Family Fellows

Fellows work as part of the Family Center team to develop programs for students and postdocs with children and their families. Fellows actively contribute to the Family Center’s mission to serve as hub for information, resources, activities and support students from across the university.

Participation as a Family Center Fellow is a great opportunity to gain useful professional and leadership experience, meet new people, explore topics of interests, and contribute to the broader Penn experience. Fellows work closely with Center staff and fellows, and collaborate with other offices and groups across Penn. We welcome your application.

General Responsibilities

Family Fellows work with Family Center professional staff in programming or operational roles, and collaborate with other staff and campus centers as appropriate. During the Fall 2021 semester, Fellows will deliver virtual and limited in-person programming and resources. When the facility reopens to the public, Fellows are also responsible for staffing the Family Center desk -- checking in families, enforcing safety policies, keeping the area tidy, answering phones and questions from guests.

Fellows work on an hourly basis and are expected to work 8-12 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 will be required, depending on the programming area and Center needs.

Open Positions

Family Fun Fellow

  • Plan and host events and activities* for families and children:
    • Family Meet-ups
    • Weekly Play Date activities; dance, craft activities
    • Themed Parties; Halloween Party, Winter Holidays.etc
    • Outings; Ice rink, Bio-pond, museum meet ups
    • Ticket sales; museums, shows, concerts
  • Promote family fun resources relevant to our members via social media
  • Partner with other family fellows and campus centers to offer or promote family friendly events and resources

Family Support Fellow

  • Plan and host events and workshops* for Parents and Families:
    • Parenting
    • Academic support
    • Career support
    • Personal Development events
    • New parent support and breastfeeding events
  • Promote family and parenting resources relevant to our members
  • Assist with coordinating English Lessons for Families
  • Partner with other family fellows and campus centers to offer or promote family friendly events and resources
  • Assist with assessment of parent and family needs

Wellness Fellow

  • Coordinate events and workshops* for Families and children related to holistic health and wellness topics, including
    • Multicultural Wellness Practices
    • Mindfulness and Parenting
    •  Fitness and Health
    • Parent Check-In Spaces
  • Promote wellness resources relevant to our members
  • Partner with other family fellows and campus centers to offer or promote family friendly events and resources

Education Fellow

  • Host events and workshops* for Parents and children that promote Education, topics include:
    • Language Lessons
    • Reading development and promotion
    • General education themes; math, science, history, culture
    • School readiness, resources, and enrollment
  • Promote education and school resources relevant to our members
  • Partner with other family fellows and campus centers to offer or promote education events and resources

*Events and programs are virtual and limited in-person for Fall 2021.

Family Fellow Qualifications

Preferred Family Fellow candidates have event planning experience and a background working with families and children and are comfortable using various social media platforms to further engage our audience. Organization, time management and a willingness to learn are expected; general knowledge of the University and support services; customer service skills are also preferred. Family Fellows are required to occasionally work events in the evenings and on the weekends. Any newly hired Family Fellow will be subject to a background check and must complete mandated reporter training. 


  • All full-time degree-seeking Penn graduate & professional students, registered and in good standing for the 2021-21 academic year, with a graduation date of May 2022 or later. 
  • Fellows must be in residence in the Philadelphia area.
  • Family Fellows may serve multiple years. Current or previous Fellows can apply separately for a position renewal each year. A Fellow can be dismissed prior to the end of the appointment for failing to meet performance expectations.
  • 2021-22 Fellows must be available for training and planning in mid-late August.


Fellows receive $18 per hour. 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.

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