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Program Description:



  • 18 years of age or above at the start of the program
  • Enrollment in a four year degree program at any Penn State campus
  • In good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application review
  • Fellows need to have at least one more semester before graduation during the time of the summer internship to be eligible for the fellowship
  • FAFSA on file demonstrating significant financial need 

Program Description

The Perreault Fellows Program supports international internship opportunities for talented undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds that are interested in pursuing careers related to health and the betterment of human condition broadly speaking. The program will enable students from Penn State selected colleges to immerse in interdisciplinary and experiential learning abroad. Also, fellows will engage in personal and professional development workshops, retreats, and mentoring sessions. Lastly, fellows will engage in community service throughout the program. This global leadership development program is built on the principles of inclusion, ethics, global awareness, and service. 

The program is developed owing to Paul and Beverly Perreault’s generous gift to Penn State Global. 

Program Components:

  • Pre-departure workshops: Ethical leadership, Global leadership and intercultural awareness, International Internships and Career Development
  • Summer Internship related to health and/or betterment of human condition in general: 8 weeks minimum 
  • Post-internship reflection sessions and presentations
  • Community service engagement

Perreault Fellows will get financial support ( up to 8,250.00 USD) for their international internship experience. These fellowship funds will be used to cover international travel, accommodation, and living expenses. This program does not cover tuition for internship credits. 


Application deadline: September 10
Pre-departure programming (Ethics workshop, intercultural learning opportunities and activities)
Summer internship: 8 weeks minimum (summer semester)
Post-internship programming (Reflections, Community Service, Presentation for the Provost's Global Advisory Council - fall semester)


Global internships 

Program description: Fellowship events and internship

Internship Placements

Internship placements may be available in different sectors, from administration, financing, humanitarian work, outreach, and research aspects of health. Fellows will pursue an internship in health industry organizations or companies, hospitals, not-for-profit organizations, health campaigns, research institutes, or public policy and government institutions abroad, and other kinds of organizations that have health and human well-being in their focus. 

Course Listings

Even though this fellowship experience does not offer academic credit, you will take part in mandatory fellowship workshops: Rock Ethics Institute workshop on ethical leadership and healthcare ethics, and International Internships and Career Development. If you want to transfer the internship experience into academic credit, you will need to work with your academic adviser or international careers coordinator at your college, to explore this option.

Academic Policies

If a fellow wants the internship component to be a credit-based, they need to talk with their academic adviser in their department or college. Depending on the College/Department policy, students may earn internship credit for this experience. Any Perreault Fellow who chooses to pursue academic credit will be responsible for covering tuition charges associated with that credit.

Here is the list of contacts in selected colleges participating in the Perreault Fellows Program that might give you guidance on internship credits:
College/Campus Office Contact
Eberly College of Science Office of Science Engagement Joel Waters
Smeal College of Business Office of International Programs Elizabeth Labrin
College of Liberal Arts Career Enrichment Network Sharon Nickalls
814- 865-1070
College of Engineering Career Resources and Employer Relations Carmen Bilen
Agricultural Sciences Student Global Engagement Ketja Lingenfelter
Information Systems and Technology Undergraduate Recruiting & Student Engagement Angela K. Miller
Commonwealth campuses Campus Associate for Education Abroad Sarah Spiegel


Housing and Meals


Depending on the fellow’s placement, you will live in independent housing or student dorms. Penn State Education Abroad will make an effort to assist fellows with leads on accommodation. 

Costs and Funding

Program Costs

The fellowship funds (max. 8,250.00 USD) can be used for the following expenses: 
• International travel,
• Accommodation,
• Stipend for living expenses while abroad.

Due to the variety of locations and partner institutions, costs will vary depending on the desired internship placement. The Education Abroad International Internship adviser will work closely with fellows to ensure the most accurate funding estimates to cover the costs of the internship abroad. If you have any questions, please contact the Perreault Fellows Program adviser. 

Withdrawal & Refund Policy 

The Perreault Fellows Program is a highly selective program. It is an opportunity for students to develop their leadership skills, to experience working and living in a different culture, and to intern within a global organization. This will provide fellows with a work experience that will set them apart from their peers in their chosen field. With this in mind, Perreault Fellows must consider this program seriously. All Fellows need to complete all parts of the program, with a proactive mindset, and strong work ethics. 

In cases where students do not participate in all required parts of the program or do not fulfill their obligations according to the internship supervisor’s guidelines/syllabus, or if a student violates the Penn State Code of Conduct, this participant shall be withdrawn from the program, and will not graduate as a Perreault Fellow. 

Perreault Fellows are encouraged to remember that any withdrawal from the program may incur financial consequences based upon the type of internship selected and the date of withdrawal. The Perreault Fellows Program Advisory Committee will consider withdrawal from the program on the case by case basis.  

Life Abroad

General Information 

Studying or interning abroad can be one of the most exciting and transformative experiences of your college career. It is an opportunity to develop independence, build cross-cultural competencies, grow as a person, and enhance your academic program. Entering a new culture can be challenging for everyone. You may ask yourself: is this the right country for me? What are their cultural norms? How will my identity be perceived there? What can I do to prepare for this experience? What will my daily life be like? Below are resources to help you answer these questions.


Penn State Education Abroad works closely with campus resources and our partner institutions around the world to ensure that students of all abilities reach their goal of studying abroad. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged on an individual basis. If you have accommodation needs or further questions, please consult with the Student Disability Resources office and your Education Abroad Adviser. Additional resources are available through the Penn State Global Website. Disability information will not be used during the admissions process, but rather is meant to provide students with resources to help in planning a successful experience abroad.

Gender and LGBTQA

There are dramatic and subtle differences in how gender, identity, sexual expression, and sexual health are perceived in different countries. Before going abroad, it is important that you research the specific country or countries you will be visiting and have a full understanding of their cultural norms. Below are some resources to help you with that research and provide guidance for your life abroad.

Race, Ethnicity, and Faith

When choosing a study abroad location and preparing for your travels, you will want to be mindful of how your experience will be different than what you are used to in the United States. Your racial, ethnic, and spiritual identities may be interacted with and labeled by others differently than what you expect. Here are resources to help you prepare for these differences.

Next Steps

How to Apply

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Application procedures can vary by program. Students should consult the application instructions available within each application. For more information, see the Application Process section of the Penn State Global website. 


For 2023/24 academic year fellows: September 10, 2023

Contact Education Abroad 

If you have general questions about Education Abroad opportunities at Penn State, please email

Peer Advisers

Education Abroad Peer Advisers are Penn State study abroad returnees who advise students on education abroad opportunities at Penn State. Each Peer Adviser can explain program options, give an overview of the study abroad process, as well as provide information about their experience abroad. Peer Advisers have walk-in hours in Boucke Building during the fall and spring semester when classes are in session. For more information, visit the Education Abroad Peer Adviser website. 

Education Abroad Advisers 

Education Abroad Advisers can provide information about courses, support services, application processes, housing details, program costs, cultural expectations, pre-departure requirements, and much more. Education Abroad Advisers have two types of meetings - scheduled appointments and walk-ins. For more information about how to meet with an Education Abroad Adviser, please visit the Penn State Global website

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer-Fellowship 2023-2024 09/10/2023
10/16/2023 TBA TBA
Summer-Fellowship 2024-2025 09/10/2024 10/15/2024 TBA TBA

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