Carnegie Mellon University


Internships provide the opportunity to take what you are learning in the classroom into the professional world.

The Career and Professional Development Center is an excellent resource to help you with everything related to your future career. The CPDC Internship page is full of resources to help you with everything from finding internships to accepting offers. Your academic advisor can also help you consider opportunities that will support your learning goals.

Finding Internship Opportunities

In addition to using Handshake to find an internship experience, you may also want to consider applying to one of the programs listed below:

  • Pittsburgh Summer Internship Program: designed specifically to support students who have not yet had a meaningful internship experience and are interested in staying in Pittsburgh to work at a nonprofit, startup or small business. The program offers a $3,000 stipend, cohort experience, networking opportunities and ongoing professional development workshops for students completing part-time internships
  • Washington Semester Program: spend a semester in Washington, D.C. completing 48 units and a part-time internship in any field of interest while also getting to attend a variety of events and fully experience this hub of international and public policy decision making. Students will live in CMU housing and will continue to pay their standard tuition and fees while participating. Students are eligible to receive the same financial aid package and may also apply for a Friedman Semester Fellowship
  • Friedman Internship: Summer in D.C.: this program is for students from any major who would like to complete an internship in Washington, D.C. Students must find their own internship and housing and are able to receive grants of up to $3,500. Additionally, Friedman Interns will be expected to attend seminars and events around the district.
  • Technology Consulting in the Global Community: complete a 10-week global summer internship where you will gain hand-on experience providing consulting assistance in developing communities around the world. Students accepted into this program will have travel costs and housing covered, along with a stipend to assist with living expenses.
  • Internships within the Language Services Industry: The Association of Language Companies offers a database that includes a wide variety of opportunities.
  • Gow Political Internship Program: provides students with the opportunity to observe and analyze the operations of practical politics in the offices of members of Congress from Western Pennsylvania; in the executive and administrative offices of the federal government; and in the national offices of political parties.

Funding an Internship

While completing an unpaid or low-paying internship may provide you with valuable experience, you should know your rights if you are considering one of these opportunities. If you ultimately choose to accept an unpaid or low-paying internship, there are several funding sources available to help offset costs:

A student talks with a colleague across a desk during an internship

Receiving Academic Credit

If you are interested in receiving academic credit for your internship experience, make sure to talk to your advisor!