2017 PORES Fall Fellowship Program


Program Date: September 11 - December 8, 2017

Application Deadline: August 22, 2017

The Penn Program on Opinion Research and Election Studies (PORES) is soliciting applications for its 2017 Fall Fellowship Program. The fellowship runs from mid-September through the beginning of December, pairing Penn undergraduate students with PORES faculty who are conducting research on public opinion, political outcomes in the United States, and elections. 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 Fall Research Fellowship is a part time, paid position. Students are expected to work 10-20 hours a week throughout the duration of the semester. 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

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:

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

In addition, please highlight any languages that you are fluent in. While not required, we are specifically looking for applicants that can speak, read, and write in Spanish.