If you are like most students, you want to get career experience in your chosen field before you graduate. One of the best ways to do that is to participate in an internship.
An internship is a planned and monitored work experience that meets specific learning goals related to an academic field of study. There should be a relationship between the practical experience gained in an internship and the academic work done in the classroom.
An internship will allow you to get hands-on, practical experience and develop key competencies and critical skills in your field of study.Our students are getting great experience on internships at a variety of places:
- Allegany State Park
- Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas in Pittsburgh
- American Refining Group
- Beacon Light Behavioral Health System
- Bradford City Police Department
- Bradford Regional Medical Center
- Bradford Dental Center
- Camp Woodward, an extreme sports residential camp
- Carnegie Science Center
- Chicago Botanical Garden
- Erie SeaWolves minor league baseball team
- GE Transportation
- Global Aware Program in Dallas, Texas
- Goldman Sachs
- Harrisburg Senators baseball team
- Heinz Field in Pittsburgh
- Holiday Valley Ski Resort
- Major League Soccer team D.C. United
- McKean County Juvenile Probation Office
- McKean County Public Defender Office
- Pennsylvania Wilds
- Saint Vincent Hospital in Erie, Pa.
- Study Abroad and International Services Office at the University of Pittsburgh
- Television network BET
- The Franklin Institute
- The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
- U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services
- Walt Disney World
- Washington Mystics
- Water Reed National Military Medical Center's Naval Medical Research Center
- West Ham United Football Club in London (Yes, THAT London)
- Western New York Nuclear Service Center
- WESB/WBRR radio station
- WSYR-TV News in Syracuse, NY
- Zippo Manufacturing Co.
You can earn between one and six credits for internships. No more than 3 credits of internships may be taken at any one time. A minimum of 45 on-site hours must be completed per credit hour earned.
Here's where you can start
If you're a faculty member who supervises internships you can find "Information for Faculty"
Potential Internship Site Supervisors:
If you represent a business or organization that would like to have a Pitt-Bradford student join you as an intern, please see "Information for Potential Internship Site Supervisors" for procedures and contact information.
To review more than 9,000 internships, visit Internships.com.
To be approved for an internship, you must:
- Complete at least 60 credits
- Be in good academic standing (2.0 or higher GPA)
- Completion of the Academic Internship Proposal
- Receive approval from the faculty intern supervisor, your advisor, the division chair and the vice president and dean of academic affairs.
- Add the internship to your course schedule no later than the add/drop deadline for the term.
Please be advised that some programs or courses of study require that you complete rotations, fieldwork, internships/externships and/or teaching assignments at facilities external to the university, while other programs or courses of study may offer voluntary internships or externships at facilities external to the university.
Depending on the program or course, such facilities will or may require a criminal background check, an act 33/34 clearance (if applicable), and perhaps a drug screen to determine participant qualification or eligibility. Additionally, in order to become licensed, many states will inquire as to whether the applicant has been convicted of a misdemeanor, a felony, or a felonious or illegal act associated with alcohol and/or substance abuse.