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There are a wide range of service-related courses at Princeton that can help you develop your own unique academic trajectory. Your participation in a service-related course deepens your understanding of service and encourages connections between your summer service internship and your intellectual pursuits.

You can work with the Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship (ProCES) to find a service-related course in one of two ways:

  • choose from a pre-approved list of ProCES courses recommended for Service Focus or

  • petition to take a different service-related course that matches your interests and internship experience.

ProCES Courses

You may choose a ProCES course connected to your internship and recommended for Service Focus from the pre-approved course list on the ProCES website. Courses recommended for Service Focus are indicated with a Service Focus icon.

Courses supported by the Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship (ProCES) may include community-based research, volunteer service linked with coursework, historical and theoretical reflections on service, or content that helps you explore and formulate responses to pressing societal issues. Courses recommended for Service Focus can be found on the ProCES website as indicated with a Service Focus icon. 

Petition a Course

It may be that you identify a course that is particularly interesting as a follow-up to your internship experience but is not a ProCES course recommended for Service Focus. In this case, you may petition to take a course not on the list. Petitions may be submitted any time prior to the undergraduate deadline to add or drop a course without a fee, which is at the end of the second week of the semester.

To petition for a course not the list you should:

1. Identify a course you would like to take.

2. Complete this online petition form. The form will ask for course information and a short explanation of how the course would build on what you learned from your summer internship experience.

3. Schedule a meeting with Leah Anderson through WASE to discuss your petition.

4. You will receive an email notifying you of final decisions on petitions.

For any questions about the academic component of Service Focus, please reach out Leah Anderson, associate director, Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship. 


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“For me, service is essential because it offers a powerful way to connect with different communities. It's about giving back, but it's also about learning and respect.”

— Anna Macknick ’21