The city of Philadelphia is your learning laboratory
One of Fels’ most valuable resources is our location—a thriving urban center and historic city in the heart of the Northeast Corridor. Not only does the city of Philadelphia itself offer you an enhanced living and learning experience, but New York City and Washington, DC, are only a few hours away by train or car.
Partner with the city to create meaningful change
At Fels, you have access to a vibrant public sector. Our region is home to a host of local, state, and federal government agencies as well as a flourishing network of non-government and nonprofit organizations. As a Fels student, you have ample opportunities to translate classroom knowledge into practical applications—right in your own backyard. Like the decades of students and alumni before you, at Fels you can make a positive impact in the public sector while gaining experience and connections to take your career to the next level.
Many students choose to work with a local or regional organization to tackle real-world challenges for their capstone projects.
For MPA students, Philadelphia and the Northeast region offer ample internship opportunities in various sectors to fit with your interest and career goals.
A launchpad for your next career move
While the density of public sector organizations in the region and strong regional networking provides many opportunities for our graduates to continue their careers in the Northeast Corridor, Fels graduates continue in careers across the US and the world.
Top 10 metro areas for alumni
- Philadelphia, PA
- Washington, DC
- New York, NY
- Harrisburg, PA
- San Francisco, CA
- Baltimore, MD
- Chicago, IL
- Seattle, WA
- Boston, MA
- Atlanta, GA
A dynamic city to enjoy
As rich and varied as Fels’ and Penn’s campus offerings are, the city that surrounds us provides even more opportunities to explore. When you venture off campus, you’ll find yourself in a vibrant urban center that is home to world-renowned museums, historical destinations, professional and collegiate athletic teams, and more.
Whether you are an MPA student living in the region or an Executive MPA student on campus monthly, we encourage you to get to know the city.
Living in Philadelphia
Find tips on exciting things to do, navigating the public transportation system, housing, and more from the Graduate Student Center.
Penn and Philadelphia
Learn more about the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection and Penn’s place in it.