Le Mole sul Farfa is a modern agriturismo (farm and farm stay/bed and breakfast) that features an attached ancient olive grove that preserves substantial remains of an ancient Roman villa currently being excavated. 

Le Mole sul Farfa is a modern agriturismo (farm and farm stay/bed and breakfast) featuring an attached olive grove that preserves substantial remains of an ancient Roman villa currently being excavated. Le Mole hosts guests throughout the year and makes estate olive oil from 1,500 year-old trees, on which grow varieties of olives DNA-tested as “unknown” (i.e., pre-modern). The food served (vegetarian) is “farm-to-table,” authentic regional Italian cuisine prepared by the proprietors themselves.

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Deadline: February 15, 2020

Position Description:

Internship location: Mompeo, Italy, in the Sabine Hills, about an hour and half train journey from Rome

Internship supervisors: Stefano Fassone and Elisabeth De Coster

This unique opportunity allows students to engage in research at an ancient olive grove and modern agriturismo that preserves substantial remains of an ancient Roman villa dating from the Republican era (2nd century BCE). The work involves archaeological excavation, agricultural tasks, field botany and GPS mapping, and the harvesting and preparation of local food. Included in the price is a guided day-trip to Rome to see ancient Roman sites and artifacts relevant to the excavation work.

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Applications are reviewed by site supervisors Stefano and Elisabeth with assistance from Professor Mark Usher from the Classics Department.

Interns can expect to:

  1. Get experience in various field and lab techniques of archaeological science
  2. Acquire agricultural skills related to olive farming (including propagation)
  3. Engage in food preparation and acquire knowledge about the regional food system

Qualifications:

  • This internship opportunity is open to rising juniors and seniors.
  • Open to all majors.
  • No previous experience necessary. Students must be eager to engage in archaeological and agricultural fieldwork and learn various field techniques. This internship involves physical work, outside, using hand tools (removing dirt and stones with trowels and shovels, trimming trees, etc.) and may involve learning some techniques related to lab testing, computer modeling, and mapping software.
  • All participating students MUST complete GoAbroad and obtain the proper permissions to participate via the Office of International Education. 

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Estimated Costs:

  • $1,500 room and board (paid directly to Agriturismo Le Mole Sul Farfa).
  • $800-$1,000 for airfare (bought on your own).

This internship is unpaid, but there are four $500 scholarships available through the CAS Internship Fund to help cover the living and travel costs of the trip. 

There are also several other avenues through which you can get funding for this opportunity through UVM:

Prindle-Myrick-Kidder Summer Scholarships for Classics Undergraduates -- Two or three of these scholarships will be awarded each year to help defray expenses for students participating in both credit and non-credit-bearing activities in the summer in Classics-related programs. Award maximum: $2,000

Vermont Italian Cultural Association Scholarship – Application due by March 1 each year. Award maximum: $1,000

QUICK HELP:

Contact the College of Arts & Sciences Internship Coordinator               Sophia.Trigg@uvm.edu

Drop-in at The Hub on the first floor of the Davis Center for application help and resume tips.

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