At Perry World House, we welcome undergraduate and graduate students from across the University of Pennsylvania campus.

Whether you are studying nursing, engineering or political science, Perry World House is a place where you can connect with the world's most pressing issues. Explore this page to learn more about our in-depth student programs, high-profile events, and how students can use our space. 

Student Programs

Graduate Associates sitting around a table during a seminar and discussing an issue

World House Student Fellows

The Undergraduate World House Student Fellows Program is a unique, experiential learning opportunity. Each year, we select 25 to 30 Fellows from Penn's four schools (College of Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Nursing and Wharton). While they come from a range of academic backgrounds, all of our Fellows share two important things: their keen interest in global affairs, and their commitment to collectively addressing a pressing policy challenge for a full academic year. Applications for our 2021-22 cohort of World House Student Fellows closed on February 20, 2021. Learn more about the World House Student Fellows Program here.

Undergraduate Essay Prize

We encourage undergraduate students from across Penn's four Schools to apply for our new Undergraduate Essay Prize. The goal of the prize is to spotlight the most robust and insightful undergraduate writing and analysis about the ways policy can address contemporary world challenges. Applications close on April 2, 2021. Click here for more information on how to apply.

Graduate Associates

The Graduate Associates Program is intended for all graduate students from any Penn school or department. This program is an opportunity to engage with Perry World House's vibrant community of scholars, students, and visitors while developing the professional skills you need for a career in shaping policy.

Meet our 2019-20 Graduate Associates here.

House Committee

The House Committee is a student advisory group composed of undergraduate and graduate leaders from internationally-oriented organizations. The committee meets monthly to discuss ideas, priorities, and upcoming programming at Perry World House, as well as to update Perry World House and one another on their respective organizations’ recent and upcoming initiatives.

Learn more about the House Committee here.

Summer Internship Program

In the summer of 2020, prompted by the switch to remote engagement and learning, Perry World House piloted its first-ever summer internship program. The program included five part-time and full-time interns, working under the two Global Innovation Program research themes of Global Shifts and Global Order. The internship was designed to provide students with a meaningful summer experience by exposing them to programming work at Perry World House, including preparing for fall workshops and Global Shifts and Global Order colloquia, participating in and preparing reports for the COVID-19 and Global Order Working Group, writing for the Penn Pandemic Diary series, as well as providing them the opportunity to pursue their own research project with the mentorship of Perry World House staff and faculty.

Read the 2020 summer interns' research projects here.


To Women Who Will Run The World event with Jennifer Palmieri

The World Today

Every Tuesday from 4:30-5:30pm, we host The World Today, an open seminar on one of today’s most pressing global issues. Each event is a timely and intimate conversation on a global policy issue that changes each week. It is open to the entire Penn community, regardless of academic focus, and aims to be accessible and interesting to students who might not have the time to take classes on these topics, but still want to deepen their understanding of the world. Members of the wider Philadelphia community are always welcome as well, and often join us for these conversations.

Learn more about The World Today here.

See our Events page for details of individual The World Today sessions. 

Seminar Series 

Every Wednesday, we host a seminar where our affiliated faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting fellows showcase the policy-relevant research projects they are working on. If you would like to be added to the Seminar Series mailing list, please email The Seminar Series is designed for Penn faculty, postdocs, and undergraduate and graduate students.

Use Our Space

Students studying for finals

Please note that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our building is currently closed to the public.

Student Groups

Student groups that align with Perry World House's mission are able to book weekly meetings in our Global Policy Lab. Your meeting must be taking place within the following time slots:

  • Sundays, between 12pm and 11pm
  • Mondays, between 7pm and 10pm 
  • Wednesdays, between 7pm and 10pm

Please note that groups on Perry World House's House Committee take precedence, and that we reserve the right to cancel meetings, should the space be needed for another event. We will give ample notice if we do need to cancel your meeting. For more information contact our Administrative Coordinator, Brian Yansak:

Study Space 

Throughout the academic year, the first floor of Perry World House is open to students from across campus as a place to study. 

Art Walk

Collect a flyer from our front desk and explore our art collection.