The Philadelphia Center

Discover Your Direction in Life


As a global leader in experiential education, The Philadelphia Center (TPC) offers a dynamic and valuable off-campus experience. Established in 1967, TPC has helped more than 6,700 students from over 90 colleges and 50 countries discover their personal and professional direction in life. Participants in our 16 week semester and 8 week summer programs earn academic credit while interning 32 hours/week, taking seminars, and living independently in a diverse and vibrant urban setting. With more than 800 placements, we offer substantial internship options for almost any major. To learn more about TPC you can also read our online digital Story.  We offer the following programs:

16 week semester program for all undergraduates and majors - Students work 32 hours per week in an internship they choose, enroll in two seminars, and live independently in Philadelphia. 

16-week semester program for student-teaching - Through our contacts at various schools in the city, student-teachers can fulfill their certification requirements by spending their semester working with elementary, middle school, or high school students in Philadelphia.

16-week semester program for social work practicum - Students already majoring in Social Work can fulfill their 440/448 hour BSW Practicum Requirements at TPC. The Philadelphia Center offers Social Work majors exceptional opportunities to meet accreditation requirements for graduation.

8 week summer program for undergraduates - An 8-week internship and seminar experience that gives undergraduates a substantial and meaningful opportunity to learn the dynamics of work.

8 week summer program for recent graduates - An 8-week internship and seminar experience that provides graduates with a substantial and meaningful opportunity to explore the dynamics of work prior to graduate school or launching their career.