Wharton Industry Exploration Program (WH 297)

These short-term, half-credit courses focus on various industries and cities and take place during school breaks.

Wharton San Francisco
Wharton | San Francisco

The San Francisco Bay Area Tech Sector

This program will feature visits to tech-sector businesses, lectures at Wharton | San Francisco, extracurricular activities, and networking opportunities with alumni in the Bay Area.

The program will focus on entrepreneurship and technology, new product development, and the finance of innovation. It is designed to:

  • Provide students with an understanding of the Bay Area’s entrepreneurial and technology-focused business environment.
  • Help students gain a working knowledge of tech-sector business practices through lectures at Wharton | San Francisco and direct interaction with business managers.
  • Help prepare students for careers in the tech sector.
  • Connect students with alumni in the industry.

The program will run January 2-7, 2019.

Applications are no longer being accepted.

The Los Angeles Arts, Entertainment, and Media Sectors

This program will feature visits to arts, entertainment, and media businesses, panels, extracurricular activities, and networking opportunities with alumni in the Los Angeles area.

LA WIEP Paramount
Visiting Paramount studios

The program will focus on arts, entertainment and media. It is designed to:

  • Provide students with an understanding of the LA arts-, entertainment-, and media-focused business environment.
  • Help students gain a working knowledge of the arts, entertainment, and media industries and direct interaction with business leaders.
  • Help prepare students for careers in the arts, entertainment, and media sectors.
  • Connect students with alumni in the industry.

The program will run March 4-8, 2019 (spring break).

Applications are no longer being accepted.

The Washington, DC, Public Policy Sector

This 0.5 CU Industry Exploration Program will focus on public policy research and run May 9-11, 2018 (after final exams). Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors from any of Penn’s undergraduate schools are eligible to apply, and up to 25 will be selected to participate through a competitive application process. Seniors are not eligible to apply.

Students admitted into this short-term course will participate in research seminars at various DC agencies within the public policy sector and enjoy informal interactions with policy researchers. Research is an important activity at public policy agencies to support their core policy-assessment and policy-making activities. The tentative list of participating agencies includes the Congressional Budget Office, Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Labor Statistics, American Enterprise Institute, and the World Bank. The program will also incorporate extracurricular activities in the Washington, DC, area, including an alumni networking dinner.

The program is designed to:

  • Foster an interest in the public policy sector.
  • Help students understand the role of research in the activities of public policy agencies.
  • Provide information that will help students prepare for careers in the public policy sector.

Applications are no longer being accepted.

The New York City Tech Sector

This program will feature visits to tech-sector businesses, lectures, extracurricular activities, and networking opportunities with alumni in the NYC area.

Visiting SiriusXM headquarters in fall 2016

The program will focus on entrepreneurship, established tech, new and emerging tech, and the finance of innovation. It is designed to:

  • Provide students with an understanding of New York’s entrepreneurial and technology-focused business environment.
  • Help students gain a working knowledge of tech-sector business practices through panel discussions and company visits.
  • Help prepare students for careers in the tech sector.
  • Connect students with alumni in the industry.

The program will run October 3-6, 2018 (fall break) and up to 40 students will be able to participate. Students who will be sophomores or juniors in the fall are eligible to apply.

Applications are no longer being accepted.