Qualified Whitman students interested in a professional development experience in the historic city of Philadelphia may elect to participate in The Philadelphia Center program. Participants on this program will intern in a field of their choice for 32 hours a week. The Philadelphia Center offers more than 800 internship options to choose from with organizations such as the Environmental Protection Association, Philadelphia Zoo, Arden Theatre Company, and the District Attorney's office. In addition to the internship, students will enroll in a weekly City Seminar and one elective course.

“AMAZING work experience. I left Whitman knowing next to nothing about practical film work in a professional context--better believe, I learned really fast. I would so, so recommend this program to anyone who’s thinking they might want to get a better idea of what their post-grad career path might look like; or anyone who’s unsure of whether or not they'll enjoy their field of study once transferred into a professional work context. I now have a solid resume, contacts along the East Coast, and a much better idea of what jobs I might look for after i graduate--all this has been indispensable. The program itself is staffed with wonderful, amazing people, who are so supportive and helpful throughout the whole semester. I always felt like I had people to rely on, and the program is just structured enough to provide stability without stripping you of your independence.” - Annie R. ‘17

Student Blog:

Callan Carow | Spring 2015

Faculty Adviser:

Professor Helen Kim (Sociology Department)

Fields of study:

Politics, sociology, urban studies, gender studies, psychology, and economics


16 credits per semester - Required Courses:
City Seminar (4 credits)
Elective Course (4 credits)
Internship (8 credits)

Credit Conversion:

1 Hope College credit = 1 Whitman credit


All students are required to participate in an internship and will receive 8 credits for successful completion.


Students live independently in apartments scattered throughout the city. The program provides assistance with finding housing through apartment listings.


Students are responsible for cooking or buying their own meals.

Semesters Offered:

Fall or Spring Semester (single semester only)


August-December, January-May

Program Link:

The Philadelphia Center (TPC)