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Fels Lab

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Where real-world challenges meet Ivy League excellence

A keystone of the Fels experience, inspired by our commitment to purpose and practice, the Fels Lab connects students with projects that serve the real-world needs of nonprofit organizations and government agencies. Students have the opportunity to gain practical experience in their area of interest, while contributing meaningfully to the important work of the public sector.

The Fels Lab partners with organizations to advance their mission-critical projects and initiatives. Projects can include strategic planning; applied research; financial analysis; fundraising support; and program development, implementation, and evaluation. Students may work on approved projects through their MPA capstone course, as Public Leadership and Service (PLAS) Fellows, or as interns, with guidance from Fels faculty and organizational partners.

The Fels Lab harnesses the passion, innovation, and multi-disciplinary skills of Fels students and faculty to address complex public policy and social challenges—benefiting the individuals, organizations, and communities involved.

For employers interested in having a Fels graduate student work on a project with your organization, please submit your project proposal here

For more information, please contact Lauren Cristella at lcris@upenn.edu.

For current students interested in working on a project with the Fels Lab, please visit Canvas for a list of available opportunities. Students can apply to participate in a Fels Lab project here. 

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Fels Institute of Government
University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 898-2600
Fax: (215) 746-2829

felsinstitute@sas.upenn.edu