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Museum Studies Internship in Rome

Term To Study: Summer 2020
Application Deadline: Jan 10, 2020
Program Starts: Jun 01, 2020
Program Ends: Aug 05, 2020
Program Category: One-Country
Program Type: Internship
Program Fee: $4,000
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Program Locations: Rome
Contact Phone: 330-244-4969
Contact Name: Mike Cinson
Contact Email: mcinson@walsh.edu
What is Included: -Tuition
-Transportation in and around Rome
What is not Included: -personal spending money
-cost of passport
Estimated Costs: -program fee (includes estimated airfare. Please see Mike Cinson for details)
-souvenir money (dependent on person, $50 a week)

Program Description

Complete the required internship for your Museum Studies degree at the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Nettuno Italy. This cemetery is a part of the American Battlements Monuments.

• There will be two 5-week sessions (students would choose one): Session I: May 1 - June 5, 2020 OR Session II: June 8 - July 10, 2020. Please note: These departure and return dates are approximate. Exact departure dates would be determined next Spring when group airline tickets are purchased.
• Students would fly over with another Walsh staff-accompanied group. But students would be returning alone (perhaps flying with another student intern, but not with another full Walsh group with staff).
• Participating students would have the option to return home a week after the return dates listed above to allow for independent travel after the internship ends. Thus, for Session I, students could opt to fly home on June 12, and for Session II, students could choose to fly home July 17. If students choose to extend their stays after the internships by this extra week, please be aware that all arrangements (housing, meals, transportation, etc) for that extra week would be on your own in terms of both logistical coordination and costs.
• The internship will take place at the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Nettuno, where over 7,000 American soldiers who died in Italy during WWII are interred. For more information about this American-owned-and-operated site, you can visit their website: https://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries-memorials/europe/sicily-rome-american-cemetery#.W3CLAehKjIU. Interns will work at the site three full days per week: Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, which are days of high visitation for the Cemetery. Roles and duties include: 1) research on specific American soldiers buried in the Cemetery using federal databases; 2) writing, developing, and delivering a thematic tour of the Cemetery to a group of visitors; and 3) planning for and participating in a public event. For Session I, this event will be Memorial Day, and for Session II, the event will be a concert on July 4th.
• There is a dress code for the internship that may require the need to buy specific clothes and shoes for this position. We will go over this in more detail during a pre-departure orientation, but interested students should know that there is a dress code ahead of time.
• All assignments and interactions with Cemetery staff will be in English. However, some knowledge of (or willingness to try) conversational Italian would significantly enhance your experience.
• Interested students have to apply and be accepted for this program both by Walsh (GL and MS/ARHI programs) and by the Cemetery. Thus expressing interest only starts the process and does not imply acceptance. In the Spring, students will have to undergo a full federal background check that includes fingerprinting, etc.
• In terms of course registration, students will take 3 credits of MS 415: Senior Internship. The prerequisite for this course is the MS 301/302 sequence or ARHI 301. This upper-level internship can count toward either the MS or ARHI majors. In addition, you will have the option to take MS 320, Museums of Rome (3 CR) so that you can earn up to 6 credits for the Summer. Students would work on the site visits and essays for this course on the non-internship days, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.
• Interns will stay in home-stays in Rome (i.e. in private homes with families, not on Walsh's campus in Castel Gandolfo). The purpose of the home-stay in Rome is to cut-down on the commute time to Nettuno, where the Cemetery is located. But even from Rome, interested students should be aware that there will be about a 1.5 hour commute by train and walking to the site each way on the internship days. A Walsh staff person will accompany interns on the first day, but after that, interns will do the commute without staff accompaniment.
• Interns will need to be in pairs for both the home-stay and the internship. For both safety reasons and companionship, we are looking for pairs of students for both Sessions I and II to live and work together for the 5-week sessions.
• Please be aware that Dr. Brown will not be accompanying the interns. There will, however, be Rome staff available for emergencies. Dr. Brown will be the instructor for both the internship MS 415 and the Museums of Rome MS 320 course. The GL Office and Dr. Brown will guide you through the federal background check in the Spring and hold a pre-departure orientation on campus in April and/or May to help you know what to expect. There are syllabi for each course. Only the Museums of Rome course has a textbook. Dr. Brown will remain in contact with the student interns and the Cemetery superintendent throughout each of the five week sessions and issue mid-term and final evaluations. But please be aware that this will be done by email. Students will send Dr. Brown video clips of their tours and all essays for Museums of Rome as Word documents by email. Therefore students will need to be self-motivated, responsible, serious, and mature.
• The approximate program cost will be $4,000. This is a ballpark price, with the exact cost worked out next Spring when flights and other costs are finalized. It will cover the flight, housing at the home-stay, breakfasts and dinners at the homestay, insurance, and ground transportation to the internship site.
• For the tuition, students may be eligible for the Global Learning discount for the Summer. Please see Financial Aid to see if you qualify. Please note-students will need to pay the course fees, which will be approximately $300. Financial aid can cover 36 credits per academic year. Thus in order to include these 6 credits within that 36 credit total, students would need to remember (and adjust their schedules as necessary) to take only 15 credits in Spring 2020 and 15 credits in Fall 2020. Please see your advisor if you have any questions or concerns.

Please see Dr. Katey Brown (ktbrown@walsh.edu) or Mike Cinson (mcinson@walsh.edu) for more information.

Costs: Please see Mike Cinson. Prices fluctuate based on length of stay and airfare.

Enrollment forms due by January 10th.
Program Payment due by March 13th.

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