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How do I apply?
First-year students can apply to join Service Focus anytime during their first year. After first-year students apply, they receive personalized guidance and information on how to align their passions with a summer service internship. Full acceptance into Service Focus happens after first-year students secure a summer service internship. 

How do I get an internship?
Students apply for internships directly through the internship programs at Princeton University that are part of Service Focus. Deadlines and instructions on how to apply can be found through the individual internship programs. 

Once I secure an internship, what do I do?
After you have officially accepted an offer to participate in a summer service internship, you must secure your place in the year-long Service Focus program by filling out the Service Focus agreement form. 

How long is the program?
Service Focus is a year-long program. It runs from the spring of a student’s first year through the spring of a student’s sophomore year. It includes preparation before embarking on the summer internship, the summer internship experience, and connection throughout the sophomore year via coursework, faculty mentorship, and reflection with a close-knit peer group. 

What is a service-related course? 
Just like there are many service internship programs at Princeton, there are a variety of service-related courses at Princeton as well, like those that are part of the Community-Based Learning Initiative, which connects student academic work and research with organizations in the community. More information about service-related courses will be shared in the spring semester. 

Do I have to take a service-related course?
Yes. You will take a service-related course in your sophomore year as part of the year-long Service Focus program. 

How can I see the full list of service-related courses to choose from?
The Courses page outlines the courses available for Service Focus through the Community-Based Learning Initiative (CBLI) and also provides instruction on how to petition a course.

Who is in charge of Service Focus?
Service Focus is a collaboration of the Office of the Dean of the College, the Office of the Vice President for Campus Life and the Pace Center for Civic Engagement

Why is Princeton launching this program?
Service and civic engagement are a central part of what it means to be a Princetonian. To build on this hallmark of a Princeton education, the University is seeking to more deeply connect service and learning. Service Focus aims to do just that.

Who can I talk to about Service Focus?
First-year students with questions about Service Focus can reach out to Yi-Ching Ong, Director of Service Focus, at, or Meg Rooney, Program Coordinator of Service Focus, at, or to set up an appointment for advisement and conversation.