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Graduate Center Fellows

The staff and students of the Graduate Student Center are seeking candidates to serve as Graduate Fellows for the 2021-22 year. Graduate Fellows work as part of the Grad Center team to develop programs and resources that enhance the quality of personal development, social and cultural life, and to foster community for graduate and professional students at Penn. Fellows contribute to the Grad Center’s role as the central hub of graduate student life at Penn, supporting and bringing together students from across the many disciplines, backgrounds, and cultures at Penn. We welcome your application. 

**We currently anticipate that the Grad Center building will remain closed throughout the Fall semester. However, fellows will be expected to assist with staffing a graduate student lounge space on campus. ** 

What do Grad Center Fellows do?

While broadly focused on supporting graduate student community at Penn, the ideas and initiative of the Fellows themselves define the range of activities for Graduate Center Fellows. In addition to providing a welcome and helpful presence at the main desk when the Center is open, Fellows work with Grad Center professional staff in programming or operational roles, and collaborate with other staff and campus centers as appropriate.

Programming Fellows work closely with a member of the professional staff as part of a program team in one of two broad programming areas:

  • Graduate Life Programs
    Plan programs and events that promote a vibrant, engaged, and supportive graduate and professional student community at Penn. Fellows work closely with the Assistant Director to plan regular programs like our Fourth Fridays @ Five, and other activities to help foster a well-rounded graduate experience, including programs on maintaining a healthy school-life balance, personal development, social events, and building a sense of community.
  • Academic & Intellectual Programs
    Plan programs to help graduate students be successful in all aspects of their academic work, with focuses on skill building, intellectual engagement, professional development, and a better understanding of the graduate experience. This includes the “Navigating the Academy” programs currently sponsored in part by GAPSA. Fellows work closely with the Associate Director to develop new programs, as well as to facilitate existing programs, such as our Dissertation Boot Camp.

Operations Fellows work with members of the Grad Center professional staff and fellows to support essential functions of the Center:     

  • Grad Center Administration 
    Assist with managing the daily operations of a bustling student center, serving over 14,000 graduate and professional students, including arranging regular staff meetings and events, scheduling, inventory, and special projects. Fellows must be detail-oriented, organized, and enjoy working with others. This position reports to the Assistant Director for Operations. 

General Responsibilities and Commitments:

During Fall 2021, fellows will be expected to work an average of 6-10 hours per week. The time commitment is generally flexible enough to accommodate various lab, coursework, clinical, research, and teaching schedules. However, some evening and weekend hours may be required, depending on the programming area and Center needs.

Fellows will meet regularly with Grad Center staff and other fellows, will organize monthly events and workshops for graduate and professional students, and will assist with outreach and publicity related to their programming area.  

In addition to program-specific activities, all fellows share a set of common responsibilities:

  • Communicate regularly with your supervisor(s) and team members during business hours (M-F, 9-5 ET).  
  • Plan and evaluate programming or materials in your program or operational area
  • Assist with large-scale events and programs, including New Student Orientation, graduation, and Dissertation Boot Camp, as needed.
  • Staffing the graduate lounge space, including monitoring space usage and answering questions from guests using the space. 
  • Assisting with events or operations within the graduate lounge, as needed. 


When the Grad Center building reopens in Spring 2022, fellows who continue may be asked to assist with the following: 

  • Staffing the first floor information desk when the Grad Center is open, including answering calls and questions from guests. 
  • Managing the Common Room space, including making coffee and assisting with events in the space. 



  • All full-time degree-seeking Penn graduate & professional students, registered and in good standing for the 2020-21 academic year, are eligible to apply. Students must have completed at least one semester at Penn at the time of application.
  • Graduate Center Fellows may serve multiple years. Current or previous Fellows can apply separately for a position renewal each year. 
  • Fellows must reside within the United States during the period of employment. 
  • Fall 2021 Fellows must be available for training and planning in late August. Required training and team orientation activities will take place the week of August 30. 


Fellows are paid on an hourly basis and can expect to earn approximately $2,000-3,000+ per semester.  
Please be aware that if you are employed at more than one campus job, you cannot work more than 20 hours per week in total if you are currently enrolled in classes per University policy.

Application Process

Any student who is currently and will be registered as a University of Pennsylvania graduate or professional student during the current academic year is eligible to apply for a Fellow position.  

On the basis of the completed application and supporting documents, a select number of applicants will be invited to video interview.

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