Global Internship Program

Application Process & Deadlines

As you seek to spend the summer abroad gaining valuable professional skills, it is important to begin defining your goals and preparing for the application process. The Global Internship Program provides undergraduate and graduate students with a hands-on overseas opportunity of a lifetime. Use the information below to learn more about eligibility, the application process, and the many GIP opportunities available.

In order to apply for the Global Internship Program (either for one of our pre-approved placements or for funding-only), students must:

  • Be full-time, degree-seeking students in the spring semester before they are to participate in their internship

  • Return to their same degree program as a full-time student the fall semester after their internship

  • Be in good academic and disciplinary standing

  • Have not participated in this program before OR have not committed to participating in this program before and then withdrawn before the start of their internship

  • Be interning or conducting supervised research abroad for 8 to 12 weeks during the summer (for students applying to funding-only)

  • Students may not apply to both our pre-approved placements and to funding-only.

Students are able to apply for internships at up to 2 of our pre-approved companies.  To apply, students will need to successfully:

  • Submit a resume or CV

  • Submit a cover letter

  • Attend either an in-person or virtual group advising session

The application and admission timeline is as follows:

I. Researching Opportunities: Internships will be posted in the Fall semester on the GIP website.  Please make sure to read the full details about each opportunity carefully on the online brochures, including tabs about the internship’s duration, start date, accommodation, estimated cost, etc.  Contacting past participants is especially helpful at this stage!

II. Advising and Applying: Once internships are posted online, applications will open.  Students are able to open an application for one company on their own.  In order to submit one application and/or open a second application, students must attend either an in-person or virtual group advising session.  A limited number of individual appointments are available for students who have already attended a group advising session. 

III. Screening: Applications will be due in the winter.  At this time, Penn Abroad will conduct a first-round screening to ensure that students meet eligibility requirements.  For internships with particularly high numbers of applicants, students will be screened to ensure they have researched the opportunity, are motivated and enthusiastic about the opportunity, and have presented themselves professionally in their resume and cover letter.

IV. Interviewing: Students whose applications make it past the first round of screening will then have their resumes and cover letters sent to the individual employer(s).  Each employer has the ability to decide who (if anyone) they would like to interview, as well as when the interviews will take place. Some employers will want to interview applicants right away, while others may spread the process out over a longer period of time.

V. Decision: All decisions regarding internship placements and funding amounts will be communicated directly to you by Penn Abroad in early Spring. Students can expect one offer at most and will have two weeks to accept their offer.

Admissions decisions are made jointly by the employer and Penn Abroad, and thus it is crucial that each applicant behave professionally throughout this process when interacting with both Penn Abroad staff and potential employers.

If you have been accepted to an internship or research placement that you have found outside of our pre-approved placements, and if that opportunity is outside of the United States and over the summer for 8 to 12 weeks, you are invited to apply for a GIP Funding-Only award. 

To apply, you will need to successfully:

  • Submit proof that you were accepted to a qualifying internship

  • Create and submit a budget based on how much your summer experience will cost

Applications for Funding-Only will open in the Fall and will close in late Spring. Decisions will be released on a rolling basis starting in the Spring until funds are exhausted, and thus students who apply earlier will have a higher chance of receiving an award.

Once a funding decision has been issued by Penn Abroad, Funding-Only award recipients will have two weeks from the time of the funding award letter to accept or decline their funding. 

Funding-Only award amounts vary by student, and awards are not guaranteed for all applicants.

Applications for Summer 2018 are no longer being accepted.

Summer 2019 placements and applications will open in the Fall 2018 semester.  You are invited to join our mailing list to stay up-to-date on GIP opportunities and other Penn Abroad programs. You can also review 2018 placements to get an idea of the what may be available, noting that placements can change year-to-year as we develop new opportunities.