The Communication Department encourages our majors to complete at least one internship before graduation, and students can earn up to 12 credits of internship to count as elective credits.
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?:
- The University of Pittsburgh offers all students who complete their internship prep program a guaranteed internship. For more information, please see Student Affairs.
- The Communication Department maintains our own list of internship sites who are specifically looking for Communication majors on our internship website.
- Career Services lists internships (and jobs!) on their Handshake site.
- Know of a specific place you’d like to intern? Contact them!
You’ve found an internship! What now?!?
- Work with your internship supervisor to fill out the Internship Agreement Form and bring it to a Communication advisor.
- Your advisor will make sure that your internship, if it is unpaid, conforms to the Department of Labor’s guidelines for unpaid internships. Official link to Department of Labor guidelines
- Students earning credits for internships must attend the Internship Seminar. 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. For more information, please contact a Communication advisor and/or the instructor of the seminar.
- Work at your internship and attend the Internship Seminar
- 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.
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 will 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, Internship Seminar participation, and Internship. For more information, please see the syllabus for the Internship Seminar.