Curricular internships – Tirocini formativi

Curricular internships

Curricular internships (“Tirocini formativi" in Italian) are available in the lab for appropriately motivated and qualified students.

Currently, there is an agreement between the University of Messina and IRBIM Messina so that students of the University can do their internships at IRBIM Messina (where the lab led by the PI Fruciano is). Other agreements may be open in the future.

Purpose of the internship ("tirocinio")

Curricular internships are part of the study activities to get a degree in the Italian system and they have an important educational component.

For this reason, internships under the supervision of the PI Fruciano are aimed at developing transferrable skills. This way, the student will be able to use the skills they learn for their theses and/or in their future academic and work activities.

While the educational component is important – and the examples projects below emphasise this – interns are treated as lab members and are expected to participate in lab activities (e.g., lab meetings) and engage with the scientific side of things. In other words, in addition to learning  how things are done, interns are also espected to engage with why they are done.

Types of projects

Projects and skills to be learned are discussed with the perspective student/intern and adjusted to their prior knowledge, abilities and inclinations.

Below a few examples of open internship activities and related skills. However, kindly notice that the PI is open to ideas from students.

Bioimaging and digital dissection

In this internship the student will:

  • Learn aspects of fish anatomy
  • Familiarise with common biological/biomedical imaging techniques (e.g., CT and microCT data)
  • Learn about how this data can be manipulated
  • Learn how to obtain 3D reconstructions of internal structures

The internship is mostly computer-based.

Geometric morphometric data acquisition

In this type of internship the student will learn how to acquire geometric morphometric data. This is a technique which can be applied to any organism (or even to artifacts) to analyse their shape.

To learn more about geometric morphometrics, please see this page.