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Spring 2018 Fellowship Opportunities

The Robert A. Fox Leadership Program is seeking public-spirited Penn undergraduate students to place in paid, on-campus fellowships during the Spring semester.

We are currently accepting applications for fellowships with: 

•  Children’s Healthcare is a Legal Duty (CHILD USA)
•  Teacher’s Institute of Philadelphia (TIP)
•  Magi Project in Science, Philosophy, and Theology

Please see a description of each fellowship below. Each fellowship will be approximately 8-12 hours/week.

Interested students should send to Fox Associate Director of Operations Euria Chung (echung@upenn.edu) 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.

All applications are due Friday, January 19 by 5:00 PM. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

 

FELLOWSHIP DESCRIPTIONS:

Children's Healthcare is a Legal Duty (CHILD USA) – 1 Fellow

CHILD USA conducts research and draws on the combined expertise of the nation’s leading medical and legal academics to propose evidence-based solutions to prevent persistent and widespread childhood sexual abuse and neglect.  

The Fox Fellow will have an opportunity to participate in at least three projects during his/her fellowship. The first project will document the number of jurisdictions that do not adequately collect, process and store evidence when there is suspected child sexual abuse; the Fellow will also help identify best practices for processing and maintaining evidence.  The second project involves CHILD USA’s study of the incidence of abuse and neglect of elite child and teenage athletes during training and competition; the Fellow will conduct a literature review and help design the data collection instruments. Finally, the Fellow will work on CHILD USA's continuing work on statute of limitation reforms regarding adults who were the victims of sexual abuse when they were a child.   

 

Teacher's Institute of Philadelphia (TIP) - 1 Fellow

TIP is a unique teacher professional development program that enables public school teachers in the School District of Philadelphia to take seminars from university professors and develop new classroom curricula based on the knowledge they have acquired. The Fox Fellow will support an ongoing effort to evaluate the impact of TIP on teachers, schools, and students.

The Fellow will collect and analyze data from two major studies, one on job satisfaction and retention among TIP participants; and one on how teachers, both locally and nationally, use the curriculum units developed in TIP seminars. The Fellow will also aid in the preparation of the teachers’ curriculum units for online publication, and in the arrangement of the teachers’ public presentations of the units. To boost enrollment, the Fellow will assist in recruitment presentations throughout the School District of Philadelphia, aid in the collection of applications to TIP, and help manage the selection process.

The Fellow will also assist in implementing TIP’s long-range expansion plan and raising public awareness of TIP by creating press releases, updating TIP’s website, preparing email campaigns and making regular social media posts. The Fellow will also aid in communications with TIP’s funders by researching foundations and helping to prepare grant applications.

 

Magi Project in Science, Philosophy, and Theology - 1 Fellow

The purpose of the Magi Project is to foster a respectful conversation among scientists, humanists, and religious communities about reality and the cosmos.  It offers seminars, workshops, lectures, and special events on science and religion.  The Perry-Fox Fellow will work with Dr. Marisa March, a Penn astrophysicist who is the Magi director, to develop and evaluate all aspects of the project.

The Fellow will work on a variety of tasks including: interviewing and engaging with past seminar participants to plan future inter-collegiate seminars; developing strategies for collecting data and assessing the outcome of future seminars to evaluate the impact of the Magi Project; updating the Magi Project’s web presence and social media platforms; editing Magi lecture videos and determining the best strategy for showcasing the videos; and helping faculty and staff develop a seminar on science and the cosmos in recent films.

The ideal candidate will have broad academic interests and a desire to explore the unity of knowledge and the relationship of wisdom across scientific and humanistic disciplines.