Civic House Public Interest Internship Funds
University of Pennsylvania

Information for Summer 2016 internship funding will be available in march 2016.


The Civic House Public Interest Internship Funds provide financial support for selected University of Pennsylvania undergraduates who have secured summer internships with a nonprofit or public sector organization.  It is the goal of these Funds to enable students who rely on summer earnings to participate in unfunded or underfunded internships that they would otherwise be unable to accept. While all eligible students are encouraged to apply, preference will be given to students with demonstrated financial need.  Prospective interns may apply for full-time or part-time support; if you are applying for part-time support, please explain within your personal statement what else you are doing this summer. The number of students selected and the amount of financial support provided will ultimately depend upon the applicant pool. Internships could include work with organizations committed to:

* Arts & Culture
* Social Service
* Social Change/Advocacy
* Policy Research
* Health & Human Services
* Education
* Community/International Development
* Social Welfare
* Media/Technology
* Environment  

Please note that we will not fund internships with the for profit sector.  In addition, funding should be applied for to support your daily living expenses while participating in your internship.  We will not fund program fees or service trips.  Lastly, please note that we give strong preference to internships that are more than 4 weeks in length.  If you have questions about your specific project, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page. For a list of previous recipients of the internship funds, please visit this page.

One opportunity to receive financial support from the Internship Funds is through a collaboration between Civic House and the Middle Atlantic Regional Advisory Board (MARAB). This specific fund serves to provide University of Pennsylvania undergraduate students from the Washington, D.C. area with financial support to participate in unfunded or underfunded summer internships in the public interest.  Students not from the D.C. area, but who are participating in D.C.- area nonprofit or public internships will also be considered, but preference will be given to students who are from the D.C. area, regardless of where they may be interning for the summer. Students to whom this fund applies will be considered within the general Internship Funds applicant pool and do not need to provide any additional application materials.

If you have questions about your specific project, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions. Please call or email Civic House Associate Director Elizabeth Cannon (215-898-4831, if there is any confusion about the application process.

For more information on past recipients and their placements, please click here.

To learn more about PIIF, check out this online magazine created by some of our 2015 summer interns!