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The Internship Program

The primary objective of the Internship Program is to provide Duquesne University students with professional, entry-level work experience as a valuable element of their academic curriculum. Virtual internships may be eligible for internship credit however specific criteria must be met.

Qualified students may receive credit for their internships through the Internship Program administered by the the Center for Career Development.

Getting Started

Many, but not all, of the internships posted on Handshake meet Duquesne University's criteria for internship credit. Be sure that your profile is up-to-date in Handshake and that you check periodically for internship opportunities. Better yet, create a saved search to receive automatic emails when internships are posted. If you're having trouble with creating the saved search, please call the Center for Career Development at 412-396-6644 or stop in for assistance.

You may search for additional local internship opportunities through the Pittsburgh Technology Council web site. Internships.com offers internship postings from locations throughout the U.S. Students may also find internships on their own, such as through family and friends or alumni and professors.

Earning Credit for Your Internship

Your internship must be credit-worthy and related to your major for you to receive credit for your internship. Follow the steps listed below to begin the registration process.

  • Verify that you meet the qualifications required by your school and print out the instructions and authorization form (if applicable): Political Science 430, Political Science 431Sciences, Undergraduate Business, or Graduate Business Instructions and Authorization Form. Many departments in Liberal Arts maintain their own internship programs so check with your specific department for information.
  • Consult with your academic advisor to determine where the internship credits fit into your course plan and then complete the authorization form together;
  • Secure a faculty sponsor in your major for your internship. The faculty sponsor will oversee your internship and determine the course work you must complete for a passing grade. This often consists of weekly or bi-weekly papers, monthly meetings, and a 5-10 page paper at the end of the semester. Review the syllabus for your school or program: Political Science 430, Political Science 431Science, Forensic Science 450/460, Undergraduate BusinessGraduate Business.
  • Return the completed authorization form and job description on company letterhead to the Center for Career Development (614 Duquesne Union). The job description may be emailed by the company to the Internship Coordinator (loewer@duq.edu). If you found the internship on Handshake, please send copy the job description and email to loewer@duq.edu, indicating you found it there.
  • The internship coordinator will assess all information and contact you to review the Learning Contract and syllabus;
  • Complete and obtain all required signatures on the Learning Contract and return to the Center for Career Development by the deadline date, the Friday of the 4th week of the semester. Deadline dates are posted on campus as well as on the Learning Contract.

You are required to complete two confidential evaluations, a mid-term self evaluation and a final evaluation of your internship, and return it to the internship coordinator prior to the end of the semester.