The International Internship Program (IIP) is a key element of the IEDP Masters Program. The IEDP internship are supported by funding from Penn GSE, and are undertaken in partnership with international agencies, international non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) and universities. Many of these organizations have a commitment towards addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The IEDP IIP is designed as a summer internship program (between 10-12 weeks) with placements of Penn interns in fieldsites worldwide, where there are productive work opportunities, and where interns have skills that match the position openings. Penn GSE will offer support that covers international travel, insurance, and part of local support; local agencies may provide in-kind and/or cash support (including, for example, per diem, local travel, etc.). IEDP students have had a wide variety of international internship placements, including in: Bosnia, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Krygyzstan, Laos, Madagascar, Malawi, Morroco, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Peoples Republic of China, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Samoa, Senegal, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. See our list of partners.

Josh Cleaveland interviewing families during his internship with AKF in Mombasa, Kenya.

Locations of internship

For most IEDP students, the internship fieldsite will be in a developing country, with activities relevant to the student’s skills and interests. If a student already has prior experience in working in a developing country, the student may (exceptionally) apply for a fieldsite placement at the headquarters of an NGO (or similar agency) that may be located in the US (such as Washington or New York).

Course credit

To prepare students for their internship, students are required to take EDUC 695 Proseminar in International Educational Development course. This is a two semester course (.5 credits each semester) that must be taken the Fall and Spring prior to the internship. Students are required to submit three reports while on internship in the summer. Please note: Only students in good academic standing are eligible for internship placement and funding.

Cindy Le at Mandela Day during her internship with UNICEF-Jamaica.

Coordination with Penn Global

The IEDP IIP works closely with Penn Global, particularly with respect to issues of visas, risk, insurance, health, travel, and logistics.


Administrative matters related to this internship program are handled by Dr. Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher, who may be contacted at: