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.

Faculty Adviser:

Professor Helen Kim

Fields of study:

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

Semesters Offered:

Fall or Spring Semester (single semester only)


Late August to mid-December, mid-January to early May


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


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.


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

Program Link:

The Philadelphia Center