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Student Resource Guides Available on NIAF Website


Contact:   Elissa Ruffino (NIAF) 202/939-3106 or

(WASHINGTON, DC – March 1, 2004) The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) has three new resource guides available on its website for students seeking study abroad programs in Italy, internships, volunteering and employment opportunities in Italy, and scholarships for Italian Americans and students studying the Italian language. The guides are free and can be downloaded by visiting

“After receiving several requests from students, educators and parents, NIAF compiled three comprehensive guides to help young people reach their goals,” Maria L. Garibaldi, chair of the NIAF scholarship and education committee, said.

The NIAF Study Abroad in Italy Directory lists study abroad programs in 33 cities across Italy available to undergraduate and graduate students. The programs are sponsored by universities and colleges throughout the U.S. The directory includes contact information for each program, living arrangements, and language requirements. A section, “Tips and Hints,” is included to help students organize their search and find the best program to suit their goals.

The NIAF Resource Guide to finding Internships, Volunteering and Working in Italy is an extensive compilation of companies, agencies and resources that offer, or help, find internships, volunteer opportunities and work in Italy. The guide includes a list of references available and internet resources, phone numbers,and addresses of the companies and organizations to help find opportunities to intern, volunteer or work in Italy.

Scholarships for Italian Americans and Students of Italian Language is a comprehensive listing of scholarships available to Italian Americans and students of Italian language through associations, colleges, universities, and societies. The guide also includes scholarship deadlines, contact information, criteria and award amounts. This resource aids students interested in seeking funding opportunities outside of the NIAF Scholarship Program.

For more information on NIAF educational programs, contact: Serena Cantoni, director of education and culture, at

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