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. A 3.0 or higher GPA is required.

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.  Sorry, but IIP is not open to non-Penn students.

Application Components

  • Personal Statement: includes short-answer questions.

  • Cover Letter Uploads: You will be able to upload a cover letter for each of your top two internship choices.  This letter should be addressed to IIP and speak specifically about your qualifications for the internship.  Tell us why you are the best candidate for the job! These cover letters may be shared with the host organizations.

  • Letter of Recommendation: One recommendation from either a Penn professor who has graded you, or 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.  Career services will be open over winter break, except for December 25-January 3.

  • Transcript: After the application deadline, Penn Abroad will access your unofficial transcript with your GPA and the courses you're currently enrolled in listed.  If you have any questions about this, contact Penn Abroad.

  • Placement Preference Questionnaire

  • IIP Application Questionnaire: Asks for basic background information and language ability.

How to Apply

1. Attend an IIP information session

  • This is strongly recommended to get the most information about the program.  
  • Each information session has several past participants available to answer questions.

2. Review the placements on the IIP Placements page

  • Placements will be posted in on a rolling basis from late fall through early January.  Check back frequently for new opportunties!
  • For more information about a placement or region, contact a past participant.

3. Start an application online (The application for summer 2016 will open in December 2015)

  • Please read all of the application instructions carefully.
  • Request your reference early.
  • Some elements of the application can be submitted in hard copy to Penn Abroad, located inside International House at 3701 Chestnut Street.

2016 Application Timeline

Application Open:  December 1, 2015

Application Close: January 25, 2016

Decision Date: First week of March, 2016

    • 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

The application for summer 2016 will open on December  1, 2015.

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