As a linguistics major, you will find lots of opportunities to engage with fellow students, professors, local communities and workplaces, and even the world!
Yinzling is the undergraduate linguistics club here at Pitt. We are a completely student run organization that holds regular monthly meetings on campus. Meetings consist of graduate speakers, undergraduate speakers, foreign film nights, and more. Two or three times a semester we also have free coffee breaks with the department, where students can get to know faculty and grad students while enjoying free coffee. The name means ‘your language’; it comes from ‘yinz (yunz)’, Pittsburghese for ‘you all’, and ling, which is short for language. For more information or to join our mailing list, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are also on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/yinzling.
Python Linguistics Group (PyLing)
The Pitt Python Linguistics Group, PyLing for short, is a group of computationally-minded linguists around Pitt and also CMU. It is open to faculty, graduate students and undergrad students who like using Python, a popular programming language, in their research and other projects. Please checkout the Facebook group page and email Na-Rae Han if you are interested in joining.
There are many foreign-language clubs on campus you can join. The ASL Club and the Arabic Club in particular are run by linguistics students. There may be more clubs on LCTL languages: inquire your instructor, and better yet, create one!
Internships and Volunteering Opportunities
Courtney Zelinsky completed her internship at M*Modal (pictured here) and is now working at Management Science Associates, inc.
There are many opportunities to engage with various job sites around Pittsburgh. If you are interested in internships, contact Abdesalam Soudi, our department's internship coordinator. You can get course credit while working with a local employer through LING 1900 Linguistic Consulting/Internship. If you are interested in ESL teaching experience, you can volunteer to run a Campus Conversation Course (CCC); contact email@example.com for details. Your advisor and faculty specializing in a particular area may also know of similar opportunities, so make sure to ask around. Pitt's Career Development and Placement Assistance is another excellent resource.
We encourage our undergraduate majors to participate in research. Many venues are available: LING 1903 Directed Research, First Experience in Research, and more. You can work with faculty or graduate students. There are many linguistics conferences for undergraduates you can participate in.
Many of our students participate in Pitt's Study Abroad program. Our department is involved in leading two such programs: Comparative Sign Language in London and Pitt in Bolivia: Linguistics and Languages are organized by LCTL faculty.