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This program is on pause for 2022 but is expected to return in summer 2023.
Internships are crucial to success in today’s competitive job market. The International Internship Program (IIP) gives you a competitive advantage through the experience of a summer-long, full-time internship abroad. Full - time means anywhere from 35 to 40 hours a week, so you will have the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to your organization as well as develop professional relationships with your coworkers. You'll have an unparalleled opportunity to develop technical and transferable skills in a global context, and learn how to articulate your experience toward your professional and personal development.
This program will challenge you to become globally competent and add value to a company from day one. You will be pushed to be resourceful in a professional environment, put your coursework to practice, and build an international network.
The IIP is an 8-week summer program, and you'll be enrolled in a 6 credit internship for credit course. This program is designed for students who have successfully completed three semesters of coursework at Pitt or a transfer university as a degree-seeking student. Internships are customized to your professional interest area, based on your past experiences and qualifications, and placements are guaranteed for those accepted to the program. Keep in mind that, due to visa regulations, internships are available for credit only.
As an engaged and active participant in this program, you will have the opportunity to:
- Develop in-demand professional skills and articulate them toward your future career development
- Apply knowledge you’ve learned in the classroom and make a positive impact in your organization
- build a network of international colleagues to help support your professional goals
San Francisco is a bustling finance and business center, and a short drive from Silicon Valley, the global epicenter of technology and innovation, the perfect place to challenge yourself with an international internship experience. Explore San Francisco's diverse culture, from Fisherman's Wharf to Chinatown to the historic Mission District. Discover the world-class arts and entertainment scene while taking in the city's natural beauty and rich history.
Housing is in apartment-style residences convenient to the city center and assessable via public transportation. Commuting is part of living in a city, and you can expect an hour commute from your housing to your internship site.
You can expect your housing to have:
- double occupancy rooms
- shared bathrooms and living spaces
- shared kitchen access
- bedding and linens
- access to laundry facilities
We do our best to provide the most accurate information about housing and amenities but due to the nature of the locations in which we offer programs and limited availability, these items are subject to change. Contact your program manager with any questions.
You will earn six credits through the Pitt Business Internship for Credit Program (BUS 1910). Your coursework will include reflective essays, a midterm internship supervisor evaluation, and a final internship supervisor evaluation. All assignments will be posted online through a course website, and students will submit assignments electronically. BUS1910 is graded pass/fail, and only students who successfully pass the internship course will be considered as having studied abroad for any degree, certificate, or major requirements.
BUS1910 may fulfill a foreign culture requirement for certain Pitt Business students. Non-business students, including dual degree students, should work directly with their academic advisors to determine if the course can be applied to any degree requirements.
This six-credit international experience is for students wishing to gain valuable experience and exposure in an international professional work environment. The course purpose is to enhance the students’ internship experience in the field making it more valuable by providing the opportunity to analyze, discuss, and contextualize their work and evaluate personal experience and accomplishments. The course is divided into two different thematic sections:
1) The course helps students understand issues related to their internship placements business environment and the peculiarities of local contemporary socio-economic trends.
2) The course actively engages in an experiential learning journey towards personal development and career empowerment, by examining critical strategies for personal and career success in a global marketplace and evaluating personal attitudes, skills, interests and knowledge.
3) The course directly addresses professional development by engaging participants in formal career readiness exercises. The goal is for participants to understand transferrable skills, cross-cultural skills and global competence and articulate these elements in the form of cover letters, resumes and interviews in order to better prepare for entering today’s job market.
The course helps students make the necessary connections between intercultural learning and personal employability so that they better understand and articulate study abroad experiences in ways meaningful for personal and professional advancement, enhancement of global competence and intercultural awareness.
Overall Course Objectives:
- Discuss and describe the main features and issues relevant to contemporary labor market in the destination country, business environment, and socio-economic developments.
- Critically reflect on personal attributes and assess strengths and skills necessary for success in your field and career ambitions.
- Examine 21st century job skills, employment trends and their relation to the global marketplace of careers and professional development.
- Explore and identify international career opportunities in your field of interest
- Develop a “tool kit” of concepts and information regarding the cultural and business climate of the country in focus.
- Recognize, observe, and describe cultural differences and their impact on people’s behaviors, attitudes and values through active and targeted engagement with host culture, people, and city.
- Recognize and describe how your professional competences, global competence, and intercultural awareness have improved during the internship and apply the acquired knowledge, attitudes and skills to personal and professional goals.
- Develop and articulate a personal employment narrative both verbally and in writing that integrates study abroad experience with career professionalism and global competence.
Pitt's partner in San Francisco, AIC, will work with you after your acceptance to find you an internship. Internships in San Francisco are available in a variety of fields, and AIC takes your academic focus and career goals into account when pairing you with a host company. While you may have phone or video interviews prior to the program start date, the final interview for your internship will occur in San Francisco.
Discover more about AIC in San Francisco here!
San Francisco's internship placements are concentrated in the areas of business (accounting, advertising, marketing, HR), hospitality, IT, journalism, the arts, law and politics, and more. More information about common and challenging placements can be found here.
While your academic course is taught by Pitt faculty, they will not accompany you to San Francisco. AIC, Pitt's partner in San Francisco, has a full-time support staff there to help you with whatever you might need during your stay. Whether it’s housing, internship advice, or just recommendations on where to take your parents when they visit, the AIC staff is there for you.
Hola, hallo, hi! I'm Steph Spirk, and I am an International Programs Manager for Pitt Business. I am a yinzer, very proud to call Pittsburgh my home, yet my love for cultural exchange has always led me to new places, even ones I never thought I'd go to before. I was a Pitt student myself, becoming an expert on study abroad by participating in three programs: Global Service Learning in Bolivia, the International Internship Program in Madrid, and an exchange program at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. I speak fluent Spanish and German at an advanced level. In my free time you'll find me practicing yoga in the square, hiking through the many parks, painting, and capturing the beauty of Pittsburgh and beyond through the lens of my camera.
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Items Billed by Pitt
|Study Abroad Fee||$300||$300|
|Total Billed by Pitt||$7,300||$7,500|
Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs
|Airfare||$1,200 - $1,500|
|Personal Expenses||$$1,500 - $3,000|
|Public Transportation||$$200 - $400|
Total Estimated Program Cost
Total Estimated Cost of Program
|$10,200 - $12,500||$10,300 - $12,700|
As a part of your IIP: San Francisco fee, the following are included:
- In-country orientation
- Tuition for six credits
- International health insurance
Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad. Visit our Budgeting page for more information.
Dates for the 2020-2021 academic year will be posted in the fall!
All students are required to attend the mandatory Program Agreement Meeting. This afternoon long event will cover important topics relevant to study abroad like health, safety, security, and more. Plus, it will give you the chance to meet other students studying abroad on your programs! Alumni and staff will also be present to help you start thinking about your goals for the program. More information will be provided by your program manager.
Pitt Business students may apply for additional scholarships through the Pitt Business International Scholarship application. Please note that the application deadline for the Pitt Business International Scholarship is the same date as the program application deadline. For other scholarship opportunities, be sure to check out the Pitt Study Abroad scholarship page.