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  • Locations: Tarkwa Breman, Ghana
  • Program Terms: Summer Internships
  • Restrictions: UPENN applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Type of Program: Summer Internships Housing Options: Arranged by Employer
Application Deadline: EXTENDED UNTIL: January 15 Internship Field of Interest: Marketing & Advertising, Social Enterprise, Social Media
Internship Language: English Class Level: Freshman, Graduate Student, Junior, Sophomore
GIP Placement Type: Internship
Program Description:

Program Snapshot

Global Internship Program (GIP): Cocoa360

Cocoa360 LogoThe Internship: This internship in media and marketing is at Cocoa360, founded by Shadrack Frimpong, Penn alumnus and winner of the President's Engagement Prize.

Number of Spots Available: 1

Duration: 10-12 weeks

Start Date: May 2018

The Organization: According to the World Health Organization, entrenched health inequities originate mainly from a failure to address social determinants of health, and no so much from lack of a hospital.  Education fundamentally shapes a child's lifelong health and impacts their ability to make sound health decisions.  Cocoa360 goes beyond medical treatment by focusing on education for the most vulnerable target of risky health behaviors and infections - young girls.  They have pioneered Ghana's first and only tuition-free elementary girls school and free clinic which are self-sustained by proceeds from a cocoa farm.

The Location: Ghana is one of the most peaceful democracies in Africa, and the second-leading producer and exporter of cocoa in the world.  Tarkwa Breman is located in the Western Region of Ghana, the tropical rainforest region of the country.  Tarkwa Breman is a largely cocoa farming community, with huge stores of gold.  These unique assets of Tarkwa Breman, coupled with its rich traditional culture and heritage, make it an ideal place to visit and stay.

Some health and safety risks to be aware of include:
  • During the rainy season, parts of the road leading to the village gets flooded by the village river, Ankobra. The community has managed living with the situation for decades now and is not a cause for alarm. Canoes will be available as transport should a student need to leave the community. There are also alternate routes through neighboring communities.

Internship Details

The intern at Cocoa360 will:
  • Capture daily footage of the organization's and school's activities
  • Create a strategy to best tell the story of Cocoa360 in a way that improves organization brand awareness and fundraising activities
  • Manage all of Cocoa360's social media platforms by posting frequent updates of work on the ground
  • Create campaigns that will boost Cocoa360's social media presence
  • Work hand-in-hand with the design team to produce relevant marketing/social media material
  • Arrange and organize photos and content on Flickr and Dropbox
  • Teach basic photography and videography skills to students (optional)
The interns can expect to work from 8:30am-5:00pm, Monday through Friday, with a daily lunch break at 12:00pm.


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 Cocoa360 also requires applicants to meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • Experience in photography, videography, marketing, design, or relevant field
  • Strong writing and analytical skills in English
  • Fluency in English with willingness to learn local dialect
  • Ability to live and work full-time in Tarkwa Breman
  • Ability to respect local customs and traditions

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.


Tarkwa Breman, GhanaAccommodation is arranged by the employer and is provided free of charge.  The intern will stay in a homestay (typically with Cocoa360's founder and Penn Alumnus, Shadrack Frimpong).  Transportation to and from the housing to the work site will also be provided to the student.

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 estimated budget for this internship is as follows:
Expense Estimated Cost Notes
Program Fee $0 None
Round-Trip Airfare $1,450 Estimated cost PHL - ACC and ACC - KMS
Accommodation $0 Provided by employer for free
Meals & Personal Expenses $1,000 Could vary based on lifestyle
Visa $150 Estimated cost for U.S. citizens - could vary based on processing
Local Transport $50 Transportation to & from airport and to & from work is provided
Other $0  
Total Estimated Cost $2,650  

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.