Community Service can often lead to opportunities for research. Funding opportunities exist for students engaged in community service and leadership, especially (but not exclusively) if you’re considering a career in public service. Penn has many resources to help you, including listings of funding opportunities and internships sponsored by the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, Civic House, and the Fox Leadership Program.
Other sites listing national and international opportunities include:
Several major programs designed specifically for undergraduates include:
PPIA Junior Summer Institutes (JSI) are intensive seven-week summer programs that focus on preparing students for graduate programs in public and international affairs and careers as policy professionals, public administrators and other leadership roles in public service. They are held at UC Berkeley, Michigan, Carnegie Mellon, Maryland, and Princeton.
Juniors are eligible; US citizens or permanent residents only.
The IIPP Fellowship program provides specially designed education and training experiences critical to entry and advancement in international affairs careers. Students apply as sophomores to participate in a multi-year sequence of summer policy institutes, study abroad, intensive language training, internships, and graduate study, complemented by career development services along the way.
Must be sophomores at the time of application; minimum 3.2 GPA; US citizen or permanent resident; underrepresented minority.
This fellowship offers three summer internships each year at the US Embassy in London, the US Embassy in Paris, and the Office of the Secretary of State in Washington, DC.
Applicants must be juniors, or seniors continuing on to graduate study; US citizens only.