ABOUT THE PROGRAM
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. Guidance on Selecting a Summer Service Internship
Princeton offers many opportunities for funded service internships across the country and around the world. Service Focus advises first-year students on how to find an internship that aligns with their academic and personal goals, guiding them through the application process.
2. 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.
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. Reflection 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 think about how service matters widely. They share and workshop their plans for integrating service into their Princeton experience and beyond.
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FIRST YEAR: APPLY & PREPARE
Service Focus brings Princeton first-year students together to explore the meaning of service and its place in their lives. It connects students with funded service internship opportunities and introduces them to service-related courses as they begin to shape their academic paths. After accepting a service internship, Service Focus students meet as a larger community to expand their understanding of how and why to serve.
SUMMER INTERNSHIP: SERVE & CONNECT
While engaging in the summer service internship, students connect in-person or virtually with other Service Focus students. They support and learn from one another, sharing stories along the way.
SOPHOMORE YEAR: REFLECT & SUSTAIN
Students become part of a close-knit peer group that meets monthly with a Service Focus staff member. They support each other through reflection on their service experiences, service-related coursework, and development of their academic paths. Each peer group is paired with a Faculty Fellow who shares their own passion for service and offers guidance about integrating service into academics, work and life. Graduate students provide additional mentorship.