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  • Locations: Coxwold, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer Internships
  • Restrictions: UPENN applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Program Description:

Program Snapshot

Global Internship Program (GIP): The Laurence Sterne Trust 
Laurence Sterne Trust LogoThe Internship: This position is available to one student who is interested in the environment, literature, and/or museum curating.

Number of Spots Available: 1

Duration: 2 months (June and July)

Start Date: June 1, 2018

The Organization: Laurence Sterne wrote most of The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman and all of A Sentimental Journey in the house called Shandy Hall in the village of Coxwold, North Yorkshire.    The interesting 15th-century house (with two acres of beautiful gardens) was first opened to the public in 1973 and is also home to the Curator, who is responsible for the care of the building and its collection on behalf of The Laurence Sterne Trust.  Shandy Hall is an accredited museum with an exceptional collection of books, prints, and paintings relating to Sterne and the 18th century.  The museum attracts visitors and researchers from all over the world.

The Location: The internship takes place at Shandy Hall (Museum) in Coxwold, North Yorkshire, England.  Shandy Hall is situated 15 miles north of York in the beautiful surroundings of the North York Moors National Park.The museum and intern accommodation is in the grounds of a building dating from 1430 within the North York Moors National Park.  The museum is 40 minutes (by car) from  York.

Some health and safety risks to be aware of include:
  • Since Shandy Hall is a museum in rural surroundings, insect stings (bee and wasp) may be a minor hazard

Internship Details

The intern at The Laurence Sterne Trust will:
  • Participate in the ongoing moth trapping project at Shandy Hall (trap, identify, photograph, and release moths back in the garden)
  • Be responsible for the content and the maintenance of the moth trapping blog
  • Organize two or three "Shandy Hall at Twilight" events, where the public is invited to the museum outside normal operating hours
  • Work alongisde the curator in the day-to-day running of the museum
  • Be encouraged to develop their individual strengths to become a house guide (working with volunteer room-stewards) and/or a light gardener 
While the primary work site is Shandy Hall and its gardens, there may be possible moth-trapping at Yorkshire Museum in York (depending on weather and other considerations).

The intern can be expected work from 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday, with a one-hour break for lunch.


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 Laurence Sterne Trust also requires applicants to meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • Enthusiasm, diligence, and adaptability
  • Interest in literature, the environment, museums, and people
  • Ability to live in an isolated, rural setting in the village of Coxwold
  • Capability of looking after oneself and happy in one's own company
Priority will be given to applicants who have the following criteria:
  • Ability to communicate with visitors and explain the importance of sustaining the environment to them by conversation and demonstration

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.


Coxwold, EnglandAccommodation is included in the program fee.  Interns live on-site in Wolfson Cottage, a converted granary.  The accommodation is made up of a large living room, bedroom with twin bed, bathroom with shower, and kitchen with aga oven, and the intern will also have central heating, a washing machine, wi-fi access, a radio, and use of the gardens.  The flat is in the grounds of Shandy Hall and is not shared with anyone else. 

Using this accommodation is part of the arrangement with Penn.  The building has been recently inspected by a qualified architect and is safe.  The doors are lockable.  Interns are helped with the practicalities of shopping and collection and delivery to local train/bus stations if they decide to undertake any travels in the U.K.

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.

The program fee* is ‎£200/week and includes housing on-site.

The estimated budget for the internship is as follows:
Expense Estimated Cost Notes
*Program Fee $2,400 Estimated for 9 weeks for housing
Round trip airfare $1,100 Estimated cost PHL - LHR
Accommodation $0 Covered in program fee
Meals & Personal Expenses $1,500 Could vary based on lifestyle
Visa $0 Not required for US citizen
Local Transport $220 Public transport (monthly pass) + transport to and from airport
Other $0  
Total Estimated Cost $5,220  

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.