Service Focus is a transformative learning experience that connects academic study with real-world impact.
Service and civic engagement are a central part of what it means to be a Princetonian. Service Focus is a Princeton University program that bridges service and learning across the first two years of the undergraduate experience.
With faculty and peers, students engage in hands-on service and forge connections to their academic interests through critical reflection and collaboration as they discover how to be "in the nation's service and the service of humanity."
Service at Princeton
At Princeton University, service is about responding to the needs in the world around you. It is an ideal that can be pursued in almost any profession, vocation or role. It is not about what you choose to do, but how you do it.
Princeton is committed to helping students use their educations to address the most critical human needs and pressing societal needs. Princeton challenges its students, faculty and alumni to think about how their research, education and lives will benefit the nation, the world and humanity, and gives them the support and resources they need to do so.
Service Focus helps students form their own commitment to service and brings them together with their peers to make service an integral part of the Princeton experience.
* To accommodate for COVID-19 the normal internship requirement has been waived and the deadline has been extended to Friday, April 24th, 2020. Applications accepted on a rolling basis, so apply today!
*To support those of you with disrupted summer plans, Service Focus will offer guidance on civic engagement opportunities this summer. For accepted students, there will be opportunities to apply for limited funding for a remote independent summer service project.
“Service Focus presents a tremendous opportunity to assess our collective impact, share our perspectives of service, and understand how what we do here at Princeton can be applied towards large real-world challenges.”
— Dimitris Ntaras '21