Turner Social Impact Society
Are you an undergraduate student who is passionate about social impact? Apply to Turner Social Impact Society (TSIS), a select community of Penn and Wharton undergraduates who prioritize social impact in their years at Penn, and beyond.
Join this interdisciplinary group to learn more about the social impact of business while building a strong community with your peers. You’ll have the opportunity to attend specially curated events like career treks, workshops, and small-group chats with industry leaders.
We offer a variety of support to our TSIS community, including coaching and support on social impact venture ideas, helping members find or decide between internships, and providing feedback on pitches and applications.
As a TSIS member, you are also eligible for funding to explore underfunded social impact opportunities such as internships, research opportunities at conferences, and pitch competitions.
August 27–September 9, 2019
Sophomores and Juniors at Penn or Wharton
1–2 events per month
New TSIS members are selected once per academic year. Check back at the beginning of the fall 2020 semester to apply.
“The support of TSIS has been a formative part of my college experience.”
—DEBI OGUNRINDE, C’16
STUDENT VOICES ON TURNER SOCIAL IMPACT SOCIETY
As a TSIS member, you’ll:
- Build community with fellow members during monthly breakfasts, society dinners, and special events.
- Gain VIP access to special guest speakers and events at Wharton, such as the Turner Executive Speaker Series and the Nazarian Innovator in Residence.
- Participate in intensive social impact workshops, trainings, and industry conferences.
- Have access to funding for approved social impact internships, ventures, conferences and more.
TSIS members are selected by Wharton Social Impact Initiative staff. Late applications will not be accepted, nor will supplemental materials sent separately from the formal application form.
We select new TSIS members once per academic year. Check back at the beginning of the fall 2020 semester to apply.
Questions? Contact Yuri Seung, Program Manager.
For additional info, see FAQ below.
“From TSIS, I learned a lot more about potential careers like social entrepreneurship and impact investing, as well as the different pathways people took getting there. Hearing about others who are on this path made it seem a lot more achievable and also gave something to aspire towards.”
—STEPHANIE WU W’20
The support and vision of impact investor Bobby Turner, W’84, catalyzed the launch of Turner Social Impact Society in 2014.
As a longtime supporter of social impact activities at Wharton, Turner is an example of using business knowledge for social good. He also helps inform the ongoing priorities and future direction of the Wharton School as a member of the board of overseers.
MEET OUR 2019-2020 MEMBERS
I am a current student at Penn and interested in social impact. Am I eligible to apply to Turner Social Impact Society?
Sophomores and juniors across Wharton and Penn are eligible to apply to Turner Social Impact Society.
What would make me a competitive TSIS applicant?
Our selection team looks for students who have demonstrated a strong interest or commitment to social impact in areas of study or through their extracurricular activities. We are also looking for students who can articulate their passion for social impact and will contribute to strengthening the TSIS community through their participation in our events.
What is a TSIS Social Impact Award and who is eligible to receive funding?
Impact Award funding is available to Turner Social Impact Society members who are pursuing unpaid or underfunded social impact opportunities. All TSIS members are eligible to receive funding after their first semester successfully participating in the program.
When do you accept new applicants?
We accept new applications on a competitive basis once per academic year in the fall. Typically, the application for TSIS opens the first day of classes in the fall semester. Please subscribe to our newsletter or check our website for specific dates.
How much of a time commitment is TSIS?
Members are expected to attend 1-2 TSIS community-building events per month throughout the semester. These events include social impact workshops, treks, and interactive talks with special guests. All members receive a full calendar at the beginning of the academic year.
I wasn’t selected to join TSIS this year; what are ways I can stay in touch with Wharton Social Impact Initiative? Can I reapply next year?
You can keep in touch with us by signing up for our newsletter. This is the easiest way to stay up to date with our upcoming events and opportunities. You may also reapply to TSIS in the following year if you meet the eligibility requirements listed above.