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PPW internships are distinct from many other internships offered at the University. These internships are designed to focus closely on the theory and practice of writing, integrating a significant intellectual exploration of the Public and Professional Writing internship experience. Check out our searchable internship database!

We recommend that you register for Handshake, the University's comprehensive career services platform. They have a large internship database, and provide you direct information about upcoming career fairs, networking events, and on-campus interview information.

What will I learn during a PPW internship?

PPW interns keep a journal, prepare a major project about their experience, attend a weekly class (ENGCMP 1900: Internship in PPW), and prepare a speech and letter recapping their internship experience. When establishing internship agreements with agencies and companies, we agree that our PPW interns will spend at least 50 percent of their time on the job writing. Students commit a minimum of 10–15 hours per week to the internships and are expected to perform as reliable and responsible professionals.

On site, you can expect to have a productive, substantive writing experience where you will learn from and contribute to the sponsoring agency, company, or project.

Who is eligible for PPW internships?

PPW internships are available only to PPW majors or students who have been accepted into the PPW Certificate program. Internships are offered during the fall, spring, and summer terms (if you have an out-of-town internship, arrangements can be made to allow you to complete ENGCMP 1900 online).

I'm interested! How do I get started registering for a PPW internship?

  1. First, read the requirements and guidelines for all English department internships.
  2. Email internship coordinator Brenda Whitney. She can answer your questions, tell you when the internship class (ENGCMP 1900) will meet, and may even be able to suggest sites that are looking for good interns.
  3. Check out our searchable internship database and see what opportunities interest you.
  4. Contact potential sites to find out how they want you to apply for an internship. Some sites may want to interview you.
  5. When you have found a site that has agreed to accept you as an intern, download and complete this learning agreement, which spells out your responsibilities on the job and at school.
  6. Deliver the learning agreement to Brenda, who will then register you for the internship through the ENGCMP 1900: Internship in PPW course.

Are PPW students eligible for financial assistance?

Yes. Several endowments provide grants for Pitt undergraduates pursuing various internships. Awards are given on a competitive basis to provide grants for internships and support for living expenses for out-of-town internships. For more details and an application for funding, please visit the English Department internship page.

I have questions that weren't answered here! What should I do?

Reach out to Brenda Whitney, the internship coordinator for the English Department. Whether you're on the market for your first internship or have general questions after reading this page, Brenda can recommend great internships based on your interests as well as answer any questions you may have.