The Philadelphia Center

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Placement Process & Internships

The Philly Off-Campus Experience offers you the opportunity to gain college credit while living and learning independently. 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. Students from all liberal arts majors can benefit from PHL:EXP.

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Every student who attends The Philly Off-Campus Experience is guaranteed a meaningful internship, and our placement process helps you find the right one. Our experiential process allows you to interview in-person with at least three organizations. It’s part of what makes PHL:EXP singular.

The placement process begins with the careful completion of the Placement Information Survey that you will receive upon your acceptance. This information allows our placement director to begin preparing for your arrival.

Once you arrive you will have an intake interview with your TPC faculty advisor. By researching our extensive placement database and connecting with our professional network, you will be able to choose the internship that best suits you. Some students arrive in Philadelphia with very clear notions of what they want from an internship while others will have widely varied interests.

Interviewing allows you to discover what your role would be within an organization, what kinds of learning opportunities are available, to determine fit, and to learn more about who your potential supervisor would be. We hope you will arrive with an open mind and a willingness to try a variety of options.

After securing your internship, you will work closely with TPC’s faculty advisors, who help ensure that you’ll enjoy a substantial learning experience during your 32-hour-a-week placement. You will 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.

Note: Pre-placement may be necessary for internships in Sports Management, Broadcasting, Medicine, and Wealth Management. If you are certain that you want to work in one of these fields while studying at TPC, you may need to consider our pre-placement option. Contact us soon after your acceptance to the program to determine whether or not pre-placement is right for you. Placement availability varies from semester to semester.