2018 PORES Summer Fellowship Program


Program Date: May 14 - July 27, 2018

Application Deadline: February 16, 2018

The Penn Program on Opinion Research and Election Studies (PORES) is soliciting applications for its 2018 Summer Fellowship Program. The fellowship runs from mid-May through the end of July, pairing Penn undergraduate students with PORES faculty who are conducting research on political outcomes in the United States using public opinion and election-related data. PORES is a research program within the Department of Political Science that aims to train students in the science of polling and analysis of election data. 

The PORES Summer Research Fellowship is a full time, paid position. Students are expected to be in residence and work 35 hours a week throughout the duration of the program. As part of the fellowship, students may also have the opportunity to visit NBC News in New York City.  

Project possibilities may include but are not limited to: 

  • Assisting in the drafting of survey questions and administration of polls
  • Compiling, cleaning and analyzing large datasets and/or election-related data
  • Writing memos that summarize previous academic research or news coverage

Candidate Qualifications:

Applicants should have an interest in public opinion research, politics and voting habits. Students should be detail-oriented and have a strong writing background. While some projects may require fellows to already have statistical and data analytics skills, PORES Fellowships are also open to those with little experience in statistics. However, a strong interest in learning these skills is required. Please highlight in your statement of interest any previous experiences with:

  • Statistical Software (such as R, STATA, SPSS)
  • Microsoft Excel 
  • Data-visualization
  • Python