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Open to US citizens and non US citizens
Deadline: 03/15/2025

General Information

The Penn Program on Opinion Research and Election Studies (PORES) is an undergraduate research program committed to conducting high-quality social research in the public interest on issues of national and international importance. PORES aims to develop a data-driven approach to understanding political outcomes in the United States through public opinion survey research and poll analysis.

The program provides Penn undergraduate students valuable training in public opinion theory and research through specialized courses, mentoring and hands-on instruction with leading industry organizations. The fellowship runs during each academic semester and over the summer, pairing Penn undergraduate students with PORES faculty who are conducting research on political outcomes in the United States using public opinion and election-related data. PORES is a research program within the Department of Political Science that aims to train students in the science of polling and analysis of election data. 

The PORES Student Research Fellowship is a paid position. During the academic year, students are expected to work at least 10 hours a week for the duration of the semester. For the summer fellowship, students are expected to be in residence and work 35 hours a week. As part of the fellowship, students may also have the opportunity to visit NBC News in New York City.  

Eligibility Guidelines

Applicants should have an interest in public opinion research, politics and voting habits. Students should be detail-oriented and have a strong writing background. While some projects may require fellows to already possess statistical and data analysis skills, PORES Student Research Fellowships are also open to those with little experience in statistics. However, a strong interest in learning these skills is required. Please highlight in your statement of interest any previous experiences with statistical software (such as R, STATA, SPSS, Python), Microsoft Excel, and data visualization.

Application Details

Upload your resume, statement of interest, and a brief writing sample or example of your data experience using this application form.

All materials are due by 11:59 EST on the deadline. There are three deadlines (Fall, Spring, and Summer). Keep up with the most upcoming deadline on the fellowship website.

Funding Type


Research Offering Type

Independent Research, Internship, Research Assistant



Undergraduate School

College, Engineering, LPS, Nursing, Wharton



Contact Information

Please email Katie Steele at with any questions or concerns.