College of General Studies

Internship Policy

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An internship is a supervised work-related experience, volunteer or compensated that is related to an academic discipline and is sponsored, evaluated, and graded by a University faculty member. The internship is a new experience and does not represent credit for past work or continuation of the current work situation.

In order to be eligible to enroll in an internship, students must:

  • Be in good academic standing, with an overall GPA that must be at least 2.0.  
  • Have completed a minimum of six credits in the major and 55 credits for the degree.  Completion of 12 credits in the major will be sufficient to waive the degree credit requirement.

Earning credit for academic internship:

  • Students must be registered for an internship course at the time they are completing the internship in order to earn credit.
  • You may complete an internship for one to three credit hours, and up to six with special permission.
  • Students enrolled in an internship course (see available course options below) engage in formal and reflective writing, journaling, and analysis about their work experience and how it relates to their academic and career pursuits.  Class workshops and group discussions provide further opportunities for debriefing and consolidation of ideas and skills.
  • The credits/grade earned are a combination of the hours “on the job” and the academic work completed during the internship.
  • Grades are reported as S for satisfactory or NC for no credit.
  • A maximum of six internship credits can be used as requirements in a major, with three additional internship credits available to be used towards graduation.  No more than a total of nine credits of internship can be counted toward graduation. 
  • A faculty member must sponsor the internship. For students enrolled in CGS offered internships, the sponsoring faculty member is the internship course instructor.  

The following criteria govern the approval of internships:

  • Clear relevance to academic program.
  • Internship duties and responsibilities appropriate for university credit (intern not exempt from routine work).
  • New learning experience aimed at deepening and broadening one’s knowledge and skills. Previous/current work experience will not be considered.
  • An individual at the internship location must agree to supervise the experience.  

Note: If you are completing an internship at a facility external to the University, you may be required to have a criminal background check, an ACT 33/34 clearance, and perhaps a drug screen to determine whether you are qualified to participate in the internship. Additionally, in order to become licensed or employed, many states will inquire as to whether or not you have been convicted of a misdemeanor, a felony, or a felonious or illegal act associated with alcohol and/or substance abuse.

Internship Waivers:

Only under exceptional circumstances and with approval by the CGS Assistant Dean, students may be granted a waiver of the internship requirement. Students considering petitioning for a waiver must meet with their CGS advisor first to: 1) confer that a waiver is a viable alternative, and 2) review what documentation should be submitted as part of the waiver packet. Internship waivers are not automatically granted and are evaluated by the CGS internship waiver committee on a case-by-case basis.  Waiver requests must be made a semester in advance. The review of waivers may take anywhere between 1 and 3 weeks. Students are responsible for collecting any required documentation and securing letters of reference. No application for a waiver will be considered before all supporting documents have been submitted. Students who receive a waiver must make up the credits by taking an elective course in their field of studies.

Available Internship Course Options

CGS Program of StudyCourseInternship Course InstructorInternship Hours Required

Administration of Justice / Legal Studies 

ADMJ 1900 Pre-Service Internship

Brianna McMeekinCareer Consultant: College of General Studies/Veteran Students * 412-624-1689 * bmm96@pitt.edu

120

Public Service / Non-Profit Management Certificate

PUBSRV 1900 Internship Seminar

Brianna McMeekinCareer Consultant: College of General Studies/Veteran Students * 412-624-1689 * bmm96@pitt.edu

120
Media and Professional Communications & all other programs not listed hereCGS 1900-7710 Choosing Your Path InternshipMark Burdsall * 412-624-8038 * pauab5@pitt.edu 120
National Preparedness and Homeland Security CertificateNPHS 1900Drs. Carry Balaban or Kenneth Sochats * cbalaban@pitt.edu or sochats@pitt.edu 150