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Internships

Internships are pre-arranged work experiences for which students earn academic credits. While they may be paid or unpaid, they are not considered the same as part-time employment or volunteer work. Internships enable a student to apply classroom theory and to gain valuable experience in a variety of communication-related activities in participating campus and community agencies. They provide a vital link between the college classroom and the hiring community, and often provide a competitive edge during the job search process.

Internships are typically 3-6 months in length, and involve a collaboration between the student, the department, and the sponsoring organization. Pre-established student internships on campus and in the greater Johnstown area are available to Communication majors each academic term. Internships outside of this area may also be obtained and arranged as well.

The minimum requirements for a Communication major to complete an internship are:
- you must be full-time students in good academic standing
- you must have a minimum overall cumulative Q.P.A of 2.2 and of 2.5 in major courses
- employers frequently request juniors or seniors for interns, though this is not a formal requirement
- while non-Communication majors may apply for communication internships, priority will be given to majors

If you are interested in a Communication internship, YOU MUST FIRST CONTACT Dr. Diane Nicodemus at (814) 269-7162 or dnicodem@pitt.edu to get specific application materials. Do not complete an internship on your own without working through the department, or you likely will not get credit.
Last Reviewed: November 23, 2004