What is the Global Internship Program (GIP)?

The GIP is a way for outstanding Penn undergraduate and graduate students to intern or conduct research abroad over the summer for 8-12 weeks.

Why Intern or do Research Abroad?

Everyone knows that internships and research experiences are an asset to your resume and can be a great stepping stone to a career, but an international experience can really make you stand out. These experiences increase creative thinking, independence, communication skills, cross cultural competency, and the ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds. Plus, work experience abroad is a valuable asset to job seekers in the increasingly global economy.  An internship or research experience abroad is a life-changing opportunity that will set you apart from the rest of the applicant pool!

What are my Options?

With the GIP, you have several options to pursuing a summer experience abroad.

  1. Intern Abroad - apply to one of our pre-approved Penn placements abroad (often founded through a Penn alumnus) or apply to a specific city around the world.
  2. Research Abroad - apply to one of our pre-approved Penn placements abroad (often founded through a Penn faculty member)
  3. Apply for Funding - if you already have an internship or research experience lined up for the summer, apply to have Penn Abroad fund your trip

How Can I Afford To Go?

When you apply for an internship or research placement through our application, you will also have the opportunity to apply for the Global Internship Scholarship.  We have over 100 scholarships available that will help you offset the cost of round-trip travel from Philadelphia to the internship site, as well as living expenses.  It is not meant to cover your entire internship experience.

You will also have the opportunity (through the application) to apply for several other additional scholarships that are also funded by the University of Pennsyvlania.

GIP Scholarships are taxable. The payment of an award to a student recipient will be reported as Miscellaneous Income.  For US citizen recipients, no taxes are withheld from these payments, although the University does report the payments to the IRS and the student on Form 1099-MISC. Awards made to foreign nationals will be subject to a withholding of up to 30%. Information regarding potential Income Tax Treaty Exemption from withholding for foreign nationals will be reviewed by the Tax Office prior to the award disbursement.

GIP interns receiving financial aid, but expected to contribute summer wages towards their tuition costs, may be eligible to receive a waiver for the summer contribution.

We are happy to provide the necessary documentation for the waiver application. We encourage you to speak to a financial aid counselor to talk about your own specific circumstances. For more information, visit Student Financial Services.

Past Internship Locations

  • Argentina
  • Bangladesh
  • Belgium
  • Benin
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Burundi
  • China
  • Denmark
  • El Salvador
  • England
  • France
  • The Gambia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Malawi
  • Mexico
  • Mozambique
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Peru
  • Portugal
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Turkey
  • Tanzania