Penn Program for Public Service Summer Internship

Application Deadline: February 17, 2014

Info Sessions:

Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 5-6 pm

Thursday, January 23, 2014, 5-6 pm

Location: Netter Center  Class of 1965 Conference Room

Program Dates:  May 27th - August 8th, 2014

Click here to read an article by a PPPS alumna about her internship experience!  

Click here to view the summer 2012 photo album! 


The Penn Program for Public Service Summer Internship is a 12-week multi-faceted summer program that immerses approximately 15 undergraduates in real-world problem solving in the West Philadelphia-Penn community. At the core of the internship is an action-oriented, Academically Based Community Service seminar, "Faculty-Student Collaborative Action Seminar in University-Community-School Partnerships and Healthy Urban Communities," led by the director of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at Penn, Dr. Ira Harkavy. Each undergraduate in the seminar works collaboratively to help solve a strategic "ill-structured" problem of his or her choosing in West Philadelphia by:


  • Actively participating in the seminar

  • Conducting individual and group research centered on pressing problems affecting Penn and the West Philadelphia community

  • Working 20 hours a week as an intern in a summer institute at a local school or a community of faith in West Philadelphia

  • Living together in a University residence


The Public Service Internship program is a key component of the University of Pennsylvania's ongoing efforts to develop ABCS courses and programs that involve undergraduates, faculty, and community members in partnerships to advance learning and improve West Philadelphia.  Students participating in the Public Service Internship have played leading roles in creating a variety of the programs and projects that currently involve Penn students, faculty, and staff with West Philadelphia schools, hospitals, and other community organizations.


We are pleased to announce a new partnership between Penn's Netter Center for Community Partnerships and Brown University's Swearer Center.  A key component of this partnership is a summer exchange program wherein up to two Penn Program for Public Service Interns from Penn will conduct their service placement in Providence and up to two Brown University Swearer Center Interns will participate in the Penn Program for Public Service Internship in Philadelphia.  Please state in your application if you would like to be considered for a position working with the Providence community through the Swearer Center.


The Penn Program for Public Service Internship is considered equivalent to a full-time job and students will not be permitted to take additional classes or work outside of the internship.  Interns will receive:


  • One free course credit

  • A stipend of $2,500 (taxable)

  • Free housing in a University residence



Applications due February 17, 2014



1. Complete intake form by clicking here


2. Submit the following as PDFs via

  • Resume

  • Transcript (need not be official)

  • 2-3 page double spaced statement considering the following:

Who are you? What experiences, particularly community involvement, have shaped who you are today? What issues are important to you? What experience and/or skills do you have that will help you conduct research on pressing problems affecting Penn and the West Philadelphia Community? What do you hope to gain from participating in the Penn Program for Public Service Summer Internship?

NOTE - please label each document with your first and last name as follows:  Last_First_resume.pdf


For more information, contact:

Janeé Franklin, Academically Based Community Service Coordinator,