What is an internship? Internships provide a valuable experience for both the student and sponsoring organization. While internships can be paid or unpaid, they are not considered the same as part-time employment or volunteer work. Internships, which are typically 3 to 6 months in duration, are guided by a structured learning plan that includes specific educational objectives. Meet with your advisor, view Handshake or view these internship resources.
- Allow students to engage in higher-level thinking and functioning in an activity or series of activities relating to their chosen career fields
- Provide a supplemental learning experience in which students can apply and reinforce the skills and knowledge that have been acquired through the completion of upper-level courses pertinent to their majors
- Offer real-world perspectives on potential careers and opportunities in the students' career fields while providing valuable insight in organizational behavior
- Do not regularly engage students in routine tasks (i.e., answering telephones, filing) that are typically performed by paid employees of the organization
- Present the opportunity for students to function as pre-professionals and contribute to the advancement of the host organization, while being mentored by an assigned supervisor
Experiential Learning forms the backbone of Pitt-Johnstown's commitment to real world readiness. It is a process through which students develop knowledge and skills from experiences outside of the traditional academic setting. These includes internships, undergraduate research, volunteering, and cooperative education.
Note: Additional criteria may apply based on departmental guidelines governing internships at Pitt-Johnstown.
Internships provide a valuable experience for both the student and sponsoring organization. While internships can be paid or unpaid, they are not considered the same as part-time employment or volunteer work.
Internships, which are typically 3 to 6 months in duration, are guided by a structured learning plan that includes specific educational objectives. To learn more about internship opportunities, please visit our internship page.
- Undergraduate Research
Students have the opportunity to engage in research, scholarship, and creative experiences with faculty who are leaders in their fields. This experience-based learning complements classroom learning by developing relationships among faculty, gaining critical skills, and strengthening career aspirations.
- Volunteer Experience
Community engagement provides students with an opportunity to volunteer at various local sites. This allows students to partner and create purposeful relationships while learning about social, cultural, and economic issues. Volunteer opportunities are available to individuals or groups. VolunteerMatch is an online resource to help connect people and places.
- Cooperative Education (Engineering majors)
Co-op offers students the chance to obtain a full year’s-worth of work experience prior to graduation. This is an opportunity to learn, earn, and graduate with a higher starting salary, while maintaining status as a full-time undergraduate student. For more information, visit Pitt’s Cooperative Education Homepage.
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