Frequently Asked Questions
You’ll participate in an online pre-launch course focused on a trending skillset (ie: Digital Marketing & Storytelling or Business Development), then we’ll help you prepare to interview with startup companies around the world for your field experience. Next, you’ll join your cohort for a virtual or in-person “meetup” at Penn depending on your program choice. Meetup includes instructor-led client projects, workshops and group sessions to prepare you for your work. After your Meetup, you’ll begin your Field Experience and continue weekly check-ins with instructors and classmates. At the end, you’ll receive job support from our network of mentors and career coaches.
Six months from the start of the online course to the end of your Field Experience.
We accept applications from recent graduates interested in an alternative to graduate school. You can apply regardless of major or degree. You must demonstrate clear and analytical communication skills, and show the ability to follow-through on projects with care.
Right now, our paid fellowship program is currently available to U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents, and anyone legally authorized to work in the United States.
For non-native English speakers: proficiency of TOEFL 90 or IELTS 7 is an admissions requirement.
We currently offer the program two times a year, Spring, and Fall.
Fall 2023 dates are TBD
Yes, our field experiences are paid a monthly stipend, which will allow you to cover your program fee and cost-of-living.
Experience Lab at Penn is proud to offer the ability to pay for 100% of our program fee through stipends from our field experience companies.
Eligible students will be connected with their field experience company during our application process. If a match for both our program and the company, the student’s field experience company will pay stipends to cover the entire cost of our program fee.
It’s possible, and many fellows do get full-time offers, but that should not be the expectation heading into the Field Experience. The agreement is for a 3-month role: you will contribute to the company’s work and mission, and it will provide an opportunity to learn and apply new skills to build your portfolio of professional work. Remember, specific tasks will vary from company to company, and we trust our fellows to be flexible and willing to take on challenges. At the end of the Field Experience, if both you and the company are interested in continuing to work together, you’ll decide those terms together.
At the end of the program, you will either earn a Pass for successful completion of the course (and a certificate of completion from Experience Lab at Penn attesting to that), or an Incomplete. Each course module contains more specific information about the criteria we will use to assess different assignments, and the requirements to successfully complete that part of the program. At a philosophical level, we believe in assessment for learning, not just assessment of learning—that is, we think the feedback you receive on your work should help you improve your craft, not just give you a grade. To that end, we ensure that you receive regular, specific, and constructive feedback, and that you have opportunities to integrate that feedback to make your work stronger. Sometimes that feedback will come from your peers, sometimes from instructors, and sometimes from your colleagues and supervisors at your Field Experience. Experience Lab at Penn is designed so that your completion of program assignments will directly serve your goal to become a more skilled and compelling practitioner in your chosen track—both during your Field Experience and in the opportunities you pursue beyond the program.
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This program is a collaboration between Experience Lab and The University of Pennsylvania’s College of Liberal and Professional Studies (Penn LPS) to enable college graduates to transition into trending careers through skill-building, networking, and immersive entrepreneurial experiences.
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