MS in Social Policy Internship

What is an Internship?

Internships provide a unique opportunity to participate in the professional work environment while still learning and developing the skills needed for successful employment. The Master of Science in Social Policy Program (MSSP) prepares professionals for leadership positions in government, philanthropic foundations, research institutes, nonprofit or nongovernmental organizations, and other related settings, through:

  • Understanding the world views, assumptions, and philosophies underlying all policy solutions;
  • Understanding how decisions about social policy issues are made, shaped and influenced at local, state, and national and global levels;
  • Formulating a social reform agenda that is evidence based and aims at improving the equity, effectiveness and efficiency of human and social service provision; and
  • Generating and considering a wide array of policy options to address social problems.

Importance of Internship

The internship should provide an opportunity for the student to expand horizons beyond the academic. It should serve as an opportunity to integrate the classroom learning and apply research skills, via experiences in policy analysis, policymaking, and/or policy implementation, policy evaluation activities, and/or other policy-related activities. It allows students to gain “real” world experience while providing important networking opportunities.

Internship Requirements

Both the MSSP program and the MSSP+DA program include a social policy internship. Students have the opportunity to practice their policy analysis skills and gain work experience through the internship which generally will take place during the summer (mid-May to August), although the timing is flexible to some extent. Occasionally a student will complete the internship during the fall or the spring semester. The internship is structured on the basis of individual student interests and past social policy experience(s). Internships may occur anywhere in the United States or in another country, whichever is best suited to the learning objectives of the student. In every case, the length of the internship is approximately 6-8 weeks and a minimum of 150 hours. The internship MUST be policy related.

Types of Internships

Internships span all types of agencies and organizations including for-profits, non-profits, governmental, and private foundations. The type of work is also varied and can include policy analysis, data analysis, research, advocacy, and communications.

Penn SP2-CHOP Data Analytics Fellowship Program

Beginning in the Spring of 2018, the School of Social Policy & Practice is partnering with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) to offer the Penn SP2-CHOP Data Analytics Fellowship Program. This exciting fellowship opportunity will provide up to two MSSP+DA students the opportunity to work at CHOP employing big data analytics for child health policy and practice research. As one of the leading Children’s Hospitals in the United States, CHOP is on the forefront of developing and implementing cutting-edge data driven approaches to biomedical research, policy, and practice. Penn SP2-CHOP Data Analytics Fellows will have the opportunity to apply their policy and data analytics training with data that can make a difference in children’s lives.

This 12-week fellowship will be completed in the Spring semester of the second-year of the MSSP+DA program and will fulfill the program internship requirement. Students will be able to work either part-time or full-time with competitive compensation. The fellowship will begin toward the end of January so as to be completed by May 1 in time for May graduation. For additional inquiries, please contact Ezekiel Dixon-Román.

Penn MSSP-DHS Performance Management & Technology Fellowship

Beginning in the Spring of 2020, the MSSP program is partnering with the Philadelphia Department of Human Services (DHS) to offer the MSSP-DHS Performance Management & Technology Fellowship Program. This Fellowship will provide one MSSP or MSSP+DA student with the opportunity to work at the DHS Division of Performance Management & Technology, developing research and evaluation pertaining to child welfare policy at their Data Analytics Unit. The DHS Division of Performance Management & Technology is committed to promote safety, permanency, and well-being for children and youth at risk of abuse, neglect and delinquency by developing and maintaining integrated information systems and data analytics that can inform practitioners and policy decisions, and by conducting research to evaluate the effectiveness of programs. The MSSP-DHS Fellows will have the opportunity to apply their policy, research and evaluation, and data analytics training to improve services that impact children’s lives.

MSSP-DHS Fellows will complete at least 150 hours in the Spring or Summer semester in consultation with their advisor. The schedule will be determined by the Fellow and DHS staff with a preference for at least a 12-hour/week commitment. This fellowship fulfills both the MSSP and MSSP+DA internship requirement. For additional inquiries, please contact Dr. Azahara Palomeque.

CHILD USA Social Science Fellowship Program

Beginning in the Fall of 2020, the School of Social Policy & Practice is partnering with CHILD USA to offer the CHILD USA Social Science Fellowship Program. This opportunity will allow students to work hands on with a nonprofit think tank dedicated to ending child abuse and neglect. CHILD USA is the leading national think tank in this area, led by Penn Professor Marci Hamilton, whose legal career in changing the Statutes of Limitation for child sex abuse led her to create a nonprofit to tackle all kinds of abuse and neglect of children. CHILD USA uses the best legal and social science analysis and research to make recommendations on policies to better protect children. During this internship, Social Science Fellows will analyze data and conduct research on topics including but not limited to abuse in sports, statutes of limitation, conversion therapy, educational neglect, and child safety during COVID-19.

Finding an Internship

Before the internship search begins, students complete a student interest form and submit it to the Associate Director. The Associate Director will meet with the student to discuss possibilities and guide the process. There are several ways to find an internship:

  • Review the listing of past internship sites on the SP2 website. There you will find a listing of previous organizations that accepted MSSP interns with some detail about the organization and their website address.
  • All available internships that come through the MSSP office are emailed to students and then posted on the SP2 website.
  • Students find out about possible internships through networking with friends, family, classmates, faculty, former employers, and other personal contacts.
  • Students will research organizations they are interested in to see what internships might be available.

The more proactive students are, the greater their chances are of finding a good internship that meets their needs. During the search, students are encouraged to cast their net broadly and apply to many organizations. This will yield the best possible opportunities.

Heat map created by Meagan Cusack, MS.

Internship Testimonials

“The Bipartisan Policy Center’s Housing and Infrastructure policy teams benefited tremendously by the added capacity Ben Chia brought to us over the summer. He was incredibly diligent and showed enormous self-reliance. Ben brought a sense of humor to our team meetings, sharing stories about his adventures in DC. The summer flew by, and we certainly felt a loss in productivity when our stellar intern had to return to his homeland of Singapore.”

Nikki Rudnick, Director of Housing and Infrastructure
Bipartisan Policy Center
1225 I St. NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005


“The Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity is proud to partner with the Penn Masters of Science in Social Policy internship program. The MSSP students are smart, capable and ready to hit the ground running to help develop policy and create social change. In our office, interns led efforts to research best practices that will directly inform how we approach supports for soup kitchen meal guests, training around accessing IDs for vulnerable populations, and much more. Interns get on the ground experience on how to take what they have done in the classroom and learn to apply it to help combat poverty in Philadelphia.”

Mary Horstmann, Chief of Staff
Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment & Opportunity
1234 Market Street, 16th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107


“With such a small staff, we truly rely on our interns to complete some very important tasks. During her time in our office, Abigail truly became a part of the team. She took the lead on numerous research assignments, and didn’t hesitate to reach out to community groups, other City Departments or agencies to find the information she needed to get the job done.”

Elliot Griffin, Director of Communications and Legislative Assistant
Office of Councilwoman Cindy Bass
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Internship Resource Guide

The Alliance for Excellent Education is a policy, research and advocacy organization that is helping to formulate and implement a national policy to provide proven, research-based assistance to secondary schools that house the nation’s most academically vulnerable students.

1201 Connecticut Avenue NW
Suite 901
Washington, DC 20036

The American Association of University Women promotes equity in education for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

1111 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20036

The ACLU’s Clara Bell Duvall Reproductive Freedom Project’s mission is to ensure that individuals’ reproductive rights are not compromised because of their race, youth or economic status.

P.O. Box 40008
Philadelphia, PA 19106

The American Friends Service Committee is a practical expression of the faith of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). It is committed to the principles of nonviolence and justice.

1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a on profit research organization providing professional services in human service sectors domestically and overseas.

1000 Thomas Jefferson NW
Washington, DC 20007

American Youth Policy Forum’s mission is to broaden the awareness and understanding of policymakers by strengthening the youth policymaking process and by bridging policy, practice and research.

1836 Jefferson Place NW
Washington, DC 20036

Amnesty International is a global movement of people fighting injustice and promoting human rights.

600 Pennsylvania Avenue S.E.
5th Floor
Washington, DC 20024

ASERT is a collaboration that enhances the lives of Pennsylvanians with autism by improving regional access to quality services and interventions and providing information and support to families.

Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare
Bureau of Autism Services Harrisburg, PA 17120

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) is a non-profit organization that drives principled solutions through rigorous analysis, reasoned negotiation and respectful dialogue.

1225 I St NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005

Bloomboard provides professional development using observation and evaluation tools to school districts and states to improve teacher effectiveness.

5401 Walnut St.
Pittsburgh, PA  15232

The Campaign for Youth Justice  is dedicated to ending the practice of trying, sentencing and incarcerating children (under age 18) in the adult justice system.

1012 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005

Carnegie Council provides guidance through programs and publications that address moral issues and ethics in international affairs.

170 East 64th St.
New York, NY  10065

Catalyst Miami’s mission is to build individual leadership and strong organizations to work together to improve health, education and economic opportunity in all Miami communities.

1900 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132

CARIE is an advocacy and educational organization committed to improving the lives of older persons in Philadelphia and throughout the country.

100 South Broad Street
Suite 1500
Philadelphia, PA 19110

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is a nonpartisan research and policy institute pursuing federal and state policies designed both to reduce poverty and inequality and to restore fiscal responsibility in equitable and effective ways.

820 First Street NE, Suite 510
Washington, DC 20002

The Citizen’s Campaign, as part of the Center for Civic Responsibility, seeks to restore democracy for those least able to exercise their rights, particularly urban residents and children.

3 Creekwood Drive
Bordentown, NJ 08505

The Center for High Impact Philanthropy is focused on providing information on how to direct philanthropic funds to make the greatest impact. It engages nonprofits, philanthropists, foundations, policy and research centers and universities in order to aid donors in making good funding choices.

3815 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

The Center for  Mental Health Policy and Services Research identifies the best ways to organize, finance and deliver services to children with psychiatric and developmental disabilities.

3535 Market Street
8th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104

The Center for the Study of Social Policy provides public policy analysis and technical assistance to states and localities blending high academic standards with direct responsiveness to the needs of policymakers and practitioners.

1575 Eye Street NW
Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005

The Century Foundation (TCF) is a nonpartisan think tank that
seeks to foster opportunity, reduce inequality, and promote security at home and

One Whitehall Street, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10004

The Chester County Juvenile Probation Office operates on the principles of balanced and restorative Justice.  Restorative Justice emphasizes repairing the harm done to victims and communities.

201 W. Market St.
Suite 3100
West Chester, PA 19380

Child Welfare League of America is a coalition of private and public agencies serving vulnerable children and families.

1726 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

China Development Bank (CDB) was established in 1994 as a policy bank under the direct leadership of the State Council. CDB is positioned to serve China’s medium- and long-term national development strategies through providing medium- and long-term financing facilities.

No.18 Fuxingmennei Street
Xicheng District
Beijing, China

Conduct research to improve economic policy.

Jia 2, Guanganmen South St.
Xicheng District
Beijing, China

The Committee of Seventy advocates for better government in the Philadelphia region by involving more citizens in public life and promoting better competition among candidates and parties.

8 Penn Center, Suite 1002
1628 JFK Parkway
Philadelphia, PA  19103

Community Legal Services, Inc. provides free legal services in civil matters to low income Philadelphians.

1424 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) works exclusively for the United States Congress providing policy and legal analysis to committees and members of both the House and Senate regardless of party affiliation.

101 Independence Ave., S.E.
Washington, DC  20540

CFED expands economic opportunity by helping individuals start and grow businesses, go to college, own a home and save for their economic future.

1200 G Street NW
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20005

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education is a professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas.

1307 NY Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005

Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. provides constituent services and enacts legislation in the City of Philadelphia.

City Hall, Room 404
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown provides constituent services and enacts legislation in the City of Philadelphia.

City Hall, Room 581
Philadelphia, PA 19107


Councilwoman Cindy Bass serves the residents of Northwest Philadelphia (Germantown, Mt. Airy, Nicetown, Tioga, and Chestnut Hill).

City Hall, Room 594
Philadelphia, PA 19107


Washington, DC  20340

The Economy League brings together regional leaders and organizations across all sectors to address the most pressing issues facing the greater Philadelphia region.

230 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Education-Plus, Inc. improves education and disseminates innovations and best practices to schools in the U.S.

501 Glen Echo Road
Philadelphia, PA 19119

ESPN-W provides an engaging environment that offers total access to female atheletes and the sports they play.

545 Middle St.
Bristol, CT  06010

Family Violence Prevention Fund provides education programs, national policy development, professional training programs, and public actions designed to end violence against women, children and families around the world.

67 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia conducts research and outreach in an effort to promote community and economic development in low and moderate income communities.

10 Independence Mall
Philadelphia, PA 19106

The Food Bank of Delaware’s mission is Food distribution, human services, and workforce development.

14 Garfield Way
Newark, DE 19713

The Food Trust increases access to affordable, nutritious food and improves health through better nutrition.

1 Penn Center
1617 JFK Blvd.
Suite 900
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Food & Water Watch works to ensure the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible and sustainably produced.

232 S. 4th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

The Future of Music Coalition works to ensure a diverse musical culture where artists flourish and are compensated fairly for their work.

1615 L Street NW
Washington, DC 20008

Grid Market Research Inc. is a New York-based research company. The firm’s focus is macroeconomic research.

85 Broad St., Suite 28-069
New York, NY 10004

The Housing Association of the Delaware Valley secures decent housing and works to eliminate racism and discrimination in housing.

1528 Walnut Street
Suite 1000
Philadelphia, PA 19102

The Institute for Public health Innovation provides leadership by working across disciplines and sectors to develop, support, implement and evaluate creative strategies to improve public health.

1301 Connecticut Avenue NW
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20036

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.

3516 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224

Investing in Ourselves inspires positive lifestyle behavior change in underserved communities of Philadelphia.

University of Pennsylvania
The Wharton School of Business
3620 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104

JOIN is a partnership between philanthropy,government, community organizations, and employers. JOIN seeks to increase the number of Greater Philadelphia workers earning family-sustaining wages.

1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Jubilee USA Network is an alliance of religious denominations and faith communities, human rights organizations and community groups working to fight poverty and injustice in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

222 E. Capital Street NE
Washington, DC 20003

Juvenile Law Center helps the shaping and using of law on behalf of children in the child welfare and justice systems to promote fairness and ensure access to appropriate services.

1315 Walnut Street
4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

The organization is headquarters for a campaign for United States Senate. US Senate campaigns are run statewide and require attention to a variety of constituencies across Pennsylvania.

2001 Market St.
Suite 3820
Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Labor Union manages all employee endowment insurance, medical insurance, unemployment insurance, industrial injury insurance, maternity insurance and housing accumulation funds.

22 West, Longshou North St Lianhu Distict
Shaanxi Province, China

The Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) is a center for the interdisciplinary research and analysis of health care management, law and policy at the University of Pennsylvania.

3641 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA   19104

The LGBT Elder Initiative is dedicated to building bridges between aging and LBGT services and community organizations through advocacy, education, information and referral.

4704 Springfield Ave.
Philadelphia, PA  19143

Liberty Resources, Inc. is a center for independent living in the Philadelphia area that advocates for and works with persons with disabilities.

1801 Buttonwood Street
Apt. 811
Philadelphia, PA 19130

LIFE focuses on older persons who are frail enough to meet the State’s standards for nursing home care. It provides comprehensive medical and social services.

4508 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19139

Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Service is a catalyst and convener in the work of building welcoming communities and creating sustaining opportunities to refugees and migrants.

122 C Street NW
Suite 125
Washington, DC 20001

The Markle Foundation works to realize the potential and to accelerate the use of information and communication technologies to address critical public needs.

10 Rockefeller Center
Suite 16
New York, NY 10020

Massachusetts Department of Education works in partnership with policy makers, communities, parents, school districts and students to build a system that will prepare all students to succeed.

350 Main Street
Malden, MA 02148

The Maxim Foundation has contributed to worthy causes at home and abroad. The Foundation’s focus was expanded in 2004 to include assistance for local families that were caring for children with special healthcare needs.

405 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY 10174

The Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity aligns the city’s efforts to lift individuals and communities out of poverty and increase opportunities for low income individuals and families.

1234 Market St., 16TH Fl
Philadelphia, PA 19107

The mission of the Office of Immigrant Affairs (OIA) is to promote the well-being of immigrant communities by recommending and developing policies and programs that provide opportunity and access.

City Hall, Room 110
Philadelphia, PA 19107

The Office of the Mayor of Cincinnati is the executive decision-making office for the City of Cincinnati

6118 Oakbridge Way
Cincinnati, OH

The Mazzoni Center is dedicated to exclusively serving the needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community through HIV testing, counseling and health services.

21 South 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Mennonite Central Committee’s mission is to monitor and analyze public policy, to facilitate peace and justice, and to encourage the church in its witness to the government.

920 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20003

Mexico-US Solidarity Network is dedicated to practicing solidarity with a number of Mexican social movements and community organizing groups in Chicago aimed at forming the next generation of community organizers.

3460 W. Lawrence Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625

The mission of the National Center on Homelessness among Veterans is to promote recovery oriented care for Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

4100 Chester Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19104

The National Coalition for LGBT Health is committed to improving the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals through federal advocacy that is focused on research, policy, education and training.

1325 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005

The National Conference of State Legislatures is a bipartisan organization. It’s mission is to improve the quality and effectiveness of state legislatures by promoting policy innovation and communication among state legislatures.

444 N Capitol Street NW
Suite 515
Washington, DC 20001

The National League of Cities’ mission is to strengthen and promote cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance.

1301 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure.

30 South 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Founded in 1971 as the Women’s Legal Defense Fund, the National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit organization fighting for every major policy advance that will help women and families.

144 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608

Nepal Volunteer Council offers volunteer, internship, educational and cultural exchange programs to promote global understanding, friendship and learning.

G.P.O. Box 25268
Kathmandu, Nepal

The Netter Center for Community Partnership helps bring to bear the broad range of human knowledge needed to solve the complex, comprehensive problems of the American city through its work in West Philadelphia.

133 South 36th Street
Suite 519
Philadelphia, PA 19104

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) is a State agency created to provide administrative guidance, financial support, and technical assistance to local governments, community development organizations, businesses, and individuals to improve the quality of life in New Jersey.

101 South Broad St.
Trenton, NJ 08608

New Profit is a nonprofit venture philanthropy fund that invests in visionary entrepreneurs and leaders; advocates for public policy that leads to better outcomes; and works with diverse partners from across sectors to catalyze big ideas and innovations.

200 Clarendon Street, 29th Floor
Boston, MA 02116

The Office of Child Support Enforcement was founded to assure that assistance in obtaining child support is available to children through locating parents, establishing paternity and enforcing legal obligations.

150 S Independence Mall West
Suite 864
Philadelphia, PA 19106

The Office of Government and Community Affairs advances the University of Pennsylvania’s mission of research, learning and service by managing relationships with government and community leaders.

133 S. 36th St., Suite 418
Philadelphia, PA  19104

Let’s Move is a campaign launched by the First Lady, Michelle Obama, dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity.

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, DC  20250

Operation Public Education is a University of Pennsylvania based school reform project that assists school districts in the design and piloting of new systems.

3624 Market Street
Suite 1 SB, Room 103
Philadelphia, PA 19104

The Organization of American States (OAS) is the main political forum of the Region that promotes and supports Democracy, Human Rights, Multi-dimensional Security and Integral Development in the Americas.

1889 F St., N.W.,
Washington, D.C., 20006

The Out-of-School Time Resource Center promotes youth achievement through staff support and professional development with a focus on out-of-school-time programs.

Penn Asian Senior Services promotes the well-being of Asian American seniors and disabled who are disadvantaged by language or cultural barriers.

6926 Old York Rd.
Philadelphia, PA  19126

Penn Center for Substance Abuse Solutions’ mission is to encourage broad public adoption of effective methods to reduce the devastating effects of substance abuse.

3535 Market Street
Room 4046
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Penn Program on Regulation brings balanced analysis from multiple disciplines to bear on important regulatory policy problems and alternative strategies to solve them.

University of Pennsylvania Law School
3400 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape provides advocacy for the rights and needs of victims of sexual assault.

125 N. Enola Hoffman
Enola, PA 17025

Pennsylvania Council of Children, Youth & Family Services is a statewide membership association that provides direct hands-on child welfare, juvenile justice and behavioral health programs and supports.

1520 Locust Street
7th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition is a diverse group that brings together professionals, advocates and immigrant groups of different backgrounds to share information and resources, identify common problems, and advocate for solutions.

2100 Arch Street
7th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Pennsylvania Prison Society promotes humane and restorative corrections by serving offenders and former offenders and their families through direct service programs and public education.

245 N Broad Street
3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

The Pennsylvania Recovery Organization Alliance (PRO-A) mobilizes, educates and advocates to eliminate the stigma and discrimination toward those affected by alcohol and drug addiction.

900 Arlington Ave., Suite 254A
Harrisburg, PA  17109

Former Speaker of the House, Pennsylvania Legislature.

139 Main Capitol
Harrisburg, PA 17120

People’s Emergency Center is committed to increasing equity and opportunity in the West Philadelphia community through supportive services and advocacy.

325 N. 39th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

The Pew Charitable Trusts provides funding to improve public policy, inform and educate the public and stimulate civic life.

One Commerce Square
2005 Market Street
Suite 1700
Philadelphia, PA 19103

The mission of the City Planning Commission is to guide the orderly growth and development of the City of Philadelphia.

1617 JFK Blvd.
2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging improves the quality of life for older Philadelphians, and assists them in achieving the greatest possible levels of health, independence and productivity.

642 N. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19130

DBHIDS is the administrative entity responsible for public behavioral health care in the City of Philadelphia.

1101 Market Street
7th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Philadelphia Development Partnership provides small amounts of capital and business support services in order to cultivate and promote successful entrepreneurs, microenterprises and small businesses.

1334 Walnut Street
7th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Philadelphia Education Fund’s mission is to improve the quality of public education in Philadelphia and the surrounding region.

1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Suite 700
Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Philadelphia Workforce Development Center promotes opportunities for job seekers and employers by actively leading, advocating for, and implementing quality workforce development activities.

1617 JFK Blvd.
2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103

PolicyLab at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia seeks to achieve optimal child health and well-being by informing program and policy changes through interdisciplinary research.

3535 Market Street
15th Floor, Room 1542
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Project HOME empowers adults, children, and families to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, to alleviate the underlying causes of poverty, and to enable all of us to attain our fullest potential as individuals and as members of the broader society.

1515 Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia PA 19130

Formerly CFED, Prosperity Now believes that everyone deserves a chance to prosper. They help make it possible for millions of people, especially people of color and those of limited incomes, to achieve financial security, stability and, ultimately, prosperity.

1200 G Street NW
Washington, DC 20005

Public Citizens for Children and Youth improves the lives and life chances of Philadelphia’s children through thoughtful and informed advocacy.

1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Research Center of the State-owned Assets is the financial investor on behalf of the State. It manages all state-owned assets for the Central Government of China.

1710 Building 1
Yuetan North Street 25
Beijing, China

Research for Action conducts policy-based and evaluation research in the field of education.

3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT’s mission is to improve the health, safety, education, economic security, and development of Rhode Island’s children.

One Union Station
Providence, RI 02903

The Scholars Strategy Network seeks to improve public policy and strengthen democracy by organizing scholars working in America’s colleges and universities.

675 Massachusetts Avenue, 8th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02139

The School District of Philadelphia’s Office of Performance Targets and Data Analysis is responsible for the development, investigation, establishment, measurement and reporting of key indicators for academic success.

440 Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19139


Congressional Office serving the State of New York.

478 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510

Slought Foundation is a nonprofit organization that engages the public in dialogue about cultural and socio-political change in Philadelphia and the world.

4017 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

The Support Center for Child Advocates provides legal assistance and social service advocacy for abused and neglected children in Philadelphia County.

1900 Cherry St.
Philadelphia, PA  19103

Thomas Jefferson University is a health science university. It conducts basic, clinical and translational research and provides professional medical services.

1020 Walnut Street
Suite 630
Philadelphia, PA 19107

UNITE HERE is the national union of hospitality workers. UNITE HERE Philadelphia represents over 5000 members at the Philadelphia International Airport, the sports stadiums, center city hotels and the School District of Philadelphia.

1415 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania is comprised of 130 Assistant United States Attorneys. The main focus of the USAO is to investigate and prosecute crimes that have occurred in 9 counties in the Eastern District.

615 Chestnut St., Suite 1250
Philadelphia, PA

The mission of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is to protect the integrity of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) programs, as well as the health and welfare of beneficiaries served by those programs.

150 S. Independence Mall West, Suite 356
Philadelphia, PA 19106

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) supports the VA and federal plans to end veteran homelessness.

4100 Chester Ave., Suite 201
Philadelphia, PA 19104

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports the work of the United Nations Children’s Fund by raising funds for its programs and increasing awareness of the challenges facing the world’s children.

125 Maiden Lane
11th Floor
New York, NY 10038

Congressional Office of Keith Ellison serving the 5th District of Minnesota.

2263 Rayburn Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

United Family Healthcare in China provides comprehensive, integrated healthcare services.

No. 2 Jiangtai Road
Chaoyang District
Beijing, China

United for a Fair Economy raises awareness that concentrated wealth and power undermine the economy, corrupt democracy, and deepen racial divides.

29 Winter Street
2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02108

The School Policy Department of the United Kingdom Treasury makes decisions on policy and funding for schools.

1 Horse Guards Rd.
London, SW1A 2HQ

UNIFEM is the women’s fund at the United Nations. It provides financial and technical assistance to innovative approaches aimed at fostering women’s empowerment.

Zeleznicka 46, I-8
Skopje 1000

The United Nations Habitat III Division strengthens international cooperation of social development for groups and persons marginalized from society.

320 East 43rd St.
New York, NY 10017

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs strengthens international cooperation for social development for groups and persons marginalized from society.

UN Secretariat Building
29th Floor
New York, NY 10017

The United Nations Office of Information and Communication Technology strengthens international cooperation for social development for groups and persons marginalized from society.

405 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017

UNOCC provides analytical capacity to undertake in-depth mid to long-term research studies on current political, security, and operational issues affecting UN field missions.

United Nations Headquarters
New York, NY 10017

The United Nations works to maintain international peace and security, promote sustainable development, protect human rights, uphold international law, and deliver humanitarian aid.

405 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017

Federal courts hear cases involving the constitutionality of a law, cases involving the laws and treaties of the U.S. ambassadors and public ministers, disputes between two or more states, admiralty law, also known as maritime law, and bankruptcy cases.

The Urban Institute conducts objective and nonpartisan research and educational outreach on social, economic and governance problems facing the U.S.

2100 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20037

WHYY/NPR Philadelphia brings the City of Philadelphia news, education and entertainment.

150 N 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW) promotes empowerment, equity and economic security across the lifespan for women and families.

1001 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 930
Washington, DC 20036

The Women’s Law Project creates a more just and equitable society by advancing the rights and status of all women.

125 S 9th Street
Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Women in Transition empowers women to build lives for themselves and their children that are free from interpersonal violence, substance abuse and poverty.

21 S. 12th Street
6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Women’s Opportunities Resource Center promotes economic self-sufficiency for disadvantaged women and their families by providing business training, microfinance and incentive savings programs.

2010 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Alumni Stories

Chad Dion Lassiter, SP2 Alum, Receives 2021 Social Worker of the Year Award

On October 26th, the National Association of Social Workers, Pennsylvania Chapter, presented Chad Dion Lassiter, Penn’s School of Social Policy...

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Faculty & Research

Ezekiel Dixon-Román on the Facebook whistleblower

In a Senate hearing earlier this month, former Facebook project manager Frances Haugen testified against the tech giant, saying that...

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Faculty & Research

New Research Underscores Role Museums, Libraries Play to Create Healthier, More Equitable America

The Institute of Museum and Library Services, in partnership with Reinvestment Fund, have released a new study, Understanding the Social Wellbeing...

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Faculty & Research

The state of U.S. immigration

Immigration is once again front and center in the national debate. Approximately 65,000 Afghans have been evacuated to the United States after...

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