Last Days

My time at the beautiful IACC has sadly come to an end!  After the busy months of May and June, where I spent much of my time planning and working big events, July has been filled with smaller and shorter projects such as helping with the re-design of the organization’s website.

I feel incredibly grateful to have had this opportunity to intern with a nonprofit that merges both of my academic interests, English and Italian,  in my hometown of Chicago, IL.  My co-workers are all very excited for me to study abroad in Bologna, Italy this coming semester, and have emphasized that should I need advice on anything to contact them anytime.

Thank you to the IACC, the INP staff at Dickinson, the donors who made my internship grant possible, and to Professor Lanzilotta for helping me secure this internship in the first place.  I have had a wonderful experience and hope that as the first Dickinson intern at the IACC in Chicago, I can act as a resource for future students looking to merge their career interests with their study of Italian.

Posing with the new IACC logo in front of our “photo booth” station of the office

How Did I Get Here?

As my internship begins to wind down and the final weeks approach, I thought that I would take a moment to explain how I was fortunate enough to secure my summer internship.

At the end of the fall semester, I went into my Italian advisor and at the time teacher, Professor Luca Lanzilotta’s office to take my final oral exam for Italian 201.  After I had completed the exam, we discussed studying abroad in Bologna next year and he asked me what my plans were for the summer and if I would be interested in an Italian internship.  I told him that I was thinking about an internship but had not looked into an Italian one specifically.  He then explained to me how living in a big city like Chicago, there was a chance for me to work at  one of the branches of the Italian Chamber of Commerce, and went on to tell me about one of his past students who interned for the chamber in Houston, TX.  I told him that I was interested and would discuss it more with him and my parents after winter break.

Professor Lanzilotta continued to help me apply, interview, and ultimately secure my internship with the IACC.  He communicated with my supervisor via phone and email, and helped me set up an interview in early March during my spring break.  Throughout my application process, he frequently checked in on me to see how everything was going and always encouraged me to let him know if I needed help or had any questions.  In addition, he had told me about the possibility of receiving a grant for my unpaid internship, which are made possible by generous donations from Dickinson alumni and donors.  I submitted my application as soon as I had found out that I had gotten the internship, and was fortunate enough to receive a stipend to cover my food and transportation expenses.

I am incredibly grateful to Professor Lanzilotta, the Internship Notation Program staff at Dickinson, and the various donors who contribute to the program and allow students like myself to receive grants for unpaid internships.  Because of them, I am able to have a meaningful internship experience without having to stress too much about money.