We are excited to receive applications from all types of students at Penn!

Director of Education

Our Education team is at the forefront of educating students on what innovation and design is like in practice. How can someone run an effective brainstorming session? What does mean to prototype a product? As part of the Education Team, Directors will lead the charge on getting more students equipped to apply design thinking during their time at Wharton/Penn and beyond.

Why you? This role is great for anyone who loves getting their hands dirty in applying design thinking – you probably nerd out about user research, dream of doing in-depth ethnographic interviews for your job, and are excited about getting up in front of a classroom and being a pro.

What you'll do:

  • Identify student educational needs (Tech Prototypes for Newbies, anyone?) and drive the creation of related workshops – curriculum design, teaching, marketing and logistics

  • Recruit industry thought leaders to campus to teach and facilitate workshops

  • Responsibility Timeline: Fall 2018 – Spring 2019


Director of Community

Like planning events and helping to create a vibrant club community? Excited to meet people from across the wider Penn community? Have pull at primo Center City venues and just waiting for an excuse to plan a happy hour? Join our Community Team!

What you’ll do:

  • Work with the VP of Community to ideate and execute awesome social events

  • Work with our VP of Finance to budget for events and manage ticket sales when needed

  • Work with other clubs at Wharton like Tech Club and Entrepreneurship Club to find opportunities for shared social programming

  • Responsibility Timeline: Fall 2018 – Spring 2019

Director of Careers

A career in innovation and design can mean anything from in-house corporate innovation teams and product management to consulting and strategy roles. The Directors of Careers work to strengthen ID Club’s existing employer relationships, build new ones, and help students discover and gain access to career paths in innovation and design.

Why you? This role is great for someone who plans to recruit for jobs in the industry post-school and wants be at the forefront of building the club’s relationships with both innovation consulting and corporate innovation centers, as well as being a go-to resource for other students looking to make it in the field.

What you'll do:

  • Maintain and build relationships at top innovation consulting/corporate innovation centers across the country to facilitate student recruitment

  • Work with Robyn Ettinger and Meryem Cocciardi in MBA Career Management to help identify resources and develop workshops to help position students for recruiting success

  • Develop a recruiting/interview best practice primer

  • Organize two treks – NYC Fall and NYC Spring (possibly also SF)

  • Responsibility Timeline: Fall 2018 – Spring 2019

Director of Marketing

A club is nothing if no one knows what’s going on, and that’s what our Director of Communications & Marketing is all about. Directors of Marketing will work closely with the club to help drive community engagement and attendance, and will provide marketing support to all teams to make sure that events are well-publicized across the Penn Community (and, if you’re a photographer, help take fab pictures of students in action at our programming!). They’ll also drive our social media strategy.

Why you? You like being in the know and making sure everyone is too. You’ve come from or are considering a career in marketing, social media, whatever, but also want to see what this whole innovation and design is all about.

What you’ll do:

  • Keep our community aware of the exciting things we are doing

  • Track events relevant to our membership happening at other clubs at Wharton and across Penn

  • Ensure the club board populates our weekly newsletter with content, and then distribute the newsletter to all club members

  • Help fellow board members share information about upcoming events

  • Responsibility Timeline: Fall 2018 – Spring 2019

Director of Penn Design Challenge

The Penn Design Challenge gives participants across Wharton, Integrated Product Design and Engineering the opportunity to design solutions to major problems faced by real companies. Last year, 11 teams designed a “solar roof of the future” for GAF, a leading roofing company, with workshops and trainings on design thinking led by prominent design firm Smart Design.

Why you? This is a great role for someone who wants to build a career managing innovation in large corporations, and wants to get hands on experience running similar programming.

What you'll do:

  • Working with the Challenge VPs to manage coordinating efforts with Challenge Sponsor, develop schedule of events, and recruit innovation firms to teach Challenge workshops

  • Recruit students across Wharton, IPD, Engineering and elsewhere at Penn to participate in the Challenge

  • Create promotional materials and manage general Challenge logistics

  • Responsibility Timeline: Fall 2018

Director of Healthcare Challenge

The Healthcare Challenge gives students an opportunity to learn and hone their design thinking skills by solving a pressing problem in the healthcare space. This is a major effort where ID Club partners with PennMedicine and a major design firm to give students a tangible and memorable innovation experience. As part of the Healthcare Challenge Team, Directors will own the success of the event and drive the planning, partnerships, and managing of the challenge.

Why you? You love the challenge of driving innovation through a crowd-sourced approach especially in industries of extreme transition. You might want a career in healthcare, you might not. But you love being a part of creating change that has an immediate and personal effect on people’s lives.

What you'll do:

  • Work closely with Penn Medicine to identify a pressing issue that they need to solve and organize logistics

  • Collaborate with Careers Team to partner with a top design firm to lead trainings

  • Recruit students across Wharton, Integrated Product Design, the Med School, Public Health, and Engineering to find aspiring healthcare innovators who are excited to solve healthcare problems

  • Manage the creation of promotional materials, marketing, and logistics

  • Responsibility Timeline: Fall 2018 - Spring 2019


Co-Chair of Innovation Summit

Our Co-Chairs creates the magic that is the spring MBA Innovation Summit – an annual gathering of Wharton, CBS and Yale SOM students passionate about innovation and design. You and your team will work closely with the fellow schools to drive logistics, marketing, speakers, sponsors – all the things that make a conference awesome.

Why you? You love making large scale events happen – you might have done it in the past or hope to do it in the future. You want the chance to build relationships with like-minded students from CBS/Yale and also love the idea of recruiting the industry’s top thought leaders to come share their ideas with us. (Not bad if you’re also recruiting in the space!)

What you'll do:

  • Work across the student teams from CBS and Yale to help form a cohesive vision and make it a reality

  • Figure out which people/companies are doing the awesome things that Fast.co would only dream of writing about and get them to come talk to us

  • Work with our VP of Finance to find corporate sponsors for the event and manage ticket sales

  • Manage marketing, promotional materials and logistics

  • Responsibility Timeline: Fall 2018 – Spring 2019