Students devote 10-15 hours per week during the first year and 15-20 hours per week during the second through fourth years to a research apprenticeship. Students usually begin by working with their first-year advisor to identify research experiences they want to have and skills they want to build while at Penn. The advisor typically has research projects that can start to address the student’s goals. Students are encouraged to work on multiple faculty projects as well as their own research so as to develop a broad range of methodological skills.

SP2 News

Faculty & Research, Student Life

SP2 Task Force on Race and Social Justice

Earlier this year, Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) launched the SP2 Task Force on Race and Social...

SP2 alumna Xiaorui Hou

Alumni Stories

MSSP Alumna Shares United Nations Internship Experience

Ever since she was an undergraduate student, Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) alumna Xiaorui Hou, MSSP ‘19,...

School of Social Policy & Practice sign on the Caster Building seen with pink azaleas.

Faculty & Research

Two SP2 Faculty Members Receive Promotions

In recognition of their exemplary contributions to research and pedagogy, two standing faculty members from Penn’s School of Social Policy...

Rachael Neff

Alumni Stories

SP2 Alumna Named Southeast Division Representative of NASW-PA

Rachael Neff, a 2004 alumna of the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at Penn’s School of Social Policy &...

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