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​Be a part of something great—and contribute to something greater.

Penn Community

Penn faculty and staff are members of a diverse community united by a commitment to serving the greater good. Our 142 centers and institutes generate cutting-edge knowledge in nearly every field, and their work has a powerful impact in all corners of the world.

Being a part of the Penn community also means working with talented professionals from around the globe—and from every neighborhood in Philadelphia. We spark creativity and new solutions by sharing ideas, valuing differences, and respecting other points of view. The Penn Compact ensures we focus our energy on how the University makes change locally as well as globally.

Penn faculty and staff enjoy opportunities to participate in campus life, pursuing lifelong learning through on-the-job development, free on-campus lectures, and events like the Science Café.

Penn’s scenic green campus is situated in a vibrant urban setting. Our employees enjoy all of the amenities of city life, both on and off campus, such as great dining, museums, performing arts, libraries, shops, and transportation.




Teaching, Learning, and Service

My work at the Unity Clinic allows me to give back to the community and introduce students to the value of working in a free clinic focusing on immigrants.

Giang Nguyen, MD, MPH

Executive Director, Student Health Services

Staff member since 2003

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The Penn Compact

  • Inclusion

    Penn employs people from every neighborhood in the City of Philadelphia.

  • Innovation

    Penn received $939 million in research funding in 2015 from federal and private grants.

  • Impact

    Penn is directly or indirectly responsible for 1 or out every 9 jobs in the Philadelphia economy.

Campus Activities, Events, and Traditions

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Get Involved

From the Kelly Writers House community to volunteering at the Morris Arboretum historic public garden, there are many ways to get involved in culture and the arts at Penn.

Human Resources Learning and Education programs support you throughout your career.

Volunteer to serve as a Penn Eco-Rep. supporting the University’s Climate Action Plan through education, projects and outreach events, engage in the Power Down Challenge, Rethink Your Footprint, and other annual initiatives and events.

Gather at the Penn Women’s Center on Thursdays at 12pm for knitting, crocheting, sewing and conversation.

Provide a temporary home for one of the Penn Vet heroic dogs-in-training, in the evenings and on weekends.

Join the Penn Violence Prevention Committee, attend Anti-Violence Advocate Training, or request a Presentation for a school or center.

Volunteer to mentor and chat with students about career choices, work with the Netter Center for Public Service to create a volunteer program, adopt a family for the holidays, commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., join the University of Pennsylvania Team for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in October.

Connect with the Penn research community, further develop in research, enhance clinical research management or join a task force.

Connect with student affairs professionals across campus by joining the listserv, attending the quarterly meetings, registering for the annual spring conference, or participate in the summer book club.