Internships & Research Abroad Campus Partner Programs

In addition to the Global Research and Internship Program and the Penn Global Research Institutes offered by Penn Abroad, many other Penn centers and academic departments offer internship and research abroad opportunities during the summer. As a participant in any of the Penn campus partner programs below, you will gain access to generous funding from Penn Abroad to offset travel expenses and support your experience abroad.

Explore internship and research abroad opportunities through our Penn campus partners below. Opportunities for Summer 2023 will be updated in November 2022. You are invited to join our mailing list to receive program information, updates to these listings, and application timelines.

Botswana-UPenn Partnership

BUP LogoThe Botswana-UPenn Partnership (BUP) is a collaboration between the Government of Botswana, the University of Botswana, and the University of Pennsylvania working to improve health and healthcare capacity in Botswana, as well as promote and conduct innovative research critical to better understanding the global nature of the HIV epidemic. BUP facilitates fully funded research and internship opportunities for undergraduate Penn students, as well as graduate students enrolled in relevant degree programs. These internship opportunities are hosted by our in-country partner organizations: University of Botswana, Stepping Stones International, and Camphill Community Trust. They are interdisciplinary in nature and are ideal for students interested in Public Health, International Development, Education, Computer Science, Psychology, Social Work, Communication, or Nursing. Internships are 8-10 weeks long and will be offered May-August 2022.

Interested candidates should submit a resume and a cover letter expressing interest and qualification to Charlotte Beever (charlotte.beever@pennmedicine.upenn.edu). The deadline for the application is midnight on Tuesday, February 15, 2020.

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CASI Summer Internship Program in India

CASI Logo The Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI) offers fully-funded summer internship opportunities to Penn students eager to explore modern India. CASI partners with nonprofit organizations and companies that work on a range of challenging contemporary issues, including public health, rural development, environmental sustainability, education, gender, and social enterprise.

Applicants must be full-time, degree-seeking students at the University of Pennsylvania. No language skills, international travel, or previous work experience is required. All majors a encouraged to apply! The CASI Summer Internship Program is 8 - 10 weeks long and will take place between May and August, 2022.

Since 2007, CASI has funded more than 200 Penn students to work with 17 organizations across India. This program is funded through generous support from CASI donors and Penn Abroad’s Global Research & Internship Program (GRIP).

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Gambia Goat Dairy

Gambia Goat Dairy LogoGambia Goat Dairy (GGD) is seeking student interns for an experiential summer research internship in The Gambia to further development of an interdisciplinary One-Health teaching and research farm. GGD’s key goals are 1) Improving maternal and child nutrition, 2) Improving smallholder farmer wealth generation, 3) Empowering and employing women and youth, 4) Strengthening food security of The Gambia, and 5) Promoting environmental stewardship through livestock agriculture.

For Summer 2022, GGD seeks enthusiastic, self-directed, and motivated students to join their team in The Gambia. Fields of relevance for 2022 include engineering (solar and irrigation projects), business (financial modeling, market dynamics), and ecology (land stewardship and management research). Students should be prepared to multitask, contribute to the teams’ goals, and experience Gambian culture. Interested students should submit a CV and letter of interest describing their relevant skills and interest in this project to Dr. Brianna Parsons (bpars@vet.upenn.edu) by February 1, 2022. Interviews will be conducted.

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Pulitzer Center LogoThe Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is an innovative, award-winning non-profit journalism organization supporting in-depth engagement with underreported global affairs. Their Campus Consortium offers International Reporting Fellowships for students at participating institutions.  Penn students can expand their global education by applying for one of these Fellowships focused on Latin America / Caribbean, the Middle East, and North Africa, or South Asia. Full-time undergraduate or master’s-level students, returning in the same full-time status in the fall are eligible. Pulitzer Center editors and advisers work closely with Fellows on storytelling strategies, reporting methods, and travel logistics. Applicants must commit to the fellowship for a minimum of 8-10 weeks abroad. This means asking questions and going deep into stories. Fellows benefit from Pulitzer Center mentorship, networking opportunities, and journalism resources. Most importantly, they become part of a vibrant community. Their work—articles, multimedia, and documentary photography—will be featured on the Pulitzer Center website and in other news outlets. 

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Research and Education in Active Coatings Technologies for the Human Habitat

The REACT LogoThis project sends students to perform research at GIANT in Grenoble, France. GIANT is a one-of-a-kind research campus that co-localizes world-class institutions ranging from universities to national and European research facilities to start-up companies. This vast research infrastructure provides a unique and stimulating environment for researchers and students alike.

Applicants can rank their preference among the projects proposed by the GIANT host labs and then will be matched to projects based on their preference and the lab’s needs for particular experience/background.  If selected, students take part in a larger internship program (GIANT International Internship Programme or GIIP), which hosts students and trainees from a number of non-European universities during the summer.

Visit the REACT webpage to see the projects and to apply.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis; applications received by February 3, 2022 will be prioritized.