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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): International Think Tanks

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The Internship: Students interested in assisting with research at international think tanks over the summer are encouraged to apply to these opportunities worldwide.

Number of Spots Available: 10

Duration: 8 weeks

Start Date: Mid-Late May 2018

The Location: Students may apply for up to four think tanks around the world by referencing Dr. Jim McGann's 2016 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report.

Internship Details

Research Assistants at international think tanks will:
  • Conduct research on political, economy, security, and education reforms
  • Have the opportunity to advance their research skills
  • Gain a better understanding of public policy research in the field of international affairs
Research Assistants can expect to work 40 number of hours per week.


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 research placement at the international think tanks also requires applicants to meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • Have interned with the Think Tank and Civil Societies Program OR have previous public policy research experience at a think tank
  • Highly motivated to work independently
  • Excellent research, analysis, and project management skills
  • High level of proficiency in the local language
  • High level of proficiency in oral and written English
  • Interested in International Affairs and public policy issues
Priority will be given to applicants who have the following criteria:
  • Currently studying International Relations, Political Science, English, Environment, Global Health, and/or Development-related topics

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.


London, EnglandStudents are responsible for finding their own accommodation.  Each think tank will provide interns accepted to this placement with suggestions as to where and how you can find safe, affordable, and comfortable housing close to your internship site.

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.

How to Apply

Students are asked to apply to four think tanks, in priority order.  In addition to the standard GIP application, students will have to respond to two short-answer questions:
  1. How does this experience fit into your career and educational plans?
  2. What research experience do you have?  What knowledge/experience do you have with think tanks?
Ultimately, students will be placed according to their qualifications and interests and the needs and research focus of the think tank.

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.