Service Focus is open to first-year students at Princeton University. It runs from the spring of the first year through the spring of sophomore year.
1. Support for Summer Service Internships
Princeton offers many opportunities for funded service internships across the country and around the world. Service Focus sponsors several dedicated internships in partnership with campus programs, provides advisement for first-year students on applying to and selecting an internship that aligns with their personal and academic goals, and offers opportunities to apply for supplementary funding.
2. Connection with a Close-Knit Peer Group
Service Focus provides a space to connect with other students about the challenges and opportunities related to service from a range of different perspectives. Students reflect on their own service experiences and make connections to real world issues by engaging directly with community partners both on and off campus. They consider different pathways for change and have opportunities for funded support of impactful student-led projects.
3. Mentorship from Renowned Faculty
Service Focus facilitates close conversations and professional relationships with faculty mentors who are also passionate about service. Professors share insights into their own commitments and demonstrate how they connect their work in communities to their own intellectual and scholarly pursuits.
4. Engagement in Service-Related Coursework
Service Focus illuminates the wide range of service-related courses at Princeton, helping students build on their service commitments to shape their own unique academic trajectory with individualized advisement from ProCES staff. Students have the opportunity to integrate and expand on their coursework throughout their Service Focus experience by making important connections between the classroom, campus, and community.