PORES Student Research Fellowship


The Penn Program on Opinion Research and Election Studies (PORES) solicits applications for its Student Research Fellowship Program on an ongoing basis. The fellowship runs during each academic semester and over the summer, 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. 



Student Application Due

Fall Semester

August 18

Spring Semester

November 23


February 12


*Please note: Due to the current COVID19 pandemic, the Fall 2020 fellowship will be entirely remote. Applicants must have access to a high-speed internet connection, and feel comfortable working remotely and independently. We welcome applicants who are based out of any time zone. Each fellow and faculty member will work out a plan for communication (typically a combination of emails, video calls, and messaging such as Microsoft Teams or Slack). Fellows will also meet as a group with the PORES team via Zoom for regular check-ins. Interviews will be conducted remotely (via Zoom or phone call) shortly after the application deadline.

The PORES Student Research Fellowship is a paid position. During the academic year, students are expected to work at least 10 hours a week for the duration of the semester. For the summer fellowship, students are expected to be in residence and work 35 hours a week. 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 possess statistical and data analysis skills, PORES Student Research 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

How to Apply: 

  • Send your resume, statement of interest and a brief writing sample to penn-pores@sas.upenn.edu. Since applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, please indicated in the body of your application the semester for which you are applying.