A civic laboratory in the birthplace of America

Philadelphia serves as an authentic and inspiring urban laboratory for Fels students, who take part in internships with local organizations, political and civic campaigns, and city government. Since its founding, the Fels Institute has been a consistent source of ideas, practices, and talent for Philadelphia and its government, and we have a strong alumni network across the region.

Location, livability, and value

In addition to longstanding and productive ties to Philadelphia, Fels is conveniently located within working distance to four major cities (New York, Washington, Wilmington, and Baltimore) and four state capitals (Harrisburg, Trenton, Annapolis, and Dover). Philadelphia is also affordable for its size, location, and amenities. Living in Philadelphia is 50% less expensive than New York, 39% less expensive than Los Angeles, and 28% less expensive than Washington, D.C.

Philadelphia offers all of the perks of a big city in vibrant neighborhoods. Its walkable downtown, extensive public transit system, and bike-friendly streets make for an easy commute to and from campus. Plus, it’s an easy weekend or day trip to the beaches of the Jersey Shore and the mountains and lakes of the Poconos

Historic and hip

Philadelphia served as our nation’s first capital, and the city where both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were drafted. In 2015, Philadelphia was designated as the first and only World Heritage City in the United States.

Today, the City of Brotherly Love is a great place to live, work, and play, with an abundance of historic and cultural attractions, a lively arts scene, and world-class restaurants (yes, there’s much more to eat than cheesesteaks). Philadelphia wears its passion for sports on its sleeve. With teams in each of the four major leagues (Eagles, Flyers, 76ers, and the Phillies), a strong tradition of Big Five college basketball, and one of the nation's most extensive park systems, there is something for every sports fan and outdoor enthusiast.

In 2016, Philadelphia was ranked #1 on Lonely Planet’s “Best in the U.S.” list and also named to Fodor’s global “Go List” of must-see destinations

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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