SITE Program

The SITE (Study, Intercultural Training and Experience) program is a paid internship program for English Teaching Assistants in the schools of the Region of Lombardy, Italy. It is an excellent opportunity for Italian recent graduates or advanced students who wish to get a better understanding of the Italian language and culture while assisting the Italian teachers in their work. The program, established in 2005, promotes linguistic and intercultural exchange within Europe and across the globe. The program is open to B.A. students who are currently completing or have recently completed (within the last 18 months) college level Italian language and culture. M.A. or Ph.D. students program of Italian language and culture in a North-American university are also encouraged to apply. The SITE program is the result of the collaboration between Dickinson College, PA, which acts as liaison for a network of about 60 US universities – and the Istituto di Istruzione Superiore Luca Pacioli, in Crema, which coordinates a network of about 60 high schools in Lombardy. The authorities of the Region of Lombardy and the foreign languages and culture division of the Education Office of Lombardy play an active role in support of the SITE. Essential support is also provided by the Italian Embassy in Washington D.C. and the Consulates of Italy in the US. Info and Application: For a full description of the position, applicants qualifications, and how to apply please visit the SITE Internship Program website.  

Italian 4185/4285/4385 (Internship in Italian)

Professor consent is required to enroll in the course. Each intern must complete 80(4385), 100(4285), or 120(4385) onsite hours by the end of the semester in which the student enrolled in the Internship course. However, hours of work can start during the previous semester or during the summer. Hours are recorded in a work-log provided by the instructor and signed by the student mentor/supervisor. At the end of the internship, students will have acquired: first-hand linguistic, cultural and working experience, time management skills, and work ethic in an international environment. Because students will be able to use Italian language on a day-by-day basis in a working environment, they will also practice and reinforce grammar and vocabulary acquired during previous language classes.

Italian Internship Companies in Dallas:

  • Italy–America Chamber of Commerce of Texas, Inc. Mission: To promote joint ventures between Italian and American companies, trade missions, and educational trips to Italy sponsored by government agencies.
  • Ronparco dbc Flavio Ronzani - Heavy constructions and façades
  • Central Falls - Italian clothing manufacturing
  • Italian Cultural Club of Dallas Mission: To promote Italian heritage in the metroplex.
  • Mutual Alliance Capital - Hedge fund with Italian banks and insurance companies
  • Lombardi Family Concepts - Restaurant development
  • Marazzi Tile US - Tile and Italian marbles for both residential and commercial
  • Paciugo, Italian Gelato - Franchising development and new products
  • Tiseo - Flooring
  • Ralph Iantosca Travel
  • Bencor USA - Foundation and heavy construction
  • Augusta Finland - Part of the Finmeccanica Group, located in Arlington
  • Alelco Group - Part of the Finmeccanica Group
  • Additional Contacts
    • Italy-America Chamber of Commerce in New York City, Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, and Houston.
    • Enit Italia, Tourism trade board of Italy. Located in New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco.
    • General Italian Consulate in Houston.