What to Expect

Learn about our application process and internships.

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Frequently asked questions

Q. What is the PPG application process?

A. You can apply for an internship or trainee position with PPG on our site or your school’s career website. We review and consider applications from both sources. Once we receive your application, our selection team will review it, taking into consideration your major, year in school, proposed projects, location and more.

PPG representatives are on campus for career fairs, information sessions, and interviews. On-campus interviews are typically in a panel format. Depending on the program, we will either make a decision based on the interview or bring final candidates to a PPG location for an onsite interview.

During onsite interviews, candidates meet with program leaders. Some positions, like our IT internships and trainees, require you to pass an assessment test, which is administered during the onsite interview. Both on-campus and onsite interviews are geared to learn how the candidate will perform in their position and in our culture. The goal of our interviews is for you to learn about PPG and what we have to offer, while we seek to understand your qualifications and experience.

Q. What is the timing? How long does it take?

A. We post internship opportunities on our career site and interview two times during the year, in either September-November or January-March. Onsite interviews take place in November or March.

Q. When can I expect to hear the outcome?

A. We emphasize a quick turnaround after interviews and try to get back to candidates within a few weeks. All students will hear back from PPG on our decision either via email or phone.

Q. If I need to relocate, what will be provided?

A. We provide some relocation assistance, based on the situation of the candidate. Interns may be eligible for a stipend at the beginning of their internship to help with temporary housing costs. Based on the position, new graduates who are relocating for a full-time PPG position may be eligible for relocation assistance to help with these expenses.

Q. What projects can I anticipate working on while in my internship/trainee position?

A. Our interns and trainees work on real-life business problems. Because we want interns and trainees to work on current projects and technology, we don’t have projects confirmed until the spring, as business needs change. While interns can expect to know their projects at the beginning of their internship, they may change based on new business needs.

Q. What do I need to bring with me to my interview?

A. Bring a copy of your resume. If anything more than a resume (such as a transcript) is required, you will be informed ahead of time.

Q. How long is the internship?

A. Our internships take place between 10 and 12 weeks.

Q. Is there any opportunity for a full-time position after the internship is over?

A. Yes. Our internships can turn into full-time positions based the intern’s performance and business needs. These decisions are made at the end of the internship or quickly after the student goes back to school.

Q. How many interns does PPG typically take?

A. The number of internships varies year to year, but we usually have around 60 throughout the U.S.

Q. What sites/business groups typically take interns?

A. All businesses take interns. Locations change each year and often include: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Cleveland, Ohio; Oak Creek, Wisconsin; Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania; and Sylmar, California.

Q. Can international students apply for internships and trainee positions?

A. Yes, international students may apply for internships and trainee positions. We evaluate sponsorship on a case by case basis. All interns or new hires are required to show proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. within their first three days of employment.

Q. Do you have any pre-employment requirements?

A. All new hires, including interns and trainees, are required to pass a background check and drug screen prior to their start date.

Q. Are there any international assignments that could be available for interns or trainees?

A. Typically, intern and trainee assignments start in the U.S. There have been a few opportunities where intern candidates are offered an international assignment or trainees were placed internationally during a rotational program.