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  • Locations: Shanghai, China
  • 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 Student
Application Deadline: EXTENDED UNTIL: January 15 Internship Field of Interest: Consulting, Education, Marketing & Advertising
Internship Language: English, Mandarin Class Level: Freshman, Graduate Student, Junior, Sophomore
GIP Placement Type: Internship
Program Description:

Program Snapshot

Global Internship Program (GIP): Keru

The Internship: Internships at Keru allow for students interested in social impact consulting and/or marketing to be based in Shanghai, while also accompanying high school students to participate in social impact projects throughout China.

Number of Spots Available: 7

Duration: 10 weeks

Start Date: Early June

The Organization: Founded by a Wharton MBA, Keru is a fast-growing startup that supports the impact of social enterprises in China through technical assistance and strategy consulting.  Their work covers a range of hot button issues, including economic empowerment, migration, environmental protection, water pollution, and agriculture and food safety.  As part of a dual mission for education, Keru's projects serve as experiential learning programs for youth, exposing rising student leaders to important social issues, providing them with skills training, and empowering them to make real world impact.

The Location: Students will be based in Shanghai but will also travel throughout rural China on 2-week trips.  Shanghai is known as the east city of ancient China and is famous around the world for its rapid economic development.  The city has become more appealing over the years as it draws people to its traditional architure, as seen in the Yu garden, but also its modern view towards fashion.  Aided by its unique style, history, and location, Shanghai serves as an international city and a bridge between China and foreign countries.

Internship Details

There are two types of internships available with Keru:

1. Product Operations Intern
  • Location: The primary work site is in Shanghai; however, interns will travel throughout China to Yunnan, Guangdong, Fujian, and possibly other areas
  • Number of Spots Available: 4
  • Work Hours: Around 40 hours/week, but working times will vary depending on the project.  Interns should expect in-project experiences to be intense 2-week long commitments.  Interns will be given breaks between projects.
  • The interns will:
    • Travel with Keru and participate in two of Keru's summer trips
    • Serve as a mentor for college underclassmen or high school students
    • Work with local social impact clients to define project objectives
    • Work with the program director to manage schedules
    • Contribute to team culture
2. Marketing Intern
  • Location: The primary work site is in Shanghai; however, interns will travel throughout China to Yunnan, Guangdong, and Fujian
  • Number of Spots Available: 3
  • Work Hours: Around 40 hours/week in the office, full-time during the 2-week projects.
  • The interns will:
    • Work with the Chief of Marketing to develop a strategy on the branding and positioning of Keru's summer programs
    • Plan and capture media footage of two summer programs
    • Develop story angles to highlight Keru's social issue topics of focus
    • Plan and reflect the story of students' experiences
    • Synthesize content into videos, articles, and social media posts 


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.  Additional requirements for individual internships are as follows:

1. Product Operations Intern

The Product Operations Internship at Keru also requires applicants to meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • Superior oral communication skills, the ability to drive team culture, and a positive attitude
  • Curiosity and the ability to lead
  • A creative problem-solver who can find resources to make it happen
  • Strong project management skills (ability to juggle multiple projects at once)
  • Passion for education and  the social sector
  • Intermediate Mandarin skills OR an interest in learning the country's language and culture
Priority will be given to applicants who have the following criteria:
  • Strong Mandarin skills
  • Consulting or education background or demonstrated interest
2. Marketing Intern

The Marketing Internship at Keru also requires applicants to meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • Skills in photography, film production, journalism, and storytelling
  • Pursuing an undergraduate degree in photography, film production, marketing, design, journalism, communications, or relevant field
Priority will be given to applicants who have the following criteria:
  • Avid storyteller
  • Newspaper or magazine experience
  • Demonstrated interest in social issues
  • Ability to thrive in a developing-world context
  • Humility and willingness to learn
  • Basic knowledge of Mandarin OR an openness to learning 

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.


Shanghai, ChinaStudents are responsible for finding their own accommodation while in Shanghai.  Keru 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.  You are responsible for your accommodation and meals while in Shanghai.

While traveling in rural China on project trips, Keru will make arrangements for your housing and meals (included in the program fee).

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 $3,500 and includes:
  • All costs associated with two 2-week trips ($3000)
    • Internal flight
    • Food
    • Lodging
    • Transportation
  • Administrative Fee ($500)

The estimated budget for this internship is as follows:
Expense Estimated Cost  Notes
*Program Fee $3,500 Travel, food, accommodation for travel during internship
Round trip airfare $1,400 Estimated cost PHL - PVG
Accommodation $2,500 Estimated cost 10 weeks - 1 bedroom apartment
Meals & Personal Expenses $1,500 Could vary based on lifestyle
Visa $150 US Citizen - Could vary if processed through CIBT
Local Transport $200 Public transport (monthly pass)/occasional taxi
Other $0  
Total Estimated Cost $9,250  

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.