Employment Opportunities

Spring 2017 Education Research Assistant

The Center seeks a student intern to support our research team with research, analysis, and writing and communications-related tasks for our high-impact education strategies and programs portfolio.

Research duties:

  • Finding high impact opportunities related to philanthropic investments in education in the United States
  • Compiling background information about effective programs and their evidence base
  • Assisting as necessary in other education-related research activities

Other possible duties:

  • Business development support (e.g., due diligence on potential funders and partners)
  • Support for Center events and educational programs (e.g., drafting and preparing materials, logistical support)
  • Condensing longer pieces of donor guidance into summations for inclusion in Center communications channels (e.g. blog, social media)

Ideal candidates for will have experience working in an office environment, excellent research and writing ability, and experience with Microsoft Office products. In addition, interns should possess excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills; be self-directed and motivated; be capable of following detailed procedures; and have an interest in tackling new projects.

Work-study students preferred.

8-16 hours per week

2017 Summer Associates

Research summer associate

We are currently recruiting for our 2017 undergraduate and graduate summer associate class. Our associates participate in all aspects of our work. Examples include:

  • Research, fact-finding, and literature reviews related to Center projects; examples of projects past summer associates have supported include early childhood education in the US, impact investing, community-based health delivery, and disconnected youth in the US. Tasks may include, but are not limited to:
    • Identifying high impact opportunities related to philanthropic investments in a specific issue area
    • Compiling background information about effective programs and their evidence base
    • Assisting as necessary in other related research activities, e.g. literature reviews, background research in an issue area, etc.
    • Identifying how donors/funders can effectively support effective programs
    • Corresponding with staff of nonprofits to request data and vet guidance
  • Reporting findings in written form, with analytical rigor and proper citations
  • Assist in the Center’s own impact assessment (e.g. tally surveys, aggregate existing data, etc.)
  • Provide support for Center events and educational programs (e.g., drafting and preparing materials, logistical support)
  • Contribute to Center’s ongoing PR, marketing, and donor engagement efforts (e.g., condensing longer pieces of donor guidance into summations for inclusion in Center communications channels such as blog and social media, drafting/editing correspondence and outreach)

Ideal candidates should have experience working in an office environment; outstanding research and writing ability; strong quantitative analytical skills; and experience with Microsoft Office products.  In addition, associates should possess excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills; be self-directed and motivated; be capable of following detailed procedures; and have an interest in tackling new projects. Prior experience working in the nonprofit sector would be helpful.

Interested applicants should submit a resume/CV, a cover letter, and two references (at least one from a work/research supervisor) to impact@sp2.upenn.edu by March 1, 2017. A limited number of associate stipends are available for candidates who can commit to a minimum of 21 hours a week (scheduling flexible) for at least 6 weeks. Associate applicants currently enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania may also be eligible for CURF funding or Moelis fellowships; please indicate if you have applied for such funding when submitting your application.

Communications/design summer associate  

We are currently recruiting for our 2017 undergraduate and graduate summer associate class. Our associates participate in all aspects of translating and disseminating our work, including but not limited to:

  • Formatting and design of publications (e.g. translating draft text content into final products via InDesign, working with leadership team to brand publications)
  • Graphic design (e.g. creating images for use on Twitter, taking verbalized ideas from senior staff and translate into graphics)
  • Providing support for Center events and educational programs (e.g., drafting and preparing marketing materials, providing logistical support)
  • Contributing to Center’s ongoing PR, marketing, and donor engagement efforts (e.g., drafting/editing correspondence, creating slide decks and presentations)
  • Social media engagement (e.g. posting articles and other media on behalf of Center at direction of staff)

Ideal candidates have experience working in an office environment with in-depth knowledge of InDesign, Photoshop, Microsoft Office, and various social media outlets. In addition, associates should possess excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills; be self-directed and motivated; be capable of following detailed procedures; and have an interest in tackling new projects. Prior experience working in the nonprofit sector, with an interest in communications, new media, and information systems would be helpful.

Interested applicants should submit a resume/CV, a cover letter, a portfolio or examples of design work, and two references (at least one from a work/research supervisor) to impact@sp2.upenn.edu by March 1, 2017. A limited number of associate stipends are available for candidates who can commit to a minimum of 21 hours a week (scheduling flexible) for at least 6 weeks. Associate applicants currently enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania may also be eligible for CURF funding or Moelis fellowships; please indicate if you have applied for such funding when submitting your application.

PR/marketing summer associate

We are currently recruiting for our 2017 undergraduate and graduate summer associate class. Our associates participate in all aspects of translating and disseminating our work, including but not limited to:

  • Assisting marketing and communications fellow and project teams with creating and executing marketing plans for Center work
  • Drafting emails and other correspondence according to Center brand brief and style guide
  • Supporting team members’ engagement with the media (e.g. provide background research on topic related to a specific media inquiry, create and maintain lists of relevant journalists and media outlets, etc.)

Ideal candidates should have experience working in an office environment; outstanding research and writing ability; strong quantitative analytical skills; and experience with Microsoft Office products. In addition, associates should possess excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills; be self-directed and motivated; be capable of following detailed procedures; and have an interest in tackling new projects. Prior experience working in a marketing or PR capacity and an interest in information systems would be helpful, as would experience with customer relationship management programs.

Interested applicants should submit a resume/CV, a cover letter, and two references (at least one from a work/research supervisor) to impact@sp2.upenn.edu by March 1, 2017. A limited number of associate stipends are available for candidates who can commit to a minimum of 21 hours a week (scheduling flexible) for at least 6 weeks. Associate applicants currently enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania may also be eligible for CURF funding or Moelis fellowships; please indicate if you have applied for such funding when submitting your application.