/ Philadelphia Center


The Philadelphia Center guarantees a meaningful internship, and their placement process helps you find the right one. 

Finding your internship

The Philadelphia Center works with over 900 organizations in and around Philadelphia to help you find an internship that best suits your interests and skill sets. 

Finding your ideal internship starts with their placement information survey, as soon as you enroll. Once you arrive in the city, one of their faculty advisors will meet with you for an intake interview, and will assist you in researching their extensive placement database. 

Their semester program’s experiential process allows you to interview in person with several organizations to learn:

  • Your role within an organization
  • What learning opportunities are available
  • Which company or organization would best suit you
  • Who your potential supervisor is

Summer program

Students will participate in phone or video interviews with several organizations. With over 800 available placement options, you'll work approximately 32–36 hours per week. 

During your internship

Faculty advisors help ensure you enjoy a positive learning experience. You will:

  • Develop an individualized learning plan
  • Concentrate on key knowledge and skill areas
  • Produce a professional portfolio
  • Participate in on-site meetings

Internships are typically unpaid and scheduled for 32 hours per week. You will receive up to 16 hours of academic credit for the fall or spring semester program and up to eight semester hours of credit for the summer program.

Sample Opportunities

Related Areas
  • Architecture
  • Graphic Design & Production
  • Interior Design & Fashion Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Music Production & Promotion
  • Commercial Photography
What You Could Do
  • Anthropologie, Retail and Buying Intern
  • Bloomfield & Associates, Architectural Intern
  • City Planning Commission, Planning Assistant
  • Johnny Brenda’s Concert Venue, Showrunner
  • Paragraph Inc., Marketing and Design Intern
  • The Rotunda, Programming and Outreach Intern
  • Schrader Group Architecture, LLC, Architectural Design Intern
  • VILLA, Marketing Intern
  • WHYY, Educational Programming Intern
Related Areas
  • Dance
  • Music (Vocal & Instrumental)
  • Painting & Drawing
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture & Ceramics
  • Theater Arts
What You Could Do
  • Arden Theatre Company, Production Intern
  • Barnes Foundation, Art Conservation Intern
  • Center for Emerging Visual Arts, Assistant to the Director
  • Clay Studio, Studio Technician Assistant
  • Fleisher Art Memorial, Program and Exhibitions Assistant
  • Freeman's Auctioneers, Paintings and Prints Intern
  • Fringe Arts, Arts Management Intern
  • Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Marketing Intern
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Education Intern
  • Philadelphia Film Society, Marketing and Promotions Intern
  • Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Marketing Intern
Related Areas
  • Accounting
  • Economics & Finance
  • Entrepreneurship
  • IT/Web Development & Design
  • Management & Operations
  • Marketing & Market Research
  • Personnel/Human Resources
What You Could Do
  • Ag Conexus, Digital Marketing Associate
  • Blue Bell Private Wealth Management, Assistant Investment Advisor
  • Boenning and Scattergood, Investment Banking Intern
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, Economic Analysis and Information Assistant
  • City of Philadelphia Controller's Office, Audit Associate
  • Comcast Spectacor, Marketing Services Intern
  • Haverford Trust Company, Fixed Income Research Intern
  • Hay Group, Productized Services Intern
  • Korn Ferry International, Research Associate Intern
  • Philadelphia Phillies, Accounting Intern
  • Probaris, Software Developer
  • VILLA, Marketing and Licensing Intern
Related Areas
  • Advertising
  • Corporate Communications
  • Development & Grant Writing
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations,
  • Marketing
  • Social Media
  • Special Events
  • Writing, Editing, Publishing
What You Could Do
  • Domus, Inc., Public Relations and Advertising Intern
  • DuPont, Communications Intern
  • Econsult Solutions, Marketing Intern
  • Eventricity, Special Events Intern
  • Leadership Solutions, Inc., Associate Consultant
  • Legal Intelligencer (ALM), Editorial Assistant
  • Paragraph Inc., Branding and Communications Intern
  • North American Publishing Company, Editorial Intern
  • Quirk Books, Editorial Intern
  • Vetri Foundation, Foundation Intern
Related Areas
  • Alternative Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Museum Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Special Education
What You Could Do
  • African American Museum in Philadelphia, Education and Public Programming Intern
  • Children’s Crisis Treatment Center, Therapeutic Nursery Assistant
  • Cliveden Museum in Germantown, Education and Programming Intern
  • Franklin Learning Center, Assistant Teacher
  • Greenfield Elementary School, Student Teacher
  • HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy, Special Education Student Teacher
  • Independence Charter School, Student Teacher
  • Julia R. Masterman School, Student Teacher
  • KIPP Philadelphia Charter School, School-Based Operations Intern
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Education Intern
Related Areas 
  • City Planning
  • City, State, Federal Government
  • Community Organizing and Outreach
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal Law/Law Enforcement
  • Political Organizing/Campaigning
  • Public Interest Law
What You Could Do
  • American Civil Liberties Union, Legal Intern
  • Attorney General of Pennsylvania, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Legal Intern
  • City Council, Legislative and Policy Intern
  • City Planning Commission, Planning Assistant
  • Defender’s Association, Homicide Mitigation, Assistant to Trial Attorney
  • District Attorney’s Office, Investigations Unit, Legal Intern
  • Goldman Properties, Assistant to Leasing Director
  • Mensing Law, LLC, Legal Intern
  • Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corp., Assistant to Executive Director
  • Support Center for Child Advocates, Child Advocacy Intern
  • Zane Management Inc., Entertainment Law Intern
Related Areas
  • Health Care (Pre-Med, Nursing, Physical Fitness)
  • Health Care Administration
  • Health-Related Counseling
  • Health-Related Political/Social Organizing
  • Related Health Services (Art, OT, PT)
  • Veterinary Medicine
What you could do
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Clinical Genetics, Clinical Genetics Intern
  • Mazzoni Center, Smoking Cessation Intern
  • NovaCare Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy Aid
  • Philadelphia F.I.G.H.T., Research Intern
  • Prevention Point Philadelphia, Syringe Exchange Program Intern
  • St. Joseph’s University, Athletic Training
  • Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Emergency Room Trauma Assistant
  • University of Pennsylvania, AIDS Clinical Trials Unit or Research Assistant
  • University of Pennsylvania, Veterinary Hospital, Pathobiology Research Assistant
  • University of Pennsylvania, Cardiovascular Laboratory or Laboratory Technician
  • Ethnic and International Studies
  • Ministry
  • Museum, Curatorial
  • Peace Studies
  • Real Estate/Property Management
  • Sports
  • Women’s/Gender/Sexuality Studies
What you could do 
  • American Friends Service Committee, Peace and Justice Intern
  • Eastern State Penitentiary Historical Site, Assistant to Program Director
  • Equality Pennsylvania, Program Intern
  • Goldman Properties, Assistant to Leasing Director
  • Independence National Historical Park, Curatorial Intern
  • Maternity Care Coalition, Advocate
  • Mayor’s Office of Faith Based Initiatives, Project Specialist
  • Philadelphia F.I.G.H.T., Youth Health Empowerment Intern
  • Nationalities Services Center, Social Services Intern
  • Soccer Shots, Operations and Development Intern
  • Temple University, Athletic Communications - Sports Media Relations Intern
  • Urban League of Philadelphia, Marketing and Communications Intern
  • Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology
  • Ecology & Environmental Sciences
  • Zoology
What you could do
  • Academy of Natural Science, Animal Care Intern
  • Bartram’s Garden, Horticultural Assistant
  • Clean Air Council, Environmental Intern
  • Energy Justice Network, Environmental Justice Intern
  • Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Research Assistant
  • Philadelphia Zoological Gardens, Animal Care Intern
  • Sensonics Inc., Product Development Assistant
  • University of Pennsylvania, Biology Research Assistant
Related Areas
  • Advocacy
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Counseling, Adults
  • Counseling, Children & Adolescents
  • Counseling, Geriatric Populations
  •  Social Work - Administration
  • Social Work - Case Work
What you could do
  • Black Women’s Health Alliance, Health Education Intern
  • Children’s Crisis Treatment Center, Therapeutic Nursery Assistant
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Division of Oncology, Pediatric Psychology Research Assistant
  • Community Organization for Mental Health and Rehabilitation (COMHAR), Counseling Assistant
  • Defender’s Association, Juvenile Special Defense Unit, Legal/ Social Work Intern
  • Drexel University College of Medicine, Child Psychology Intern
  • HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy, Special Education Student Teacher
  • Maternity Care Coalition, Social Services Intern
  • Nationalities Service Center, Social Work Intern
  • Pennsylvania Prison Society, Caseworker and Advocacy Intern
  • Philadelphia F.I.G.H.T., Youth Health Empowerment Intern
  • Public Health Management Corporation, Social Work Intern
  • Project H.O.M.E., Advocacy and Counseling Assistant
  • Support Center for Child Advocates, Child Advocacy Intern
  • Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Assistant Neurology Researcher
  • Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Sleep Disorders Research Assistant
  • University of Pennsylvania, Neuropsychiatry Unit,
  • Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, Research Assistant
  • Youth Services, Inc., Case Manager Intern