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WISE Fellowship Projects

The WISE Fellowship application for the spring 2019 semester has closed. Please check back in August 2019 to apply for a WISE Fellowship position for fall 2019.

Project descriptions for the spring 2019 semester are listed below for reference. New positions will be posted in August 2019.

Questions about WISE? Read the FAQ or contact Yuri Seung, Program Manager.

Wharton Impact Venture Associates Project

Commitment: 8 hours/week for 10 weeks from February 18th – May 1st

Keywords: Impact Investing, Due Diligence, Deal Sourcing, Valuation, Venture Capital

Background

Wharton Social Impact Initiative (WSII) recognizes the vital role that traditional capital markets and business can play in tackling the world’s most pressing social and environmental challenges.  WSII has a strong focus on impact investing—a strategy for generating positive social and environmental impact alongside financial returns.  WSII, through a new impact investing project, is looking to leverage its institutional knowledge and networks to immediately source and execute real impact investments, and over time, to create a best-in-class impact investing vehicle.

Project Description

The Wharton Impact Venture Associates (“WIVA”) project is an exclusive program involving a small cohort of high performing students. It will mirror typical investment fund activities, based on the life cycle of the investment vehicle. In line with mirroring a typical fund, there is a high bar in terms of quality of work that is expected. Fellows will have access and exposure to deals, investors, faculty, and other partners. The project is managed by a full-time WSII staff member and Wharton alum with significant investing experience.  We will hire 1 WISE Fellow in Spring 2019 to join the WIVA team. Teams consist of primarily MBA students, with a selection of undergrad students.  The main activities will be:

  • Deals (Primary activity): Sourcing, conducting due diligence (financial due diligence, including financial analysis and basic valuation models; legal due diligence), and executing impact investments.
  • Strategy: Provide input on creating a “best-in-class” impact fund.
  • Fund Raise: Conducting a segmentation of Impact Investing LP base, assisting on Fund Raise.

Fellows will be expected to accomplish the following throughout the course of the project:

  • Actively and independently source transactions
  • Conduct due diligence on deals, and negotiate investment terms
  • Prepare investment presentations
  • Advise on, and conduct impact assessments
  • Present viable investments at Investment Committee meetings
  • Draft fund marketing documents
  • When required, interact and correspond with senior executives at funds (LP and GP), partner institutions and business executives

The team of WISE Fellow(s) will have ample opportunity to interface with WSII staff who will lead the project. Project activities will occur like in a typical impact investment fund – with a mix of remote work, as well as work in the WSII offices or an allocated space. There will be mandatory weekly check-ins and training sessions with the project leader and other project Fellows.

Qualifications: We are seeking 1 candidate that meets most/all of the following attributes and skills:

Graduate Students (MBA / PhD)

  • Current Wharton / Penn student
  • 2+ years of investment experience preferred
  • Experience in conducting due diligence (financial modelling, valuation, legal due diligence etc.) and / or strong management consulting experience
  • Ability to commit a minimum of 8 hours a week to this project (required)
  • Strong research, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Strong time management and interpersonal skills

Undergraduate Students

  • Current Wharton / Penn student
  • Previous finance experience (internship or Fellowship) preferred
  • Ability to commit a minimum of 8 hours a week to this project (required)
  • Strong research, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Strong time management and interpersonal skills

Fellowship Award & Requirements:

  • Fellows are eligible for a taxable Fellowship award
  • $1,000/semester for graduate students
  • $12/hour for undergraduate, with a maximum of $1,500/semester

Participation in the WISE Fellowship and receiving the financial award is contingent upon the following:

  • Successful completion of the project activities listed above
  • Participation in WISE Fellowship programming
  • Completion of the end-of-semester survey for each semester participating in the WISE Fellowship
  • Will work with WSII staff to write 600-word blog post or other form of media on any social impact topic, to be potentially published on the WSII website

To apply: We will be accepting applications and conducting interviews on a rolling basis.  Submit your resume via this application by 11:59pm on Wednesday, January 30, 2018.  Only candidates moving to the interview round will be notified.  We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible.

Questions: Contact Yuri Seung at syuri@wharton.upenn.edu.

About Wharton Social Impact Initiative

Wharton Social Impact Initiative (WSII) advances the science and practice of social impact through rigorous academic research and training opportunities. As the leading research-led business school in the world, Wharton is building the evidence base for impact investing and more. And, through experiential learning, training opportunities, and thought leadership, we are growing the talent pipeline for social impact business leaders of the future—and today.

Wharton Social Impact Initiative Impact Analysis Accelerator Project

Commitment: 8 hours/week for 10 weeks from February 18th – May 1st

Keywords: Impact Investing, Impact Analysis, Philadelphia, Local

Background

The Wharton Social Impact Initiative (WSII) recognizes the vital role that capital markets and business can play in tackling the world’s most pressing social and environmental challenges.  As the nation’s poorest big city, Philadelphia shares many of those same global challenges.  Among other outcomes, innovative investments in Philadelphia businesses can play a role in equitable wealth creation and income growth for minorities, women, and other communities, strengthen local food systems and access, and drive educational achievement.

At the same time, financial markets have experienced an explosion of demand to apply private capital in new ways to social and environmental issues, including but not limited to impact investing.  This Spring, WSII is partnering with investors and entrepreneurs to pilot-test our Impact Analysis Accelerator, an initiative to provide entrepreneurs with the impact analysis they need to prepare themselves for additional funding.  If successful, the project will be scaled locally and globally.

Project Description

WSII’s Impact Analysis Accelerator closely mirrors the operations of an accelerator, working with entrepreneurs who are considering their next round of funding.  As such, institutional-quality work product is expected. The project is managed by one of the industry’s pioneers, a consultant to WSII with fifteen years of experience in venture capital and other investing disciplines; WSII team members with expertise in impact management will co-lead.  The project is an exclusive program involving a very small cohort of high-performing students from multiple disciplines.

Students will conduct comprehensive analysis and research, including state-of-the-art impact analysis, and application to innovative forms of capital including Program Related Investments (PRIs).  There will be exposure to WSII staff, Wharton and Penn faculty, impact investors, entrepreneurs, and partner institutions. Teams may consist of MBA, undergraduate, and other Penn graduate students.  The main activities will be:

  • Impact Analysis (primary activity):
    • Putting on the hat of an investor to prepare entrepreneurs for investment, including learning and applying impact-specific, alternative methods for strength and risk assessments
    • Conducting impact assessment, including state-of-the-art frameworks and methods
  • Strategy: As the project is in beta-test, advise on scaling the project both locally and globally

Fellows will be expected to accomplish the following throughout the course of the project:

  • Advise client/investor, business executives, and partner institutions at a professional level in person and in writing
  • Conduct and document impact assessments
  • Prepare and deliver impact analysis and presentations to clients

Work will be completed remotely when possible, and at times in the WSII offices or an allocated space. There will be mandatory weekly check-ins and training sessions with the project leader and other project Fellows.

Qualifications: We are seeking a diverse range of candidates that meet most/all of the following attributes and skills:

Graduate Students (MBA / PhD)

  • Current Wharton / Penn student
  • 2+ years’ experience in consulting, research, measurement, analysis, or assessment of social and/or environmental impacts
  • Impact Investing experience highly preferred, but not required
  • Ability to commit a minimum of 8 hours a week to this project (required)
  • Strong research, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Strong time management and interpersonal skills

Undergraduate Students

  • Current Wharton / Penn student
  • Ability to commit a minimum of 8 hours a week to this project (required)
  • Strong research, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Strong time management and interpersonal skills

Fellowship Award & Requirements:

  • Fellows are eligible for a taxable Fellowship award
  • $1,000/semester for graduate students
  • $12/hour for undergraduate, with a maximum of $1,500/semester

Participation in the WISE Fellowship and receiving the financial award is contingent upon the following:

  • Successful completion of the project activities listed above
  • Participation in WISE Fellowship programming
  • Completion of the end-of-semester survey for each semester participating in the WISE Fellowship
  • Will work with WSII staff to write 500-word blog post or other form of media on any social impact topic, to be potentially published on the WSII website

To apply: We will be accepting applications and conducting interviews on a rolling basis.  Submit your resume via this application by 11:59pm on Wednesday, January 30, 2018.  Only candidates moving to the interview round will be notified.  We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible.

Questions: Contact Yuri Seung at syuri@wharton.upenn.edu

About Wharton Social Impact Initiative

Wharton Social Impact Initiative (WSII) advances the science and practice of social impact through rigorous academic research and training opportunities. As the leading research-led business school in the world, Wharton is building the evidence base for impact investing and more. And, through experiential learning, training opportunities, and thought leadership, we are growing the talent pipeline for social impact business leaders of the future—and today.

Urban Analytics: Trends in Permits and Crime at Council Borders Project

Commitment: 8 hours/week for 10 weeks from February 18th – May 1st

Keywords: Big data, Analytics, Public Policy, Philadelphia, Social Impact, Research, Urban Innovation, Statistics

Background

The Wharton Social Impact Initiative is working with Associate Professor Shane Jensen to understand how integrating big business and city data into decision-making can increase safety and contribute to vibrancy and inclusive economic development.

Project Description

We will hire 1 WISE Fellow to work in a multidisciplinary team of students on the Urban Analytics project.  The Fellow will support the team by continuing research on a specific topic:

  • Trends in Permits and Crime at Council Borders: Zoning laws changed in 2011 in Philadelphia to give more freedom over re-zoning decisions to individual districts. This potentially creates variation between districts with some districts being more progressive than other districts in terms of potentially allowing new building types and changes to the urban fabric. Do differences in re-zoning at borders of council districts create natural experiments in how changes in built environments might influence safety or vibrancy?

This semester, the Fellow will evaluate whether the change in zoning regulation in 2011 created natural experiments for comparing the effects of re-zoning between borders of city districts that have taken different re-zoning strategies.  Explore whether these natural experiments suggest any association between re-zoning and measures of neighborhood vibrancy or safety. 

This research builds on existing work done by Dr. Jensen and his team by helping get their insights into a form most useful for practitioners and decision-makers.  The project will also create new insights to support ongoing work in this area.

Activities include:

  • Participating in primary and secondary source data collection
  • Synthesizing and analyzing data
  • Writing report(s) on findings
  • Engaging with industry leaders, government officials, and regional experts

The student team will work closely with WSII staff and will interface directly with Dr. Jensen and his research team.  Candidate must commit to on-site meetings/activities and weekly team check-ins.  Fellows will also be invited to special activities hosted by WSII, including lunches, speaker series, trainings, and group meetings.

Qualifications

We are seeking a candidate that meets most/all of the following attributes and skills:

  • Current Wharton/Penn graduate student OR highly qualified Wharton undergraduate student with strong experience and/or experience with statistical analysis and research
  • Must be able to work independently or with other Fellows to complete the Fellowship Project Scope
  • Knowledge of statistical software (ideally, R) and/or a programming language (e.g., Python or C++) preferred (an upper undergraduate-level, or graduate-level statistics methods course also encouraged)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong project management experience and relationship management skills
  • A student who can commit to the project for a full academic year is preferred

Fellowship Award & Requirements:

  • Fellows are eligible for a taxable Fellowship award
  • $1,000/semester for graduate students
  • $12/hour for undergraduate, with a maximum of $1,500/semester

Participation in the WISE Fellowship and receiving the financial award is contingent upon the following:

  • Successful completion of the project activities listed above
  • Participation in WISE Fellowship programming
  • Completion of the end-of-semester survey for each semester participating in the WISE Fellowship
  • Will work with WSII staff to write 600-word blog post or other form of media on any social impact topic, to be potentially published on the WSII website

To apply: We will be accepting applications and conducting interviews on a rolling basis.  Submit your resume via this application by 11:59pm on Wednesday, January 30, 2018.  Only candidates moving to the interview round will be notified.  We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible.

Questions: Contact Yuri Seung at syuri@wharton.upenn.edu.

About Wharton Social Impact Initiative

Wharton Social Impact Initiative (WSII) advances the science and practice of social impact through rigorous academic research and training opportunities. As the leading research-led business school in the world, Wharton is building the evidence base for impact investing and more. And, through experiential learning, training opportunities, and thought leadership, we are growing the talent pipeline for social impact business leaders of the future—and today.

Impact Investing Legal Research Project

Commitment: 8 hours/week for 10 weeks from February 18th – May 1st

Keywords: impact investing, private equity, database

Background: Impact investments span across asset classes and are made in both emerging and developed markets. Conservative estimates currently place the impact investing industry at $228 billion, with expected growth between $500 billion and $1 trillion by 2020.  The Wharton Social Impact Initiative is conducting research on data from impact-focused private equity funds to explore their financial performance and social impact.

During the Fall 2016 semester, WSII and Penn’s Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic conducted a qualitative review of impact investing private equity legal documentation (see below for more details). Penn Law students examined ways impact investors embed a commitment to social impact within their transactional documents. WSII will continue this research by hiring a cohort of LLM, JD, and JD/MBA students.  For Spring 2019, WSII is seeking 2-3 law students to work directly with the program to continue developing this research during the current academic year.   

This project is a high priority for WSII and involves collaboration with both finance and law faculty members and project leadership.

Project Description: Wharton Impact Student Experience (WISE) Fellows will join a team of Wharton research analysts assisting with an extensive research and data collection effort involving impact investing private equity funds, including analyzing data and synthesizing findings.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Evaluating transactional and investor documents including private placement memoranda, limited partner agreements, private equity term sheets, operating agreements, etc.
  • Building a database of impact terms about strategy, management accountability, fee structures, executive compensation requirements, social impact measurement, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned by faculty

The WISE Fellows will work closely with WSII and will be expected to commit to on-site meetings/activities and regular team check-ins.  Fellows will be invited to special activities hosted by WSII, including lunches, speaker series, trainings, and group meetings.

Qualifications:

  • Current Penn Law student with interest in social impact or impact investing
  • Strong communication skills with high attention to detail
  • Ability to adhere to strict confidentiality protocols in working with highly sensitive data

Fellowship Award & Requirements: Fellows are eligible for a taxable Fellowship award:

  • $1,000/semester for graduate students

Participation in the WISE Fellowship and receiving the financial award is contingent upon the following:

  • Successful completion of the project scope
  • Participation in WISE Fellowship programming
  • Completion of the end-of-semester survey for each semester participating in the WISE Fellowship
  • Will work with WSII staff to write 500-750-word blog post or other form of media on any social impact topic, to be potentially published on the WSII website

To apply: We will be accepting applications and conducting interviews on a rolling basis.  Submit your resume via this application by 11:59pm on Wednesday, January 30th.  It is highly recommended to submit your application as soon as possible.  Only candidates moving to the interview round will be notified.

Questions: Contact Michael Brown at maozbro@wharton.upenn.edu

17Jordan SDG/Impact Investing Project

Commitment: 8 hours/week for 10 weeks from February 18th – May 1st

Keywords: Impact Investing, Sustainable Development, Finance Landscapes, Research

Background

17Jordan is a collective brand and the result of a partnership effort between the United Nations in Jordan and Good Capital Project (GCP). The primary purpose of 17Jordan is to attract long-term strategic growth capital for investments in Jordan through embracing Sustainable Development Goal #17 – “Partnership for Goals.”

17Jordan focuses on impact by promoting investments to support implementation of the 2030 Agenda and connects the synergies of aid and investment through civic engagement, corporate leadership, and international capital sources. It is our goal to build capacity, pool knowledge, and prioritize investments to accelerate progress towards the SDGs.

We put a strong focus on long-term equity investments in order to reduce reliance upon debt and aid. The output will be targeted at global decision makers to promote Jordan at investment forums and boardrooms globally and attract long-term capital for sustainable development.

Project Description

17Jordan is conducting extensive research around investable opportunities in Jordan. WISE Fellows will contribute to developing three large landscapes on this area:

  • A landscape of past investments into Jordan;
  • A landscape of pipeline/suggested investment opportunities (heavily informed by our relationships with the local UN team and Jordan Investment Commission); and
  • A landscape of which U.S. or global companies might benefit from a presence or expansion into Jordan.

All of the above will be in aided and informed by data provided from the Royal Court as well as UN team, and meant to be incredibly additive to the issue of aiding sustainable investments into Jordan.

Activities will include:

  • Developing 3 landscapes on investments in Jordan (outlined above)
  • Participating in primary and secondary source data collection
  • Synthesizing and analyzing data
  • Creating presentation(s) on findings
  • Providing strategic recommendations to the client

Wharton Social Impact Initiative (WSII) will hire up to 2 Wharton Impact Student Experience (WISE) Fellows for this project.  The Fellow(s) will have ample opportunity to interface with Grace Stone in Corporate Strategy at Good Capital Project, and Cara Kennedy-Cuomo, an SDG Applied Research Associate.  Project activities will be completed remotely, with weekly or bi-weekly check-ins with WSII staff and Good Capital Project and 17Jordan (the client).

At the conclusion of the project, Fellows will submit their deliverables to the client and WSII.

Qualifications: We are seeking a diverse range of candidates that meet most/all of the following attributes and skills:

  • Current Wharton/Penn graduate student
  • Must be able to work independently to complete the Project Scope
  • Consulting or analyst background is a plus
  • Must be able to work with large data sets
  • A strong familiarity with sorting and structuring data, and/or connecting investments to impact is helpful, but not required
  • Creativity, self-motivation and willingness to ask questions
  • Strong project management experience and relationship management skills

 

Fellowship Award & Requirements:

  • Fellows are eligible for a taxable Fellowship award
  • $1,000/semester for graduate students

Participation in the WISE Fellowship and receiving the financial award is contingent upon the following:

  • Successful completion of the project scope
  • Participation in WISE Fellowship programming
  • Completion of the end-of-semester survey for each semester participating in the Fellowship
  • Will work with WSII staff to write 600-word blog post or other form of media on any social impact topic, to be potentially published on the WSII website

To apply: We will be accepting applications and conducting interviews on a rolling basis.  Submit your resume via this application by 11:59pm on Wednesday, January 30, 2018.  Only candidates moving to the interview round will be notified.

Questions: Contact Yuri Seung at syuri@wharton.upenn.edu.

 About Wharton Social Impact Initiative

Wharton Social Impact Initiative (WSII) advances the science and practice of social impact through rigorous academic research and training opportunities. As the leading research-led business school in the world, Wharton is building the evidence base for impact investing and more. And, through experiential learning, training opportunities, and thought leadership, we are growing the talent pipeline for social impact business leaders of the future—and today.

 About Good Capital Project

Good Capital Project (GCP) is a collaboration to drive more capital towards purpose – driven investments. Following its launch in June 2017, Good Capital Project deployed a design thinking methodology to identify the persistent challenges facing the impact industry and to develop consensus around potential solutions. To date, GCP has engaged over 2,000 participants and collaborators. To learn more, visit: www.goodcapitalproject.com/.

iNTENT Manifesto/WOCstar Fund Women of Color Tech Fund Project

Commitment: 8 hours/week for 10 weeks from February 18th – May 1st

Keywords: Research, Due Diligence, Sourcing, Venture Capital

Background

WOCstar Fund is being launched to transform how we deliver returns to investors and capitalize on the financial market’s inefficiencies and blindspot – women of color (“WOC”) tech entrepreneurs. Women are solving big market/consumer problems, building and running healthy companies and attracting top talent. Unfortunately, most smart investors did not share in their success and growth.

Project Description

Fellows will work together to complete the project deliverables:

  • Recommend companies, from a small pool provided by the Founder and Partners, to begin the WOCstars application and diligence process. Invite companies to apply based on review of initial cohort.
  • Follow-up with real-time applicants to gather feedback on ways to optimize the WOCstars process.
  • Assist the Fund in creating superior deal flow by researching the startup community.
    • Where do WOCstars exist? Where do they convene? How do they seek out support? Where is the next WOCstar unicorn? Who are allies? real partners? What’s the best way to engage?

Activities will include:

  • Market research and analyze data, startup companies
  • Writing report(s) on findings
  • Creating presentation(s) on findings
  • Providing strategic recommendations to the client

Wharton Social Impact Initiative (WSII) will hire up to two Wharton Impact Student Experience (WISE) Fellows for this project.  Fellows will have ample opportunity to interface with the Fund’s CEO and Partners as they complete their projects.  Project scope activities will be completed remotely, with weekly or bi-weekly check-ins with WSII staff and the Fund (the client).

At the conclusion of the project, Fellows will submit their deliverables to the client and WSII.

  • Initial due diligence report on potential WOCstar investments
  • Recommendations/feedback on due diligence process and user experience
  • Report/recommendations on sourcing WOCstar startups & presentation to CEO and VC partners

Qualifications: We are seeking a diverse range of candidates that meet most/all of the following attributes and skills:

  • Current Wharton/Penn graduate student or highly qualified undergraduate student
  • Must be able to work independently to complete the project scope
  • Strong research skills – ability to think through new avenues of research, resources when not immediately obvious
  • Knowledge and experience performing due diligence of companies
  • Proactive, self-direction – ability to organize work, work product/deliverables so they are client ready and able to be shared with our Advisory Board
  • Confident voice, ability to develop a point of view and defend ideas, thoughts
  • Willingness to learn new tech trends and markets – blockchain, cryptofunds, etc.
  • Venture, investing, portfolio management experience a plus

Fellowship Award & Requirements:

  • Fellows are eligible for a taxable Fellowship award
  • $1,000/semester for graduate students

Participation in the Social Impact Fellowship and receiving the financial award is contingent upon the following:

  • Successful completion of the project scope
  • Participation in WISE Fellowship programming
  • Completion of the end-of-semester survey for each semester participating in the Fellowship
  • Will work with WSII staff to write 500-word blog post or other form of media on any social impact topic, to be potentially published on the WSII website

To apply: We will be accepting applications and conducting interviews on a rolling basis.  Submit your resume via this application by 11:59pm on Wednesday, January 30, 2018.  Only candidates moving to the interview round will be notified.

Questions: Contact Yuri Seung at syuri@wharton.upenn.edu.

About Wharton Social Impact Initiative

Wharton Social Impact Initiative (WSII) advances the science and practice of social impact through rigorous academic research and training opportunities. As the leading research-led business school in the world, Wharton is building the evidence base for impact investing and more. And, through experiential learning, training opportunities, and thought leadership, we are growing the talent pipeline for social impact business leaders of the future—and today.

About WOCstar Fund

We are a group of women (& cool dudes) who believe that investing in women is not only impactful but more importantly it’s smart, profitable and will drive innovation and economies globally. We represent over 85+ years of collective experience in finance, business, and entrepreneurship amongst our partners. We believe impact happens on both sides of the equation, the investments we make and the people making the investments.  Our efforts stem from a social campaign and financial education platform, called iNTENT Manifesto.  Initially funded by JPMorgan, the campaign has grown and attracted several partners, organizations and startups. To learn more, visit www.intentmanifesto.com.

Urban Analytics: School Locations and Crime Project

Commitment: 8 hours/week for 10 weeks from February 18th – May 1st

Keywords: Big data, Analytics, Public Policy, Philadelphia, Social Impact, Research, Urban Innovation, Statistics

Background

The Wharton Social Impact Initiative is working with Associate Professor Shane Jensen to understand how integrating big business and city data into decision-making can increase safety and contribute to vibrancy and inclusive economic development.

Project Description

We will hire 1 WISE Fellow to support a multidisciplinary team of students by continuing research on a specific topic:

  • School locations and Crime: it is hypothesized that proximity to schools is a contributor to crime, especially when schools let out for the day. Does our crime data in Philadelphia support this idea? If this effect does exist, how much does it vary by the types of businesses around schools?

This semester, the Fellow will examine the spatial association between crime incidents and school locations and evaluate how much this association varies depending on time of day especially surrounding school hours

This research builds on existing work done by Dr. Jensen and his team by helping get their insights into a form most useful for practitioners and decision-makers.  The project will also create new insights to support ongoing work in this area.

Activities include:

  • Participating in primary and secondary source data collection
  • Synthesizing and analyzing data
  • Writing report(s) on findings
  • Engaging with industry leaders, government officials, and regional experts

The student team will work closely with WSII staff and will interface directly with Dr. Jensen and his research team.  Candidate must commit to on-site meetings/activities and weekly team check-ins.  Fellows will also be invited to special activities hosted by WSII, including lunches, speaker series, trainings, and group meetings.

Qualifications

We are seeking a candidate that meets most/all of the following attributes and skills:

  • Current Wharton/Penn graduate student OR highly qualified Wharton undergraduate student with strong experience and/or experience with statistical analysis and research
  • Must be able to work independently or with other Fellows to complete the Fellowship Project Scope
  • Knowledge of statistical software (ideally, R) and/or a programming language (e.g., Python or C++) preferred (an upper undergraduate-level, or graduate-level statistics methods course also encouraged)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong project management experience and relationship management skills

Fellowship Award & Requirements:

  • Fellows are eligible for a taxable Fellowship award
  • $1,000/semester for graduate students
  • $12/hour for undergraduate, with a maximum of $1,500/semester

Participation in the WISE Fellowship and receiving the financial award is contingent upon the following:

  • Successful completion of the project activities listed above
  • Participation in WISE Fellowship programming
  • Completion of the end-of-semester survey for each semester participating in the WISE Fellowship
  • Will work with WSII staff to write 500-word blog post or other form of media on any social impact topic, to be potentially published on the WSII website

To apply: We will be accepting applications and conducting interviews on a rolling basis.  Submit your resume via this application by 11:59pm on Wednesday, January 30, 2018.  Only candidates moving to the interview round will be notified.  We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible.

Questions: Contact Yuri Seung at syuri@wharton.upenn.edu

About Wharton Social Impact Initiative

Wharton Social Impact Initiative (WSII) advances the science and practice of social impact through rigorous academic research and training opportunities. As the leading research-led business school in the world, Wharton is building the evidence base for impact investing and more. And, through experiential learning, training opportunities, and thought leadership, we are growing the talent pipeline for social impact business leaders of the future—and today.

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