Penn Program for Public Service Summer Internship

Application Deadline: February 5th, 2017

*PPPS is only open to Penn undergraduates who will be rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors.

Info Sessions: 

  • Tuesday, 12/13, 5-6 pm
  • Wednesday, 1/18, 5-6 pm 
  • Both sessions are held at the Netter Center Conference Room (111 South 38th street, 2nd Floor). 


Program Dates: Tuesday, May 30th - Friday, August 11th, 2017  

The Penn Program for Public Service Summer Internship is a 12-week multi-faceted summer program that immerses approximately 10~15 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 30+ hours a week as an intern in a summer institute at a local school in West Philadelphia

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.

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 $3,000 (taxable)*

  • Free housing 

*NOTE: If you are eligible for summer federal work-study, we highly encourage that you apply for summer work study. Summer federal work-study students can earn up to their award amount.*


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



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:

Jenny Bae, Academically Based Community Service Coordinator,