PORES Student Research Fellowship

Fellowship Description

The Penn Program on Opinion Research and Election Studies (PORES) solicits applications for its Student Research Fellowship Program on an ongoing basis. The fellowship runs during each academic semester and over the summer, pairing Penn undergraduate students with PORES faculty who are conducting research on political outcomes in the United States using public opinion and election-related data. PORES is a research program within the Department of Political Science that aims to train students in the science of polling and analysis of election data.

The PORES Student Research Fellowship is a paid position. During the academic year, students are expected to work at least 10 hours a week for the duration of the semester. For the summer fellowship, students are expected to be in residence and work 35 hours a week.  

Project possibilities may include but are not limited to: 

  • Assisting in the drafting of survey questions and administration of polls
  • Compiling, cleaning and analyzing large datasets and/or election-related data
  • Writing memos that summarize previous academic research or news coverage

Fellows involved in the PORES program have the opportunity to work on original data-oriented research projects that can take them from the classroom to the news room and beyond. Sometimes the experience launches them into their future career.

How to Apply

Students interested in the PORES fellowship should learn more by visiting the PORES website. The website outlines the exact steps students need to take to apply for this specific fellowship and includes the application deadlines for each semester. Please address any questions about the PORES fellowship to Katie Steele, Assistant Director of PORES, by emailing stkath@sas.upenn.edu.