Penn Funding Resources for Summer Opportunities

These represent funding opportunities made available through various offices and centers at Penn. Students from all schools are eligible to apply for most funding programs. Deadlines and requirements vary. Check individual program pages for details.

Also, students may want to look at the Penn Summer Waiver Award program through Student Financial Services. Students who are accepted to participate in the program and who meet the eligibility requirements will qualify for a full or partial waiver of their expected contribution from summer savings.

Career Services
Platt Performing Arts - Summer Internship Award
Center for Advanced Study on India
Real Arts
Christian Association
Wharton Entrepreneurship Start-Up Internship Award
CURFWharton Public Policy Initiative
International Internships Program (I3)Wharton Social Impact Initiative

Fox Leadership

Non-Penn Sources of Funding

Career Services

Deadline: TBA (March, 2018)

Many summer internships, particularly in certain fields, provide only a small stipend or do not pay at all.  Frequently the internships are located in cities with a high cost of living. This means that many students are unable to take advantage of excellent positions, which are sometimes the first step on a career in a given field.  Other students wish to participate in not for profit or NGO work abroad, or to do a research project, but the travel costs to get there are prohibitive.

This year, thanks to generous donors, Career Services has a small fund of money to allow students to pursue unfunded or under-funded summer opportunities.  The funds could cover travel expenses, living expenses, or both.  No award will exceed $3000.

For full details, visit our funding page.

Center for Advanced Study on India

Deadline: March 12th, 2018

CASI provides up to $3,000 to undergraduate winners and up to $3,500 to graduate student winners to use towards international roundtrip economy fare and India in-country travel related expenses.* We encourage applications from both Penn undergraduates, preferably juniors writing a thesis related to contemporary India, and graduate students focused on contemporary India or India in a comparative context.

Eligibility: Current students enrolled in a degree program at the University of Pennsylvania; students must spend at least eight (8) weeks in India during the summer months.

For more details:

Christian Association

Since 2009, the Christian Association at the University of Pennsylvania (CA) has awarded travel grants to students involved in service work in Africa during the summer. These scholarships were part of the CA's Open Mind for Africa program that engaged the Penn community in learning about systemic issues facing countries in Africa and supported students putting learned skills into practice.

CA grant eligibity grants include summer service work anywhere in the world, including the U.S., and has renamed the grant program simply, Open Mind for Service. The change was made in recognition of the CA's commitment to service and social justice wherever it takes place, and to provide additional opportunities to support the amazing work in which Penn students are engaged. This year, three grants in the amount of $750 each will be reserved for one graduate student in the School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) and two undergraduate students working on service projects that last a minimum of two months during the summer. For inquries contact:

For more details:


CURF offers a list of selected undergraduate research grants administered by CURF and other Penn departments. CURF is developing a comprehensive directory of research funding resources, but other department and center-based grants exist, so students should always inquire in every relevant department. Grants vary in their eligibility requirements. All will require that a student have a specific, well-thought out and clearly defined project, and have identified an appropriate Faculty Project Advisor.

Where should I start?: A good place to start for undergraduates in the College is the College Alumni Society Research Grant. For undergraduates in the other three schools, the best starting grants are the Vagelos Undergraduate Research Grant and the Class of 1971 Robert J. Holtz Endowed Fund for Undergraduate Research.

For more details:

Fox Leadership

Deadlines: February through March, 2017 (See for details)

The Fox Program sponsors four types of funded fellowships for Penn undergraduates and recent alumni. 

Penny Fox Undergraduate or Alumni Research and Service Fellowships include those enrolled undergraduates or students who graduated from Penn within the preceding five years who are engaged with the program during the summer months.

Robert A. Fox Undergraduate or Alumni Research and Service Fellowships are those presently enrolled undergraduates or students who graduated from Penn within the preceding five years who are engaged with the program in one or more semesters during the academic year.

Robert A. Fox and Penny Fox Alumni Research and Service Fellowships are those presently enrolled undergraduates or students who graduated from Penn within the preceding seven years who are engaged with the program for an entire year or more.

For more details:

Penn Global Internships Funds

Deadline: March 1, 2017

The Global Internship Program gives students the opportunity to apply for International Internship Program funding to offset the costs (travel, living, etc.) related to international internships that they have secured on their own.  Preference will be given to undergraduate applicants.

For more details:

Wharton Public Policy Initiative

Deadlines: February 28th, March 31st, and May 1st (Applications are taken in rounds i.e., all applications received on or before February 28th will be reviewed at that time, and so on)

The Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative (PPI) is pleased to announce that it is offering funding, on a competitive basis, to students that accept offers for public policy summer internships in Washington, DC, that otherwise would be unpaid or come only with modest compensation. This includes internships on Capitol Hill, at any of the executive branch agencies, and at think tanks or research organizations. PPI funding is available for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in any of Penn's schools.

For internships that are unpaid, Penn Wharton PPI can provide up to $500 per week to undergraduate students for up to 12 weeks, for a maximum of $6,000 for the summer. Students receiving some compensation (or funding from other sources) that falls short of the $500/week threshold for undergraduates or the $1,000/week threshold for graduate students may apply to Penn Wharton PPI for supplementary funding to make up the difference.

For more details:

Wharton Social Impact Initiative

Wharton Social Impact Initiative will be granting summer internship funding award of up to $4,000 each to a select group of exceptional Wharton undergraduate students who have secured social impact internships with nonprofit or for-profit mission-driven organizations this summer.

More details:

Wharton Startup Internship Award

Deadline: June 1, 2018

The Startup Internship Awards are awarded to select students who will spend the summer interning at a startup and who demonstrate both a commitment to entrepreneurship at Penn and to pursuing an entrepreneurial career. The objective of this award is to provide financial support for students who would be making a financial sacrifice by taking unpaid or underpaid summer internships at startup companies.

More details:

Real Arts Internship Prize

Deadline: Spring 2018 (see website for details)

For the second year in a row, RealArts@Penn is offering an internship prize specifically designed to help with costs associated with unpaid internships.This prize is intended specifically for students who have been offered an internship in a creative or arts related field. Undergraduates from any school and all grade levels are eligible for a RealArts@Penn Internship Prize.

More details:

Platt Performing Arts - George and Jane Wallace Summer Performing Arts Internship Award

Deadline: March 15, 2018

The Wallace Award provides one Penn undergraduate with funds to support a summer internship in a professional performing arts or related entertainment organization. The award recipient receives a $3,000 stipend. Half is given in advance of the summer internship and the second half is given the following fall semester after the recipient submits a journal essay describing the learning experience.  Past winners have done internships at non-profit and commercial theatres in New York City, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Paris, the Berkshires, and points beyond.  Applicants are responsible for securing their internship.

More details:

Non-Penn Sources of Internship Funding

Gilman International Scholarship for Internships Abroad

Deadline: March 7, 2017

The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by offering awards to U.S. undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in intern abroad programs worldwide.

For more details:

Eckenfelder Scholarship

Deadline: TBD (April)

Dr. Eckenfelder's career as an environmental trailblazer spanned more than 50 years, during which time he has trained thousands of graduate students and professionals in the science and art of industrial wastewater treatment. To honor his dedication to the environmental industry, we created a $5,000 Dr. Wes Eckenfelder Jr. - Brown and Caldwell Scholarship. Criteria:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident
  • Be a full-time student enrolled in his/her Junior, Senior year or graduate program at an accredited college/university.
  • Declared major in Civil, Chemical or Environmental Engineering or one of the environmental science
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent on a 5.0 scale)

For more information:

Minority Scholarship

Deadline: TBD (April)

At Brown and Caldwell, we value diversity in the workplace, supporting organizations like the Society of Women Engineers, National Society of Black Engineers and the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers. We've also set up a $5,000 Minority Scholarship Program to help minority groups succeed in the environmental engineering industry.

For more details:

Amy Adina Schulman Memorial Fund

Deadline: Rolling decisions

The Amy Adina Schulman Memorial is an endowment fund started in 1987 to honor the life of a student and progressive activist. This Fund is a realization of her family and her communities' desire to celebrate her life, to fulfill her dreams and her potential. The Fund is unique in that it provides grants only to individuals - young adults who volunteer or intern for progressive social action projects or programs of their own choosing.  Applicants submit a letter of acceptance from the organization with which they will work and receive supervision, and also submit a proposed plan as to how they will educate and encourage their peers to participate in similar social action.

Visit to access the application.

Jessica Jennifer Cohen Foundation Fund

The Jessica Jennifer Cohen Foundation seeks to provide financial assistance to benefit young adults to enable them to perform community service that otherwise would be financially difficult or impracticable for them to do. The community service may be through employment or other association with a non-profit or other suitable community service organization, through the development and execution of an individual's own program of community service, or through any other suitable community service activity. The Jessica Jennifer Cohen Foundation prefers to help young people whose proposed project is an early major step for him or her in community service.

Visit for more information and to apply.