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

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

Business and Enterprise
Ray Wrabley


Communications/Public Relations
Paul Lucas

Energy and Earth Resources
Chris Coughenour

Leland Wood


Alan Teich