Internships

Internship sites are listed below. You can search for sites by entering a key word or organization name in the search box or by browsing a specific category.

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Organization: ACLU, Greater Pittsburgh Chapter
Sector:
Nonprofit
Internship Category:
Description:

Be sure to request the Marketing Internship so you will get writing assignments as well as legal intake experience. 

Organization: American Red Cross of Southwestern PA
Sector:
Nonprofit
Internship Category:
Public and Community Relations
Description:

This is a meaningful internship that has led to employment for a few interns. Be sure to request the Marketing and Communications Internship. You’ll correspond with clients, write testimonials, promote services, help people in emergency situations, plan events and help with social media management.

Organization: Assemble
Sector:
Nonprofit
Internship Category:
Education, Public and Community Relations, Science/Engineering
Description:

Assemble is a community space for arts and technology located in Garfield (with classes and activities in local schools and community centers also). They offer daily STEAM educational programs. Their approach involves "experiential learning, open creative processes and building confidence thorugh making." They are eager to find people to teach and share special skills through fun, hands-on learning experiences. They have internships in development, outreach, and teaching (especially in their summer camps). They have an online application form to fill out if you wish to intern there.

Organization: Autumn House Press
Sector:
Nonprofit
Internship Category:
Public and Community Relations, Publishing
Description:

Autumn House Press publishes prominent and upcoming contemporary poets, including those who have not had their work published before, and is dedicated to producing beautiful, high-quality publications. Autumn House Press is a good option for interns with an interest in poetry or seeking experience in publishing.

Organization: Carlow University Communications and External Relations
Sector:
Nonprofit
Internship Category:
Education, Public and Community Relations
Description:

Work with interviews, news releases, magazine articles, and webcasts under the mentorship of Drew Wilson, Carlow’s Director of Media Relations. Call 412-578-2091 or email events@carlow.edu to find out more about these internships.

Organization: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Sector:
Nonprofit
Internship Category:
Document Design, Education, Public and Community Relations
Description:

Interns work with Suzanne Thinnes and learn about PR, fundraising, media relations, event planning, newsletters, special projects, editing/proofing, flyers, and programs. Contact the volunteer coordinator for more information at 412-622-3114.

Organization: Carnegie Mellon College of Engineering
Sector:
Nonprofit
Internship Category:
Document Design, Education, Public and Community Relations, Science/Engineering
Description:

The Writing and Communications intern position involves writing and editing web news and feature stories and keeping web content up-to-date. Other possible projects, depending on your skills and interest, include writing and editing for print publications, researching, designing, and developing social media projects. Skills needed include writing and communications, research and interviewing skills. This is a paid position. There are deadlines for applying and you need to send a cover letter, resume and three writing samples. Contact their director of web communications, Bridget Decker, at bridget@cmu.edu.

Organization: Carnegie Museum of Art
Sector:
Nonprofit
Internship Category:
Education, Public and Community Relations
Description:

You’ll write for their blog, work on the website and write reviews and summaries. The editor does considerable hands-on museum training with interns.

Organization: Carnegie Museums (4)
Sector:
Nonprofit
Internship Category:
Document Design, Education, Public and Community Relations
Description:

There are four museums included here so you would need to select the one that is right for you---Natural History, Art, The Warhol or The Science Center. Interns can do research, record keeping and general office work. They also work with summer camps, educational activities and special projects and events. You will find the volunteer application on their website. In completing it, be sure to specifiy that this is for internship credit and you will work 10-15 hours per week.

Organization: Center for African American Poetry and Poetics (CAAPP)
Sector:
Nonprofit
Internship Category:
Public and Community Relations
Description:

Pitt’s groundbreaking Center for African American Poetry and Poetics (CAAPP) seeks an intern to be an integral part of our team. We are looking for an undergraduate with excellent writing abilities, attention to detail, and knowledge of social media. At least half of the intern’s time will be devoted to writing, particularly for social media platforms including Twitter, Tumblr, and the CAAPP blog. In addition, the intern will be an on-the-ground resource person, handling some of the promotions and outreach for CAAPP programming and initiatives. Required: Excellent writing and proofreading ability, organizational skills and attention to detail, and knowledge of social media, especially Twitter and Instagram. Very desirable: Interest in African American poetry and poetics. Desirable but not required: Valid Pennsylvania driver’s license. The successful candidate will be eligible to apply for funding through the English Department’s internship grants. The Center for African American Poetry and Poetics is committed to equality of opportunity and is nondiscriminatory relative to race, religion, color, national origin, social class, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, or status as a protected veteran.
Check with Lauren Russell at lmr65@pitt.edu for application deadline. 

Organization: Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh
Sector:
Nonprofit
Internship Category:
Education, Public and Community Relations, Science/Engineering
Description:

They offer medical, social, educational, and emotional help to children. Marketing internships may involve writing, event planning, and proofing. Contact Monica Smith, the community outreach coordinator, at 412-420-2321 or mls@the-institute.org.

Organization: City of Asylum
Sector:
Nonprofit
Internship Category:
Education, Public and Community Relations, Publishing
Description:

City of Asylum, located on the Northside, provides sanctuary for endangered literary writers as well as a space for community events. Their programming includes readings from local and international writers, concerts, film screenings, and children's storytelling. Interns help with organizing weekly events, including administration, ticketing, volunteer facilitation, and location set up. They consider a background in the performing arts a plus as well as a knowledge of WordPress, Mailchimp and Patron Manager. For more information visit their website here. Send resume and cover letter to klamb@cityofasylum.org

Organization: Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)
Sector:
Nonprofit
Internship Category:
Education, Public and Community Relations, Science/Engineering
Description:

This internship combines science writing, tech writing and persuasive writing. Interns perform four major functions---providing educational and background material about research studies; writing descriptions of research studies for the database in terms lay people can understand; creating social media posts that meet regulatory criteria; and reading researchers' manuscripts and putting them into understandable news release and video forms. Heather Rockwell (htr2@pitt.edu) is the Recruitment Facilitator. You can call her at 412-624-3465.

Organization: CMU Sports Information Department
Sector:
Nonprofit
Internship Category:
Education, Sports Writing
Description:

Gain experience with previews, press releases, game stories, podcast questions, interviews, and newsletter articles by interning at Carnegie Mellon University. Contact Mark Fisher, Sports Information Director, for more information: mwfisher@andrew.cmu.edu or 412-268-3087.

Organization: Crafton Children's Corner
Sector:
For Profit
Internship Category:
Document Design, Education, Public and Community Relations
Description:

If you are looking to enter the enducation field, particularly early childhood, this internship might be a great fit for you. You will have time to work with the young kids in a day-care setting and with the older ones in a summer camp program. Judy Albenze, the executive director, wants PPW students who, in addition to the educational experience, could help with grants, budgets, publicity, newsletters, and general office responsibilities. You can reach her at Judyccc@verizon.net. Send a cover letter and resume.