Italian Research Institute Internship Program

One-Day Student-Center Workshop on Innovative Solutions to Business Challenges Leading to Paid Internships

Saturday, March 21, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Bakers Scholars Conference Room, Regents Hall 550, Georgetown University

The Italian Research Institute of Georgetown College

would like to invite all Georgetown students to apply for participation in an exciting One-Day Student-Centered Workshop: Innovative Solutions to Business Challenges. The Workshop has served as a bridge between business and academia and offers students a great opportunity to intellectually engage in finding solutions to real challenges confronti­ng the business world today. This unique event features leaders from well-known and established Italian companies who will challenge students to come up with innovative solutions to these issues. The workshop encourages students to engage in collaborative research that will lead to paid internship opportunities with the firms.

 This year, top executives from two participating Italian companies, Eni S.p.A. and Kedrion Biopharma S.p.A. will present the challenges to students.  The participating students, divided into small groups, will work together and present a solution to the challenge. At the end of the day, the respective business leaders, faculty, and the Institute director will select the winning teams who will be offered paid internship opportunities and other perks. Lunch will be served

Participating Italian Companies

Eni S.p.A. Italian Multinational Oil & Gas Company

Eni is a global energy major, headquartered in Rome. With €76 billion in revenue, it is Italy’s largest company. It employs 33,000 people in 67 countries across 5 continents. Amongst key presence areas are Europe, MENA and Sub-Saharan Africa. Eni is a recognized world leader in Exploration and Production of gas and oil, has a significant presence in downstream energy markets (lubricants, products, retails sales of gas & power), and chemicals. Furthermore, it has expanded its investments to renewable power generation and circular economy applications. In the US, Eni is presently active in Texas and Alaska in the Oil & Gas business; it has launched an ambitious plan to develop renewable energy projects; it has opened its Corporate Venture Capital initiative. It has offices in Houston, Boston, New York, and Washington DC.

In September 2019, Eni’s Board of Directors approved the company’s new Mission, driven by sustainability and incorporating 8 SDGs into the company’s strategy. And, as member of the Oil & Gas Climate Initiative, Eni expresses its commitment to leading the reduction of the energy value chain carbon footprint. Beyond policy, Eni is investing in digitalization, energy efficiency, alternative power generation systems (renewable and nuclear fusion), etc. in a coordinated effort to decarbonize the energy system and to build a sustainable and innovative energy business.

This is the fifth year Eni has participated in the Georgetown workshop. On a rotating basis, students from the chosen team are offered paid internships at Eni’s Washington DC Office, which ensures Eni relations with US Authorities and policy makers, stakeholders and opinion makers in the energy and climate sector. Some of the past participants have been offered positions in the company. Marco Margheri, Senior Vice President of Eni US Representative Office in Washington DC will present a challenge related to advocating the company’s view on the energy transition, and supporting the broadening of its interests to new business domains.

Kedrion Biopharma S.p.A. 

Kedrion Biopharma is a biopharmaceutical Italian company that collects and fractionates blood plasma to produce and distribute plasma-derived therapies for use in treating patients suffering from hemophilia, primary immunodeficiencies and other serious illnesses. Kedrion puts people at its heart, placing a high value on the welfare of those who benefit from its products, as well as on the people and the communities it serves. Kedrion acts as a bridge between donors and the people who need treatments, and works on a global scale to expand the patients’ access to available treatments. 

Headquartered in Italy, Kedrion Biopharma has a market presence in 100 countries. In the field of plasma derivatives, it is the world’s 5th most important player and Italy’s 1st. The company employs more than 2,500 people, over 1100 of whom are in Italy: over 37% of staff is under the age of 35 and women account for 50% of the workforce. In Italy, Kedrion is a partner of the National Health System, which it concretely supports in the pursuit of self-sufficiency in the supply of plasma-derived products. At the same time, the company offers its expertise and its efforts to communities and health systems all over the world to achieve the same goal, in the attempt to help improve the quality of life of people with rare diseases. 

The company manages the entire plasma transformation cycle (supply, production and distribution), on a vertical integration business model.  Their production plants are in Italy (Bolognana and Castelvecchio Pascoli – which is nearing completion – near Lucca, and Sant’Antimo, near Naples), Hungary (in Gödöllő, near Budapest) and the United States (in Melville, New York). Kedrion owns fully-operational plasma collection centers in the United States and Europe. In particular, a collection center in Buffalo, State of New York, specializes in plasma with a high Anti-D antibody content, used to manufacture an Anti-D Immunoglobulin-based medicinal product for the prevention of Haemolytic Disease of the Fetus and the Newborn (HDFN). Paolo Marcucci, President and CEO of Kedrion Biopharma S.p.A. will present a challenge related to possible plans to achieve a sustainable global plasma collection growth, providing suggestions for countries with donors remuneration and countries based on non-paid plasma donors. 

Complete details on the Workshop are posted on the Italian Research Institute website

How to apply

To apply, students must first login to their Georgetown e-mail account, then follow the link: to submit the application form. We are limiting the number of participants to 50 students. The application deadline is March 16, 2020. Lunch will be served.

Check out what our students Oluseyi Osobamiro and Caroline Cosovich have to say about this internship opportunity