Graduate Associates

Perry World House's Graduate Associates Program is for all graduate students, from any school or department, who have demonstrated a serious interest in exploring world affairs in depth during their time at Penn. Click here to meet our 2019-20 Graduate Associates. 

This program is for students who want to complement their engagement in global affairs within a vibrant community of scholars, students, and visitors while also developing professional skills relevant to shaping policy. Our Graduate Associates will gain hard skills and know-how on bridging the gap between the academic and policy worlds. 

Working with John Gans, director of communications and research, our Visiting Fellow Derek Chollet will design and host seminars for our Graduate Associates. Chollet is Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor for security and defense policy at The German Marshall Fund of the United States. He served in senior positions during the Obama administration at the White House, State Department, and Pentagon, most recently as the U.S. assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs.

The program brings in guests with first-hand knowledge on how to brief a policymaker, write a budget, lobby Congress, work with the media, and more. Graduate Associates also work on policy papers - learning to write for a policy audience, and receiving editorial input from writers who have worked outside of academia.