Perreault Fellows Program

International Internship and Global Leadership Fellowship

The Perreault Fellows Program is a competitive global leadership and internship program that prepares students from multiple disciplines for personal and professional excellence through learning in cross-cultural leadership, ethics, service, personal-mentoring, and an internship abroad related to health and the betterment of human condition broadly speaking. Each year the program seeks to enroll a diverse group of Penn State undergraduates in a 2-year, co-curricular program, the centerpiece of which is an internship abroad during the summer between the junior and senior years.

The program prepares students for global leadership through participation in the Global Engagement and Leadership Experience (GELE), a workshop through the Rock Ethics Institute, mandatory service, and a presentation on their learning outcomes to the Provost’s Global Advisory Council.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Exceptional dedication to academic excellence and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Junior class standing at the time of participation and enrollment in a degree program within one of the following colleges:
    • College of Agricultural Science 
    • Eberly College of Science
    • College of Engineering
    • College of Information Science and Technology
    • College of the Liberal Arts 
    • Smeal College of Business
    • Penn State Commonwealth campuses’ programs that are aligned with the eligible colleges
  • FAFSA on file demonstrating financial need
  • Interest in pursuing a career in the field of health and/or betterment of the human condition in general

Program Timeline

  • Spring of Sophomore Year: Application period begins
  • Fall and Spring of Junior Year: Pre-internship workshops: Ethical leadership, Global leadership and intercultural awareness, International Internships and Career Development
  • Summer Internship: Related to the field of health and human well-being: 8 weeks minimum
  • Fall of Senior Year: Post-internship reflection sessions and presentations, Engagement in community service

Perreault Fellows will get financial support (max. $7,500.00USD) 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.

Perreault Fellows Application

Application Process

  • Application Opens: Mid-April
  • Application Deadline: September 10
  • Final Interviews: September - October
  • Fellows Selected: Mid-October

Visit the Penn State application page or contact the Penn State Education Abroad office for more information about the Perreault Fellows Program.

The fellowship program is funded by a generous gift to Penn State Global from Paul and Beverly Perreault.

Meet the Perreault Fellows

Read about current and past cohorts of Perreault Fellows on our Fellows Spotlight page.