Internships Provide Real-World Experience for Point Park Students
In the profiles featured below, meet Point Park University undergraduate and graduate students who have landed an internship in their field. These students describe how their internship provides them real-world experience and is helping them to reach their career goals.
Broadcast Reporting major, graduating May 2018
Media Research Center Intern, CNSNews.com
"My two favorite parts of my internship thus far are the amazing people I’ve met, from reporters to fellow students, and working on Capitol Hill ... Point Park is one of the best schools to get an education if you’re ready to work. The moment you walk in you’re already immersed into hands-on experiences I feel you can’t get as quickly at other schools."
Broadcast Reporting major, graduating May 2018
Media/Public Relations Intern, Pittsburgh Pirates
"I wouldn’t be with the Pirates if I didn't get involved with Point Park's Pittsburgh Center for Sports Media and Marketing. As a member of the group, I had the chance to attend the Baseball Winter Meetings during my freshman year. It was there that I landed a video production internship with the West Virginia Power, the Class-A affiliate of the Pirates. I got my foot in the door of the baseball industry and had a great experience working in minor league baseball."
Cinema Arts major, graduating May 2017
Assistant Editor Intern, The Fred Rogers Company
"Pittsburgh is a such a great city to live and learn in. From a filmmaker's perspective, I have always found projects to work on and there’s plenty of arts and cultural events happening in the city. It's a great location for artists! In addition, Point Park is a very liberal university. There are many different backgrounds, personalities and a mix of cultures."
Human Resource Management major, graduating December 2016
HR Talent Acquisition Intern, PNC
"As a student veteran, I chose Point Park University for several reasons. The first reason would be the University's graduation rate and outcomes. Second, Point Park gave me the flexibility and opportunity to continue to grow both professionally and personally. Finally, the faculty, staff and academic administration have been what I would expect from a top-tier school."
M.A. in media communication, graduating December 2016
Marketing Intern, Edgar Snyder & Associates
"I found that the M.A. in Media Communication was a great fit for my interests and career goals. I like the flexibility in the programs, like on ground, hybrid and online courses. I value an education that is provided by professionals who have real experience in the field."
M.B.A. student, graduating May 2017
Patient Safety Fellow, Jewish Healthcare Foundation
"I adore Point Park University! I chose Point Park for the caliber of professors with real-world knowledge of current business practices. Point Park has real passion for the City of Pittsburgh and it shows through the different community opportunities that are available through the M.B.A. program and the University as a whole."
Business management major, 2016
Financial Professional Associate, Prudential
"What I like about my business management classes so far are my professors. They are professional business people who have knowledge of working hands-on in the field. Their real-world experience has been beneficial to me because they have been able to demonstrate situations that I will be running into in my business career."
Psychology major, 2016
Rent/Administration Intern, GNC
"I would just like to say that Point Park is a great university to attend, especially if you like being in the middle of the action. The faculty members here do a great job of guiding the students in the direction they want to go. I would also like to say thank you to the faculty who have helped me get to where I am at today. I could not have done it without all of you."
Public relations and advertising major, 2016
Marketing Communications Intern, Carnegie Science Center
"Since I’ve been exposed to working with the media in this internship and all of the research I’ve completed, it has really opened my eyes into the diverse field of PR."
Cinema production major, graduating May 2018
Toronto International Film Festival Intern
"Besides working at my internship, I was able to attend press and industry screenings, panels and meet-and-greets with filmmakers. At panels and screenings, I had the opportunity to sit next to industry professionals and start a conversation. The meet-and-greets were also a great way to talk to the professionals face-to-face."
Broadcast major, 2016
News Intern, KDKA-TV
"Point Park has helped me tremendously in working towards my dream job. Not only do we have media professionals as our professors, but we also are given endless opportunities for networking and different internships in the Pittsburgh media community."
Journalism major, graduating December 2016
Copy Editor Intern, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
"One of my professors, Andrew Conte, is a reporter at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He sent an email to students in his class about the internship opportunity and it was definitely something I was interested in. I applied and landed the position."
Accounting major, graduating May 2017
Launch Intern, Ernst & Young
"My accounting classes have given me the basic understanding of the material I need to get my job done at Ernst & Young. Everything I have learned in class is the backbone for what I am doing during my internship. I would not be able to work as efficiently or ask intelligent questions about the work I am doing if it were not for my accounting classes."
M.B.A., international business concentration, 2014
Social Media Intern, Pittsburgh Department of City Planning
"I learned about this position at one of the internship and job fairs held on campus. When I told my family I got this internship, they were shocked and excited for me. Working for city government will look very impressive on my resume, especially when I return home to China. The internship has been a unique and meaningful work experience."
M.A. in global security and intelligence, 2014
Global Security Intern, Mylan Inc.
"I found out about an internship at Mylan by searching on the Career Development Center's web pages for various types of employment and internship opportunities. This internship was interesting to me because it was related to the current field I am pursuing. I was fortunate to do well on my interview and be offered the position."
M.A. in communication technology, 2014
Marketing/Social Media Intern, Bally Design
"I am working on marketing and social media by establishing and maintaining social media channels and developing a content calendar that includes a company blog and upcoming e-newsletter. I am also writing case studies and summaries of the firm’s product design and development projects with national companies."
Sports, arts and entertainment management major, 2015
Event Operations Intern, Heinz Field, PSSI Stadium LLC.
"Freshmen in the SAEM program are required to complete 24 hours total of independent job shadowing. This forces the student to make connections and network on his or her own to acquire the proper hours. My shadowing was done at Heinz Field. I credit the shadowing I did freshman year in the SAEM program to landing this internship because it allowed me to make a connection I have maintained for four years."
Internal Communications Intern, Westinghouse
"I'm given real, meaningful work assignments and held to the same standards that full-time employees are held to. I've worked on a variety of communications projects, including planning a leadership meeting, assisting with development of presentations, writing articles and emails for distribution to broad employee audiences and assisting in a video production project."
Global cultural studies major, 2016
Save Your Home Program Coordinator, Allegheny County Department of Economic Development
"My internship has helped me learn how to assist people who need housing, especially those in the area of refugee resettlement who will need housing when they come to America. This internship also has given me skills in general to help people who are in crisis."
Public relations and advertising major, 2014
Communications Intern, Senator John Heinz History Center
"My key responsibilities were to help promote the museum to the public. I tracked media exposure, promoted events and exhibit openings and completed a variety of professional writing projects. I hope that all Point Park students take advantage of the professional opportunities available to them so close to our Downtown Pittsburgh campus. Classes are very important, but nothing compares to gaining real-world experience."
Journalism major, multimedia minor, 2014
Editorial Intern, Whirl magazine
"I wrote events for the magazine, proofed the magazine, wrote for the website and pitched story ideas during my internship. Point Park is a great place to learn about your major and a great place to gain experience. With all of the connections around Pittsburgh and the world, students will get the knowledge and experience they crave."
Accounting major, 2013
External Audit Intern, Maher Duessel
"Professor Edward Scott helped me land this internship. He assisted me with my resume and recommended me to the company. I feel very lucky and I am very thankful for his help. All of the accounting professors at Point Park are very knowledgeable and dedicated to the students."
Animation and visual effects major, 2015
Animation Intern, Animal Inc.
"I work hands on with the resident animator in developing concept art for various clients and in-house projects, as well as aiding in the daily function of the company. I have had many opportunities in the animation program to sharpen my art skills as well as my social skills, and have learned to present my work and myself professionally."
Electrical engineering technology major, 2014
Electrical Engineering Technology Intern, Bayer Corporation
"This internship will help me reach my career goals because I am gaining valuable industry experience. There is a lot of behind-the-scenes work done in the engineering world that cannot be taught in a classroom, and I believe this experience will give me an edge in finding a job after I graduate."
M.B.A., management concentration, 2014
Internship Coordinator, Urban Innovation21
"During my internship, I was able to help out with a variety of tasks and projects and gain real-life work experience. After two semesters of interning, I transitioned into a part-time role as the internship coordinator. Shortly after graduating from Point Park, I was thrilled to learn Urban Innovation21 offered me a full-time position to stay on as their internship coordinator."
M.S. in engineering management, 2012
Technical Testing Intern, Allpoint Systems
"Doing this internship has really helped me get some real-world job experience in my field of engineering. It’s a good way to learn more about different management styles and work environments, which has helped me professionally to gain more value, confidence, assertiveness, and decision-making abilities."
Stage management major, 2013
Stage management intern, Eugene O'Neill Theater
"I have learned a lot about running rehearsals, calling shows and developing a personality that allows actors, directors, and designers to feel comfortable to confide and trust in me. To work in an environment such as the O'Neill, people rely heavily on stage management to put up a reading in five days."