricular internships allow you to verify and complete the theoretical and methodological lessons you have learned during your studies, through concrete contact with the world of work and with specialists in the sector.
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Compulsory curricular internship
This is the internship required by the study plan for students enrolled in any Master's Degree programme and is acknowledged with ECTS.
Optional curricular internship
It can be carried out by:
- students undertaking an internship to develop their Master's Thesis;
- students who simply wish to gain practical experience.
This type of internship does not appear in the study plan and does not lead to the recognition of ECTS. However, the activity must include material relevant to the course of study.
Students must undertake the compulsory internship in order to obtain the necessary credits and the Master's Degree. However, if they activate one (or more) optional internships, these must be completed before the Thesis is discussed.
Extra-curricular internship, intended as additional experience useful for entering the work field, can be undertaken by recent graduates who are no longer enrolled in a course of study, begin up to 12 months after obtaining their degree and last up to 6 months for each experience. The extra-curricular internship does not confer university credits and is managed by the Career Service.
For further information please consult the Career Service page.
In the case of a student worker (i.e. employed by a company with an employment contract other than an internship, lasting at least six months and employing a professional figure related to their degree course) it is possible to obtain the recognition of the experience as an "Activity assimilated to an internship", subject to the approval of the Academic Course Contact (SAT) for compulsory curricular internships (see the paragraphs "Contacts" and "Academic Tutors" below).
For more information, see the paragraph "Starting procedures" below.
For more details on curricular and optional internships see the following document.
Procedures to follow in order to start an intership are listed below:
Curricular compulsory internship in Italy and abroad - PDF
Internal Practice Activity (substitute for curricular compulsory internship) - PDF
Activity comparable to internship (substitute for curricular compulsory internship) - PDF
At the end of the internship, the student and the tutor of the host organisation will have to fill in an online questionnaire to evaluate the experience, by using the link and instructions that they will receive by e-mail on the last day of the internship; the student must pay particular attention to filling in the questionnaire, that requires a technical report on the activities carried out.
The student and the tutor of the host organisation have 20 working days from the end of the internship to complete their respective questionnaires.
In order to complete the process correctly, the student must take an appointment with their academic tutor, submit the report in pdf format and have a short interview.
Only after both questionnaires have been completed and the interview held, the academic tutor will receive an email confirming that the assessments have been completed and the ECTS can be validated.
It is the student's responsibility to check that the academic tutor validates the ECTS after the questionnaires have been completed and the interview conducted, and if not, to ask the tutor to do so.
The validation of the internship is correctly completed when the student’s study plan displays the word "Conv" (Validate) next to the heading "Internship", followed by "00" in the evaluation box, as the internship has no grade and therefore not calculated in the grade average.
Final internship documentation:
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Product Service System Design: Prof. Daniela Selloni, Prof. Stefana Maja Broadbent, Prof. Peter Di Sabatino
Fashion Design: Prof. Susanna Testa
Communication Design: Prof. Francesco E. Guida
Product Design - Product Design for Innovation: Prof.ssa Stefania Palmieri Design&Engineering: Prof.ssa Silvia Ferraris
Digital and Interaction Design: Prof.ssa Mariana Ciancia
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Curricular internships have a duration of 250 hours.
The duration of the placement can be extended beyond 250 hours, by activating a new "optional" internships. The maximum total duration of curricular and optional internships is 12 months.
Optional internships are managed by the Career Service: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 (https://www.design.polimi.it/en/send-an-email) with the following information:
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.
To contact the SAT_Design Internship Office:
COMPULSORY INTERNSHIP (NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL)