• Connie Chen
    • Connie Chen
    • IIP interns in Ghana
    • IIP interns in Ghana
    • Interns in India
    • Interns in India
    • Researching the role of sports in Santiago Atitlan
    • Researching the role of sports in Santiago Atitlan
    • IIP Interns at The Great Wall of China
    • IIP Interns at The Great Wall of China
    • High School students in Rwanda
    • High School students in Rwanda
    • IIP interns in Ghana
    • IIP interns in Ghana
    • Francis and Jenn at Golden Bridges in Beijing
    • Francis and Jenn at Golden Bridges in Beijing
    • Amy with her students in Ghana
    • Amy with her students in Ghana
    • IIP Interns in Guatemala
    • IIP Interns in Guatemala
    • Exploring Beijing
    • Exploring Beijing

Welcome to Penn’s International Internship Program (IIP)

Penn’s International Internship Program (IIP) provides opportunities for outstanding undergraduate and graduate students to intern abroad for eight to twelve weeks over the summer.

The majority of internship placements have been with non-profit or non-governmental organizations, but the nature of the placements varies greatly. Some IIP placements require office work, while others require hands-on work at field sites, schools, or clinics. Each intern will receive an award to offset their internship-related expenses, including flight, visa expenses, housing and food, funded by the University of Pennsylvania. This award is not meant to cover your entire internship experience. These global opportunities allow students to apply the academic knowledge they have obtained, while enriching their overall Penn experience with diverse cultural and international exposure and valuable work experience. 

If you are interested in spending a summer abroad doing work related to your academic concentration or interests, we encourage you to explore the IIP placements available and contact us with any questions.

Announcements

The application for the Summer 2017 International Internship Program will open in Fall 2016. Visit the Application page for more information! The deadline for Summer 2017 applications is January 24, 2017 at 11:59PM.


Internships for Summer 2017 will be posted on a rolling basis between November 2016 and January 2017.  In the meantime, browse the website to learn more about IIP and take a look at last year's IIP placements.

    • Aug 26 11:40AM
    • Feeling Settled?
    • A few weeks into my time in Guatemala, this trip has started to feel less like a vacation and more like a real home. With orientation complete, and our Penn mentors having left us to explore the summer ourselves, I have settled into a comfortable daily routine: I wake up around 7am without needing an alarm, a normally […]
    • Aug 15 10:05AM
    • In Preparation for Ghana
    • In a recent print advertisement for Turkish Airlines titled the “Far East Awaits You”, a cast of characteristically Asian characters are arranged in an airport lobby, as if posing for a class photograph. There is the Hindu elephant God Ganesha, seated next to a  snake charmer and sitar-playing Sikh. Behind them appear to be a […]
    • Aug 9 4:33PM
    • Out With the Old, In With the New
    • “India is a land of contradictions,” was the insight I received from a previous intern a few weeks before I departed on my own internship abroad.  I acknowledged this as a superficial warning about the classic head nod implying ‘no’ but really indicating ‘yes’ — I was already aware of this phenomenon!  However, this observation […]

Events

IIP Information Sessions begin in November, however, during Penn Global Week, there will be an info session on September 22nd at 2pm in the new Perry World House. Click here to see more dates and times.

IIP Videos

Dyana So, IIP Summer 2014 intern in Israel, had this video featured on SAS Frontiers.

Lauren McCann, IIP Summer 2013 intern in Botswana, submitted this video to Penn Abroad's Travel Arts Festival.

2017 Application Timeline

Application Open:  November, 2016

Application Close: January 24, 2017 at 11:59PM

Decision Date: Mid March, 2017

Contact Us

Penn Abroad Office
3701 Chestnut Street, Suite 1W
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: 215-898-9073
Fax: 215-898-2622