Office of the Provost

Summer Internship in Higher Education for PhD Students and Graduates

Are you a recent or soon-to-be PhD graduate? In response to the growing trend of PhD graduates in higher education careers other than faculty positions, the Office of the Provost – Graduate Studies is offering a micro-internship program in summer 2021 to University of Pittsburgh PhD students with graduation or expected graduation dates between December 2020 and December 2021.

This program places eligible PhD students and graduates in units at Pitt and other local universities for a 10-week period beginning in June 2021. The remote internships require a time commitment of 8-10 hours per week and provide participants a stipend of $1,600. By contributing to a defined project, participants will leverage and learn new professional skills, develop a deeper understanding of higher education administration and policy, and gain exposure to a potential career field. The program also includes remote professional development programming to support PhD students’ career exploration and preparation.

To apply, please submit an email with the following information to by May 14, 2021:

1. Your name and preferred pronouns
2. Your graduation date (or expected graduation date)
3. Your degree program and school
4. Your advisor’s name and email (for confirmation of your expected graduation date)
5. A ranking of your internship interest areas from highest (1) to lowest (5):

     - Student/Education Initiative
     - Administrative Initiative (including communications/relations)
     - Research Enterprise/Infrastructure
     - Policy Development/Implementation
     - Community Engagement/Research Practice Partnership

6. (Attachment) A statement of no more than 500 words that includes:

     - Your interest in learning about and potentially pursuing a career in higher education beyond a faculty position
     - What you hope to gain from the internship experience

7. (Attachment) A condensed CV/resume of no more than 2 pages

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance into the program by May 24, 2021. The program will then match students to internship opportunities based on materials submitted. Interns are required to complete the internship and all the associated professional development. Note that to be eligible your dissertation proposal/overview must have been approved before you submit the application.

If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to Dr. Linda DeAngelo, Program Director, at

Note: Humanities Engage is offering a similar program for mid-degree to advanced students in Humanities PhD programs in the Dietrich School of Art and Sciences. For more information, please contact Dr. Marques Redd at


Amanda J. Godley
Vice Provost for Graduate Studies

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