• i3 intern in China
    • i3 intern in China
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Independent International Internships (I3)

The Independent International Internships (I3) program gives students the opportunity to apply for International Internship Program funding to offset the costs (travel, living, etc.) related to international internships that they have secured on their own.  Preference will be given to undergraduate applicants.



Locations: Priority consideration will be given to unpaid internships outside of Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.  Internships in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa are encouraged.  Students should be able to demonstrate a strong connection between the internship placement and their course of study at Penn.

Organizations: Priority consideration will be given to internships within non-profit organizations and small for-profit start-up companies.  Students are encouraged to work with Career Services to seek advice on resources that may assist them with their independent internship search.

Projects: Projects may run the gamut from research to consulting to field work.  However, projects may not include clinical medical work. 

Duration: Internships must last between 8 and 12 weeks over the summer, typically in May through mid-August.



I3 funding is available 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 I3 funding.

Past IIP interns are eligible to apply. 


Application Process

Application Deadline: March 1, 2017

Complete applications will be reviewed by a committee.  Students who have applied to an IIP placement may also apply to the I3 program. However, if they are offered an IIP placement, they will no longer be eligible for I3 and will be expected to accept the IIP placement offer and withdraw the I3 application.