Internship Prep Program

University of Pittsburgh Internship Prep Program

The Internship Prep Program (IPP) is a combination of workshops and individual appointments designed to offer individualized support of each student’s internship or experiential learning search. Students who complete the Internship Prep Program and related requirements are guaranteed resources and personalized support while pursing internships or other experiential learning opportunities during their undergraduate career.

 

Workshops:

NEW THIS YEAR: We are now offering seven 30-minute virtual workshops!

  1. D.I.Y. Resumes:  Equips you with the skills to build and maintain a resume over the course of your career.
  2. Cover Letter Construction:  Have you ever skipped applying for a job because a cover letter was required? Have no fear, we’ll teach you the basics.
  3. LinkedIn Learning:  Have a LinkedIn account, but don’t know what do do with it?  Stop by for tips and tricks on navigating the world’s largest networking platform while also building essential skills employers want to see.
  4. Searching Strategies:  Not all search engines are created equal…  Learn where to start, understand how to searching for internships and what will help yield your best results.
  5. Networking Necessities:  Networking is more than just connecting on LinkedIn and collecting business cards.   Join us to learn how to make great first impressions and to build strategic connections.
  6. Interview Essentials:  In Part 1 of our interview series, learn everything you need to know and do before, during and after your interview.
  7. Ace Your Interview Questions:  In Part 2 of our interview series, learn how to utilize the STAR method to give the best answers to interview questions, or greatest weakness could be revealed.

 

Individual Appointments can include:

Resume, Cover Letter, LinkedIn Profile Reviews
Search Support (for any location)
Application Review
Mock Interviews
Follow-up Etiquette and more

 

Who is eligible to participate in the Internship Prep Program?

All undergraduate students who are enrolled in the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Campus may participate in the Internship Prep Program.

When should I start the Internship Prep Program?

Now.  It is never too early for a student to begin the program, but it could be too late.  First year students can benefit greatly by getting started early, giving them more time to take advantage of the services offered through the Career Center. 

How long does it take to complete the Internship Prep Program?

The time frame varies greatly from student to student and is dependent on their schedules and availability for appointments and workshops.  On average, a student takes at least a full semester to complete all of the the program requirements.  The more time you give yourself to apply and plan, the more opportunities will be available to you.

Is it ever too late to start the Internship Prep Program?

Getting to understand the duration of the recruitment process is a benefit to the IPP which is designed to help give you an edge. We recommend completing the IPP at least 2 to 3 semesters ahead of the term in which you want to intern to allow for plenty of time for the application and interview process.

For example, a junior who wants to intern the summer after their junior year should complete the workshops during spring of their sophomore year so they can apply in the fall of their junior year.

Can I meet with the Internship Team without participating in the Internship Prep Program?

Yes.  All undergraduate students from the Pittsburgh campus are able to meet with the Internship Team.  Appointments with the Internship Team can be scheduled on Handshake and are available throughout the year and between terms.