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Summer Opportunities

Penn Social Policy & Practice Moelis Family Research Program

Penn Social Policy & Practice Moelis Family Research Program


The School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) seeks to further its contributions as one of the nation’s leading centers of knowledge development, knowledge transfer and knowledge application in the human services. This vision is integral to and reflected in all aspects of the School’s educational and research programs as well as in its work on the Penn campus, in the Philadelphia community, and in its social change efforts nationally and internationally.

SP2 currently is offering unique research intern opportunities for undergraduate students who are interested in exploring, obtaining knowledge, or developing skills in social policy.

Research internships opportunities are available in the areas of:

  • Inequality in access to higher education
  • Social Enterprises/immigrant social integration
  • Philanthropy
  • Food Policy
  • Effects of low-earning work

Under the guidance of accomplished and trained faculty and/or directors, you will gain hands-on experience in Penn’s interdisciplinary environment. This will prepare you for careers in a specific arena and/or create value-added expertise for you in your chosen area of study. At the end of your tenure, you will be required to produce a final paper that will be reviewed by a faculty member, and may result in independent study credit.

A flexible schedule is necessary. A small stipend will be offered.

Criteria for Consideration

  1. You must currently be enrolled as a matriculating student in any of the University’s undergraduate degree-granting programs.
  2. You must be committed to participating in a research initiative of a relevant social welfare topic, issue or problem.

Selection Process:

Decisions regarding the awarding of internships will be made by a committee at the School of Social Policy & Practice, including the Associate Deans of Development and Alumni Relations, Academic Affairs and Research. Applicants will be notified by March 28, 2014.

Application Process:

In one page or less, describe the reasons that you are interested in pursuing a research internship at the School of Social Policy & Practice. Include any pertinent social or community service work or interests, as well as any research experience and when (which weeks in the summer) you expect to be available to participate in a project. Include a preferred phone number, address and e-mail where you can be reached. Submit all applications and your resume clearly marked UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH APPLICATION to:

Nadina Deigh
Associate Dean
3701 Locust Walk
Caster Building

Feel free to drop your application off at the receptionist’s desk clearly marked OR e-mail them to .

Application deadline: 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 28

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