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Civic Sustainability Fellows Program Overview
Penn’s Climate and Sustainability Action Plan 3.0 has an explicit goal to “support the City’s regional sustainability objectives and provide professional development and real-world learning opportunities to Penn students.” Penn’s Civic Sustainability Fellows program addresses this goal by placing undergraduate and graduate research interns in summer jobs with city agencies and non-profit organizations focused on sustainability and social equity. Penn Sustainability provides financial support for internships, and selected academic departments at Penn manage the
interns. At the end of their summer internships, the students, along with their supervisor(s) in the partner organization, will present an overview of their work over the summer, what they learned in their positions, and
how the projects they worked on can tie back to Penn’s campus sustainability initiatives. Various staff within Facilities and Real Estate Services will serve as points of contact for the intern throughout the duration of the program to help the intern link their work to the office to similar work happening on Penn’s campus.
Philadelphia Energy Authority Overview
This position is for the Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA). The student will be working with PEA’s Solar Manager and other members of the Philadelphia Energy Authority. PEA is seeking an enthusiastic individual to assist with operations of their Solarize Philly program, including helping with the intake process for Solarize Philly participants. The intern will also help with logistics for Solarize Philly info sessions and other public events
associated with the campaign. The intern may also be required to perform research and write white papers related to the Philadelphia Energy Campaign. Other projects will be assigned as needed.
Requirements and Qualifications:
- Current undergraduate or graduate work-study eligible student at the University of Pennsylvania
- Have a demonstrated interest in energy, sustainability, climate change, and/or other relevant topics
- Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision
- Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal skills
- Detail oriented and organized
- Must be collaborative and enjoy working with others
One (1) position available for 40 hours/week for 8 weeks in Summer 2021 (June 7 – July 30)
- $14.00 per hour for undergraduate students; $17.00 per hour for graduate students
- Applications due Wednesday, March 31 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis
Students must have work-study award capable of meeting the required hours for the position.
Interested students should send a cover letter and resume/CV to Elizabeth Main at firstname.lastname@example.org.