The Philadelphia Center

Discover Your Direction in Life


The Philadelphia Center offers you the opportunity to gain college credit while living and learning independently through PHL:EXP, the Philly Off-Campus Experience. With our help, you will secure a professional, accredited internship and housing in the vibrant and diverse city of Philadelphia. You can explore career paths through real-world applications and rigorous, seminar-style courses. Upon completion of the program, you will leave Philadelphia with a strong sense of your abilities, social and professional aspirations, and a plan for your future.

PHL:EXP is a 16-week semester program and an 8-week summer program for liberal arts students that combines multidisciplinary seminars, internship experience, city living, and comprehensive advising. Exceptional students from all liberal arts majors can benefit from PHL:EXP.

PHL:EXP offers internships in accounting, arts, business, city government, communications, criminal justice, digital liberal arts, education, history, non-profit management, pre-medicine, psychology, sciences, social services, social work, sustainability, urban studies, writing, and more. Additionally, social work students can complete their practicum requirements and student teachers can fulfill their certification requirements while attending our semester program. TPC also offers specialized internships for students pursuing careers in the digital liberal arts. Every student who attends PHL:EXP is guaranteed a meaningful internship. After securing an internship, students work closely with TPC’s faculty advisors, who ensure their students enjoy a substantial learning experience during their placement. Students develop an individualized learning plan, concentrate on key knowledge and skill areas, produce a professional portfolio, and participate in on-site meetings throughout the course of the program.