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. Click here to access a list of student organizations at Penn.

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 on Handshake

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              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

              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 Impact Consulting (PIIC)

              Wharton

              Social Impact Consulting Group

              Wharton

              Social Impact Fellowship

              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
              Repair the World/Just Action FellowshipsHillel
              CURF Fellowship Directory
              List compiled by CURF


              Funding for Common Good Projects & Research

              Funding Opportunities

              For more info:

              Open Mind for Service (grants to undergraduates and graduates for travel to Africa over the summer to participate in service)

              Christian Association
              Community Engagement Internship funding
              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
              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

              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.