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Summer Humanities Internships

Summer 2021 Humanities Internships

Each year the College of Arts and Sciences and CURF fund approximately twenty-five summer research internships for University of Pennsylvania students in the humanities and social sciences. Internships provide undergraduates with the opportunity to work in a cultural, historical, or archival setting.  These full-time (35 hrs/week) internships are for a period of ten weeks and include a financial award of $4,500. The award will be disbursed in two equal installments on June 30 and August 31. 

Here is the list of available internships. Please note that some interships require additional materials beyond the general SHIP application requirements. Here are blurbs from 2020 student experiences.

**Due to COVID restrictions all SHIP positions will be remote.  If the guidelines change, in-person activities may be allowed but will not be required.


All applicants must be current, regularly enrolled students in the College, have a GPA of 3.0 or greater, and be members in good standing of the University of Pennsylvania community. Students graduating in Spring 2021 are not eligible for this funding.  Students may only receive SHIP funding one time.  Recipients of Summer Humanities Internship Program Funding may not simultaneously hold any other paid position at Penn.

Application Procedure

Students are allowed to apply for up to three different internships, but must submit each SHIP application separately (ie 3 different times). There is a field in the application for indicating your preference order for each host organization. To apply, please complete the application form, along with a two-page (~500-word) essay explaining your suitability for the internship and organization to which you are applying, and how the internship will help you achieve your educational goals. Along with this essay, please upload an electronic version of your Penn InTouch transcript by copying and pasting your Penn InTouch transcript into a Word document, typing your name and Penn ID number at the top of the page, and saving it as a pdf.  Attach first your essay and then your transcript in a single pdf. Please also include any additional information your target host site has requested (some hosts have additional instructions, please read entries carefully). 

Here is the Application Form. Applications are due by midnight on February 28, 2021

*Note that applications to the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology must be submitted directly at  In addition to filling out the Penn Museum's application directly, please also complete the SHIP application here.


midnight on February 28– Applications due from students

April 9 – Final decisions made, and all applicants notified (Unless otherwise noted on Internship description)