Internships

Although we do not require internships for the major, the Communication Department encourages our majors to complete at least one internship before graduation.

Pitt Communication majors have a great reputation, and have completed internships all over Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas! Our majors have worked in a variety of fields, including radio, television, film, marketing, public relations, non-profit organizations, and journalism.

How can you find an internship?:

  1. The University of Pittsburgh offers all students who complete their internship prep program a guaranteed internship. For more information, please see Student Affairs.
  2. The Communication Department maintains our own list of internship sites who are specifically looking for Communication majors on our internship website.
  3. Career Services lists internships (and jobs!) on their Handshake site.
  4. Know of a specific place you’d like to intern? Contact them!

You’ve found an internship! What now?!?

  1. Work with your internship supervisor to fill out the Internship Agreement Form and bring it to a Communication advisor.
  2. Your advisor will make sure that your internship, if it is unpaid, conforms to the Official link to Department of Labor guidelines.
  3. We have a letter to send to your internship site to make them aware of the Department of Labor guidelines and Pitt's for internships. You can find it here.
  4. Students earning credits for internships must attend the Internship Seminar during the semesters we offer it. In this seminar, students will learn basic concepts of business communication, be able to interact with guest speakers from a variety of career fields, and ask questions about any issues they may have at their internships. During semesters we do not offer the internship seminar, students work one-on-one with a full time faculty member. For more information, please contact a Communication advisor and/or the instructor of the seminar.
  5. Work at your internship and attend the Internship Seminar
  6. Have your internship supervisor complete the Internship Evaluation form at the end of your internship. This completed form should be delivered to the instructor of the Internship Seminar.

Requirements:

To be eligible for an internship, a student must:

  • Have an overall GPA of at least 2.5
  • Have completed at least 36 credits, including at least 2 Communication courses
  • Have your internship approved by a Communication advisor

Interns should work about 40 hours TOTAL per academic credit. (A 3-credit internship should require about 120 hours of work total at the internship site.) Internships that do not conform to the Department of Labor’s guidelines for unpaid internships should be paid. The Communication Department does accept paid internships for credit.

Evaluation and Grading

Internships are graded on a S/NC (Satisfactory/No Credit) basis. Grades are determined based on internship evaluation forms and Internship Seminar participation. For more information, please see the syllabus for the Internship Seminar.

How do internship credits fit into my graduation plan?

Internships do not count as 1000-level credits for the major. Instead, internships count as elective credits towards graduation. Students can count up to 12 S/NC (Satisfactory/No Credit) credits toward graduation

For more information, please email a Communication advisor at gareis@pitt.edu or guthrie@pitt.edu.