International Internship Program: Prague

Internships are crucial to success in today’s competitive job market. The International Internship Program (IIP) gives you a competitive advantage through the experience of a summer-long, full-time internship abroad. Full - time means anywhere from 35 to 40 hours a week, so you will have the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to your organization as well as develop professional relationships with your coworkers. You'll have an unparalleled opportunity to develop technical and transferable skills in a global context, and learn how to articulate your experience toward your professional and personal development.

This program will challenge you to become globally competent and add value to a company from day one. You will be pushed to be resourceful in a professional environment, put your coursework to practice, and build an international network.

The IIP is an 8-week summer program, and you'll be enrolled in a 6 credit internship for credit course. This program is designed for students who have successfully completed three semesters of coursework at Pitt or a transfer university as a degree-seeking student. Internships are customized to your professional interest area, based on your past experiences and qualifications, and placements are guaranteed for those accepted to the program. Keep in mind that, due to visa regulations, internships are available for credit only.

What You'll Accomplish

As an engaged and active participant in this program, you will have the opportunity to: 

  • Develop in-demand professional skills and articulate them toward your future career development
  • Apply knowledge you’ve learned in the classroom and make a positive impact in your organization
  • build a network of international colleagues to help support your professional goals

 

The "Golden City" of Prague has beautiful architecture, vibrant culture, and a deep history. Located at the heart of Europe, it is the capital of the Czech Republic, has an area of 496 km2 and is home to 1,200,000 people. The year 870, when Prague castle was established, is regarded as the beginning of the city's existence.  In 1918, at the end of World War I, Prague was declared the capital of a new country of the Czechoslovak Republic. In 1993 it became the capital of an independent Czech Republic.

Prague's economy has historically been based on it's industrial sectors of automobiles, electronics, and energy, to name a few. Now, a center for innovation and entrepreneurship, its ever-growing service industry includes finance, IT, tourism, and film.

 

Where You'll Live

You will be housed in shared, suite-style dormatory housing with the other IIP: Prague students. Your housing will be easily accessible to public transportation, however, ommuting is part of living in a city, and you can expect an hour commute from your housing to your internship site.

You can expect your housing to include:

  • double or triple occupancy rooms
  • shared bathrooms and living space
  • shared kitchen
  • internet access
  • laundry facilities 
  • study lounges

We do our best to provide the most accurate information about housing and amenities but due to the nature of the locations in which we offer programs and limited availability, these items are subject to change.  Contact your program manager with any questions.

 

What You'll Study

You will earn six credits through the Pitt Business Internship for Credit Program (BUS 1910). Your coursework will include reflective essays, a midterm internship supervisor evaluation, and a final internship supervisor evaluation. All assignments will be posted online through a course website, and students will submit assignments electronically. BUS1910 is graded pass/fail, and only students who successfully pass the internship course will be considered as having studied abroad for any degree, certificate, or major requirements.

BUS1910 fulfills both foreign culture requirements for Pitt Business students. Non-business students, including dual degree students, should work directly with their academic advisors to determine if the course can be applied to any degree requirements.

 

IIP International Internship (BUS1910)

This six-credit international experience is for students wishing to gain valuable experience and exposure in an international professional work environment.  The course purpose is to enhance the students’ internship experience in the field making it more valuable by providing the opportunity to analyze, discuss, and contextualize their work and evaluate personal experience and accomplishments. The course is divided into two different thematic sections:
1) The course helps students understand issues related to their internship placements business environment and the peculiarities of local contemporary socio-economic trends.
2) The course actively engages in an experiential learning journey towards personal development and career empowerment, by examining critical strategies for personal and career success in a global marketplace and evaluating personal attitudes, skills, interests and knowledge.
3) The course directly addresses professional development by engaging participants in formal career readiness exercises.  The goal is for participants to understand transferrable skills, cross-cultural skills and global competence and articulate these elements in the form of cover letters, resumes and interviews in order to better prepare for entering today’s job market.
The course helps students make the necessary connections between intercultural learning and personal employability so that they better understand and articulate study abroad experiences in ways meaningful for personal and professional advancement, enhancement of global competence and intercultural awareness.  
Overall Course Objectives:

  • Discuss and describe the main features and issues relevant to contemporary labor market in the destination country, business environment, and socio-economic developments.
  • Critically reflect on personal attributes and assess strengths and skills necessary for success in your field and career ambitions.
  • Examine 21st century job skills, employment trends and their relation to the global marketplace of careers and professional development.
  • Explore and identify international career opportunities in your field of interest
  • Develop a “tool kit” of concepts and information regarding the cultural and business climate of the country in focus. 
  • Recognize, observe, and describe cultural differences and their impact on people’s behaviors, attitudes and values through active and targeted engagement with host culture, people, and city.
  • Recognize and describe how your professional competences, global competence, and intercultural awareness have improved during the internship and apply the acquired knowledge, attitudes and skills to personal and professional goals.
  • Develop and articulate a personal employment narrative both verbally and in writing that integrates study abroad experience with career professionalism and global competence.

 

Experiential Learning Description

Pitt's partner in Prague, EUSA, will work with you after your acceptance to find you an internship. Internships in Prague are available in a variety of fields, and EUSA always takes your academic focus and career goals into account when pairing you with a host company. The final interview for your internship will occur in-country.

EUSA will work with you throughout the placement process to perfect your resume, prepare you for your interviews, and find out what your internship goals are. For more information about the placement process, see EUSA's placement process flow chart.

For more information about EUSA’s internship placement meeting and how you should prepare, see EUSA’s placement meeting overview.

 

 

While your academic course will be taught by Pitt faculty, they will not accompany you to Prague. EUSA, Pitt's partner in Prague, has a full-time support staff there to help you with whatever you might need during your stay. Whether it’s housing, internship advice, or just recommendations on where to take your parents when they visit, the EUSA staff is there for you.

Read more about life in Prague here.

Your Pitt Study Abroad Contacts

Hillary Koller

Hello! I’m Hillary, the Internship Manager for Pitt Business International Programs. I originally hail from New Jersey, but became a member of the Pitt community as an undergraduate student in 2002 and I have been here pretty much ever since. During my time at Pitt I’ve had the opportunity to accompany students abroad, and I’m excited to work with you to make your international internship experience a valuable one! When I’m not in the office, you can find me spending time in the great outdoors, reading, cooking, and taking a yoga or ballet class. Get in touch with me at hkoller@pitt.edu or 412-648-0276.

 

Your In-Country Contacts

Bryan Schultz

I joined the University of Pittsburgh international programs team in 2011 and now serve as the Director of International Programs at Pitt Business.  My portfolio of responsibilities include designing, creating and implementing international academic, internship and research opportunities for University of Pittsburgh undergraduate business students. Prior to joining the University of Pittsburgh I spent 15 years in Colorado and Washington D.C. as a consultant and executive for a variety of nonprofit and government organizations serving environmental, human service and early childhood education issues.  I studied abroad in Germany for a semester during undergrad and the highs and lows of that experience were so powerful that years later I decided to pursue a second career in higher education international programming.  My educational background includes a Master of Nonprofit Management from Regis University and a BA in Political Science from Kalamazoo College.  During free time I enjoy long backpacking trips, following Detroit-based professional sports, painting, going to concerts, and exploring new places - especially those overseas.  Please contact me 2112 Sennott Square, 412.383.7321 or bschultz@katz.pitt.edu.

 

Hillary Koller

Hello! I’m Hillary, the Internship Manager for Pitt Business International Programs. I originally hail from New Jersey, but became a member of the Pitt community as an undergraduate student in 2002 and I have been here pretty much ever since. During my time at Pitt I’ve had the opportunity to accompany students abroad, and I’m excited to work with you to make your international internship experience a valuable one! When I’m not in the office, you can find me spending time in the great outdoors, reading, cooking, and taking a yoga or ballet class. Get in touch with me at hkoller@pitt.edu or 412-648-0276.

 

Items Billed by Pitt

  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $5,196 $5,396
Program Fee $1,804 $1,804
Study Abroad Fee $300 $300
Total Billed by Pitt $7,300 $7,500

Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs

Airfare $1,200 - $1,500
Personal Expenses $$1,500 - $3,000
Public Transportation $$200 - $400

Total Estimated Program Cost

  In-State Out-of-State

Total Estimated Cost of Program
(Includes items billed by Pitt and additional expenses)

$10,200 - $12,500 $10,300 - $12,700

 

What's Included

As a part of your IIP: Prague fee, the following are included:

  • In-country orientation
  • Tuition for six credits
  • Housing
  • International health insurance

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

When You'll Go

Traveling to Prague

Please do not book your flights until instructed to do so by your program manager. You are welcome to arrive prior to the program start date or depart after the program end date, but you must make independent housing and travel arrangements for that time and be sure you are following visa and immigration regulations. 

 

 

What Else You Need to Know

All students are required to attend the mandatory Program Agreement Meeting. This afternoon long event will cover important topics relevant to study abroad like health, safety, security, and more.  Plus, it will give you the chance to meet other students studying abroad on your programs!  Alumni and staff will also be present to help you start thinking about your goals for the program. More information will be provided by your program manager.

Pitt Business students may apply for additional scholarships through the Pitt Business International Scholarship application. Please note that the application deadline for the Pitt Business International Scholarship is the same date as the program application deadline. For other scholarship opportunities, be sure to check out the Pitt Study Abroad scholarship page.