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: How to Develop an Internship & 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

What is the difference between Job Shadowing, Volunteering & Internships?

**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

Alexus Fields - Pitt-Greensburg Student

Photo of Alexus Fields

Graduation Year: 2019

Semester of Internship: Summer 2018

Major:  Criminal Justice

Minor: Psychology

Hometown: Dover, OH

Hobbies: Reading, Video Gaming, Fishing, Traveling

Campus Activities: Criminal Justice Club Vice President

Future Plans: Becoming a Pittsburgh Police Officer

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

Pittsburgh Bureau of Police/Intern

  • How did you find your internship?

Another member of the CJ Club who completed this internship told me about it and said what a great experience she had, so I was encouraged to apply.

  • What were your duties?

To ride along with and shadow different officers and detectives as they completed their work day/night.

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

I did about 16-24 hours per week until the completion of the internship.

  • What did you enjoy most about your internship?

The thing that appeals to me the most about being an officer (besides helping people) is the adrenaline rush you get on the job. Don’t get me wrong, there were times during this internship that the officer I was with for the day had not much to do, but I witnessed a drug bust and the feeling you get when everything is so high intensity like that was the most enjoyable thing to me.

  • What was the most difficult aspect of the internship?

I was on a crime scene of a victim of suicide. I think the most difficult part about it was that, in a job like this, a deceased victim’s entire life and being is reduced to a body on the ground in a room full of strangers.

Another difficult aspect of the internship was witnessing the police trying to get through to some citizens who were being very unreasonable and uncooperative. On the other spectrum, it’s hard to see people in bad situations that sincerely need help and are going through difficult times that are not of their own merit. Public Service is not an easy task and while there are difficult aspects to having a job like this, let alone an internship, it is worth it overall.

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

Without being at Pitt-Greensburg in the Criminal Justice program, there would have been many things that I was talked to about that I would have had no idea what it was. For example, one of the officers asked me about “mens rea” and asked if I knew what that was and we went on to talk about different kinds of statutes and defining cases. We also learn about how the criminal justice system as a whole works from corrections officers to judges. This helped prepare me for the internship because I was prepared to encounter people from different end of the spectrum from the system.

 

Being at Pitt-Greensburg, I also have had the opportunity to tour jails with CJ Club and therefore felt more prepared to enter and visit the Allegheny County Jail and interact with some of the inmates.

  • How has your internship prepared you for a career?      

This internship prepared me for a career because it was during this internship that I realized that I wanted to work for the City of Pittsburgh. I know what a typical day in the work-life looks like for an officer and I feel as though this experience has helped me see past the superficial aspects of being a cop and assess if this was a job that I truly wanted to have.

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

Do not be afraid to speak up if you want to do or try something new within your internship. On scene at the suicide I mentioned previously, the officer took out some latex gloves from his belt, handed them to me, and was like “here, you can touch the body”. Shocked doesn’t even begin to cover what I felt when he told me that and although I did not necessarily want to touch a dead body, I may have to get all comfortable with one in the future like the detectives were and now I realize that I am capable of doing that. If I could not have handled the sight of a dead body in front of me, I may not have decided that this is the job for me.

My internship was also happening whenever the East Pittsburgh police officer shot Antwon Rose and set off a myriad of protests in the city. The Chief of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police was hosting a city meeting where leaders of the city (public safety council, commanders from some of the police zones, etc.) were invited to meet together with some of the lead protesters to discuss what everyone was feeling and how to keep everyone safe while protesting peacefully. The meeting got intense at times, but I feel as though being there was an invaluable experience. Long story short, do not miss out of any opportunities within your internship.

 

Francesca DeCarlo - Pitt-Greensburg Student

Photo of internship student Francesca DeCarlo

Graduation Year: 2019

Semester of Internship: Spring 2018

Major: Communication

Minor: Early Childhood Education/Psychology

Hometown: Brownsville, PA

Hobbies: Crafting

Campus Activities: Community Assistant, Lambda Pi Eta, OACS

Future Plans: Attend Graduate School to obtain a Masters in Corporate Communications.

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

Marketing Internship at the Greensburg Hempfield Area Library

  • How did you find your internship?

I found my internship through my Public Relations and Strategy Class with the help of my professor and community partnership within the class.

  • What were your duties?

My duties included designing flyers, brochures, and social media posts to promote events at the library.

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

32 hours

  • What did you enjoy most about your internship?

I enjoyed being able to use my creativity with the support of my supervisor to help bring patrons to the library.

  • 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?

I felt very prepared for my internship, because with the help of my professors and classes I went into the internship with a lot of background knowledge to help me proceed.

  • How has your internship prepared you for a career?       

Yes, overall I do feel that having an internship has helped prepare me for a future career. It has prepared me to be flexible and adapt to various situations in the work place.

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

Take the opportunity that is given to you. It will unlock doors and connections that will help you down the road.

 

Nicholas Pcsolar - Pitt-Greensburg Student

Graduation Year: Fall 2018

Semester of Internship: Summer 2018

Major: Information Technology

Minor: History

Hometown: Irwin, PA

Hobbies: Gardening, Bird Watching, Hiking, Sports

Campus Activities: Christian Fellowship Club

Future Plans: Network Administrator / Numerous COMPTIA Certifications (A+, Network+, Security+)

  • Internships (company/your title):   

The Greensburg Hempfield Area Library (GHAL) AND Westmoreland Casemanagement and Supports Inc. (WCSI)    

 Title:  IT Intern

  • How did you find your internship?

I found both through the Pitt-Greensburg Career Services Office. Kristen Stratton posted the GHAL position, and recommended that I contact WCSI.

  • What were your duties?

At GHAL, I provided research and technical support for library patrons, maintained and updated the library’s website, and helped with library activities like the popular Used Booksale.  At WCSI, I solved employee technical problems like adding new employees’ devices to the WCSI network, rebuilding corrupted Office profiles, and updating Polycom phone firmware.  Some fixes like Office365 repairs were quick and easy, but others required time, critical thinking, and trial and error to solve.

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

I worked around 31 hours per week; 16 at WCSI and 15 at GHAL.

  • What did you enjoy most about your internship?

At GHAL I enjoyed facilitating the public’s quest for knowledge in their research or reading preferences the most.  Being creative with developing their website, ghal.org, was also fun.  At WCSI, I enjoyed the professional atmosphere.  I also enjoyed talking with WCSI employees and helping them continue their work to provide an array of health services and recovery programs to thousands of people in Westmoreland County.

  • What was the most difficult aspect of the internship?

At GHAL, the most difficult aspect was the Saturday morning rush.  Dozens of patrons would call or enter the library with questions, and many featured events coincided with the rush.  At WCSI, the most difficult aspect was coordinating appointments for phone updates of over a hundred WCSI staff members within three weeks while attending to my other duties. 

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

Dr. Wesley Jamison, who sponsored my internship, and the Information Technology faculty helped prepare me by teaching me web development skills, critical thinking skills, and programming logic.

  • How has your internship prepared you for a career?

Both of my internships gave me the confidence to enter a professional atmosphere and provide professional results.  WCSI helped prepare me for a job as a Network Administrator by showing me everything involved in running an IT department for a business.

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

I certainly recommending doing one, you won’t regret it.  You only get one shot at a first impression, so make sure to be well-rested, helpful, polite, and to dress well your first day.  If you have time to talk with your supervisors or co-workers, ask them about the path they took to their job and for advice on entering the field.

 

Cassandra Colland - Pitt-Greensburg Student

Photo of internship student: Cassandra Colland

Graduation Year: 2020

Semester of Internship: Summer 2018

Major: Management: Accounting

Hometown: Scottdale, PA

Hobbies: Skiing, Biking, Travelling, Baking

Campus Activities: Accounting & Business Club, Ski Club

Future Plans/Career Goals: Graduate with 150 credits and become a CPA

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

Hamill Manufacturing, Accounting Intern

  • How did you find your internship?

I heard about it from the Pitt-Greensburg Career Services Office.

  • What were your duties?
  • Created a process flow map that outlined our current and future state in accounts payable that reduced waste to convert the process from paper to an electronic document management system.
  • Verified and entered accounts payable transactions to reconcile with inventory list; Assured accurate prices and quantity.
  • Entered data into ERP system and analyzed reports generated by the ERP system.
  • Controlled, entered, and verified labor entry that is audited by the Defense Department.
  • Collaborated with other departments to assure job costing accuracy on time cards.
  • How many hours per week were you at your internship site?

 I worked 40 hours a week Monday – Friday.

  • What did you enjoy most about your internship?

I really enjoyed the projects I completed and learning about accounts payable and the payroll process. My coworkers and supervisor were great, they taught me so much about accounting and the manufacturing business.

  • What was the most difficult aspect of the internship? 

I know it is cheesy, but I was really sad leaving Hamill on my last day. I grew close to my coworkers and genuinely loved going to work every day.

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

My accounting classes introduced me to many topics at my internship like accounts payable and payroll entries. The excel class I took also prepared me because I used a lot of functions and pivot tables in my projects.

  • How has your internship prepared you for a career?       

This internship taught me critical thinking and analyzing skills that helped me come up with solutions to problems through the little projects I did besides from my daily duties of entering labor and invoice entries.

  • 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.