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.
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.
Search for additional local internship opportunities through the Pittsburgh Technology Council web site and other sites listed on our Internships page. 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
First, consult with your academic advisor to determine where the internship credits fit into your course plan. Note that your internship must provide meaningful, credit-worthy work related to your major for you to receive credit.
Duquesne University requires that a faculty member in your major oversee the academic element of your internship. This often consists of weekly or bi-weekly papers, monthly meetings, and a 5-10 page paper at the end of the semester. In addition, the student is required to complete two confidential evaluations, a mid-term self-evaluation and a final evaluation of the internship.
Locate your school or program below and then follow the steps to begin the registration process.
- Business School - Authorization Form and Instructions, Syllabus
- Sciences - Authorization Form and Instructions, Syllabus - SPRG 104, Forensic Science 450/460
- Political Science 430 and 431 - Instructions, Syllabus/Commitments
- Liberal Arts - With the exception of Political Science, all internships in the College of Liberal Arts are administered through the student's specific major department. Please speak with your department chair or administrative assistant for specific information.
Professional and Ethical Conduct
While interning at your site, you are representing not just yourself, but also Duquesne University and your fellow students, both current and future. Whether you do well or not at your site may have implications far beyond your current situation. You are required to follow the directives in the Code of Professional and Ethical Conduct. To earn credit for your internship, you are also required to read and sign the Code. If you have any questions or concerns, please discuss them with the Internship Coordinator and/or your faculty sponsor.
Students are required to participate in their internship in the same semester in which they are registered, billed, and awarded credit if earned. Students who register for a class or classes and subsequently do not attend remain financially responsible for their registration. Students who register but fail to attend, drop, or withdraw remain accountable for payment and will receive a final grade of "F."