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, Management: 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

Click here to read additional Internship Spotlights by major!

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

Matti Tyskewicz - Pitt-Greensburg Student

Photo of internship student: Matti Tyskewicz

Graduation Year: 2019

Semester of Internship: Spring 2019

Major:  [1] Secondary Education: English Writing and [2] Communication

Minor: Psychology

Hometown: North Huntingdon, PA

Hobbies: Writing, Reading, Running, Volunteering at an animal shelter

Campus Activities: SPSEA, Lambda Pi Eta

Future Plans: Substituting until I hopefully find a job as an English/Communication teacher.

  • Internship (company/your title):  Student Teacher, 8th Grade English Language Arts at Southmoreland Middle School
     
  • How did you find your internship? It was provided for me through the Education Department. I chose to teach middle school over high school, with Southmoreland being one of my top choices. I wanted to go somewhere different, as I have had many field experiences near campus.
     
  • What were your duties? I spent time observing and then had an entire 9-week grading period dedicated to my instruction. I taught World War II (Propaganda and The Diary of Anne Frank), poetry, and the memoir (The Last Lecture).
  • How many hours per week were you at your internship site? I attended as a regular teacher would - 5 days a week, the entire school day. I am required to complete 70 total days between January-April.
  • What did you enjoy most about your internship? I loved working with my cooperating teacher and getting to know the students. During The Last Lecture unit I taught, I started to see different sides to the same kids I had already been teaching for weeks. Randy Pausch’s memoir is uplifting and also upsetting, because we know the fate of his life due to his cancer diagnosis. During one chapter, he talks about seeing Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium with his son, who had yet to know about that diagnosis. His son sat in the theater and cried since Dustin Hoffman’s character was going to die, leaving the shop to his apprentice. I showed this scene to my students, who were watching the movie as it was, but also making connections to the text and imagining Randy sitting in the theater with his son. Towards the end of the scene, Dustin Hoffman says, “Life is an occasion. Rise to it.” As I turned the lights on, I saw many students crying! Not to get excited about making students cry, but there were students I never expected to cry with tears streaming down their faces. I looked forward to each class that day, as the weight of the memoir and its lessons became heavy upon all the students.
  • What was the most difficult aspect of the internship? I used to think, “Oh student teaching isn’t as bad as everyone says.” It’s not bad, but it certainly isn’t easy. You don’t leave your work in the classroom. You spend nights grading papers from that day and creating lessons to prepare for the next. Any remaining time you have is spent sleeping. Also, many student teachers can agree that nobody else really “gets it.” Teaching is physically and mentally draining, especially when you’re being observed every day by your cooperating teacher. If you aren’t prepared, it shows. So, you don’t have the same schedule you did every other semester. You’re still staying up late, but you are getting a lot less sleep than your 10:30 AM class offers you. No matter how challenging it gets, remind yourself that it’s only one semester, a 16-week marathon with an exciting finish line.

 

  • How did your experience at Pitt-Greensburg and in the English Department prepare you for your internship? The Pitt-Greensburg Education Department is by far one of the best. I have only ever attended Pitt-Greensburg, but I have met people through my field experiences that attended other universities. I had over 160 hours in the field prior to student teaching. I taught lessons in districts such as Jeannette, Hempfield, Greensburg-Salem, and Mt. Pleasant. By the time I student-taught, standing in front of students was no longer as scary (8th graders are terrifying) as it had been before. I knew I was prepared through my experiences and methods courses because Dr. Marks and Dr. Burth dedicate so much of their time and expertise to secondary education students. Student teaching wasn’t an obstacle I had to face, but another exercise that helped me strengthen my skills as an English teacher.
  • How has your internship prepared you for a career? Once I found myself in a field experience that occurred day-after-day, I realized how much of an impact teachers can make on students. “As a teacher, you are ON all day,” as Dr. Burth would say. You must be prepared with materials, but mentally, as well. You can’t let one bad part of your day affect the rest of it, because you still have three more classes of students relying on you. The positive experiences in a classroom, whether through interactive lessons, diverse instruction, classroom environment, or student-teacher communication all affect how a student enters and leaves that specific room. Every single day matters.
  • What recommendations do you have for other students about doing an internship? If you’re about to student teach, understand that it’s okay to make mistakes. You will not be perfect on your first day, your second day, or even your last day. You are a lifelong learner. Don’t be afraid to try something new with the students, whether a different assignment or type of instruction. Also, you will hide your personal life, but don’t hide your personality. You are who you are and your students will feel more comfortable around you if you’re honest with them. If you like to tell jokes, do it. If you enjoy what you’re teaching (a specific book, piece of history, etc.), show it.

Oh, and if someone offers you advice or help, take it. Your cooperating teacher has been there for years. To take from one of Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture lessons that I taught… if someone is trying to help you fix what you’re doing wrong, they care about you. If you keep doing things wrong and they stop telling you, it means they’ve given up. Take their advice. Don’t let people give up on you.

 

 

Audrey Hendarsah - Pitt-Greensburg Student

Graduation Year: Fall 2018

Semester of Internship: Summer & Fall 2018

Major: Accounting

Hometown: Jakarta, Indonesia

Hobbies: Photography

Campus Activities: Photography Club & Tutoring

Future Plans: Become a Certified Public Accountant & Accounting Instructor

  • Internship (company/your title): Excela Health Medical Group as Analyst and Accounting Intern.

 

  • How did you find your internship? Through a Faculty member.

 

  • What were your duties? Learning how to use reporting and accounting systems, cash reconciliation, journal entries, reviewing and updating excel spreadsheet, creating reports, and managing Capital.

 

  • How many hours per week were you at your internship site? 30-35 hours during summer and 20-25 hours during fall.

 

 

  • What did you enjoy most about your internship? Learning new skills, meeting new people, getting the feel of “real world” experience, new challenges, and able to pitch new ideas and opinions.

 

  • What was the most difficult aspect of the internship? The adjusting period, since everything was so new to me, I was so scared and nervous to make mistakes. It was hard to learn because I get nervous all the time.

 

  • How did your experience at Pitt-Greensburg and in the Accounting department prepare you for your internship? Through the classes and consultation with the faculty members have helped me a lot in going through my internship.

 

  • How has your internship prepared you for a career? This internship gave me an experience that I can talk about during my interviews. Also, it boosts my confidence and helps me to know what to expect in the “real world.” I learned a lot about myself, my strengths and weaknesses that I did not know before I started the internship. Therefore, I feel more prepared and not too scared in getting into my new job. I’ve learned a lot from the mistakes that I made during my internship; therefore, I can prevent myself from making the same mistakes. Furthermore, I’ve learned that one of the most important parts of a workplace is that I will meet all kinds of people with different personalities.

 

 

  • What recommendations do you have for other students about doing an internship? Take your time and take it (the internship) as long as you can because there are a lot of aspects that you can learn. In my opinion a full summer is ideal but if you can do it longer you will learn a lot because usually the adjustment period is overwhelming and some things don’t “click” right away. Do not be afraid of making mistakes, in fact, you will learn the most from mistakes. The employer does not expect you to know everything, you are there as an intern to learn. Do your own research, when I get a project/assignment, I hate to say “I don’t know/I don’t know how to do it” before doing  research about it, and that helped me during my internship not just to get the project done but also learning something new. Do not be afraid to ask them to show you something new or ask for different challenges. Get to know people around you and never hesitate to ask for help. Tell them how you feel, ask for feedback, and don’t be afraid to pitch ideas.

 

 

 

Nathan Ballard - Pitt-Greensburg Student
Photo of internship student: Nathan Ballard

Graduation Year: 2020

Semester of Internship: Summer 2018-Present (offered extension)

Major: Management: Information Systems

Minor: Statistics

Hometown: Greensburg, PA

Hobbies: Golf, Netflix, Making money, Gym, Riding

Campus Activities: None

Future Plans: Steady high-paying job and a family, ideally in NC.

  • Internship (company/your title):

Global IT Intern at Kennametal Inc.

 

  • How did you find your internship?

I originally found this internship on Kennametal’s website, but I also saw it posted on Indeed.

 

  • What were your duties?
    • Write T-SQL queries to retrieve data from Azure SQL DB based on requirements from team members/manager
    • Build SQL views based on requirements from team members/business users
    • Create Tableau/Excel reports based on certified data models
    • Create end user documentation for new/updated Tableau reports
    • Convert existing Tableau Reports to use the latest data models

 

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

40 hours/week.

 

  • What did you enjoy most about your internship?

The best experience I had was when I took a company trip to Solon, Orwell, and Cleveland (all in Ohio) with my team and a few other co-workers.

 

  • What was the most difficult aspect of the internship?

I was asked to present some interesting/unique capabilities of Tableau that I had discovered to a large amount of Kennametal employees on Kennametal’s Tableau Day.

 

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

Two classes that were quite helpful were Management Information Systems and Decision Making in Excel.

 

  • How has your internship prepared you for a career?

This internship has definitely helped me steer myself in the direction that I want to be going in regard to the specific path I want to take in IT/Business.

 

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

The more internships you get, the better off you will be in the future. Also, do not be afraid to ask for things that you want.

 

Sarah Raptosh - Pitt-Greensburg Student

Photo of internship student: Sarah Raptosh

Graduation Year: Spring 2019

Semester of Internship: Spring 2019

Major: Secondary Education Social Studies

Hometown: Delmont, PA

Hobbies: Reading & cooking

Campus Activities: Commuter Mentor, SPSEA Social Chair

Future Plans/Career Goals: Obtain a teaching position and earn a master’s degree.

  • Internship (company/your title):

Student Teaching- Greensburg Salem High School

 

  • How did you find your internship? 

 Through the education department at Pitt Greensburg

 

  • What were your duties?

 

 As a student teacher, I was placed in an 11th Grade International Studies Couse. Greensburg Salem HS works on a block schedule, so I had 3 classes (one honors and two regular ed). At this placement, I created and taught daily lesson plans (this included creating adaptations for both gifted and learning support students), I worked with two foreign exchange students (one from Palestine and one from Germany) and attended open houses where I got to meet my students’ parents. I also helped out with Track and Field and attended staff department meetings as well as staff trainings/ Act 80 Days.

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

 I was at this placement from 7:30am-3:00pm Monday- Friday for 70 Days.

  • What did you enjoy most about your internship? 

I enjoyed being able put into practice everything I learned about lesson planning and getting to connect with   the students I taught every day.

  • What was the most difficult aspect of the internship?

      The most difficult aspect was learning how to adapt lesson plans so they would reach a wide variety of learners.

  • How did your experience at Pitt-Greensburg and in the Education Department (Social Studies) prepare you for your internship?

The teaching skills I learned in methods as well as early field prepared me in designing in class activities as well as putting together rubrics to go along with assignments.

 

  • How has your internship prepared you for a career?

The teacher I was placed with at Greensburg Salem HS was very helpful in sharpening my teaching skills and getting me involved with the school district. He was also very helpful in helping me master my content area and grow as an educator.

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

 

The placement may seem stressful at first and is a lot of work, but once you connect with the students and gain more practice in lesson planning, you will enjoy the placement more and have fun with your classes.