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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)
    • Brookings Institution (D.C.)
    • Democracy Journal (D.C.)
    • Girls Inc., She Votes (Philadelphia)
    • Girls Inc., Marketing and Communications (New York)
    • Mayor's Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity (Philadelphia)
    • Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger (Philadelphia)
    • MANNA (Philadelphia)
    • Puentes Hacia el Futuro (Philadelphia)
    • The Community Farm at Bartram's Garden (Philadelphia)
    • Cooking Crew Academy (Philadelphia)

All applications are due Friday, March 24 by 5:00 PM. Interested Penn students, including graduating seniors, should send to Fox Associate Director 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.

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

FELLOWSHIP DESCRIPTIONS:

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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Brookings Institution - 2 Fellows

The two Fox Fellows at the Brookings Institution will work with E.J. Dionne, Senior Fellow in the Governance Studies program and William Galston, Senior Fellow in the Governance Studies Program. Fellows should expect to work on research tasks on a variety of subject areas including religion and politics; congress and congressional procedure; populist backlash in the U.S. and Europe; inclusive economic growth and social mobility; new challenges confronting liberal democracy; political polarization; reforming government; political and corporate governance issues; and anti-corruption laws and efficacy. 

Fellows should have a demonstrated interest in American politics and policy; congress and congressional reform; and/or electoral politics; strong writing, analytic and internet-based research skills; experience with fact-checking and familiarity with tracking legislation; election issues and poll data and familiarity with data collection; polling data; and Excel. Fellows will have the opportunity to attend internal meetings, local think tank events, professional development workshops, and public Brookings events.

The Fellowship can start either May 30 or June 5.

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Democracy Journal - 1 Fellow

Democracy (http://democracyjournal.org) 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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Girls Inc., She Votes - 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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Girls Inc., Marketing and Communications - 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. The Girls Inc. experience consists of people, an environment, and programming that, together, empower girls to succeed. Trained staff and volunteers build lasting, mentoring relationships in girls-only spaces that are physically and emotionally safe and where girls find a sisterhood of support with shared drive, mutual respect, and high expectations. Hands-on, research-based programs provide girls with the skills and knowledge to set goals, overcome obstacles, and improve academic performance. Girls Inc., strives for girls to grow up healthy, educated, and independent.

The Fox Fellow placed in the Girls Inc. Marketing and Communications unit in New York City will: participate in the planning, content development, and management of Girls Inc. social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram; assist with writing and distributing press, web, and email marketing materials; research traditional and online media contacts and visibility opportunities; and support affiliate network, special events, and corporate partner requests as needed. The Fellow should have excellent organization, writing, and interpersonal skills; an interest in and familiarity with traditional and social media, marketing and communications, and girls’ issues; and strong computer skills, particularly Microsoft Office, Google Drive and Mac OS X.

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Mayor's Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity, Public Benefits Policy - 1 Fellow

The Fox Fellow will assist the Director of Planning and Evaluation at the Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity (CEO), located at 1234 Market Street. In December 2016, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) launched a mobile application, myCOMPASS PA, to help people access public benefits. The primary project of the Fox Fellow will be publicizing this app, testing client interaction, and identifying areas where the app could be improved to better serve clients.

The Fellow will collaborate with a colleague at the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger to create a multi-media publicity campaign; develop client-friendly outreach materials; test sample outreach materials with clients; research best practices for targeted outreach in Philadelphia; create a simple (3 - 4 question) survey on mobile app awareness and comfort; and conduct pre- and post-testing of client ease of use with app. The Fellow will also attend relevant meetings with the Benefits Access Work Group (BAWG), of which CEO and the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger are members, along with other partner organizations. To support the Benefits Access Working Group, as well as CEO’s broader Shared Prosperity work, the Fellow may also be involved with managing meeting logistics, planning events and conducting some research into potential funding opportunities.

The fellowship requires project management skills and an enthusiasm for interdisciplinary work. Basic knowledge of public benefits programs (e.g., SNAP, TANF, etc.) and experience developing outreach campaigns (especially via social media) are preferred but not necessary. Data analysis and research experience are a plus.

The preferred start date is June 5, 2017.

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Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger (GPCAH) - 2 Fellows

The Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger (GPCAH) strives to build a community where all people have the food they need to lead healthy lives. The Coalition connects people with food assistance programs and nutrition education; provides resources to a network of food pantries; and educates the public and policymakers about responsible solutions that prevent people from going hungry. Both Fox Fellows will work from the GPCAH office at 1725 Fairmount Ave. The preferred start date is June 5, 2017.

          SNAP Policy Advocacy and Research – 1 Fellow

The Fox Fellow for SNAP Policy Advocacy and Research will work with the Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity (CEO) to create a multi-media campaign to publicize DHS’ mobile app for public benefits, focusing on SNAP clients; develop client friendly sample outreach materials, specifically regarding DHS’ August “release,” which will very meaningfully increase the mobile app functionality to ease clients’ paperwork burdens (i.e. it will add the ability to submit “semi-annual renewals” (SARs) via mobile phone); test sample outreach materials with clients; research best ways/places to use outreach materials; develop a simple (3 - 4 questions) survey on mobile app awareness/comfort; and collect pre- and post-surveys with clients. The fellowship will include attending relevant meetings with the Benefits Access Work Group (BAWG), of which CEO and the Coalition are members, and may also involve a small amount of other office duties to support the Coalition’s broader work as needed.  

          SNAP and Summer Meals Hotline and Outreach – 1 Fellow

The Hotline and Outreach Assistant will take calls on the SNAP (food stamp) and Summer Meals hotlines; complete pre-screenings to see if clients are eligible for benefits; refer clients to food resources (such as food pantries); respond to general inquiries about SNAP and other food resources; place targeted calls to food pantries, soup kitchens, and/or summer meals sponsors and sites to update information with regard to their hours and services. The Fellow will have opportunities for summer meals outreach (supervised by a Coalition staffer). The fellowship will include attending relevant meetings with partner organizations, and may involve an incidental amount of other office duties to support the Coalition’s broader work as needed.     

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MANNA- 1 Fellow

MANNA is a non-profit organization that cooks and delivers nutritious, medically-appropriate meals and provides nutrition counseling to neighbors who are battling life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, renal disease and HIV/AIDS in the Greater Philadelphia area and Southern New Jersey.

The Fox Fellow will focus on several key projects at the MANNA office, 420 N. 20th Street. One project will focus on gathering data – including disseminating and analyzing results from MANNA’s Annual Client Satisfaction and Volunteer surveys.  A second project will focus on their contracts with local health insurance companies specifically working within a new program that involves shipping meals to clients across the state of PA and will involve logistical assistance and data collection.  In addition, MANNA’s Strategic Initiatives Coordinator will require assistance with article review and archiving materials.  Finally, the Fellow will occasionally help in MANNA’s kitchen, support special events and perform incidental office duties as needed.  All activities will be supervised by a MANNA staff member and a MANNA staff member will accompany the Fellow on any offsite activities that may be required.

The preferred start date is June 1, 2017. 

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Puentes Hacia el Futuro - 1 Fellow

Puentes Hacia el Futuro, Puentes de Salud’s education and wellness program, is predicated upon the well-evidenced fact that education is inextricably tied to the health of individuals and communities. The children of South Philadelphia’s Latino community come from a rich background of bicultural and bilingual heritage but also confront significant academic, cultural, and social challenges as they begin their primary education in the Philadelphia public school system. The mission of Puentes Hacia el Futuro is to improve the educational achievement of children in the South Philadelphia Latino immigrant community in order to improve long-term health outcomes, as well as to provide support in the context of extremely limited educational resources.

Puentes Hacia el Futuro is a six-week summer program for 40-50 children who could most benefit from extra support in enhancing their bilingual literacy. The Fox Fellow will be embedded with a group of college students or recent college graduates who will facilitate interactive sessions in the summer camp. The Fellow will have a significant amount of leadership and teamwork responsibility. On a daily basis the Fellow will lead educational and cultural activities for the children. The Fellow will work closely with educators and leaders in the Puentes organization and gain an understanding of the social determinants of health and social justice issues impacting the community. This is a special opportunity to learn about and to practice the process of development and implementation of an education and public health initiative.

The Fellow will facilitate activities and lessons for daily summer camp sessions; provide guidance and support to children and other summer camp leaders; and build relationships and work with parents, family members, and external resources to enhance the children’s educational experience. The Fellow should be highly motivated with excellent interpersonal skills and a desire to join an enthusiastic group that is passionate about supporting the education, health and wellness of the children in this community. Fluency or proficiency in Spanish and relevant, previous experience working with children is required.

The Fellowship is from July 5 – August 18, 2017. The dates are not flexible and the Fellow must be available full-time for the entire duration of the program dates. The Fellowship will be located at Southwark School, 1835 South 9th Street.

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The Community Farm at Bartram's Garden - 1 Fellow

The Farm is a youth powered, community-based, Food Resource Center located at Bartram’s Garden Community Farm, 54th and Lindbergh Blvd. in Southwest Philadelphia. The Farm works to support urban agriculture in Philadelphia through facilitating an exchange of resources and farming/cooking education as tools for community self-reliance.

The Fox Fellow will be one of the Farm Crew Leaders (FCLs) and will work with a group of 20 high school students. It is a 6-week fellowship that includes a 1-week orientation and 4 weeks of rotations: working on the farm; selling produce at the local farmers’ market; teaching nutrition through cooking; and community outreach. In the final week, the Fox Fellow will help the students prepare presentations as part of an intergenerational story telling project.

The Fox Fellow will work with high school students in a variety of farm chores, e.g., seeding, weeding, harvesting, and set-up and management of youth-run farm stands. The Fellow will be responsible for facilitating lessons about culturally appropriate foodways, professional skills, conflict resolution, and community health and wellness. The Fellow will reinforce program expectations, serve as a positive role model, and encourage the formation of professional relationships.

The Fellow should have sound organizational skills, and will be responsible for submitting high school student payroll, filing students’ working papers, organizing educational materials, and providing social media updates. The Fellow should have a commitment to racial, economic, environmental and social justice; respect for people of all cultures and backgrounds; be open to personal growth and new experiences; demonstrate a passion for working with youth and community members, and advocate for developing strong local food systems, self-reliant communities and a healthy environment. The Fellow must be physically able to participate in outdoor crop field-work for multiple hours in varied weather conditions; and must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

All activities will be supervised by Farm staff, and a Farm staff member will accompany the Fellow on any offsite activities. The fellowship will mainly be located at the Farm, but may also include activities at markets at 54th and Woodland and Clark Park. An orientation activity will include a hike to Hawk Mountain. All travel will be during daylight hours, and will be by public transportation or walking.

The preferred start date is June 1, 2017. 

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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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