Internships Offered through Penn

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Public Service & Policy


Summer Internship Funding Sources at Penn

Global Internships Program

Penn's Global Internship Program provides opportunities for outstanding undergraduate and graduate students to intern abroad for eight to twelve weeks over the summer. There are opportunities for internships across every industry and on every continent except Antarctica!

For more information or to open an application visit:

Penn Undergraduate Environmental Health Scholars Program
Paid Summer Internship Program for Undergraduates

  • Attend cutting edge research seminars
  • Work with Penn investigators on environmental health and science projects
  • Conduct independent research under the supervision of faculty mentor
  • Explore a career in Environmental Health Sciences

Special Topics include:
Science, Engineering, and Health Careers Exploration; Graduate School Application Discussions; Scientific Integrity and Research Ethics; Hot Topics in Environmental Health; Weekly Field Trips to Community Environmental Sites or Agencies


  • Current undergraduate enrollment with a GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or all A's and B's in math and science
  • At least one year of coursework in biology or other sciences
  • Interest in research careers in environmental health sciences

Candidates from under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Information: Here

For more information, e-mail: or call 215-746-3030.

Penn Public Service Internship Program
Through the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships
A 12-week multi-faceted summer program that immerses approximately 20 undergraduates in real-world problem solving in the West Philadelphia-Penn community. At the core of the internship is an action-oriented, ABCS seminar, "Faculty-Student Collaborative Seminar on Community Based Problem-Solving, Research, Teaching, and Learning: West Philadelphia and Penn as an Experiment in Progress."

Application Deadline: end of February
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The Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Program (non-Penn students also eligible)
To prepare top candidates to pursue careers in health services research, the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI), the Health Care Systems Department of the Wharton School, and the VA Center of Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) are co-sponsoring a summer program for rising undergraduate sophomores, juniors and seniors from underrepresented minority groups, or anyone interested in exploring the field of health services research. The SUMR program provides students with an opportunity to receive a stipend to conduct health services research on a topic of their choice, under the guidance of Penn faculty. The program is funded in part by a grant from CHERP.

Application Deadline: February 1
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Penn Social Entrepreneurship Mentoring (SEM) Program

The flagship Program of the Penn Social Entrepreneurship Initiative attaches Penn students over the summer months to successful social entrepreneurs who have had the experience of founding and leading social enterprises. The Penn SEM Program is differentiated from standard summer internships because it offers students the opportunity to be mentored directly by a successful social entrepreneur leading one of our partner organizations.

Application Deadline: mid-February
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Media Internships through RealArts@Penn
A project from the College of Arts & Sciences intended to support creative Penn undergraduates doing art in the realm of practice. RealArts@PENN is sponsoring six paid summer internships. In 2011 these internships included MTV Networks, Rolling Stone magazine, Brooklyn Films, Philadelphila Magazine, Granary Books, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. RealArts pays a stipend to work in such venues. And RealArts internships and programs are open to students in all four undergraduate schools. Preference is given to sophomores and juniors, but seniors may apply.

Application Deadline: mid-January

Humanities Internships

Here is a short list of humanities internships listed by Curf.

Application deadline: mid- February

Summer Internship in India

Sponsored by the Piramal Foundation Partnership with Penn's Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI), these internships are with NGOs in different regions of India.

Penn Abroad

Penn Abroad's Searchable Study Abroad Program Database

Though these are not Penn programs, students can apply to them through Penn Abroad. In order to search for study abroad programs that offer internships and other experiential learning opportunities, select "Internships" from the "Additional Features" list under "Parameters."

Civic House Community Engagement Internship

The Community Engagement Internship provides funding to Penn undergraduate students to support academic year-long internships at our selected community partner organizations. At our community partner organizations, Penn students engage in a meaningful social justice work, learn more about the city of Philadelphia, acquire real-world skills, and develop and grow through a mentorship relationship with a supervisor.

Application Deadline: check website

Career Services Summer Funding

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. 

Compelete information, including eligabilty rules and deadlines, can be found on our Summer Funding page.

Fox Leadership

Application Deadline: Late April

The Fox Leadership Program is seeking 11 publically spirited Penn students to work in Philadelphia and Harrisburg this summer.  Fellows receive a $3,000 stipend for a 10-week fellowship .  There is some flexibility in the start date, but the preferred start date is late May/early June. 

 The fellowships are with: 

  • Nutritional Development Services (4 Fellows)
  • The Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative
  • The Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger (2 Fellows)
  • Breakthrough
  • State of Pennsylvania Food and Nutritional Services
  • Collegium Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture

More information is available here: