Work experience and internships
One of the strategic objectives, in the virtuous process of dialogue between the Institute, its team of researchers and the general system of scientific instruction, is represented by the route offered to new generations of students and young graduates coming from various degree courses (in cultural heritage, archaeology, chemistry, engineering, geology etc.) who have today the opportunity to acquire new technical, professional and transferable skills through the experience of placements, at undergraduate or post-graduate level. In Italy, traineeships and internships, regulated by ministerial decree no. 142/98 (which defines the scope and modalities applicable to art. 18 of law 196/97) constitute a mandatory and nodal phase in the relationship between the university/research environment and the world of work.
The ever increasing emphasis on this particular moment in the formative growth of future generations has therefore brought about, within the offices of IBAM, a significant increase in the working agreements established with universities, both within Italy and further afield, as well as with accredited training institutions; these facilitate a constant influx of young trainees who are absorbed into the various research projects conducted by the Institute.
The activities of the trainees and interns are generally planned and organized around the disciplinary skills and expertise of the Institute’s research staff, thus ranging from archaeology to chemistry, from architecture to engineering, from diagnostics to the experience and communication of cultural heritage. This structure is certainly equipped to provide exposure to a varied array of specialisms and disciplines. Through these, the student can rapidly acquire important skills which will help him or her to cross the gap between academic knowledge acquired in the classroom and practical know-how, thus combining theoretical studies with direct practical experience in the field or in the laboratory.
In the last few years, the growth of archaeological research, both in Italy and elsewhere, has provided opportunities for involving students in both excavation, restoration and interpretation. It has thus resulted in the engagement of a considerable number of new graduates in the activities and the ambitious projects of the Institute; and some of these continue to work or to collaborate with the research staff of the Institute in a variety of ways.