The Gordon Family Summer Award for Public Service Internship

The Urban Studies Program seeks applicants for a paid summer public service internship.  The internship supports Urban Studies' philosophy of the importance of linking theory and practice, and is meant to encourage students to pursue their interests in public service by working over the summer with non-profit or government organizations which otherwise could not afford to hire them.  This program is funded by a generous gift made by Dr. Jacques Gordon, a 1978 Urban Studies alum.  Dr. Gordon is an economist who also has a degree in city planning and is Global Strateglist and International Director for La Salle Investment Management, La Salle Partners based in Chicago.

Two students will receive an award for summer 2018.  Interns receive a stipend of $3,500 for working according to the stipulations of the internship site sponsor.

All Urban Studies majors and minors are eligible for the internship award.  Preference will be given to majors who are juniors and will have completed Fieldwork.  However, selection ultimately will depend on the applicant pool.  Interested students should apply by submitting a proposal to the Urban Studies program that would describe:

1) The internship site and what the work would entail
2) What you hope to learn and how this internship can contribute to your knowledge and career plans
3) What benefit the agency will obtain
4) An offer letter from the agency is required to accompany the application

Students can carry out the internship either in Philadelphia or elsewhere. 

The application deadline for 2019 is Friday, March 28th.

Send applications to Elaine Simon in the Urban Studies office, Room 130 McNeil, 3718 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6209. You can also email them (with Gordon Award and your name in the subject line) to

Selection will be based on the decision the following criteria:  The internship should build on and/or augment a student's experience or knowledge in an area of interest and contribute to his/her prospects to a career in public service; the prospective intern and agency representative have jointly planned the work which the intern will do and that the work is worthwhile and will contribute to the fundamental work of the agency; an indication of why the stipend is needed;  that the work addresses a critical urban issue, benefits others, and has a public service focus.

If you are interested in applying and have questions, contact the Urban Studies office by e-mail: or phone: 215-898-6948.