Compulsory traineeship

Laurea (Equivalent to a Bachelor of science)

To give students an edge on the job market, all students enrolled in the "Professional" tracks of the third year of the Laurea (equivalent to a B. Sc.) in Mechanical Engineering take part in a compulsory traineeship.

The traineeship offers students hands-on training directly related to the content of their course of study and their career goals. Students spend a few months at a company (in Italy or abroad), working under the guidance of a company tutor.

During the traineeship, students learn about the company and its work, following a training plan requiring the direct application of the methods of analysis and resolution learned during their course of study. During the traineeship, students offer their engineering expertise to the company, working on a concrete project in their area of interest, actively participating in the definition of the problem and its resolution and acquiring business know-how on the theme in question, being part of a fully operational business environment.

In order to begin a traineeship, a student must have earned at least 135 ECTS by the date on which the traineeship begins and must must have achieved a compulsory traineeship preparation (2 CFU credits).
Traineeships last 400 to 420 hours, for a period of:

  • 3 months if carried out full-time, and so for a maximum of 40 hours per week; 
  • 4 to 5 months if carried out part-time, and so for a maximum of 20 hours per week.

Traineeships must be carried out consecutively: they may not be the accumulation of different periods of work.

The process for starting a traineeship is described on the dedicated page of the Career Service site.

The rules for traineeships are set by current National, Regional and University regulations. The Politecnico di Milano prepares the documentation required by law, verifies the quality of the training projects and provides the insurance coverages.

These are some of the many companies who have offered more than one traineeship for students in the vocational third year of the Laurea in Mechanical Engineering in the last 2 or 3 years:

A.E. - ABB - ADM Motorsport – Advanced Marine Propulsion Technology Seatek - Advanced Technology Valve - AGUSTAWestland - - API Apparecchiature e Tecnologie Idroecologiche - Arc_Team - AST Apparecchi di Sicurezza e di Tenuta – ATM Azienda Trasporti Milanesi - Beretta - Biffi - Bolzoni - Brembo - Bruschi - BTicino - Centro Ricerche Fiat - Ceratizit Italia - Compressor Controls Corporation – CR Cuscinetti - Cus Utensili - Dalmine – D’Andrea - Drillmec - Ducati Motor Holding - ECHO Reasearch & Development - ENI - Ferrari - FLSmidth Maag Gear – Fonderia Maspero - G.P.R. Italia - - Gibertini Elettronica - Giudici - Harken Italy - ILVA - Industrie CBI - IPG Photonics Italy - J.A.S. Motorsport - Jobs - Knorr-Bremse Group - Luxottica - Mandelli - Mapei - Marcegaglia - Marsilli & Co. – Matic Plast Milano - Meccanica Besnatese srl - Meritor HVS – Moog Italiana - Morse Tec Europe - MTA - MV Agusta Motor - OMAB – Panzeri - Parcol - Peroni Pompe - Petrolvalves - Picchio - Pirovano Engineering - Planet Filters - Praxair - RE Controlli Industriali - Romagnani Stampi - RTN - S.T.S.R. - Studio Tecnico Sviluppo e Ricerche – Same Deutz-Fahr Italia - Sandvik – Schneider Electric - SEA Energia - Seco Tools Italia - Siemens Industry Software NV - Skema - STG Group - Tomcat Racing – Volvo Truck Coroporation - Worthington - Gruppo Flowserve – Yamaha Motor  Reasearch & Development - ZMC Italia

In the file below are some examples of small, medium and large size companies that continuously offer every year traineeships to students in the vocational third year of the Laurea in Mechanical Engineering.

Further information about the compulsory traineeship for students enrolled in the "Professional" tracks of the third year of the Laurea (equivalent to a Bachelor of Science) in Mechanical Engineering is contained in the file below:

The file below contains useful information for companies who want to offer a traineeship for students in the vocational third year:

At the end of the internship period, the student and the host organization’s supervisor must fill in an online Final Evaluation Survey, for which they will receive a link via email with specific instructions on the last day of the internship. The student must pay particular attention to the question asking for a technical report on the activities done. The student and the supervisor of the host organization both have a maximum of 10 working days after the end of the internship to complete the questionnaires, if graduating students check the deadline for the registration of the students' reports (see academic calendar:
In the meantime to obtain the relevant CFUs the student needs to draw up and deliver to the Academic Supervisor a final technical report on the activity carried out.

For students is available the file below, with the guidelines to draw up the final technical report on the activity carried out:

Only after both surveys are completed and the technical report is delivered the Academic Supervisor  can proceed with the validation of the CFUs of the internship and of the preparation. The validation of internship is successfully completed when the student receives an email informing him/her about the effective validation of the CFUs with the internship certificate as a pdf attached to the email; plus, after the validation in the Study Plan the student can see, next to the line "Internship", the word "Conv" (Convalida - Validation) and 00 (double zero because the internship does not have marks and it is not counted in the student average).

Useful contact information

Career Service (Registration companies and traineeships agreements): careerservice.stage(at)

SAT Secretaries (Management curricular traineeships):

SAT Professors (Approval curricular traineeships and assignment of tutors):

Laurea magistrale (Equivalent to a Master of science)

Students enrolled in the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to a Master of Science) in Mechanical Engineering may participate in an optional traineeship.

Since it is optional, the traineeship does not accrue educational credits.

Students may also participate in an optional traineeship in connection with their Laurea magistrale thesis project. In such a case, the student must coordinate this activity in advance with their thesis supervisor.

Useful contact information

Career Service (Optional traineeship): careerservice.stage(at)

SAT Secretaries (Optional traineeship for Laurea magistrale thesis project):