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Fellowships with WSII

Arch Street Presbyterian Church Project Associate

Commitment: 8 hours/week for 10 weeks from February 5, 2018-April 20, 2018

 

Keywords: Philadelphia, Non-profits, Social Impact, Data, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality

 

Background

Arch Street Presbyterian Church is interested in developing a concept for a multi-purpose civic center, designed for use by Philadelphia nonprofit organizations (NPOs), which will be housed in an underutilized space in our location in the heart of Center City’s core.  The center would be a meeting place for civic-minded individuals, organizations, and social enterprises—thereby creating a community crossroads with mutually reinforcing activities to inform, inspire, and innovate.

 

Project Descriptions

As we continue to develop this concept, Arch Street Presbyterian Church is working with Wharton Social Impact Initiative (WSII) to initiate an opportunity for student engagement in the Spring 2018 semester.

 

We are creating two separate but related projects.

 

Project 1:  A common space for the public good

Each year NPOs earmark financial resources to rent commercial spaces throughout the city to host their events to raise financial support, showcase mission and vision and engage stakeholders.  These spaces are often costly, with the dollars being spent at commercial businesses that may not have a larger interest in social impact.  NPOs also face the challenge of having enough dedicated staff to assist with their external efforts, including marketing, public relations, and staff training.   The civic center at Arch Street Presbyterian will transform the special events market for NPOs and foundations by creating a community that is a one-stop space where member organizations can:

  • Host meetings, speaker events, films, symposiums, and conferences.
  • Book space in the full-service, social enterprise restaurant complete with a liquor license, and catering capability.
  • Access 21st technology to capture and edit content from events (videotaping, podcasts interviews, etc.)
  • Co-working space, which includes three floors of offices
  • Leverage qualified staff who will support members collectively and build capacity
  • Build a community with other NPOs and socially/mission-driven organizations passionate about making an impact in Philadelphia.

 

Additionally, members can view the dollars they spend at the civic center as a reinvestment in their organization and the larger Philadelphia NPO community.

 

WSII will hire 1-2 Social Impact Fellows to conduct research on the NPO special events market.  Additionally, the Fellow(s) will provide recommendations to Arch Street about ways to improve their offerings and what services would be needed most by Philadelphia NPOs, based on their research findings.

 

Project 2: A business model for revenue generation

Building upon the leadership’s relevant experience in this area, there is a vision for restaurant/bar will be housed in the civic center.  The client is interested in a twofold analysis: (1) review of other relevant models (revenue generating restaurants/bars supporting a nonprofit) and (2) a business model for this restaurant/bar.

 

WSII will hire a 1 Social Impact Fellow for this project.

 

The majority of students’ Fellowship Project scope activities will be completed remotely, with weekly or bi-weekly check-ins with WSII staff and the client’s Fellowship manager.

Activities will include:

  • Participating in primary and secondary source data collection
  • Synthesizing and analyzing data
  • Writing report(s) on findings
  • Providing strategic recommendations to the client

 

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 Wharton undergraduate student
  • Must be able to work independently to complete the Fellowship Project Scope
  • Experience in urban studies, impact investing, social entrepreneurship or social impact is preferred
  • Strong research, 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 Social Impact Fellowship and receiving the financial award is contingent upon the following:

  • Successful completion of the attached Fellowship Project Scope
  • Participation in WSII Fellowship programming
  • Completion of the end-of-semester survey for each semester participating in the Fellowship
  • One 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 Monday, January 22nd.  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 Arch Street Presbyterian Church

Arch Street Presbyterian Church is a broad-minded, diverse and thriving community of faith.  Rising from the ashes with a membership of just 4 in 2009, the community has grown to over 200 active members as of 2017.  In addition, the community raised over 2.5million dollars to jumpstart the Arch Street Preschool, Philadelphia’s first “needs-blind” preschool that welcomes children from every imaginable family of origin.  This project will be led by Rev. Bill Golderer who is a serial founder in Philadelphia of organizations and efforts that make the Philadelphia region more vibrant and just.  Since 2005, he has worked to form such entities as Broad Street Ministry, Rooster Soup Company and Beacon Literacy Initiative.

First Book Project Analyst

Commitment: 8 hours/week for 10 weeks from February 5, 2018-April 20, 2018

 

Keywords: Non-profit, Impact Investing, Social Impact, Entrepreneurship, Data, Finance

 

Project Description

The Need. The United States prides itself on being the most innovative market-driven nation in the world, and yet, everyday Americans suffer without the most basic hygienic supplies.  These issues have both significant health and societal implications.  There are dedicated individuals and non-profits attempting to resolve these issues through more traditional philanthropic strategies, including diaper banks and community distribution programs.  While these strategies reach hundreds of thousands of people in need across the country, they fail to address the fundamental market failures that lie at the heart of these issues.

There are two major categories of need that are particularly egregious.

  1. Diapers.  According to the National Diaper Bank Network, each year more than 98 million diapers are distributed by more than 300 registered diaper banks across 46 states, Guam and the District of Columbia.  However, even these large-scale product distribution efforts are not solving the massive problem.  Today, 1 in 3 American families’ reports experiencing diaper need.  Such dramatic need is predictable given that disposable diapers cost $70 to $80 per month per baby.  Affordability is also challenged by the fact that diapers cannot be paid for with food stamps.  The size of this issue cannot be overstated, as 5.2 million babies in America are currently living in low income or poor families.
  2. Feminine Hygiene Products.  There are more than 40 million women in this country living in or near poverty.  The annual cost of feminine hygiene products – estimated in excess of $120 per woman annually — can be unmanageable for this population.  Feminine products are a $2 billion industry in the United States alone, yet the industry is not reaching the poorest of the poor.   Feminine hygiene products are also not accessible with food stamps.

 

Project Description

First Book National Book Bank and the First Book Marketplace have seen previous success in identifying and addressing the market failures in the publishing industry as well as related educational resources.   First Book’s success has been based on a deep understanding of the manufacturing, retail, and distribution models that support the book and educational resources industry in North America. As part of these models, First Book has built a new market for these resources as well as the distribution and logistics systems to support that market.

 

In order to design new strategies to address the failure of the market for the diaper and feminine hygiene product industries, First Book must do its homework.  First Book needs to understand these industries, their pricing models, and their distribution footprints.  For the Spring 2018 semester, WSII, in cooperation with First Book, will recruit two Wharton MBA students (we will also consider a highly qualified Wharton undergraduate student) to analyze the industries that serve these product categories and provide First Book strategic recommendations as they explore this new initiative.

 

Activities will include:

  • Participating in secondary source data collection
  • Landscape and market analyses
  • Synthesizing and analyzing data
  • Writing reports on findings
  • Providing strategic recommendations to the Organization
  • Weekly/bi-weekly check-ins with WSII and First Book

 

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

  • Current Wharton graduate student or a highly qualified Wharton undergraduate student
  • Must be able to work independently to complete the work in the Fellowship Project Scope
  • Experience in impact investing, social entrepreneurship or social impact is preferred
  • Strong research, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Strong project management experience and relationships 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 Social Impact Fellowship and receiving the financial award is contingent upon the following:

  • Successful completion of the Fellowship Project Scope (see attached page)
  • Participation in WSII Fellowship programming
  • Completion of the end-of-semester survey for each semester participating in the Fellowship
  • One 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 Monday, January 22nd.  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 First Book

For more than 25 years, First Book has applied strategies from the private sector to resolve a fundamental social issue:  the lack of equal access to educational books and resources for the 31 million children in need in the US and Canada.  The organization has scaled two models ­­– the First Book National Book Bank and the First Book Marketplace – that have identified and addressed the market failures in the publishing industry as well as related educational resources.  First Book’s success has been based on a deep understanding of the manufacturing, retail, and distribution models that support the book and educational resources industry in North America. As part of these models, First Book has built a new market for these resources as well as the distribution and logistics systems to support that market.  First Book systems reach across the United States and Canada, and have a significant capacity at the global level.

 

The First Book models have been recognized by the Schwab Foundation, the World Economic Forum, the Aspen Institute, the Clinton Global Initiative and others, and have been the subject of case studies and lectures at top business schools including Stanford, Wharton, Yale, Columbia, and Oxford. To date, the organization has delivered more than 170 million new books and resources to children in need with a fair market value of over $1 billion. In addition, First Book has built the largest and fastest growing network of programs and classrooms serving children in need in North America – currently serving 350,000 classrooms and programs with an additional 1,000 new members joining each week.

iNTENT Ventures Project Analyst

Commitment: 8 hours/week for 10 weeks from February 5, 2018-April 20, 2018

 

Keywords: Entrepreneurship, Technology Start-ups, Due Diligence, Impact Investing, Gender Lens Investing

 

Background

Wharton Social Impact Initiative (WSII) is working with iNTENT Ventures, a new fund that was launched to transform how we support, invest, and celebrate women of color (“WOC”) tech entrepreneurs.  The Fellow for this project will assist in collecting and analyzing data that results in recommendations to increase capital being invested in women of color start-ups, and the efficient deployment of capital in underserved demographics and geographies.

 

Project Description

This project includes research and due diligence on technology investment opportunities by sector and companies.  At the conclusion of the project, the Fellow will provide a set of recommendations to determine “investable” sectors, technologies and startups.

 

WSII will hire one student fellow for this project, who will have ample opportunity to interface with iNTENT Venture’s CEO and Founder, Gayle Jennings-O’Byrne.

 

The students’ Fellowship Project scope activities will be completed remotely, with weekly or bi-weekly check-ins with WSII staff and the client’s Fellowship manager.

Activities will include:

  • Participating in primary and secondary source data collection
  • Synthesizing and analyzing data
  • Writing report(s) on findings
  • Providing strategic recommendations to the client

 

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 Fellowship Project Scope
  • Experience in in all aspects of due diligence on new investments (business analysis, industry theses, competitive landscape, business/pricing model, and data collection) preferred
  • Strong understanding of financing and accounting
  • Strong research, 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 Social Impact Fellowship and receiving the financial award is contingent upon the following:

  • Successful completion of the attached Fellowship Project Scope
  • Participation in WSII Fellowship programming
  • Completion of the end-of-semester survey for each semester participating in the Fellowship
  • One 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 Monday, January 22nd.  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 iNTENT Ventures

iNTENT Ventures is being launched to transform how we support, invest, and celebrate women of color (“WOC”) tech entrepreneurs. We know that women can solve big market/consumer problems, build and run healthy companies and attract top talent. Unfortunately, the majority of the public do not know this and as a result are not fully engaged in their success.

 

iNTENT Ventures is being formed to build a movement and an investment platform to drive $1 Billion in investment into women of color technology founders globally.

 

We are iNTENT on changing the market realities for women startups globally.

Place-Based Initiatives Project Analyst

Commitment: 8 hours/week for 10 weeks from February 5, 2018-April 20, 2018

 

Keywords: Philadelphia, Cities, Social Impact, Impact Investing, Philanthropy, Entrepreneurship, Nonprofits, Data

 

Background

While Philadelphia continues to struggle from a high poverty rate and labor market challenges, it has also benefited from a recent wave of innovative leadership.  In the spring of 2015, a community of regional leaders in investing, entrepreneurship, wealth management, and civic innovation initiated a series of workshops to explore and better understand our region’s impact economy: the idea that capital, carefully devoted to mission-focused ventures, can yield both profitable returns and drive positive change in our community.

 

An interest in a Philadelphia-based “place-based investing” initiative grew out of the burgeoning impact investing community in Philadelphia (as evidenced by the creation of Impact PHL) and the creation of Benefit Chicago. Benefit Chicago aims to mobilize $100 million in impact investment for nonprofits and social enterprises working throughout the Chicago region.  These early conversations in Philadelphia have produced significant interest among asset owners and managers but have struggled to find appropriate intermediaries and connection between the supply of and demand for impact capital in the city.

 

Wharton Social Impact Initiative (WSII) is joining with the other Philadelphia leaders who are interested in exploring whether a place-based initiative, like Benefit Chicago would be feasible in Philadelphia.

 

Project Description

We are recruiting up to two Fellows to examine Benefit Chicago and similar models, and explore approaches to establishing a similar fund in Philadelphia.  The Fellow(s) will examine the mechanics of place-based models, identify their factors for success, and make recommendations on the potential for replication in Philadelphia.  Fellows will have the opportunity to work closely with WSII leadership on this project, and other leaders in finance, social entrepreneurship, and nonprofits in Philadelphia, such as the Federal Reserve Bank and ImpactPHL.

 

The majority of students’ Fellowship Project scope activities will be completed remotely, with weekly or bi-weekly check-ins with WSII staff and the client’s Fellowship manager.

Activities will include:

  • Participating in primary and secondary source data collection
  • Synthesizing and analyzing data
  • Writing report(s) on findings
  • Providing strategic recommendations to the Organization

 

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 Wharton undergraduate student
  • Must be able to work independently to complete the Fellowship Project Scope
  • Experience in urban studies, impact investing, social entrepreneurship or social impact is preferred
  • Familiarity with issues of scale and replication for small businesses, social enterprises, and/or nonprofits preferred.
  • Strong research, 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 Social Impact Fellowship and receiving the financial award is contingent upon the following:

  • Successful completion of the attached Fellowship Project Scope
  • Participation in WSII Fellowship programming
  • Completion of the end-of-semester survey for each semester participating in the Fellowship
  • One 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 Monday, January 22nd.  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.

 

 

Impact Investing Research Analyst

Commitment: 10-15 hours/week from February 5 to April 25, 2018

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 $25 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. This project is one of high priority for WSII and involves finance faculty members; this is an opportunity to be a meaningful contributor to this research and to work closely with project leadership.

 

Project Description: The Social Impact Fellow 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 financial documents including balance sheets, cash flow statements, and income statements from impact investing private equity funds
  • Building a database of financial and social performance based data from impact investing private equity funds

 

The student team 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.  Fellows will also have the opportunity to participate in WSII’s weekly Sirius XM show, Dollars & Change.

 

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

  • Current Wharton undergraduate student with demonstrated interest in finance
  • Intermediate to high proficiency with Excel
  • Strong communication skills with high attention to detail
  • Personal discretion with sensitive information a must

 

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

  • $12/hour for undergraduate 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 Fellowship programming
  • Completion of the end-of-semester survey for each semester participating in the Fellowship
  • One 600-word blog post at any point of the program on any social impact topic, to be potentially published on the WSII website

 

To apply: We will be accepting applications via this application on a rolling basis until the final application deadline of 11:59pm Monday, January 22nd.  It 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

 

Urban Analytics Research Fellow

Commitment: 8 hours/week from February 2 to April 20, 2018

 

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

 

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.

 

For the Spring 2018 semester, we are interested in hiring Fellows for two separate, but related projects.

 

Project Description: The Social Impact Fellows will work in a multidisciplinary team of Research Analysts & Associates to conduct research on 2 possible topics:

 

  1. Community Vibrancy. We have a database of every application for a block party in Philadelphia over the past decade. Since 75% of a street’s residents need to agree to hold a block party, this data might give us an indication of the strength of the community on a particular street block. Do blocks that hold block parties tend to differ from comparable blocks in terms of safety or other measures of neighborhood health?
  2. 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?

 

The projects will build 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 on-going 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, his research team, and relevant stakeholders from across the Philadelphia community.

 

Fellows will be expected to commit to on-site meetings/activities and weekly team check-ins.  Fellows will be invited to special activities hosted by WSII, including lunches, speaker series, trainings, and group meetings.  Fellows will also have the opportunity to participate in WSII’s weekly SiriusXM show, Dollars & Change.

 

Qualifications: We are seeking a diverse range of candidates that meet many 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 Social Impact Fellowship and receiving the financial award is contingent upon the following:

  • Successful completion of the project scope
  • Participation in Fellowship programming
  • Completion of the end-of-semester survey for each semester participating in the Fellowship
  • One 600-word blog post at any point of the program 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 Monday, January 22nd.  Only candidates moving to the interview round will be notified.

 

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

Mechanicsville Partners and WHATIF Project Analyst

Commitment: 8 hours/week for 10 weeks from February 5, 2018-April 20, 2018

 

Keywords: Atlanta, Cities, Social Impact, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Data, Investment, Local Government, Real Estate

 

Background

Wharton Social Impact Initiative (WSII) is piloting a student project that engages our Wharton alumni network and those working on social enterprises aimed at having strong social impact in municipalities across the nation.  The first project explores the work of Mechanicsville Partners, working in close collaboration with the alumni-led WHATIF, who are revitalizing the disinvested neighborhood of Mechanicsville in Atlanta, Georgia.  Their approach to revitalization is three-fold, with a focus on improving physical space, community engagement, and workforce development.

 

The team had previous success applying this model in Detroit, Michigan (see 4731), and is seeking to develop its business model and assess its potential for scalability.

 

Project Description

We are recruiting up to two Fellows to work with Mechanicsville Partners and WHATIF to assist with data collection and analysis to inform the development of their business model.  The Fellow(s) will examine the Mechanicsville/ WHATIF model, identify their factors for success, and make recommendations on the potential for replication in other communities.  Fellows will have the opportunity to work closely with WSII leadership on this project, and senior leadership at Mechanicsville Partners and WHATIF.

 

The majority of students’ Fellowship Project scope activities will be completed remotely, with weekly or bi-weekly check-ins with WSII staff and the client’s Fellowship manager.

Activities will include:

  • Participating in primary and secondary source data collection
  • Synthesizing and analyzing data
  • Writing report(s) on findings
  • Providing strategic recommendations to the Organization

 

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 Wharton undergraduate student
  • Must be able to work independently to complete the Fellowship Project scope
  • Experience in investment principals and real estate, local government, community building, impact investing, social entrepreneurship or social impact is preferred
  • Familiarity with issues of scale and replication for small businesses, social enterprises, and/or nonprofits preferred.
  • Strong research, 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 Social Impact Fellowship and receiving the financial award is contingent upon the following:

  • Successful completion of the attached Fellowship Project Scope
  • Participation in WSII Fellowship programming
  • Completion of the end-of-semester survey for each semester participating in the Fellowship
  • One 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 Monday, January 22nd.  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 WHATIF

WHATIF is a recently formed company that was started by a group of Wharton MBA alumni to invest in and to measure social impact in five platforms: financial inclusion, water/agriculture, rural infrastructure, urban renewal and sustainable energy. We are looking to partner with Wharton alumni and their families as both investors and entrepreneurs (investees).