The Urban Studies Program Gordon Fellowship Award

Due March 11, 2019
The Urban Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania announces the new Gordon Fellowship, a selective annual summer internship for a cohort of up to five Urban Studies students. Applicants will imagine, propose, and pursue a summer internship. Chosen Fellows will put the internships into practice at an organization or institution located anywhere in the United States.

Fellows will receive $5,000 summer stipends and participate in career mentoring opportunities throughout the academic year with members of the URBS alumni network. Internships supported through this fellowship are meant to comprise 8-10 weeks of Summer 2019.

From the inception of the Urban Studies Program at Penn, connecting theory and practice has been a guiding principle. Theory and practice come together most clearly in the internship and fieldwork seminar required of all Urban Studies majors. In the spirit of Urban Studies, this program will provide opportunities for students to explore careers that would lead to improving the quality of life in cities, whether in the public, non-profit, or private sectors. The following fields reflect career areas to consider:

Public Interest, Policy and Governance, Arts & Culture, Planning and Preservation, Real Estate and Development, Education, and Social Advocacy

Applicants must be current first-year, second-year, or third- year undergraduate students. Urban Studies majors will be given preference. The Urban Studies Program strongly encourages applications from students who are members of groups underrepresented in careers in urban studies fields. Recipients of the Gordon Fellowship award may not receive any concurrent funding or compensation for their proposed internships. Internships may be located anywhere in the U.S., including Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories.

Due March 11. Include a statement of purpose that explains how the proposed internship supports the mission of the Gordon Fellowship– contributing to improving the quality of urban life. The statement should also describe how the internship will contribute to the student’s scholarly, entrepreneurial, activist, creative, and/or professional aims. In addition to the statement of purpose, a letter of support from the internship organization, a description of proposed activities, and the names and contact information of two academic and/or professional references are required. Selected students will be notified by the end of March.

Click Here for the Application Portal

Brainstorming Informational Session:
Will be held in the Urban Studies Office (130 McNeil Building 3718 Locust Walk) on February 27th, 12-1:00pm (Lunch Provided.)

Students without a site in mind are encouraged to show up and discuss their interests, and may be matched with existing Urban Studies site partners. Please write to to RSVP to attend one of these sessions.