Summer Internship in Higher Education for PhD Students and Graduates

In response to the growing trend of PhD graduates in higher education careers other than faculty positions, the Office of the Provost – Graduate Studies offers a summer micro-internship program in higher education for University of Pittsburgh PhD students. 

About the Program

Now in its second year, this program places eligible PhD students in units at Pitt and other local universities for a 10-week period beginning in June. The internships require a time commitment of 8 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 weekly professional development programming to support PhD students’ career exploration and preparation. 

All PhD students who have passed their doctoral comprehensive exams are eligible to apply. Additionally, most recent Fall and Spring graduates of Pitt PhD programs may also apply. 

This past summer, PhD students were placed in various units across the University of Pittsburgh including the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, the University Center for Teaching and Learning, the University Honors College, and the Innovation Institute. Meet the Summer 2022 interns.

Application Guidelines

The 2022 application period is closed. Please check back in Spring 2023 to apply for the Summer 2023 internship period. 

Summer Internship Acceptance and Eligibility

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance into the program in mid-May. 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 you must have passed your doctoral comprehensive exam before you submit the application.

Additionally, if you hold a fellowship or summer appointment as a GSR/GSA/TA/TF, your advisor will need to approve your participation in the internship.


If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to Treviene Harris, Program Coordinator, at