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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 internships are for a period of ten weeks and include a financial award of $5,000.

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 2021 student experiences.

**Due to COVID restrictions, host sites will determine whether their internships are remote, in-person, or hybrid.


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 2022 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. To apply, please prepare an essay (no more than 500 words) explaining your suitability for the internship and organization to which you are applying, and how the internship will help you achieve your educational goals. You will copy and paste that into a webform field. Please also be prepared to upload a PDF copy of your Penn InTouch transcript page (not a secured, official transcript from the registrar).

Please note that the Penn Museum internships also require you to apply directly to their program by Feburary 13.

Applications can be submitted here. Applications are due by midnight on February 28, 2022.


midnight on February 28– Applications due from students

April 15 – Final decisions made, and all applicants notified (Unless otherwise noted on Internship description).  Please note this is an approximate date with notifications happening on a rolling basis.