Careers for the Common Good

Careers for the Common Good consist of a wide variety of public interest work including nonprofit, public service, advocacy, policy, environment, education and culture.

CAREER INFORMATION

Career Profiles and Advice

Blogs

Videos

PEOPLE & GROUPS

Penn Departments / Centers / Programs

Penn Networking Databases and Groups

Professional Associations

Common Good Careers Listserv

EVENTS & OPPORTUNITIES

Events

Internships

Post-graduation Service Fellowships

Funding for common good projects & research

Service Learning and Community Service

Job and Internship Listing Websites

Graduate Programs


 Information on Careers for the Common Good

Career Profiles and Advice

Below you can find advice from and profiles for alumni in common good careers, plus information on these fields:

Advocacy
Arts, Museums and Planning
Education
Environment
Federal Government
Health
International Development and Foreign Affairs
Nonprofit
Policy and Think Tanks
Politics and Local Government

Blogs

Videos

To watch short videos with advice and information on common good careers, choose the channel you're interested in below:


PEOPLE & GROUPS related to Careers for the Common Good

Penn Departments / Centers / Programs / Centers

Penn Networking Databases & Groups

Find Penn alumni and students in public interest careers:

Networking/Mentoring Programs related to public interest careers:

Penn Student Organizations

Participating in community service groups can be a great way to learn about and develop professional contacts in common good careers. Student organizations related to the public interest field include:

  • Circle K
  • Penn AIDS Awareness
  • Penn Environmental Group

Click here for a list of student organizations that are part of the Civic House Associates Coalition.

Professional Associations

Websites of professional associations provide a wealth of information about specific career fields, conferences and events and contacts. These include:

Advocacy
Arts, Museums and Planning
Education
Environment
Health
International Development and Foreign Affairs
Politics and Local Government
Nonprofit
Nonprofit Consulting
Social Work

Common Good Careers Listserv

New! The Common Good Careers listserv was created by Career Services as an open forum where the Penn community (staff, faculty, students, etc.) can share information about events, opportunities and resources related to nonprofit, government, policy, public interest and other common good related careers.

To subscribe to this list, send an e-mail to: listserv@lists.upenn.edu
with this command in the body of the e-mail: SUBscribe CommonGoodCareers


EVENTS & OPPORTUNITIES related to Careers in the Common Good

2013-2014 Public Interest Careers Events Listing

Learn about the variety of public interest careers and meet employers and alumni through these events:

Events

When

Where

For more info:

Peace Corps Information Session

Tuesday, September 17, 6 pm

Huntsman Hall G-55

Career Services

Finding and Applying for Federal Government Jobs and Internships

Tuesday, September 24, 4:30 pm

Civic House

Career Services & Civic House

State Department Information Session

September 26 or 28 TBA

TBA

Career Services

Policy and Government Career Fair

Friday, September 27, 11am-3pm

Houston Hall

Career Services

Common Good Graduate School Programs panel

Tuesday, October 8, 4:30 pm

Civic House

Civic House and Career Services

Post-Graduate Service Fellowships Panel

Tuesday, October 22, 4:30 pm

Civic House

Civic House and Career Services

International Opportunities Fair

Thursday, October 24, 11am-3pm

Houston Hall Career Services and Penn Abroad

Network you way to a Nonprofit Career

Tuesday, November 5, 4:30 pm

Civic House

Civic House and Career Services

Internships in Public Service Panel

Tuesday, November 19, 4:30 pm

Civic House

Civic House and Career Services

Public Policy and Business Network Roulette

November 2013 Virtual Career Services

NGO, Nonprofit, and Government Career Forum

December 2013

George Washington University

Career Services

Not-For-Profit Philadelphia Career Fair

February 2014

Haverford College

Career Services

Education and Social Services Career Day

March 2014

TBD

Career Services

All-Ivy-Environmental Career Fair

March 2014

Columbia University


 Career Services

Penn-Sponsored Public Interest Internship Programs

Internships

For more info:

India Summer Internship Program

Center for the Advanced Study of India

Summer Opportunities through CURF (including humanities internships and research programs)

Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships

Adam Bernstein MARAB D.C. Internship Program

Civic House

Brookings Institution Summer Internship

Fox Leadership Program

Penn's Program for Public Service Summer Internship Program

Netter Center
Penn in Washington Summer Program Penn in Washington

Penn International Internship Program (40 summer internships across the world; in addition, some study abroad programs have a service component)

Penn Abroad, campus-wide partnership
Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative (summer policy research program)
PWPPI

Global BioMedical Service Program

SEAS

International Development Summer Institute (Africa Program)

SEAS

Urban Studies Fieldwork Seminar (majors and minors only)

Urban Studies

Penn Social Entrepreneurship Mentoring Internship

Wharton

Penn International Business Volunteers

Wharton

Social Impact Consulting Group

Wharton

Social Impact Associates

Wharton

Post-graduation Service Programs / Fellowships

Related resource: Overview of Gap Year Programs and How to Consider Them

Post-Graduate Programs

For more info:

Fox Post-Graduate Fellowship Program

Fox Leadership Program

Emerson Fellows of the Netter Center

Netter Center

Leonore Annenberg Teaching Fellowships

Netter Center
CURF Fellowship Directory
List compiled by CURF
Repair the World/Just Action Fellowships Hillel
Additional Year of Service Post-Graduate Fellowships
List compiled by Career Services & Civic House
CURF Fellowship Directory
List compiled by CURF

Funding for Common Good Projects & Research

Funding Opportunities

For more info:

Open Mind for Africa Program (grants to upperclassmen for travel to Africa over the summer to participate in service)

Christian Association
Public Interest Internship Funds
Civic House
Undergraduate research grants administered by CURF
CURF

Wharton Social Impact Research Experience

Wharton

India Summer Research Travel Funds

Center for the Advanced Study of India

Service Learning & Community Service Initiatives

Service Initiatives

For more info:

Volunteer opportunities supported through Civic House (includes West Philadelphia Tutoring Project, Alternate Spring Break, PennCorp) Civic House

Leadership-for-Service Initiatives (Medical Emergency Response, Penn Leads the Vote, Penn Undergraduates in New Orleans, Penn Youth Education for Success, etc.)

Fox Leadership Program
Franklin Community (a learning and living community dedicated to issues of social justice, civic engagement, social entrepreneurship and intercultural understanding) Harnwell College House
Moral Voices Fellows (funded social justice initiative including a year-long project, weekly seminar meetings and guest speakers) Hillel
Tzedek Social Justice (Hillel's Community Service and Advocacy group on Campus) Hillel
Community Outreach Program
La Casa Latina
Ase Academy (pairs Penn students with middle school students to help them prepare for college) MAKUU

CHORDS (interfaith community service program for 1-time service, or more long-term service, opportunities in West Philadelphia)

Office of the Chaplain
iBelieve course (hands on service and partnership with local service organizations, readings, speakers and conversations about difference) Office of the Chaplain & Greenfield Intercultural Center

Study abroad program in Thailand - Development and Globalization (Search for Penn Abroad programs with service learning features here.)

Penn Abroad
Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative
Netter Center
Community Schools Student Partnerships (includes Penn Reading Initiative and West Philadelphia Recess Initiative) Netter Center
Moelis Access Science
Netter Center

Academically-based community service courses (service linked to teaching and research, focus on problem-solving research and teaching, promote learning through service and emphasize student and faculty reflection on service experience)

Netter Center


Job & Internship Listing Websites

Below are links to external job and internship listings separated by field and compiled by Career Services:

Nonprofit
Advocacy
Arts, Museums, and Planning
Education
Environment
Federal Government
Health
International Development and Foreign Affairs
Nonprofit Consulting
Policy and Research
Politics and Local Government
Social Work

Graduate Programs

Graduate and Professional School Advisors in Career Services provide services for Penn students and alumni who are interested in graduate or professional school of any kind, including degrees to further common good careers. Information for exploring or applying to such programs can be found on the Graduate and Professional School Advising website. We also encourage you, however, to meet with an advisor and to take advantage of all the services and resources available to you.