The IIP application is a common application for all the internships.  You are able to state your preference for the internships in your application, but you may be considered for other internship as well depending on your skill set and the internships available.  You are also welcome to state no preference and instead focus your application on why the IIP program is a good fit for you.

Strong candidates will be able to meet two or more of the following criteria:

  • Coursework relevant to work in international development
  • Personal or professional experiences in demanding circumstances
  • Work and/or travel experience abroad
  • Foreign language proficiency
  • Ability to work independently
  • Flexibility, adaptability and resourcefulness
  • A willingness and desire to go out of your comfort zone!

Who is Eligible

IIP is open to degree-seeking students at the University of Pennsylvania. Current Penn freshmen, sophomores, juniors and first-year graduate students are eligible.

Note: If you are an exchange student, a senior or graduate student graduating in May,  or a non degree-seeking student, you are not eligible for internships through IIP. There may be other opportunities available for graduating students. Please contact Career Services for information on other international opportunities.

How to Apply

  1. Attend an IIP information session (strongly recommended)
  2. Start an application online (The application for summer 2013 will open on December 2nd, 2013)
  • Your application will be activated within two business days, so it is important to open the application as soon as possible.
  • Please read all the application instructions carefully.
  • Some elements of the application can be submitted in hard copy to Penn Abroad, located inside International House at 3701 Chestnut Street.

2014 Application Timeline

Application Open:  December 2, 2013

Application Close: January 30, 2014

Decision Date: First week of March, 2014

Application components

  • Personal statement: Includes 3 short-answer questions and supplememental questions specific to each internship
  • 2 recommendations: One recommendation must be from a Penn professor who has graded you, the other may be a professional reference of your choice. If you would like to have a graduate TA write a recommendation for you, the Professor for the class must complete the recommendation, but the TA can submit a letter of support.
  • Resume: Please include any paid work experience on your resume as well as the dates or hours worked (e.g. September 2011-August 2012, or 10 hours per week for one semester). Visit the Career Services website for resources on how to write a resume.
  • Transcript: Request an official copy at the Registrar’s office (free of charge if you make the request in person and let them know it's for IIP).  PDF files of screen-shots of your Penn-InTouch unofficial transcript will also be accepted, and can be sent to .
  • Placement Preference Questionnaire
  • Language Proficiency Self-Assessment
  • Current course list

PLEASE NOTE:        It may take up to 48 hours for your application to become available after you open it.  We appreciate your patience during this time.

IIP and Ben Franklin Scholars

Penn's International Internship Program works in partnership with the Benjamin Franklin Scholars by reserving up to 7 spots for BFS students each summer.  In past summers, BFS students have participated in an variety of internships with an emphasis on research and the humanities. Read More

    • Camping in Argentina
    • Camping in Argentina
    • West African drumming in Ghana
    • West African drumming in Ghana
    • Bishop Forson School hiking trip
    • Bishop Forson School hiking trip
    • CASI interns at SPS
    • CASI interns at SPS
    • Learning from traditional weavers in Etsha
    • Learning from traditional weavers in Etsha
    • A day trip to Tikal
    • A day trip to Tikal
    • Harella in the hills
    • Harella in the hills
    • Hanging out at basecamp
    • Hanging out at basecamp