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TOUR GUIDE OPPORTUNITIESSEMESTER INTERNSHIP
Tour guide at Palazzo Vecchio

Course Structure
12 hours/week practicum; 120 hours total
1 ½ hour/week seminar; 18 hours total
Credits: 3

Become a tour guide at magnificent Palazzo Vecchio. Accompany English-speaking tourists through the palatial and magnificently decorated rooms of Florence’s most prestigious palazzo built in the thirteenth century and home of the city government for nearly 700 years. This is a demanding yet rewarding experience. Students must commit to a one-month-long training session, followed by twelve hours per week of guided tours. Candidates should be motivated and passionate about Florentine history and art history, possess excellent verbal communication skills, and show a group-leader attitude. This prestigious position is highly selective and the Palazzo accepts only 2 students per semester. For those selected, an official certificate of participation is issued upon completion—a truly unique experience and a superb addition to any resume.


SPEAKING IN PUBLIC PRACTICUM
Tour guide for Ars et Fides Association

Course Structure
Practicum: 6 hours/week; 60 hours total
Seminar: 1 and a half hour/week; 18 hours total
Credits: 3

Most people report that speaking in public is their greatest fear. And yet the ability to give a speech is one of the most cherished skills today. With this practicum, you will learn how to lead a variegated international audience of tourists and introduce them to the art of the main Florentine churches (Duomo, Santa Croce…).
Students become members of the Ars et Fides Association and receive an information packet on the church they choose. They are scheduled to follow a tour, led by an experienced guide, and once they feel comfortable with the material studied, they start giving their own tours. Candidates should be passionate about art history and have a group-leader attitude.


ASSISTING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES PRACTICUM
I Ragazzi di Sipario co-operative

Course Structure
Practicum: 4 hours/week; 40 hours total
Seminar: 1 and a half hour/week; 18 hours total
Credits: 3

I Ragazzi di Sipario co-operative is a social company that employs young adults with intellectual disabilities.
Workers are employed in two areas: a restaurant that serves the general public located in the heart of Florence and an art lab that produces objects sold in the main Florentine shops. Interaction and support given to these special workers will lead the students to create an incredible cultural and human exchange.
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TEACHING ASSISTANT PRACTICUM
Local kindergarten & primary schools

Course Structure
Practicum: 4 hours/week teaching; 40 hours total
Seminar: 1 and a half hour/week; 18 hours total
Credits: 3

ISI Florence students are placed in local kindergartens and primary schools to assist English-language teachers, enhancing a creative learning environment. The teaching assistants are often asked to create lesson plans, propose activities, and lead class discussions. Also, students with a good level of Italian may give one-to-one tutoring (age 9-14) in the afternoon. This opportunity is designed for students who are interested in interacting with children and teenagers while simultaneously improving their teaching skills and Italian comprehension.