UW Rome Center

Trina Deines Rome Center Internship

In 2001, the University of Washington Rome Center established a year-long student internship position designed to give UW students a unique opportunity to gain practical experience working in an office environment in an international setting. It was named the Trina Deines Rome Center Internship in 2009 in honor of our UWRC Director Emeritus.

The position is especially well suited to a student working on Italian language studies or on another independent study topic that would be enriched by study in Italy, but is open to anyone who is interested in working and studying abroad. The internship starts in June each year, and includes 20 hours of work per week. Hours are flexible; some hours are occasionally required outside of normal office hours.

Job duties

A full job description is available here. General duties of the position include:

  • Front desk assistance (e.g., answering phone and greeting guests, errands, filing, distributing mail, photocopying)
  • Assist with program arrivals and departures (e.g., onboarding and offboarding students, facilitating UWRC/apartment check in and check out)
  • Help maintain the UWRC website; write, capture and post student stories of the study abroad experience on UWRC social media
  • Assist with classroom management (e.g., arranging tables/chairs, setting up and troubleshooting A/V equipment)
  • Maintain library and computer lab (e.g., shelving and cataloging books, IT troubleshooting, recharge print accounts)
  • Help students integrate into life in Rome (e.g., liaising with landlord, making doctors appointments)

Academic Requirements

  • You must be enrolled as a UW student and registered via “Concurrent Enrollment” through UW Study Abroad for the duration of the internship. Recent graduates are not eligible to apply.
  • You must complete an independent study project or work towards a thesis/dissertation while in Rome.
  • A UW faculty member must supervise your independent study project or thesis/dissertation work.

Additional Requirements

  • Eligibility for an Italian study visa (long-stay, multiple-entry type) for 1 year. Confirm your eligibility here.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Working knowledge of spoken and written Italian.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.


  • Studio apartment at the Rome Center (includes weekly cleaning and all utilities except phone)
  • $450 monthly stipend


Contact Amity Neumeister, UWRC Resident Director, at amity@uw.edu.