Expand your experience beyond the classroom.

Research has shown that engagement opportunities are transformative. Enabling every Penn State student to more expeditiously connect with life-changing engagement experiences significantly enhances the overall student experience. This better prepares them to regularly contribute to their local, national, and international communities in meaningful and impactful ways. A distinguishing feature of engagement at Penn State is a focus on student growth across five unique competencies: multicultural awareness, civic responsibility, ethical reasoning, systems thinking, and professional development.


Grant Applications


Experiences Funded


Awarded in Grants

State College, Pennsylvania

North Queensland, Australia

Washington, D.C.

Beijing, China

Philadelphia, Pennsylvnia

Dunmore, Pennsylvania

Danville, Pennsylvania

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Reading, Pennsylvania

Seattle, Washington

York, Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Spring Mills, Pennsylvania

Abington, Pennsylvania

Iringa, Tanzania

Wilmington, Delaware

New York, New York

Altoona, Pennsylvania

Ontario, Canada

Kisumu, Kenya

Media, Pennsylvania

Reykjavík, Iceland

Middletown, Pennsylvania

Phoenix, Arizona

New Castle, Pennsylvania

Kunming, China

Bariloche, Argentina

Cannes, France

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Jiangsu, China

Brighton, United Kingdom

Dearborn, Michigan

Costa Rica

Rabat, Morocco

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Dundee, Scotland

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

London, England

New Kensington, Pennsylvania

North Abington Township, Pennsylvania

Dover, Delaware

Taipei, Taiwan

Cusco, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

Hershey, Pennsylvania

Pforzheim, Germany

Erie, Pennsylvania

Florence, Italy

Geneva, Switzerland

Dublin, Ireland

Amsterdam, Netherlands


Pompton Plains, New Jersey

Roatán, Honduras

Copenhagen, Denmark

Palenque, Colombia

Léogâne, Haiti

Austin, Texas

Machacamarca, Bolivia

Montreal, Canada

Estelí, Nicaragua

Rome, Italy

Boston, Massachusetts

Thies, Senegal

Baltimore, Maryland

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Nantes, France

Hekima, Kenya

Centre Hall, Pennsylvania

San José, Costa Rica

Seoul, South Korea

Mang'ula, Tanzania

Roatan, Honduras

Dresden, Germany

Heredia Province, Costa Rica

Los Angeles, California

St. Petersburg, Russia

Sydney, Australia

Berlin, Germany

Paris, France

Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

Houston, Texas

Huehuetango, Guatemala

Steelton, Pennsylvania

Port Orchard, Washington

M'Bour, Senegal

Lima, Peru

Arusha, Tanzania

Puebla, Mexico

San Ignacio, Belize

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Florence, Italy

Tokyo, Japan

Iringa, Tanzania

Seville, Spain

Roatán, Honduras

Veenhuizen, Netherlands

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Kingston, Pennsylvania

Split, Croatia

Benin, Africa

Mombasa, Kenya

Bogota, Colombia

Scranton, Pennsylvania

Pforzheim, Germany


Phillipsburg, New Jersey

Allentown, Pennsylvania

Baltimore, Maryland

Kiserian, Kenya

Kidayi, Tanzania

Lausanne, Switzerland

Astana, Kazakhstan

São Paulo, Brazil

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Plattsburgh, New York

Dodoma, Tanzania

Beaver County, Pennsylvania

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Morogoro, Tanzania

Udzungwa, Tanzania

Mikumi, Tanzania

Kilwa, Tanzania

Port Matilda, Pennsylvania

Havana, Cuba

Otter, Montana

Raynham, Massachusetts

Contonou, Benin

Bassila, Benin

Olyphant, Pennsylvania

Karatu, Tanzania

Loliondo, Tanzania

Moshi, Tanzania

Ngorongoro, Tanzania

Serengeti, Tanzania

Yaeda Valley, Tanzania

Schmallenberg, Germany

Lycoming County, Pennsylvania

Madre de Dios, Peru

Jekyll Island, Georgia

Seoul, South Korea

Guanahacabibes National Park, Cuba

Mankweng, Limpopo

Mombasa, Kenya

Entebbe, Uganda

Monaca, Pennsylvania

Kabarak, Kenya

Beaumont, Texas

Puerto Rico

Willemstad, Curacao

Toledo, Ohio

Entebbe, Uganda

Barcelona, Spain


Cape Town, South Africa

Hong Kong, China

Reading, Pennsylvania

Brooklyn, New York

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Willemstad, Curacao

New Bern, North Carolina

Alajuelita, Costa Rica

Andøya, Norway

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Haifa, Israel


Ciudad Juárez, Mexico

Seoul, South Korea

Tangkou, China

Prague, Czech Republic

Grant Awardee Stories

Impacting the Penn State Community

Impacting the Penn State Community

The research project that I was involved in this summer focused on developing and implementing innovations in health care delivery that would meet the needs of the Penn State employee and beneficiaries who are covered under the University’s health benefits program. My...

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Making Global Connections

Making Global Connections

This past summer, I interned with Underdogs United. Underdogs United works to promote sustainability and global stewardship through the lens of sport. In my role of business development, I helped to form partnerships with professional athletes to get involved in our...

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A Chance to Challenge Myself

A Chance to Challenge Myself

My internship experience took place in Karlsruhe, Germany in the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The length of my internship was approximately two months. Every day, I’d commute by bus and train from Pforzheim to Karlsruhe to assist Mike Kemper, a senior...

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Creating My Own Path

Creating My Own Path

My experience took place in State College, PA. I worked in a genetics research lab investigating the sex ratio incidence using Drosophila as a model organism. I also worked with Reflexion, a startup looking to provide more objective concussion management to athletes...

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Providing Clean Water to the Roatan Community

Providing Clean Water to the Roatan Community

In May I took a trip to Roatan, Honduras with the student organization Engineers Without Borders. Due to extremely high electricity costs and low-income living conditions, communities often struggle to obtain clean water from the ground on a regular basis. It was our...

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