First cycle
degree courses
Second cycle
degree courses
Single cycle
degree courses
School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
SP05107814, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
EP1980, Degree course structure A.Y. 2013/14, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Evaluation
Course unit English denomination STAGE
Department of reference Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in HUMAN RIGHTS AND MULTI-LEVEL GOVERNANCE

Teacher in charge PAOLO DE STEFANI IUS/13

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Other -- -- 9.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Notes: An internship (or stage) consists of an exchange of services for experience between the student and an organization. It is mandatory for at least 225 hours (the rough equivalent of 8 weeks of full time collaboration) and will fill your study curriculum with 9 credits. Internships are supposed to be unpaid, but the hosting organisation may provide for a grant or some forms of subsidy or reimbursement.
Students may be willing to take an internship to test whether they are suitable for a particular career, create a network of professional contacts, develop and apply some transversal skills (drafting, communication, active use of ITC or multimedia, team working, etc.). Occasionally, an internship may help deepening their knowledge about topics they are addressing in their dissertation.
The stage is supposed to be done during the 2nd year. It can be performed in Padova, in Italy, or in any other Country. Internships in “human rights” are generally done in local, national and international agencies, including public administrations, and NGOs.
Experience shows that most internship opportunities are found by students using their own connections, peer networks, tips from alumni, etc. Professors can be asked to write a reference letter if need is, or to orient students on whom to contact. Many organizations have their own procedures to hire interns. They may request students to work for longer than strictly required to get the 9 credits: duration and conditions of the internship for anything exceeds the minimum requirements have to be negotiated between you and the hosting structure.
The Master promotes workshops and project works that may qualify as curricula internships.
The University of Padova co-finances students' internships abroad ("abroad" means not in the home country of the student). Learn more at the webpage (only in Italian). It also encourages students to take advantage of the EU European Voluntary Service, the Italian Universal civil service and other similar programmes.
For technical information and updates, students may consult the dedicated service at the department and visit its webpage: (; see also the Moodle page: After completion of the internship, students have to upload on the Moodle platform a written or video-recorded report.