Fall 2020 COVID-19 Update
Visit the University of Pittsburgh’s Standards and Guidelines on Off-campus Academic Experiences for a comprehensive outline of recommendations and restrictions during each of the University’s COVID-19 operational postures (High Risk, Elevated Risk and Guarded Risk). Both students and academic departments are responsible for adhering to these standards.
Internships provide opportunities to gain practical, career-related skills outside of the classroom. Even if you have job experience, consider an internship as part of your academic career, whether or not it is required. You will earn college credits while building your resume and meeting professional contacts.
College of General Studies students pursuing a major in Administration of Justice, Public Service, and Media and Professional Communications and a certificate in Nonprofit Management are required to participate in an internship; however, many students within the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences majors have found an internship to be very beneficial as well. Students have worked with local sports teams, museums and arts organizations, newspapers and magazines, and television and radio stations.
Learn about the University’s Internship Guarantee Program.
Why complete an internship?
- Employers say that when selecting people to hire, they give preference to candidates with more experience.
- Internships help you to determine your strengths and preferences in different work environments.
- You will be able to apply material you're learning in the classroom to real-world scenarios.
- Internships help you to determine courses that might be beneficial to take once you have chosen a career path.
- You will make networking connections and establish references to use in the future.
- Sometimes interships lead to full-time opportunities.