Available Positions

European Studies Center (ESC) has an opening for an Associate Director

The European Studies Center (ESC) at Pitt seeks an Associate Director to assist in the complex management of daily operations and concurrent administrative functions of a major University organizational unit or a major academic and research department within a school or college. The Associate Director controls expenditures, develops projects, and ensures regulatory compliance.

The Associate Director (AD) for the European Studies Center (ESC) works closely with the faculty Director, the Faculty Advisory Board, and UCIS senior leadership to develop and operationalize a strategic vision for the center, including related coursework and student credentials, events, community engagement efforts, communications, and coordination with other units across UCIS, the University, the U.S., and internationally. The incumbent supervises the Center’s staff and student workers. In collaboration with the Director; the incumbent monitors and makes decisions related to the centers’ multiple budgets, attends annual local and national meetings, and diplomatically resolves problems. The incumbent will have primary responsibility for writing major grant proposals and overseeing the writing of smaller grant proposals, tracking and reporting for all grants, and overseeing the collection and analysis of data for all grants. The AD must be able to work with minimal supervision, represent the center in a professional manner, work efficiently on multiple projects, and maintain good rapport with staff, faculty, students and representatives of European and domestic partner institutions. Occasional travel and weeknight/weekend hours required.

Minimum 5 years of experience in a University setting, preferably with supervisory responsibilities. Master's required; PhD preferred. Experience with spreadsheets and budgets essential. Knowledge of Europe and ability to speak a European language in addition to English is also preferred. The Associate Director reports to the Director of the ESC.

To apply, please submit your CV, Cover Letter, and Diversity Statement on Pitt's Talent Center.

Summer Micro-Internship for graduate students at the European Studies Center

As increasing numbers of PhD students pursue careers outside of academia after their graduation, the European Studies Center (ESC) is offering a summer micro-internship that will allow students to develop practical skills in higher ed administration.

About the Program

The micro-internship takes place within the ESC for a 10-week period beginning in June 2023. The internships require a time commitment of 8 hours per week and provide participants a stipend of $1,600.

Graduate students will contribute their expertise to the development and refinement of CASE – Critical Area Studies of Europe - an initiative of the ESC to reimagine an outdated International/Area Studies model. Among the goals for CASE are to 1) better articulate pedagogical frameworks for interdisciplinary study of the world (including languages other than English), 2) apply a systemic and intentional DEI lens to international/area studies; and 3) integrate pre-professional skills development into the curricular and co-curricular offerings with more training for students on how to recognize and articulate their qualifications for a different kinds of careers. CASE aims to forge interdisciplinary and holistic research and teaching in Area Studies to prepare graduates for future international careers both inside and outside of academia.

The intern will assist UCIS and ESC leadership to progress with these initiatives while gaining experience in project management, survey design, and data analysis. They will develop and implement strategies to gather feedback from Pitt staff and faculty on various aspects of CASE. This includes designing surveys and workshop formats, gathering and processing (visualizing) data, convening focus groups and discussion panels. They will also be included in the weekly professional development program offered by the Office of the Provost – Graduate Studies (https://www.gradstudies.pitt.edu/summer-micro-internship)

All graduate students are eligible to apply. A knowledge of Area Studies and critical humanities and social sciences will be an asset. 

Application Guidelines

To apply, please submit an email with the subject line “2023 Summer Micro Internship” along with the following information to Paweł Lewicki (pawel.lewicki@pitt.edu) by May 24, 2023. 

  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 notation if you have limitations which require the internship to be fully virtual or are an international student on an F-1 Visa. (Please note that we will do our best to accommodate students who require a virtual placement but are not sure of how many virtual placements we will have to offer)
  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

Summer Internship Acceptance and Eligibility

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance into the program by the end of May.

Interns are required to complete the internship and any associated professional development.

Additionally, if you hold a fellowship or appointment as a GSR/GSA/TA/TF during summer 2023, your advisor will need to approve your participation in the internship.


If you have questions, please email Paweł Lewicki pawel.lewicki@pitt.edu (Associate Director at the European Studies Center)