Turner Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Fellows

Are you a motivated undergraduate student interested in deepening your ESG expertise? Looking for meaningful opportunities to engage with your peers and faculty?

Turner ESG Fellows are a group of 20-25 undergraduates across Penn who participate in a year-long program of speaker sessions, networking opportunities, and professional development across many ESG topics. Alongside your peers, you will develop a working knowledge of real-world environmental, social, and governance topics, learn about different ESG career options both in academia and industry, and network with other students, faculty, and professionals. You will also benefit from mentorship and community-building opportunities, led by our returning Turner ESG Senior Fellows.
At the end of the year, you will present on an ESG topic of your choice to ESG Initiative senior leadership and faculty.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

In order to apply, you must be:

  • An undergraduate in your first, second, or third year at Penn or Wharton
  • Available to meet on select Thursdays from 12:00 p.m.-1:15 p.m. ET throughout both the fall and spring semesters (students studying abroad for a semester are unable to apply)
  • Committed to being a member of the TESG Fellows community by:
    • Fully attending all sessions throughout the academic year – members who miss more than one session per semester will be asked to leave the program
    • Demonstrating a welcoming and respectful attitude toward all members and guest speakers
    • Communicating in a timely manner with all members, especially regarding scheduling conflicts

What is the application timeline?

Applications opened on Monday, August 28, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. ET and closed on Monday, September 11, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Late applications will not be accepted, nor will supplemental materials sent separately from the formal application.

You may asked to participate in an interview or submit a work sample sometime between September 11, 2023 and September 18, 2023.

All applicants will receive their admissions decision on September 19, 2023. Accepted students must attend an orientation session on September 21, 2023 from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. ET and must commit to participating in the program by September 22, 2023.

How long is the program?

The program will officially begin on September 28, 2023 and end on April 18, 2024.

Sessions will be on the following Thursdays from 12:00 p.m.-1:15 p.m. ET. Certain sessions will only be held in-person, while others will only be offered via Zoom. If accepted to the program, you will receive a calendar that details the format for each session.

  • September 28, 2023
  • October 5, 2023
  • October 19, 2023
  • November 2, 2023
  • November 16, 2023
  • November 30, 2023
  • December 7, 2023
  • January 18, 2024
  • February 1, 2024
  • February 15, 2024
  • February 29, 2024
  • March 14, 2024
  • March 28, 2024
  • April 11, 2024
  • April 18, 2024

Turner ESG Stories

“I thought the Turner ESG Fellowship at the Wharton ESG Initiative was a great way to get involved and combine my professional interests in ESG and personal passion for it.”

–  Sapphira Ching, W’24, Concentrations in Finance, Entrepreneurship & Innovation 

Bobby Turner Headshot

The support and vision of impact investor Bobby Turner, W’84, catalyzed the launch of the Turner Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) Fellows.

As a longtime supporter of social impact activities at Wharton, Turner – CEO of Turner Impact Capital – is an example of, as Joseph Wharton said, harnessing the power of business to “solve the social problems incident to our civilization.” He also helps inform the ongoing priorities and future direction of the Wharton School as a member of the board of overseers. The ESG Initiative is very grateful to Lauren Golub Turner, W’85, and Bobby Turner, W’84 for their support.

Questions? Contact Jillian Cener, Senior Associate Director.