The Office of Social Equity & Community is now accepting applications for its newly created internship program designed for a small group of Penn undergraduates. These students will work closely with the Directors of the office to design and oversee initiatives that promote and support communication, collaboration, and research within the Penn community. Together they will seek to advance the University’s mission of fostering social equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Each intern will have two primary areas of responsibility. First, they with seek to integrate the values of the Office with their own specific area of study or research, bringing their own gifts and interests to bear on a particular aspect of social equity and community. In this, they will seek to answer the question, “How can I uniquely address the evident inequalities at Penn and in greater Philadelphia?” Additionally, each intern will participate in the ongoing and officially established initiatives of the Office. Opportunities may include but are not limited to story gathering, writing, event planning/staffing, and research. They will have opportunities to work both individually and collaboratively, to participate in a learning community, and receive coaching and mentorship. Participants will have a strong voice in the shaping of the internship’s format, trajectory, values, and goals. Additionally, each student will receive a stipend for participating.
We in the Office of Social Equity & Community are eager for student involvement as we initiate hard conversations related to inequities and imbalances in order to encourage others toward restorative change for the betterment of Penn, its neighbors, and the world.
To apply, please answer the following questions and return your responses by emailing them directly to Scott Filkin – email@example.com – Director, Social Equity & Community, University of Pennsylvania by Friday, October 30.
- Why did you choose to attend the Penn?
- What appeals to you about this internship?
- What inequalities at Penn or in greater Philadelphia would you like to address?
- How do you think your unique gifts and interests will contribute to the Office of Social Equity & Community?
- What else would you like us to know about you?
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Office of Social Equity & Community?
The Office of Social Equity & Community is a new office at Penn, established this summer by President Gutmann. It is led by the newly appointed Vice President, Chaz Howard (who also serves as Penn’s Chaplain) and two directors, Nicole Maloy and myself. The Office was created “to design and oversee initiatives that promote and support communication, collaboration, and research within the Penn community.” Together we are seeking to advance the University’s mission of fostering social equity, diversity, and inclusion.
There are a lot of ways to describe the work we will be doing but my favorite tagline came from Chaz when he said we are going to “love people toward positive change by initiating the hard conversations on campus and by being a better neighbor to West Philadelphia.” That’s it in a nutshell.
How will the interns contribute to the work of the Office?
The student interns will work closely with Nicole and me with two primary responsibilities. First, they with seek to integrate the values of the Office with their own specific area of study or research, bringing their own gifts and interests to bear on a particular aspect of social equity and community. We want the interns to be passionate about the work they’re doing. We also want their involvement to be somehow related to their area of study at Penn, if at all possible. There is a lot of flexibility here. We want the interns’ interests to shape and form the Office’s priorities. Second, the Office already has some projects in motion and we will want the interns to share in this work as well. It’s our hope that our initiatives and the passions of the interns will dovetail nicely such that they get to work on projects that are exciting to them.
How will the internship be structured?
We anticipate a commitment of 6-10 hours per week for the whole of the academic year (getting started was soon as possible). We will gather weekly as a group to share our findings, brainstorm ideas, support, encourage, and learn together. Interns will have opportunities to work both individually and collaboratively and each will have access to coaching and mentorship.
That said, this internship is a new endeavor in a new Office so it will be something of a work in progress. We will expect the interns to have a strong voice in the establishing the internship’s format, trajectory, values, and goals. This year in particular, the shape of internship will be very collaborative in nature.