Student Research Opportunities

Open Opportunities

Graduate Assistant – Climate and Sustainability Programming (Fall 2021)

The Wharton Risk Center is looking for a Penn graduate student interested in climate and sustainability topics issues to assist with organizing climate programming for the 2021-22 academic year. This is an opportunity for a graduate student to network with different companies, organizations, and alumni in shaping Risk Center programming. Additionally, this is an opportunity to learn more about current climate and environment related research being conducted at Wharton through the Business, Climate, and Environment Lab. To learn more and apply, please visit the WorkDay job posting. This position is part time and in person. It will be open until filled.

Risk Center Seminar for Early Career Research

The Wharton Risk Center hosts a monthly research seminar for post-docs, PhD students, master’s students, and research staff to share work-in-progress and network. Research topics are focused on climate risk management and resilience. Faculty are invited to attend.  Learn more about upcoming seminars and joining here.

Guest Blog Posts

Students are encouraged to get in contact with the Risk Center if they would like to pitch ideas for our blog, “Lab Notes.”  Our blog analyzes innovative resilience ideas, offers timely policy insights, and introduces the Risk Center’s research.  Guest posts could include, for example, innovative ideas from semester research projects.  Recent student posts are available here.

Past Opportunities

Russell Ackoff Doctoral Student Fellowship Grants

Since 2006, the Russell Ackoff Doctoral Student Fellowship program of the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center has provided grants to University of Pennsylvania Ph.D. students who are pursuing research in decision making under risk and uncertainty. Potential research topics to receive funding should align thematically with one of our five research labs: (1) disaster risk management, (2) business, climate, and the environment, (3) risk communication & decision-making, (4) behavioral science & technology, and (5) political risk. Learn more about submitting grant proposals.

Undergraduate Student Fellows Program

The goal of the Undergraduate Fellows Program is to complement students’ academic experiences at Penn by providing education, career development, and practical engagement on climate risk management, disaster resilience, and sustainability topics that are relevant to private and public sector stakeholders. The program seeks to build an interdisciplinary community of students interested in climate risk management.  Learn more about the program.

Research Assistant and Internship Opportunities

When research assistant or internship opportunities are available at the Wharton Risk Center, they are distributed through our student newsletter.  Please sign-up at the bottom of this page.  At the undergraduate level, priority is given to Undergraduate Fellows.

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