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.

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

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)

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

Pitt-Greensburg Internship Coordinator Kristen Stratton

Career Services Office: 219 Chambers Hall

Internship Coordinator, Kristen 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

Nicole Tumminello - Pitt-Greensburg Student

Photo of Nicole Tumminello

Graduation Year: 2017

Major: Biological Science

Hometown: Allison Park, PA

Hobbies: Hiking, Birdwatching, Cooking, and Pressing Flowers

Campus Activities: None

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

Wildlife Works Inc. / Wildlife Rehabilitator Intern

  • What were your duties?

My duties included everything from feeding, cleaning and medicating the wildlings while assisting other volunteers.

  • What did you enjoy most about your internship?

During my time here, I had an amazing time working in close proximity with raptors and other birds. It was a breathtaking experience to hold, handle and care for wild hawks, owls and even an American Bald Eagle.

  • What was the most difficult aspect of the internship? 

One of the most difficult aspects of wildlife rehabilitation is that not every animal can be saved. There are times when a critter is too sick or injured and must be humanely euthanized.

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

Environmental classes that I have taken at Pitt, especially through the University Of Pittsburgh Laboratory Of Ecology in Pymatuning, has shaped me into a field biologist and further empowered my passion for wildlife and conservation.

  • How has your internship prepared you for a career?       

Through my internship, I was able to come in contact with a variety of wild animals. This has helped me gain experience with identifying creatures and recognizing their environmental impact while learning how to administer proper care.

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

It is never too early to think about completing an internship. The connections and practical experience you gain is worth every second. Pursue your passions and help the world!

 

Breann DeMoss - Pitt-Greensburg Student

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Graduation Year: 2018

Major: Communications & Psychology

Hometown: Charleroi, PA

Hobbies: Yoga, Watching movies, Playing board games, Riding Bikes

Campus Activities

Student Activities Board- Novelties Chair, Yoga Club-                                           Vice President, Spanish Club-Secretary, Lambda Pi Eta                                     Communications Honor Society- Secretary, Habitat For Humanity, Phi Eta Sigma, GEM Student, Pitt PAL

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

University of Pittsburgh Greensburg/Social Media Intern

  • What were your duties?

I was responsible for creating informative and attention grabbing posts on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram that promoted Pitt-Greensburg to prospective students and their families. Essentially, I was responsible for marketing the experience of a Pitt-Greensburg students to those seeking higher education.

  • What did you enjoy most about your internship?

My position granted me a lot of flexibility to really be creative with the materials I put forth to represent the university. It allowed me to really put the knowledge I learned in the classroom to work and see how these tactics are truly applicable to better an organization.  

  • What was the most difficult aspect of the internship? 

The flexibility was equally the easiest and most challenging aspect of the internship. It required a lot of planning and assessing whether the content I was curating was what prospective students were interested in obtaining. 

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

I feel I have a very thorough understanding of the power of language usage in communication and marketing. By this I mean how to speak to specific niche audiences and how to inform these audiences in a concise and persuasive manner.

  • How has your internship prepared you for a career?       

My internship has better prepared me for my career as it has taught me how to time manage and effectively plan out my work. It has also showed me how my individual work can better an organization as a whole. In terms of my career field specifically, it has taught me how powerful social media marketing and communication is to an organization in creating connections with audiences. 

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

I highly encourage all students to pursue an internship for their intended career! It is a tremendous eye opening experience as to how you can apply your in class knowledge to real life scenarios in your field. It’s a hands on experience that will give you a sneak peek into what your future will look in your career.

 

Sarah Kovac - Pitt-Greensburg Student

Photo of UPG student Sarah Kovac-Excela Intern

Graduation Year: 2017

Major: Management/Accounting

Minor: Psychology

Hometown: Derry, PA

Hobbies: Photography and reading

Campus Activities: President of the Photography Club

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

Excela Health/Administrative Intern-Real Estate

  • What were your duties?

I have worked with property management, leases, as well as develop a portfolio with a professional collection of information and photos for Excela's owned properties. I also worked on a mini asset inventory. Database management has also been a task of mine. This semester I will be working on projections of financial data for one of Excela's entities as well as finishing up the owned property portfolio.

  • What did you enjoy most about your internship?

It is really difficult to pick just one thing to say that I enjoyed most. I love learning new things and that I learn something new every single day. My daily routine is never the same which keeps my interest more than a typical desk job. The people that I work with and interact with are all so kind and dedicated to their work and it really inspires me.

  • What was the most difficult aspect of the internship? 

The most difficult aspect of the internship would be learning how to make my own judgment on certain things as well as work independently. In school you are given instructions or given the information you need but, in the workforce, you have to go and search for information or figure out everything that you should be doing or how to do it.

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

The management/ accounting department prepared me most by demanding a very diligent work ethic and need for close attention to detail. Knowledge in Excel is really beneficial and our department professors really stress the importance of this. I am able to match expenses to revenues as well as do financial projections.

  • How has your internship prepared you for a career?       

This internship has definitely prepared me for a career. It actually opened my eyes to a completely different path than is typically taken and for that I feel very lucky. Since I have experienced this line of work which combines accounting, marketing, property management, and real estate, I have discovered new interests. I would love to continue to do this work as a full-time job.
 

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

I would recommend to other students who do an internship to really try to absorb all of the things you learn. An internship is a great way to find out if you really like the type of work you are doing even if that decision is that you hate it. You are dipping your feet in the real world and this is a tool to decide what you want to do with your future. Lastly, enjoy the entire experience and find positives in every day!

 

Gabrielle Kohr - Pitt-Greensburg Student

Graduation Year: 2017

Major: Psychology

Minor: None

Hometown: Belle Vernon, PA

Hobbies: What I enjoy most is spending time with my family. Also, I like learning and studying during school, and I like to work out, stay fit, and be healthy.

Campus Activities: Psi Chi

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

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC/Volunteer

  • What were your duties?

I was positioned at unit 6E – the epilepsy unit. There, I would visit each room, asking the patients and their families if there was anything that they needed. Patients in the epilepsy unit could not leave their rooms, so you would often see me bringing toys to the patients or even playing Xbox with them. Next, I would visit what they called “the dirty room” just to see if there were any toys that needed to be cleaned. Then, I would make a trip over to Austin’s Playroom to provide company to anybody that was there. If there was no one in the playroom, I would visit the NICU. There, I would go around asking parents if they needed a break, and, of course, I would cuddle the babies who did not have any company. 

  • What did you enjoy most about your internship?

I was there simply to make people happy, so some at the hospital would say that I had the best job there – and I would have to agree. A hospital can be a scary place, so what I enjoyed most was making peoples’ experience better. I also enjoyed helping the nurses and other staff members; they always made me feel appreciated and important.

  • What was the most difficult aspect of the internship? 

I would have to say that the most difficult aspect of the internship was not to take it personally if I could not make a patient happy. Probably, the last place they want to be is at a hospital, so I had to be understanding. As long as I tried my best, I always left the hospital feeling satisfied about the time I put in there.

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

I was prepared for this internship because I knew how to approach different situations, the kind of people I would be dealing with, and I even knew some of the terms that were used at the hospital thanks to the Psychology department at UPG.

  • How has your internship prepared you for a career?       

I was a volunteer working alongside Child Life Specialists, and this internship has helped me to realize even more that being a Child Life Specialist is definitely what I want to do.

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

An internship is not only good for your résumé, but it is good for you to get some sort of experience before you get a job or even move forward with more schooling. It is a win-win situation because if you are like me and you do an internship that you enjoy, then there is a career for you – an option you can choose from in the future. If you do an internship and do not enjoy it as much, then you have something ruled out and you can look further into something else. Also, UPG is so good with providing its students with such great opportunities (Thank you, UPG!) So when given good opportunities, I think that we should take them. Having said all of that, you should DEFINITELY do an internship!

 

Kylee Rothwell - Pitt-Greensburg Student

Kylee Rothwell

Graduation Year: 2016

Major: Psychology

Minor: Education

Hometown: Irwin, PA

Hobbies: Nannying, doing makeup, watching the Pirates

 

Campus Activities: Cheerleading, SPSEA, tutoring

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

Westmoreland Casemanagement and Supports, Inc. (WCSI) – Behavioral Health Intern

  • What were your duties?

Accompanying mentors on home visits, completing mandatory and voluntary trainings, weekly meetings with supervisor.

  • What did you enjoy most about your internship?

I enjoyed meeting new people and learning about clients and their unique situations.

  • What was the most difficult aspect of the internship?

Although meeting clients was my favorite part of the internship, casemanagement is a tough position. You wish you could help everyone and some of the cases are harder than others.

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

I learned a lot about the specific diagnosis in abnormal psychology, which helps you understand what each client is going through.

  • How has your internship prepared you for a career?

I hopefully intend to stick with WCSI after the completion of my internship. The experiences I have gained here have helped me grow as a person and an employee. Everyone was so willing to answer my questions and show me as much as they could, which will help me in the future here and wherever else I end up.

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

Take it serious, no matter what you are doing. Even if it is not what you want to end up doing, be professional and thank everyone you encounter, you never know if you may need their help later on!

 

Nick Naret - Pitt-Greensburg Student

Image of student Nick Naret

Graduation Year: 2017

Major: Management Information Systems

Minor: None

Hometown: Harrison City, PA

Hobbies: Guitar, Fishing, Golfing, Movies, Hockey

Campus Activities: None

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

Justifacts Credential Verification/ Verification Specialist Intern

  • What were your duties?

Justifacts is a third party background screening company for companies all over the United States.  I am responsible for interviewing personal and professional references, verifying college degrees and high school diplomas, and verifying past or present employment.  Also, I use online databases to verify certifications.  Once I have received the required information, I input the data into our computer system for our clients to evaluate whether or not the individual is qualified for the position.

  • What did you enjoy most about your internship?

I enjoy interacting with people all over the world.  For example, I called a reference in Sweden who was the CEO of a large company.

  • What was the most difficult aspect of the internship? 

Since it is a high pace company, you are typically doing several things at once.  Also, since we have large accounts with companies, it’s nearly impossible to get ahead of your work, but it makes the days go by fast.

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

The classes I have taken and college in general helped prepare me for my internship.  During the semester, you need to have good time management.  If you are given multiple assignments, you need to manage your time to get them done. The same thing applies for work.  If you are given tasks to be completed by a certain deadline; you have to manage your time to complete them so that the client is happy.  The information science department opened my eyes to different aspects of databases, systems, and nearly anything dealing with computers.  The classes I have taken helped me understand how to do my daily tasks a lot quicker than the others that I was in training with.

  • How has your internship prepared you for a career?       

My internship gave me experience working in a professional atmosphere as well as gave me experience in data entry.

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

I think internships are vital when applying for a job after college.  They apply the materials learned in class into the business world.  They give you experience that could potentially lead to a future job.