Internships

What is an Internship?

An opportunity to gain hands on, real life experience within the field you are studying in or interested in. Consider this a chance to "test drive" your ideal career and explore your interests before graduating. For a more detailed overview of internships, please view the Internship Guide.

How do I find an Internship?

Step 1:

Schedule a meeting with the Internship Coordinator in Career Services to discuss:

  • Career skills & experience you hope to gain
  • Potential internship options & where to look
  • When you would like to complete an internship
  • Where other students have completed internships
  • Where (location) you would like to find an internship
  • Whether an internship is unpaid or paid
  • Explore completing the internship for academic credit, this may also involve meeting with faculty from your major as well as your Academic Advisor
  • Revising your resume and writing a cover letter
  • Preparing for an interview

Step 2:

If for credit:

  • Potential internship options
  • Where other students have completed internships
  • Whether to do an internship for credit (most internships are 3 credits, 120 hours)
  • Minimum GPA & other departmental requirements
  • Whether an internship/field experience is required for your major, profession or graduate school

Internship For Academic Credit Instructions

If not for credit:

  • Be sure that the internship site permits non-credit internships
  • Arrange a meeting with the Internship Site Supervisor
  • Make arrangements for documentation of completion of internship (e.g. performance evaluation, letter of completion)

Internships For Credit? For Experience? Or Part-Time Job?

 

Have an Internship? Now what?

Step 1: Preparations

  • Complete the Internship Agreement Form if completing your internship for academic credit, otherwise this is not necessary (Obtain from Career Services-note this form may vary depending on your department)
  • Register for credit if applicable (if completing for credit) utilizing a Course Permisson Overrride Form signed by your faculty sponsor
  • Remember to be a good representative of the university during the internship. Also keep in mind you are building your own professional reputation!
  • Meet with the Site Supervisor to discuss:
  1. Responsibilities for the internship
  2. Expectations, company policies, dress code, hours, etc.
  3. The performance evaluation form (by the company and/or university)
  4. Requirements from your faculty sponsor, if completing for credit

Step 2: Final Steps of completion

  • Make sure all appropriate paperwork/assignments are complete
  • Complete evaluations as required by faculty and/or internship site
  • Add your internship experience to your resume
  • Kindly ask the Site Supervisor to be a reference

**Career Services does not approve internships or provide sponsorship. An internship completed for academic credit is at the approval of Academic Affairs and the corresponding department.

FOR EMPLOYERS:  Internships under the Fair Labor Standards Act

Resources for your internship search

Photo of Internship Coordinator, Kristen Stratton

Career Services Office: 219 Chambers Hall

Internship Coordinator, Kristen M. Stratton

- Personal contacts & departmental/faculty major contacts
- Pitt-Greensburg postings
- Pitt-Oakland postings: Handshake (accessible through your Pitt portal)
- Job Fairs can also include internship openings: Pitt-Greensburg; Pitt-Oakland; WestPACS, WANT
- Government postings

Career Resource Library: 218 Chambers Hall

Start planning early!

Freshman Year:

     Informational Interviewing-a discussion with a professional in your area of study

Sophomore Year:

    Shadowing-a brief period of observing a professional in your area of career interest

Junior Year or Senior Year:

    Internship/Co-Op/Field Experience-an experience gaining practical thinking and on the job skills

**Also, consider community service and volunteering every year! These are great resume builders.

Local volunteer resource: http://www.volunteerwestmoreland.org/


Where have Pitt-Greensburg students interned?

Adelphoi Village, Psychology/Criminal Justice

CCL Technologies, Information Science

Chic-Fil-A, Marketing

Children's Hospital, Psychology

Excela Health, Management: Accounting

Fayette County District Attorney's Office, Criminal Justice

Hammil Manufacturing, Accounting

First Energy, Information Science

Gateway Newspapers, English Writing

Hempfield Area School District, Mangement: Information Systems

Pennsylvania Financial Consultants, Management: Accounting

Pitt-Greensburg Biology Department, Pre-Pharmacy

Pitt-Greensburg Center for Applied Mathematics, Mathematics

Rostraver Township, Political Science

Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium, Psychology

Rusnock Sports Performance & Fitness, Natural Science

Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services (SPHS), Psychology

Trustmont Group, Marketing

Westmoreland County District Attorney's Office, Criminal Justice

Westmorleand Casemanagement & Supports, Inc., Psychology, IT

Westmoreland Museum of American Art, English

Yogi Bear Jellystone Park, Management

**This is a condensed list of examples of places our students have interned. When students do not complete their internship for academic credit, we are not always made aware of the great experiences they have had since they do not go through the same procedures as someone completing one for academic credit. Our office receives new internship opportunities from employers and other resources weekly, so be sure to check in with us for any of the latest and stay up to date with our online posting system: www.collegecentral.com/pitt-greensburg. We often are aware of more internship opportunities than there are students to fill them!


Internship Spotlight

Check out additional Internship Testimonials by major!

**If you have completed an internship and would like to share your experience please contact Kristen M. Stratton at kms298@pitt.edu

Alec Nolan - Pitt-Greensburg Student

Photo of Alec Nolan-Internship student

Graduation Year: Fall 2018

Semester of Internship: Spring 2018

Major:  Management-Accounting

Minor: N/A

Hometown: Irwin, PA

Hobbies: Investing, mountain biking, running

Campus Activities: Accounting Club

Future Plans: Either tax, audit or cost accounting

  • Where are you completing your internship/what is your title role?

BDO, USA, LLP

  • How did you find your internship?

Networking with accounting professor

  • What were your duties?

This spring semester I took part in a tax internship at BDO. Being that this was during tax season, I got a lot of experience in actually filing taxes for various entities. I was introduced to the process of filing returns for S-corps, C-corps, and individuals.  Although towards the end, as the deadline for individuals was approaching, the bulk of the returns that I did were individuals.

  • How many hours per week were you at your internship site?

I worked three days a week with about 25-30 hours per week.

  • What did you enjoy most about your internship?

I enjoyed the actual hands on experience that you get when working for a public accounting firm. As soon as I got there I was trained on the computer software and within a week or so, returns started to hit my desk. I got to work with all the managers and even some of the partners, which taught me a lot.

  • What was the most difficult aspect of the internship?

The most difficult aspect was the tax software and the ever-changing tax code. Trying to learn any new software is difficult, but when the tax code is also changing behind the scenes, it made it even more challenging.

  • How did your experience at Pitt-Greensburg and in the Accounting Department prepare you for your internship?

The registration process at Pitt-Greensburg was seamless. I had no problems using an internship for credit towards my major. This was because of the help I received from my accounting professors and Career Services. As for the actual work I was doing at the internship, my accounting classes and tax classes introduced me to some basic concepts that came in handy.

  • How has your internship prepared you for a career?      

Although I may not go into tax accounting, the people and systems that I worked with helped me tremendously in getting a feel for how a public firm operates.

  • What recommendations do you have for other students about doing an internship?

Get as many internships as possible. Whether it be during the summer or during a semester for credit. You learn a lot in the classroom, but actually applying it to the work world is a different experience. Internships will definitely open your eyes to what fields are actually like.  Although, the internships that offer the best experience and best compensation hire far in advance, especially public accounting internships. I would suggest investigating as early as possible.

 

Francesca DiCarlo - Pitt-Greensburg Student

Graduation Year: 2019

Semester of Internship: Spring 2018

Major: Communication

Minor: Early Childhood Education/Psychology

Hometown: Brownsville, PA

Hobbies: Crafting

Campus Activities: Community Assistant, OACS Secretary, Lambda Pi Eta House Rep/PR Chair

Future Plans: Work within a company specializing in Marketing or Public Relations.

  • Where are you completing your internship/what is your title role?

Pitt-Greensburg Athletics/Sports Information Department/Social Media, Photography

  • How did you find your internship?

I was informed about it from Mark Taylor, the Director of the Sports Information Department.

  • What were your duties?

I assisted in designing and managing the different social media platforms for the Pitt-Greensburg Baseball Team. I took photos at both home and away games to be used on the cover of game day programs and news releases based on the baseball team.

  • How many hours per week were you at your internship site?

On average, about 10 hours per week.

  • What did you enjoy most about your internship?

I enjoyed learning new aspects about communication through sports information and the technology that it entails.

  • What was the most difficult aspect of the internship? 

N/A

  • How did your experience at Pitt-Greensburg and in the Communication department prepare you for your internship?

By taking classes within my communication major helped me prepare for this internship because having a background and knowledge of the material being presented to me.

  • How has your internship prepared you for a career?       

This internship has prepared me for a career related to sports. I never would have thought about working in field related to sports, but after taking this internship I could see myself doing well in a sports focused communication career.

  • What recommendations do you have for other students about doing an internship?

If your major offers an internship definitely partake in it. The experience that you will take away will give you a step in the right direction towards your desired career.

 

Aaron Newton - Pitt-Greensburg Student

Graduation Year: December 2018

Semester of Internship: Spring 2018

Major: Information Technology

Minor: History

Hometown: North Huntingdon, PA

Hobbies: Hockey, Hunting, Fishing, Golf

Campus Activities: N/A

Future Plans: Become a Computer Programmer

  • Where are you completing your internship/what is your title role?

Wolseley Industrial Group / Intern Programmer

  • How did you find out about your internship?

My Youth Minister from my church told me about the position.

  • What were your duties?

I had to write technical and procedural documents for some of their tasks. I also had to test their applications for bugs and flaws as well as write and design code for testing purposes.

  • How many hours per week were you at your internship site?

I worked a little over 24 hours per week.

  • What did you enjoy most about your internship?

I enjoyed everything about my internship. The job atmosphere was fantastic and I especially loved getting real life experience in a job field that interests me.

  • What was the most difficult aspect of the internship? 

The company relies on languages like C#, ASP.NET, MVC, and a few other programming languages that I have not been exposed to. I had to learn on the job but I was able to learn it quickly.

  • How did your experience at Pitt-Greensburg and in the Information Technology department prepare you for your internship?

Pitt-Greensburg and the Information Technology professors have helped a lot. They taught me languages like HTML, Javascript, and especially SQL which prepared me for this internship.

  • How has your internship prepared you for a career?       

They set me up with real life problems that they are dealing and they trusted me to solve them. It’s almost like I wasn’t an intern, but like I was a part-time employee.

  • What recommendations do you have for other students about doing an internship?

Internships are a great resource to rely on. Some of them are useless but others actually have you do something. The key is to find a company that would actually have you do something.

 

Amanda Ross - Pitt-Greensburg Student

Photo of internship student: Amanda Ross

Graduation Year: Spring 2018

Semester of Internship: Spring 2018

Major: Management: Accounting

Minor: Psychology

Hometown: Rector, PA

Hobbies: Hiking, bowling, scrapbooking, volleyball, watching movies

Campus Activities: Women’s volleyball team, bowling club, PICPA Campus  epresentative

Future Plans: Pass the CPA Exam and the Enrolled Agent Exam

  • Where are you completing your internship/what is your title role?

Gary W. Breckley Associates, Inc.

  • How did you find your internship?

One of the accounting professors (Professor Turchick) recommended me and passed my resume on to them when they contacted her about interns.

  • What were your duties?

I did general accounting and bookkeeping work: journal entries, balance sheets, profit and loss statements, bank reconciliations.  As well as prepare payroll returns, corporate, partnership, and personal tax returns.

  • How many hours per week were you at your internship site?

Around 20

  • What did you enjoy most about your internship?

I enjoyed learning more about my field. I liked putting the information I learned at school to real use, and feeling like a real accountant.

  • What was the most difficult aspect of the internship? 

The most difficult part was managing the internship on top of school work, volleyball and other obligations.

  • How did your experience at Pitt-Greensburg and in the Accounting department prepare you for your internship?

Overall college has taught me how to manage my time better. The accounting courses that I took provided me with the general information that I needed to succeed. The tax classes also gave me a base to build on as the tax laws change.

  • How has your internship prepared you for a career?       

I learned a lot more about accounting and taxes. I also got to experience what working in an office environment felt like. Additionally, it gave be a better understanding and feeling of what it would be like to do this kind of work every day as a career.

  • What recommendations do you have for other students about doing an internship?

First of all, if you do not get an internship right away, do not worry about it. I did not get one until my last semester here. I was worried I would not get one and have no experience to use to apply for a job. Everything worked out though. Also, ask questions at your internship. Your bosses know that you are still a student and do not know everything, so don’t be afraid to ask. This is where you will learn the most, so take advantage of it.