Why intern abroad?

Everyone knows that internships are an asset to your resume and can be a great stepping stone to a career, but an international internship can really make you stand out. An international experience increases 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 abroad is a life-changing experience that will set you apart from the rest of the applicant pool!


About the matching process

Penn’s International Internship Program places Penn students in internships through a matching process. Students apply to the IIP program through an online application. After the application closes, the internship management team reviews applications and schedules interviews with top candidates.  After these interviews, the team will match students with internships, based on each applicant’s skills and interests, and the needs of the host organization, taking into account what internship or organization will be the best fit for each student. The internship management team then ranks the students for each internship or organization.  Each organization that sponsors an internship will be sent the application information of the top candidates. Each organization will be given a chance to interview the candidates themselves before they make the final selection of the candidate they wish to accept.


About the IIP award

Students selected for an IIP internship will receive an award to offset the cost of round-trip travel from Philadelphia to the internship site and living expenses. It is not meant to cover your entire internship experience. Any costs above the award amount must be covered by the student. We recommend you talk to past participants about in-country costs and budgeting for your internship. Students will more than likely have to pay for some of their internship out of their own pocket, so it is important to keep that in mind when budgeting. No additional funding will be provided other than the award itself. 

IIP Awards 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.

IIP 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