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  • Locations: (Various), (Multiple Countries)
  • Program Terms: Summer Internships
  • Restrictions: UPENN applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Program Snapshot

Global Internship Program (GIP): Philadelphia Orchestra in Europe and the Middle East 

Philadelphia Orchestra Logo
The Internship: This unique opportunity is perfect for lovers of music who want the opportunity to travel throughout Europe and the Middle East with one of the world's most prominent orchestras.

Number of Spots Available: 1

Duration: 4-6 weeks

Start Date: The intern may start as early as May 1, 2018, but no later than May 15, 2018.  Travel dates can be found on the "Internship Details" tab.  The last day of the internship will be June 15, 2018.

The Organization: The Philadelphia Orchestra creates and shares music of the highest caliber for people of all ages and backgrounds.  The Orchestra is committed to excellence, innovation, and creativity, onstage and off, and serves its many communities at home and abroad by performing music, encouraging music-making, and improving the quality of life.

The Location: The intern will spend the beginning and end of the internship working with the Philadelphia Orchestra in Philadelphia, PA.  In the middle period of their internship, they will travel with the Orchestra on their tour of Europe and the Middle East, stopping in Brussels, Luxembourg, Paris, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Vienna, Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem.

Internship Details

The intern at the Philadelphia Orchestra will:
  • Assist Philadelphia Orchestra staff with various events before, during, and after the Tour of Europe, including: scheduling, concert ticket assignment, supply orders, invitations, packing, follow-up communications, sponsorship events, community outreach with musicians, and VIP receptions
  • Assist with ticket fulfillment for sponsors and partners
  • Assist with post-tour wrap-up and other tasks as needed
The intern will be expected to travel with the Orchestra as it makes stops on the following dates:
  • May 24th: Brussels, Belgium
  • May 25th: Luxembourg
  • May 26th: Paris, France
  • May 27th: Dusseldorf, Germany
  • May 28th: Hamburg, Germany
  • May 29th: Hamburg, Germany
  • May 31st: Vienna, Austria
  • June 1st: Vienna, Austria
  • June 3rd: Tel Aviv, Israel
  • June 4th: Tel Aviv, Israel
  • June 5th: Jerusalem
The hours an intern works each day will vary based on the day of the tour.


All GIP applicants must be current full-time, degree-seeking University of Pennsylvania students who are returning to their degree program full-time in the Fall semester.  All GIP applicants must also be in good academic and disciplinary standing.

The internship at the Philadelphia Orchestra also requires applicants to meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • Self-motivated
  • Organized
  • Responsible
  • Professional
  • Able to manage and complete tasks independently
Priority will be given to applicants who have the following criteria:
  • Experience working with musical organizations

Please Note: Students who have participated in this program in the past OR who accepted a placement through this program in the past but then withdrew are not eligible to apply again.


Brussels, BelgiumThe accepted student is responsible for finding their own accommodation while in Philadelphia, PA.  The intern's accommodation during the Tour of Europe will be arranged and paid for by the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Money Matters

All students accepted to the GIP will be awarded a Global Internship Program Award.  GIP award amounts vary by student, and are based on location of internship, length of internship, the student's need, and the student's merit. The internship placement application process includes the GIP award application essay.

An estimated budget for the travel portion of this internship is as follows:
Expense Estimated Cost  Notes
Program Fee $0 None
Airfare to Internship $800 Estimated cost PHL - BRU
Airfare from Internship $1,100 Estimated cost TLV - PHL
Accommodation $0 Hotels during the tour will be paid for by Philadelphia Orchestra
Meals & Personal Expenses $1,100 Could vary based on lifestyle
Visa $0 US Citizens do not need a tourist visa for up to 90 days
Local Transport $0 Flights and local transportation during the tour will be paid for by Philadelphia Orchestra
Other $0  
Total Estimated Cost $3,000  

How to Apply

Ready to Apply?  Follow These Steps:
1. Click Apply Now above to login with your PennKey and password and begin the application
2. Complete all requirements listed in the online application, including:
  • CV/Resume upload
  • Cover Letter or Personal Statement upload
  • Unofficial transcript upload
  • Award essay
  • Required advising appointment with the Global Internships Manager (schedule yours by clicking here)
  • Other program-specific requirements, as needed
3. Once all requirements have been received and checked off, submit your application by the deadline
Don't Forget:
  • You may apply to a maximum of two (2) GIP programs.  You may open your first program application by following the above instructions.  To open a second application, you must first meet with the Global Internships Manager for an advising appointment.
  • Do not wait until the last minute to schedule your advising appointment, as appointment slots may fill!  Advising appointments will not be available from December 23rd-January 1st, so please plan ahead.

Application Deadline: January 10th, 2018 at 11:59pm EST


Schedule an Advising Appointment: Don't forget that meeting with the Global Internships Manager is a required component of applying to the GIP.  Schedule your appointment by clicking here, and don't wait too long, as appointment slots may fill!

Past Participants: Want to connect with a student who participated in the Global Internship Program?  Click here to view a list of past participants and get in touch.

Career Services: The Career Services office on campus can help you in several ways.  You may find the following links helpful: Visas: Depending on your citizenship and destination country, you may need a visa or work permit to participate in this internship.  It is your responsibility as a GIP participant to determine your visa requirements and obtain a visa, if needed. Past participants have found the following resources helpful in determining visa requirements:

This program is currently not accepting applications.