Collegiate YMCA

"I feel I have greatly contributed to this placement. The Collegiate YMCA only has one full time staff member, so the CPV program is run entirely by students. By me being in the office, I feel that I have helped organize the program, secure site placements, and place volunteers in a timely manner. "

311 Bellefield Hall
315 S. Bellefield Ave.
Pittsburgh PA 15260

Contact Person:
Lila de Klaver, Executive Director
412-648-7960  or

Areas of Interest:  Counseling, Health or Clinical Psychology, Social Work, Non Profit

Our Cause Defines Us

We know that lasting personal and social change comes about when we all work together. That’s why, at the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

Our Strength is in Community

The Y is a nonprofit like no other. That’s because in 10,000 neighborhoods across the nation, we have the presence and partnerships to not just promise, but to actually deliver positive change.  The Y is community centered.  For nearly 160 years, we’ve been listening and responding to our communities.  The Y brings people together. We connect people of all ages and backgrounds to bridge the gaps in community needs.  The Y nurtures potential. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.  The Y has local presence and global reach. We mobilize local communities to effect lasting, meaningful change.

Our Impact is Felt Every Day

With a mission to put traditional Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all, our impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child and when a community comes together for the common good.

The Collegiate YMCA has been on the University of Pittsburgh campus since 1905, serving students, staff and the community.


The Collegiate YMCA branch of YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh enhances student learning by providing an enriching, practical experience in the non-profit sector.  Students serve as volunteers and interns.  With over 100 potential internship opportunities, we design internships specific to individual experiences, fields of study and career interests, challenging students to stretch in the learning process during placements in 19 branches and 3 resident camps.   During the academic year and summer we place students in a variety of positions to enhance their academic experience.

All interns are channeled through the Collegiate YMCA and students may be placed at various locations within the Pittsburgh YMCA network.

Duties of Intern:

  • Attend orientation/webinars/seminars as assigned
  • Visit 2 other YMCAs
  • Complete portfolio of semester’s work expected
  • Oral presentation reporting semester work using 6 slides in PowerPoint.
  • Attend regular scheduled professional development workshops (usually 2 per semester are offered).
  • Develop work plan for project/work of internship assignment
  • Report hours/participants served using time report
  • Tutor/mentor in K12 settings in classrooms and after school in our College Positive Volunteer (CPV)program.
  • Coordinate program sites where teams of CPVs serve.
  • Lead teams of CPVs in workshop designing, scheduling Pitt faculty and staff to teach a workshop, orient CPVs, -- Student training coordinator
  • Assist Student Executive Council to arrange for monthly service events – from collection drives to serving another agency

Sample duties may include (but not exclusive to the following)

  • Working with children K-12, teaching ways to resolve conflict, make healthy choices in exercise and nutrition, diversity and inclusivity.  Help track outcomes to learning using YMCA data collection input and analysis, using Force as the framework.
  • Working with active older adults to become engaged in the community and be active to maintain health; plan activities beyond Silver & Fit and Silver Sneakers programs.
  • RESEARCH.  Survey members and track and analyze data.
  • Engaging YMCA members to serve our community, nutrition health topics….
  • Start a blog to help college students prevent the “freshman 15”, post nutrition tips on Facebook, …
  • Assist in grant writing and fundraising to support YMCA work.  Learn the processes to apply for local grants that support the work of YMCA programs.
  • Lead special events such as fundrasing events, community events like Healthy Kids Day, Turkey Trot, Family Days, Job Fairs,(film screening & dialogues), and other special events.


  • Email Contact Person with letter of interest and resume
  • Act 33 Clearance:  PA Child Abuse Form
  • Act 34 Clearance: PA Criminal Record Check
  • Act 73 Clearance: FBI Background Clearance
  • Student GPA is in good standing. (2.75 minimum)
  • Must be able to climb stairs, hear and see, lift 30 pounds.
  • Working knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook

General Information: 

  • Most placements will be accessible via PAT bus
  • Specific duties are arranged by the individual placement site. 
  • After School support.  Examples:  Teaching kids conflict resolution, positive decision making, and moral/social ethics through literature.
  • Working with high school students to develop community understanding of needs and gaps and how they are met through local service agencies.  HS students serve these agencies.
  • Coordinate volunteer activities with community organizations for students in grades 9-12 and adult members.
  • Assist in organizing and conducting a program lanscape map for YMCA communities and specific regions where YMCAs are located.  (Hill District, Homewood, Northside,  County school district communities.

Terms Offered: 

fall, spring, summer

Number of Students:  

Up to 6