Princeton students demonstrating the equipment within an ambulance, as part of their Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) roles.


Step 1: Apply to Become Part of Service Focus

Fill out the short application form via the button below. First-year students will receive updates and information on summer service internships. Acceptance into Service Focus is contingent upon securing a summer service internship.

 Student building a paper tower with a young mentee in an engineering workshop.

Step 2: Find a Summer Service Internship

Service Focus can guide students to funded internship opportunities that align with their passions or interests. With the support of Service Focus staff members, students can secure a summer service internship with one of Princeton’s internship programs associated with:

— Center for Health and Wellbeing
— Community-based Learning Initiative
— International Internship Program
— Keller Center
— Lewis Center for the Arts
— Pace Center for Civic Engagement
— Princeton in Asia
— Princeton Environmental Institute
— Princeton Internships in Civic Service
— Princeton Varsity Club

Step 3: Engage in the Year-Long Program

Service Focus is a robust and intensive program. Participants are expected to:

— Attend monthly peer group meetings
— Take part in Service Focus workshops and events
— Meet with their Faculty Fellow twice per semester
— Take a service-related course

 Student volunteers teaching violin to high school students in Trenton.


To participate in Service Focus you must:

— Be a first-year student at Princeton University
— Secure a summer service internship
— Engage in the year-long program

 Princeton student teaching a young child to read in China.
“Service is more than just the moment of delivering a solution to meet a need. It is a process of understanding factors in cultural context. No problem will be solved in a single moment. Meaningful impact takes time.” 


Write to or visit the Pace Center at the Frist Campus Center, 201D.