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  • Locations: Apaah, 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: Business, Marketing & Advertising, Social Enterprise
Internship Language: English Class Level: Freshman, Graduate Student, Junior, Sophomore
GIP Placement Type: Internship
Program Description:

Program Snapshot

Global Internship Program (GIP): The Yonso Project
Yonso Project LogoThe Internship: This internship will allow one student to use their skills in business and marketing to improve the state of education in a small town in Ghana.

Number of Spots Available: 1

Duration: 8 weeks

Start Date: June 2018

The Organization: The Yonso Project works to improve educational and economic opportunities to break the cycle of poverty among poor rural families.  They provide educational development programs and are currently in the process of building a model school to ensure children in rural areas get the best quality education.  They also work to provide employment through the Bamboo Bicycle Project.

The Location: Apaah is a farming community of about 1,200 people.  The town has a health clinic (which is connected to electricity), basic schools, and one senior high school.  The community is currently hosting a Peace Corps volunteer who will be there for the next two years.

Internship Details

The intern at The Yonso Project will:
  • Be responsible for the project's digital marketing needs
  • Be responsible for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram marketing and advertisements
  • Work to optimize the project's google ranking using SEO
The intern can expect to work from 8:30am-5:00pm, five days a 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 internship with The Yonso Project also require applicants to meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • Skilled in business development
  • Skilled in digital marketing and SEO best practices

Priority will be given to applicants who have the following criteria:
  • Team-player
  • Ready to learn and adapt to the local culture
  • Able to work with less supervision
  • Ready to take initiative

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.


Apaah, GhanaAccommodation is provided to the intern by The Yonso Project for free.  The intern will live in a family homestay coordinated by the Executive Director.  Rooms will be shared with other interns, but not with locals.

The intern will be driven back and forth from the housing to the work site each day (about a 15-minute drive each way).

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 this internship is as follows:
Expense Estimated Cost Notes
Program Fee $0 None
Round trip airfare $1,400 Estimated cost PHL - ACC
Accommodation $0 Provided by organization for free
Meals & Personal Expenses $1,000 Could vary based on lifestyle
Visa $150 Estimated visa cost for US citizen - could vary based on processing
Local Transport $100 Ground transport (cost to & from airport and to & from work will be paid for by The Yonso Project)
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.