Internships can serve as a valuable tool in a student's intellectual development, helping you gain practical experience that augments your formal education and enhances your professional preparation.
The College sponsors paid summer internships at Penn and Philadelphia area cultural, historical and educational organizations. Information is available through the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships.
Career Services also maintains The Penn Internship Network connecting Penn students who have volunteered to speak with others about their summer internships and Handshake, a recruiting platform helping students connect with employers, internships, event information and On-Campus Recruiting opportunities.
The College prefers that its students be paid for their work, but when this is not an option and companies insist that the students receive credit as a condition of their "employment," the College will place a notation as a "comment" on their transcript indicating that they have completed an internship, e.g., "Internship: Summer 2011." Students will not earn a course unit toward their degree.
In order for students to have a notation regarding their internship placed on their transcript, they must fill out a request form and submit it to the College Office.
The College Office will then write to the sponsoring company/organization granting the student permission to work there as an intern, while making it clear that the University will not indemnify the company or organization or insure the student during the internship.
When the College Office receives confirmation that the student has successfully completed an internship, the notation will be placed on the transcript.
For further information and credit forms, contact Margaret Mary Thomas in the College Office, 215.898.6341.
Internships for International Students
International students on F-1 VISAs who have secured an offer from a company to work during the summer or academic year are eligible to do so with College approval in one of two ways.
- Optional Practical Training (OPT): must be applied for well in advance of the summer internship and requires College Office approval in order to begin the process with ISSS and USCIS. USCIS approval normally takes up to 90 days.
- Curricular Practical Training (CPT): must be "directly related to the major and an integral part of an established curriculum" and requires approval by a faculty member, the undergraduate chair of the relevant department, and the College Office. Once approved by the College office, the student must submit a CPT application to ISSS.