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Internships

Gain real-world policy experience

As part of the MSSP and MSSP+DA curriculum, students complete 150 hours of a policy-related internship, typically done after coursework is complete. The policy internship provides students with real-world experiences by allowing them to apply classroom learning and research skills in the areas of policy analysis, data analysis, research, policymaking, advocacy, policy implementation, policy communications, and policy evaluation activities. Internships span all types of agencies and organizations, including non-profits, research institutions, advocacy organizations, think tanks, state and local government, federal government, for-profit institutions, and private foundations. 

Internships are structured based on individual student interests and past social policy experiences and can take place in the United States or internationally. Internships typically span 6-8 weeks and require a minimum of 150 hours. All internships must be policy related.

Finding an internship

Prior to searching for internships, students complete a student interest form and submit it to MSSP staff. Program staff meet with the student to discuss possibilities and guide the process. There are several ways to find a right-fit internship:

  • Review the listing of past internship sites.
  • Identify possible internships through networking with friends, family, classmates, faculty, former employers, and personal contacts.
  • Research organizations of interest to see if internships are available.

Internship opportunities received through the MSSP office are emailed to students. During the search, students are encouraged to cast their net broadly and apply to many organizations. This will yield the best possible opportunities.

Partial list of past internship sites

  • ACLU of Pennsylvania
  • Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy (AISP)
  • Center for American Progress’ Women’s Initiative
  • Center for High Impact Philanthropy (CHIP)
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia *
  • CHILD USA*
  • China House
  • City of Philadelphia Department of Human Services*
  • City of Philadelphia Office of Children & Families
  • Data Science for Social Good, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Economy League of Greater Philadelphia
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
  • Health Equity & Policy Lab
  • Mayor’s Internship Program, Philadelphia Mayor’s Office
  • Prevention Point Philadelphia 
  • Satell Institute 
  • Social Security Administration
  • Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program
  • Towards Unity for Health (TUFH)
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • The World Bank

*Denotes a partner organization

Partnered Internships

Penn SP2-CHOP Data Analytics Fellowship Program

Penn SP2-CHOP Data Analytics Fellowship Program

Penn MSSP-DHS Performance Management & Technology Fellowship

Penn MSSP-DHS Performance Management & Technology Fellowship

CHILD USA Social Science Fellowship Program

CHILD USA Social Science Fellowship Program

Events

08/26

SP2 Friday

Come out and network with current students and alumni. Refreshments will be served. SP2 Fridays is presented by the Offices of Institutional Advancement & Student Affairs.

Events

10/28

SP2 Friday

Come out and network with current students and alumni. Refreshments will be served. SP2 Fridays is presented by the Offices of Institutional Advancement & Student Affairs.

News

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