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

2014-2015 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, contact

              Teach for America Information Session

              Monday, September 8, 2014, 9 pm

              Huntsman Hall, G-55

              Career Services

              Finding and Applying for Federal Government Jobs and Internships

              TBA

              Civic House

              Career Services & Civic House

              State Department Information Session

              TBA

              TBA

              Career Services

              Policy and Government Career Fair

              Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 11am-3pm

              Houston Hall

              Career Services

              Common Good Graduate School Programs panel

              TBA

              Civic House

              Civic House and Career Services

              Post-Graduate Service Fellowships Panel

              TBA

              Civic House

              Civic House and Career Services

              International Opportunities Fair

              Friday, November 7, 11am-3pm

              Houston HallCareer Services

              Network you way to a Nonprofit Career

              TBA

              Civic House

              Civic House and Career Services

              Internships in Public Service Panel

              TBA

              Civic House

              Civic House and Career Services

              NGO, Nonprofit, and Government Career Forum

              Friday, December 5, 2014

              George Washington University

              Career Services

              Not-For-Profit Philadelphia Career Fair

              Friday, February 27, 2015

              Bryn Mawr College

              Career Services

              Education and Social Services Career Day

              Spring 2015 (date TBA)

              TBD

              Career Services

              All-Ivy-Environmental Career Fair

              Friday, February 27, 2015

              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 ProgramPenn 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 FellowshipsHillel
              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.