Intern Philly offers an exciting mix of coursework, cultural engagement and practical work experience designed to help you make the most of your experience.

The program’s Cornerstone Course, Work in Thought & Action, is a dynamic experiential education course providing the reflection framework and research support to maximize a student’s learning from a work placement experience and connect it to both their course of study and their career aspirations.

Fall 2020

Fall 2020 will only offer the internship placement and course (INPR 310) which you can complete online or on-site in Philadelphia, earning 4 credits. 


Semester Courses

Option 1 (16 credits):

internship Placement (3.5 days per week), Cornerstone Course, 3 Electives

Option 2 (12 credits):

internship Placement (4 days per week), Cornerstone Course, 2 Electives


Internship Cornerstone Course

Course ID Title Credits Syllabus
INPR 310 Work in Thought and Action 4 PDF



Course ID Title Credits Syllabus
ARTH 335 Philadelphia and the Arts 4 PDF
COMM 325 Gender, Power and Influence 4 PDF
HIST 361 Unburied: The Legacy of Slavery and the Abolition Movement in Philadelphia 4 PDF
MGMT 340 Leadership in Organizations 4 PDF
 SOCI 365 Becoming Visible: The Philadelphia Immigrant Experience from Past to Present 4 PDF




Course Details

Unburied: The Legacy of Slavery and the Abolition Movement in Philadelphia (HIST 361)

In 2008, historian Terry Buckalew uncovered references to a burial ground near Mother Bethel Church in the Queen Village area of Philadelphia, but he could not locate it. After coming forward with his research, in 2013, anthropologists discovered that approximately 5000 people are buried just 18 inches under the cement at the Weccaccoe playground on Catharine and South 4th Street.

In the early 1800's no African-Americans could be buried within city limits of Philadelphia. In 1810, freed slave Richard Allen sought land in what was called Southwark, then outside of the city, for his church members. The burial ground fell into disarray over the years and the land was eventually sold to the city and a park was built.  The stories of the former slaves who lived and worked and were buried there was lost to history. 

Through an exploration of what they city is planning to commemorate this space, this course will examine Philadelphia’s complicated past concerning slavery, the important role that Quakers played in the abolition, including founding the first abolition movement in the U.S., concluding in examining the modern day case for reparations.

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Becoming Visible: The Philadelphia Immigrant Experience from Past to Present (SOCI 365)

This course will examine immigration patterns in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas through historical analysis. With a focus on race, ethnicity, gender and socioeconomic status we will view first hand documents at the Germantown Historical Society, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, collect and synthesize data and explore historic districts to view the changing landscape of Philadelphia. Some specific issues to be explored: Current debates over the 2020 U.S. Census questions; what it means that Philadelphia is a sanctuary city; how the immigrant experience has changed over time and how have immigrants add to the civic, economic and cultural life of Philadelphia and surrounding regions.


Philadelphia and the Arts (ARTH 335)

This course looks at select topics in Global Art History from the end of the 18th century through the start of World War II. Each week we will cultivate a deeper understanding of the visual culture of the period with a close focus on a different aspect of the making, exhibiting, collecting and/or market for art in a specific period in Philadelphia’s history  Although the focus of the course will be historical, we will relate the history of art to its contemporary context through visits to area museums, galleries and collections and by experiencing events such as First Friday in Old Town and an evening of music and art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Students have the option to take this class as an introductory General Education course or to complete different in-depth assignments in order to satisfy the requirements of an upper-level art history course.


Principles of  Business & Professional Communications (BADM 340)

Students develop business and professional communication skills needed to successfully interact with peers, managers, customers, and stakeholders in a variety of work situations.  Through instruction on audience analysis, purpose definition, language choice, visual tools, and storytelling techniques students become proficient in multiple communication forms and ways to demonstrate value in professional interactions.  The course involves research, practical application, written assignments, and presentations. Students will also engage with Philadelphia business professionals and practice networking skills.


Modern Leadership: Building Coalition and Strategic Decision Making (MGMT 341S)

Great leadership strategy that creates long-lasting competitive advantage comes from all types of personalities, organizational structures and business environments. The core to great leadership is building coalition and deliberate decision making. 

This course gives you the concepts and tools you need to develop your own systematic approach to strategic decision making while learning first-hand from successful business leaders how they tackle the challenges they face in their commitment to innovation and unifying stakeholders. 

We will play games; and, we will explore the spaces where great decisions are made in Philadelphia where we will talk with successful leaders. 

By the end of this class, you will feel comfortable faced by dauntingly complex problems because you will know how to break them down into distinct steps in a multirun game. You will analyze people’s motives and the environmental “rules” that shape them. You will know how to focus on long-term objectives while capitalizing on short-term advantage because you will define winning (in games and in strategy) by its total value in the long run for yourself and all players/stakeholders.