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Summer 2017 Fellowship Opportunities

The Robert A. Fox Leadership Program is seeking public-spirited Penn students to place in paid 8-10-week summer fellowships. There is flexibility in the start date, but the preferred start date is late May/early June. 

We are currently accepting applications for fellowships with:

    • Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Food and Nutrition (Harrisburg)
    • Girls Inc., Leadership and Community Action (Philadelphia)
    • Benefits Data Trust (Philadelphia)
    • Cooking Crew Academy (Philadelphia)
    • Democracy Journal (D.C.)
    • Brem Foundation (D.C.)

All applications are due Friday, April 7 by 5:00 PM. Interested Penn students, including graduating seniors, should send to Fox Associate Director Euria Chung ( a resume and a cover letter specifying the Fellowship in which you are interested. In the letter, describe how the Fellowship will help you explore a particular career path and/or develop a specific skill.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants should not contact the organization directly. 


The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Food and Nutrition - 2 Fellows

The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Food and Nutrition, has oversight for 8 federal child nutrition programs including the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, After School Snack Program, Special Milk Program, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, At Risk Meals Program, and the Summer Food Service Program.

The Fellows will rotate through the 8 federal programs to gain an understanding of the responsibilities associated with administering statewide federal programs. Assignments will include working directly with program managers, fiscal staff, nutritionists, and staff responsible for monitoring compliance. The Fellows will be involved in the day to day activities associated with administering the programs which includes meetings and conference calls with Division staff, Departmental staff and/or executives, stakeholders and advocates, and entities sponsoring the federal child nutrition programs. The Fellows will work under the direct supervision of program managers. 

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Girls Inc., Leadership and Community Action - 1 Fellow

Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, providing girls across the U.S. and Canada with life-changing experiences and solutions to the unique challenges they face. Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey partners with 40 schools, the juvenile justice system and corporations to provide life changing programs for 2,000 girls ages 6-18 focusing on leadership and community action; science, technology and math; financial literacy; early reading literacy; promoting healthy lifestyles and decision making; and media literacy.

In order to address the under representation of women in politics, Girls Inc. has created a unique nonpartisan program, She Votes, designed to empower girls to become future activists, voters, and envision themselves as candidates for elected office. Participants learn about the impact of politics on their lives by engaging in hands-on activities focused on the history of women in politics, the voting process, and leadership development.  The Fox Fellow placed in this Girls Inc. Leadership and Community Action fellowship based in Philadelphia will help us strengthen the She Votes curriculum by researching legal and policy issues impacting the greater Philadelphia region; creating profiles of leading women politicians and activists past and present, with a focus on those who are Philadelphia based; partner with local program staff to create experiential content that will inspire girls to participate in the political process; and interact with the Girls Inc. policy office in Washington D.C. to incorporate national policy goals and objectives in local communications. Child abuse and criminal background clearances are required.

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Benefits Data Trust - 1 Fellow

Benefits Data Trust (BDT) is a rapidly expanding not-for-profit social change organization with the mission of transforming how individuals in need access public benefits and services. As the organization grows from serving 40,000 to 100,000 people each year, our diverse team is working hard to maintain our service quality and increase our impact through policy and systems change. BDT is seeking an energetic and solutions-oriented individual to serve as the organization’s Fellow.

The Fox Fellow will work primarily with the Policy Department, but will have the opportunity to engage across the organization to become acquainted with how we use data-science, technology, and a contact center model to tackle systemic issues related to access and poverty.  The Fellow will research policy options for public benefit programs, particularly SNAP, Medicaid, and LIHEAP in multiple states; aid BDT in understanding the benefits landscape across the US; aid BDT in developing a policy play-book for states, maintain a repository of relevant research articles and policy briefs, coordinate meetings, draft meeting agendas, take minutes, and record decisions reached by participants and ensure information is communicated to project partners in a timely manner.

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Cooking Crew Academy - 1 Fellow

The Fox Fellow will be involved in supporting and documenting Cooking Crew Academy (CCA), a Netter Center student-driven cooking experience that engages middle-schoolers in the university assisted community school (UACS) summer programs at Samuel B. Comegys School (5100 Greenway Ave.). The Fellow will help young chefs prepare a healthy meal for their peers, while also using art, technology and writing to support the engagement of the young chefs in their tasks. The Fellow will help train and supervise volunteers (parents, chefs, Penn students) who are engaged in supporting these activities. All school based activities will be supervised by a Netter Center staff member. The Netter Center will also be responsible for the Fellow’s transportation to and from Comegys.

The Fellowship preferred start date is May 30, 2017.

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Democracy Journal - 1 Fellow

Democracy ( is a quarterly progressive journal based in Washington, D.C. The Fellow will experience every aspect of putting together an issue, from research into potential topics and authors; editing, proofing and fact checking copy; finding artwork and photography; maintaining the website; tracking upcoming books to review; doing publicity and promotions for authors; and writing content for the site.

The ideal candidate is someone who excels in writing and editing; is interested in the world of ideas and policy; is something of a political junkie; and is a diligent worker with entrepreneurial drive. We seek someone who is either immersed or eager to be immersed in the world of think tanks, social science research, and D.C. intellectual journalism. The Fellow should expect to meet interesting writers and thinkers during their stint. Previous fellows have gone on to work for Politico, The New Republic, Talking Points Memo, The Century Foundation, Money Magazine, The Brennan Center, among other places.

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Brem Foundation - 1 Fellow

The Brem Foundation uses education, access, and physician-training to maximize every woman’s chances of finding early, curable breast cancer. The Brem Foundation is fast-paced, cutting-edge, fun, and impactful. We believe that everyone on our team has much to contribute and is driven to save more lives from breast cancer.

The Fox Fellow at the Brem Foundation Fellow is critical to the Foundation’s growth, expansion, and success. This fellowship will require responsibility, autonomy, and organization. The Fellow will work closely with the CEO Andrea Wolf on a wide range of projects including data-gathering, donor-tracking, program expansion, and volunteer organization. Candidates should be self-directed, have an interest in nonprofit management, and have the creativity to strategize about the short and long-term direction of the Brem Foundation.

The Fellow will manage donor data and create communications based on that information, develop systems for gathering internal and external data to measure impact; identify key fundraising and partnership opportunities; work with volunteers to maximize efficiency and productiveness; develop training modules for volunteers; identify areas and demographics that could maximally benefit from breast health information and B-Fund support; draft press releases, comments, newsletters, and social media posts; serve as a point of contact with the Board of Directors, partners, and donors; work with designers and developers to create the Brem Foundation app and promotional videos.

The Fellow should have strong organizational and time management skills with attention to detail; the ability to work independently, multi-task, take initiative, and anticipate tasks; have strong digital media and website skills; thrive in a fast-pace and fluctuating environment; and have passion, a positive attitude and energy. 


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