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Summer Humanities Internships

Summer 2020 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 stipend of $4,500. The stipend will be paid in two equal installments on June 30 and August 31.  Thoughts and advice from former interns can be found here (2018) and here (2019).


All applicants must be current 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 2020 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

Applications are due through the Application Form by midnight on February 9, 2020. Some hosts have additional instructions, please read entries carefully.

To apply for any of these internships*, 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. Please attach first your essay and then your transcript in a single pdf.  You are welcome to apply for up to three positions, but you must submit all required documents separately and indicate your preference for each.

*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 9– Applications due from students

April 10 – Final decisions made, and all applicants notified (Unless otherwise noted on Internship description)