Featured Internships

Internships are available for every CGS student in every area of study. CGS students have completed internships with a variety of well-known companies and organizations throughout the Pittsburgh region and beyond.

Criminal Justice Reform Research Intern
Institute of Politics 

The University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics (IOP) is currently accepting applications for a part-time internship during the 2020 spring semester (February 3 to April 24). The internship will be paid and will be available for academic credit as permitted by the student’s academic program. The IOP would prefer that prospective interns have some background knowledge of criminal justice and human services policy.

The University of Pittsburgh created the IOP in 1989 to serve as a nonpartisan policy organization serving Southwestern Pennsylvania. The Institute delivers timely information about issues affecting our region to elected officials and community leaders, and the public they serve. It also provides a nonpartisan forum where knowledge and associated diverse viewpoints are discussed, digested, enriched and applied to the goal of promoting the quality of life and economic vitality of western Pennsylvania.

The Institute’s structure includes a Board of Fellows to provide leadership and guidance in the selection of public policy programming, as well as eight policy committees: economic development, education, environment, fiscal policy and governance, health and human services, public safety and emergency preparedness, infrastructure, and workforce development. Each policy committee assesses public policy needs within their domain and recommends educational programming or publications that will measurably affect the development of public policy.

Although the internship may support new and ongoing efforts on other policy related projects, the focus of the internship will be assisting Institute staff and community leaders in researching and convening around criminal justice reform in Allegheny County. Building on the past four years of Institute criminal justice reform efforts, the next phase of the Institute’s work will center on the possible redesign of the Allegheny County jail, the diversionary programs that exist and/or could exist in the county, and a closer examination of racial disparities.

Intern tasks will include:

  • Policy research on issues selected by the committees
  • Helping with all steps of event planning, organization, and orchestration
  • Writing and editing for Institute publications
  • Other projects as requested by internship supervisor or director

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have an interest in public policy
  • Have advanced writing skills
  • Be available 20 hours per week
  • Have the ability to maintain an objective perspective on policy issues addressed by the Institute
  • Have some background knowledge of criminal justice and human services policy (preferred but not required)
  • Have some prior work experience (preferred but not required)

An internship with the Institute of Politics offers an excellent opportunity to learn more about the development of public policy in Pennsylvania and develop a familiarity with influential elected officials and community leaders. For more information on the work of the Institute, as well as a list of recent publications, please visit www.iop.pitt.edu. If you have any questions, please contact Aaron Lauer, senior policy analyst, at (412) 624-1837. Interested applicants should forward a cover letter, résumé, and writing sample to Aaron at apl36@pitt.edu

Sports Television Internship

The College of General Studies (CGS), Pitt Athletics, and the Pitt Panthers Television department have teamed up to provide students with an exciting new internship opportunity. Students selected for an internship at Pitt Panthers TV work with an executive producer to cover a Pitt sport, and learn how to produce live television broadcasts for air on The Comcast Network, ACC Digital Network, and/or ESPN 3. Interns may create graphics for broadcasts, write scripts for talent, edit highlight packages, assist the director, and more.

Successful interns are self-starters who enjoy being creative and working with others, and who want to learn how to successfully produce live television. The internship is offered for credit and may grow into a paid position in the control room for the right candidate. To apply, send a resume, cover letter and which Pitt sport(s) interests you to kzitch@athletics.pitt.edu. For more information, see your CGS advisor.

Publications/Public Relations Intern Opportunity at Pitt's Global Studies Center

Pitt’s Global Studies Center (GSC) seeks an intern (graduate or undergraduate), for the fall semester who will help with the various publicity, publications, and social/digital media produced by the Center. The intern will have the opportunity to create social media posts, write and edit public relations copy, and produce digital and hard-copy publicity materials for a variety of events, all with an international and educational focus. As the GSC intern, the student will also attend innovative events to gather content and interview people for articles, which will be featured in GSC publications.

The internship position will require excellent written and oral communication skills, with an emphasis on writing in a consistent voice and tone reflective of GSC’s mission, to better promote and bring awareness to our multi-faceted goals. Interns will also be required to have knowledge of creating online content for social media and websites, along with an understanding of how to write public relations copy for a variety of audiences and purposes and to design eye catching and innovative fliers. Ideally, the GSC intern will also have a working knowledge of Adobe InDesign and SEO (search engine optimization), though these skills are not required. The internship will require 10-15 hours per week and students can earn 3 credits if they take the corresponding internship course or they can receive tuition remission.

Interested students should contact Elaine Linn.