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Wharton Social Impact Initiative Social Impact Summer Intern – 2018

Commitment: 15-25 hours/week from May 2018 to August 2018 (exact start and end dates TBD).  This is a paid internship position.

 

Keywords: Philadelphia, Cities, Social Impact, Impact Investing, Data, Writing, Social Media

 

Position Description

Wharton Social Impact Initiative (WSII) is recruiting 1 undergraduate student to provide support to WSII staff.  The intern should expect to perform a range of activities that will support our research and communications work.  The student is expected to spend a portion of their week working in the WSII office (Vance Hall, Room 109), and working remotely to complete tasks assigned.

 

Tasks will include:

  • Participating in primary and secondary source data collection
  • Synthesizing and analyzing data
  • Performing landscape analyses
  • Writing report(s) on findings
  • Writing blog posts or assisting with the management of WSII’s social media accounts; and
  • Other duties as assigned

 

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

  • Current Wharton/Penn undergraduate student
  • Must be able to work independently to complete tasks assigned
  • Experience in urban studies, impact investing, social entrepreneurship or social impact is preferred
  • Experience with communications in a professional setting is a plus (including writing memos for internal and external audiences, and/or managing social media)
  • Strong research, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Strong project management experience and relationship management skills

 

Fellowship Award & Requirements:

  • Fellows are eligible for a taxable stipend; exact salary is TBD

 

Receiving the financial award is contingent upon the following:

  • Successful completion of tasks assigned
  • One 600-word blog post or other form of media on any social impact topic, to possibly be published on the WSII website

 

To apply: We will be accepting applications and conducting interviews on a rolling basis.  Submit a 1-page cover letter that describes your interest in the position, your relevant experience and qualifications, and your resume to Yuri Seung (syuri@wharton.upenn.edu) by 11:59pm on April 25thOnly candidates moving to the interview round will be contacted with next steps.

 

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

 

 

About Wharton Social Impact Initiative

Undergraduate Summer Research Fellow – 2018

The Wharton Social Impact Initiative (WSII) leads the Wharton School’s work in impact finance, social entrepreneurship, impact analytics, and strategic corporate social impact. WSII collaborates with leaders across sectors to apply business strategies to create a better world. WSII’s work includes research, consulting, hands-on training, and outreach, and spans many geographic and topical focus areas, including Philadelphia, Africa, women and girls, and others. By leveraging Wharton’s hallmark strengths, WSII advances the science and practice of business social impact and develops business leaders who are equipped to lead in an increasingly interconnected and complex world.

In October 2015, WSII released its first research report titled, “Great Expectations: Mission Preservation and Financial Performance in Impact Investing”.  The report was supervised by two Wharton Finance faculty, Dr. David Musto (Department Chair of the Finance Department) and Dr. Christopher Geczy.  The report is the first academic inquiry into the performance of impact investing private equity funds, and it was featured in over 20 media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and The Atlantic.

WSII plans to pursue additional academic research opportunities by leveraging and expanding the original dataset.  WSII plans to publish and distribute additional reports in the coming months.

 

Position

WSII Undergraduate Summer Research Fellow – Impact Investing

Job Description

Working in a start-up like atmosphere, the candidate will be tasked with responsibilities spanning research, analysis, academic-level report writing, data entry, and preparing marketing documents.  The ideal candidate will help WSII build on the success of its first research report.

Commitment

35-40 hours per week from May 2018 to August 2018 (exact start and end dates TBD).  Fellows are eligible for a taxable stipend at $12/hour.

 

Duties

  • Synthesize data from financial documents to create a database of financial and social impact performance or private equity funds.
  • Perform financial and statistical analysis.
  • Assist in writing reports and creating presentations based on the analysis.
  • Represent WSII at meetings and/or conferences, as needed.
  • Create marketing presentations and documents for target audiences explaining the research.

Requirements

  • Current undergraduate student pursuing a degree in economics, business, finance, international development, or related discipline. (2018 graduates encouraged to apply as well).
  • Finance experience, including familiarity with financial documents, like annual audited statements, quarterly reports, and other financial analysis reports and presentations.
  • Familiarity with statistical concepts.
  • Strong verbal communication and writing skills.
  • High level of proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (especially with Excel).
  • Ability to handle and manage highly sensitive financial information.
  • High level of attention to detail.
  • Familiarity with or strong interest in social impact and/or impact investing is highly preferred.

Receiving the financial award is contingent upon the following

  • Successful completion of tasks assigned
  • One 600-word blog post or other form of media on any social impact topic, to possibly be published on the WSII website

 

To apply

We will be accepting applications and conducting interviews on a rolling basis.  Submit a 1-page cover letter and your resume to Harry Douglas (harryd@wharton.upenn.edu) by 11:59pm on April 25thIt is highly recommended to submit your application as soon as possible.  Only candidates we are interested in interviewing will be notified.

 

Questions: Contact Harry Douglas at harryd@wharton.upenn.edu.