What is an internship? Internships provide a valuable experience for both the student and sponsoring organization. While internships can be paid or unpaid, they are not considered the same as part-time employment or volunteer work. Internships, which are typically 3 to 6 months in duration, are guided by a structured learning plan that includes specific educational objectives. Meet with your advisor, view PJ Links or view these internship resources.

Additionally, internships:

  • Allow students to engage in higher-level thinking and functioning in an activity or series of activities relating to their chosen career fields
  • Provide a supplemental learning experience in which students can apply and reinforce the skills and knowledge that have been acquired through the completion of upper-level courses pertinent to their majors
  • Offer real-world perspectives on potential careers and opportunities in the students' career fields while providing valuable insight in organizational behavior
  • Do not regularly engage students in routine tasks (i.e., answering telephones, filing) that are typically performed by paid employees of the organization
  • Present the opportunity for students to function as pre-professionals and contribute to the advancement of the host organization, while being mentored by an assigned supervisor

Note: Additional criteria may apply based on departmental guidelines governing internships at Pitt-Johnstown.

Internship Related Websites

Benefits for Students. Internships provide students with many distinct advantages as they prepare for their careers:

  • On-the-job learning, which provides a real-world perspective on your chosen career
  • Opportunity to network with other professionals, making valuable contacts that could lead to permanent employment
  • First-hand experience with the issues and trends in your career field
  • A distinct advantage over others entering the job market
  • Ability to develop a comprehensive portfolio to present to prospective employers

Benefits for Employers. Benefits to organizations hosting an academic internship are numerous and include:

  • New ideas and fresh perspectives on old problems
  • Cost effective way to expand an organization’s capabilities with motivated, skilled professionals
  • Ability to contribute to economic development through the creation of a trained workforce
  • A valuable link to the resources of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
  • Ability to develop and implement special projects that would not be possible with current staffing levels
  • Opportunity to share knowledge and expertise with someone preparing to enter the field

Contact Information For more information on internships at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, please contact any of the following individuals:

Marketing, Finance, Accounting,
Information Systems, & Human Resources
Ray Wrabley


Computer Science
Patricia Hagerich


Communications/Public Relations
Diane Nicodemus

Environmental Studies/Geography
Greg Faiers


Energy and Earth Resources
Chris Coughenour

Leland Wood


Alan Teich