Rafe Steinhauer leasing a Tiger Challenge brainstorm

Service Focus can guide you to internship opportunities that align with your passions or interests. With the support of Service Focus staff, you can secure a summer service internship with one of Princeton’s internship programs including:

Center for Health and Wellbeing

The Health Grand Challenge and Fellowship is an opportunity for students to conduct independent research in the field of public health either in the US or abroad. Students can choose from a variety of international health related internships. Every internship lasts from 8-10 weeks. Fellows will receive a stipend that covers living and travel expenses for the summer.

Center for Jewish Life

CJL Service Focus Internship

The Center for Jewish Life Service Focus Internship a summer internship opportunity for Princeton first-year students. It supports student participation in service or civic engagement pursuits, specifically ones with a significant Jewish component.

John H. Pace, Jr. '39 Center for Civic Engagement

Community Action Fellows
Community Action is a week-long orientation program for the first-year class sponsored by the Pace Center for Civic Engagement. Community Action Fellows are responsible for community partnership development, communications, service-learning activities, and logistical planning associated with all aspects of the Community Action program.

Guggenheim Internships in Criminal Justice
Fellows receive a stipend of $450 a week while they intern in various criminal justice non profit organizations in New York City. Although housing is not provided, there are various low cost housing options that past fellows have utilized.

John C. Bogle ’51 Fellows in Civic Service
An opportunity for first-years to design their own internship programs for the summer. Internships must be at least 8 weeks long and be within the United States. During the fall of Sophomore year, fellowship recipients reflect on service and the ways that their experiences connect to their areas of study. Recipients receive a stipend of $4,500. The application includes a resume, recommendations, and a cover letter.

Projects for Peace
An opportunity to organize an independent grassroots peace project. The grant recipient receives $10,000 dollars to execute the project. Applicants must first meet with director Kira O’Brien ( before applying. 

Keller Center

eLab Summer Accelerator Program
Over a period of 10 weeks a team of 3 to 5 students work on startup ideas in order to create viable endeavors. $4000 of seed money is provided to each member of the team, and free on-campus housing is provided. 

Princeton Start-Up Immersion Program (PSIP)
A 10-week summer internship experience for students interested in gaining first-hand knowledge of the world of emerging businesses. Students work in startups in either New York City, China, or Israel over the course of the summer. 

Tiger Challenge
In small teams, students work with partner communities to develop lasting innovations and the joint-capacity to address seemingly intractable societal issues, such as affordable housing and adolescent mental health. Students receive a stipend of $4500 and on-campus housing. 

Lewis Center for the Arts

Student Funding Opportunities
Any student who has taken a creative writing class in the year before applying is eligible to receive anywhere from $1000 to $7500 to fund a creative project. Submit an 1000 word proposal and creative samples.

Office of International Programs

International Internship Program (IIP) 
Provides 200 students 8 week international internships every summer. Each internship includes a financial award that should cover accommodations, meals, and transport. Students can apply to up to three placements. For every placement applicants submit a unique cover letter and resume in addition to the online IIP application. 

Streicker International Fellows Fund
Fellows design their own projects or internships in conjunction with a hosting organization in any academic or professional area, and in any geographic region outside of the U.S. Financial awards range from $4000 to $6000 and cover travel and living expenses.  

Office of Religious Life

For information about summer service internship opportunities within the Office of Religious Life contact Associate Dean of Religious Life Matthew C. Weiner, Ph.D.

Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI)

Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI)
Provides internship opportunities in the fields of Alternative Energy, Biodiversity and Conservation, Climate/environmental science, Health, and Technologies for Environmental studies. Additionally, if there is a different internship that interests students they can propose it to the institute and receive funding. Funding is awarded as needed. As part of the application process students submit a tentative budget to the selection committee. Students can apply to up to three internships. 

Princeton in Africa (PiAf)

Princeton in Africa (PiAf)
Princeton in Africa develops young leaders committed to Africa’s advancement by offering yearlong fellowship opportunities with a variety of organizations that work across the African continent.

Princeton in Asia (PiA)

Princeton in Asia (PiA)
Offers summer internships in Cambodia, China, Japan and Laos. Internships are available in the fields of Education, Public Health and Environmental Studies. 

Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS)

Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS) 
Interns receive a stipend of $450 a week during their 8-10 week internship at a nonprofit organization. Internships range from legal services and public policy to community development, education, and the arts. There are more than 200 internships being offered for summer 2019. Students can apply to two organizations and must apply to each internship separately.

Princeton University Art Museum

Summer Internship at the Princeton University Art Museum

This program provides students with 9 week internships in many different fields. Interns have the opportunity to work in various departments, which could include: curatorial, education, development, information technology, marketing, office of the registrar, publications, or retail and wholesale operations.Interns are placed on the basis of their experience, academic training, and departmental need. The 2019 program will run from Tuesday, June 11 through Friday, August 9. Undergraduates generally work full-time (36.25 hours/week) and are paid approximately $13 per hour (must be available to work the entire nine-week period.) On-campus housing available at no cost. 

Museum Voices Internship at the Princeton University Art Museum

To encourage greater diversity in the museum profession, undergraduate (majoring in any discipline) who are members of groups underrepresented in museum careers are invited to apply for the nine-week Museum Voices Internship at the Princeton University Art Museum. Princeton University students and first generation and under-represented minority students are given priority.

Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP)

Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP)

The Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP) is seeking Teaching Assistants for a rigorous, comprehensive academic and cultural enrichment program that supports high-achieving, low-income high school students from Ewing, Princeton, Trenton, Lawrence, and Nottingham High Schools. Qualified candidates will be organized, energetic, self-motivated students with competency in at least one core academic subject, writing, and/or art, who enjoy working with high school students. An interest in education or college access is a plus. 

Princeton University Summer Journalism Program (PSJP)

Princeton University Summer Journalism Program (PSJP)

The Princeton University Summer Journalism Program (PSJP) is a journalism and college prep program for high-achieving, low-income high school juniors from across the country. Over 10 days, these rising seniors attend workshops taught by Princeton professors, program alumni, and professional journalists and take trips, which culminate in the publication of the student-produced newspaper, the Princeton Summer Journal. Program Coordinators serve as event planners and managers to bring together the 10-day program and also mentor students. Qualified candidates will be exceptionally organized task managers with great attention to detail. They will be energetic self-starters who are able to problem solve, work well on a team, and adapt to a rapidly changing environment. An interest in education, college access, journalism, writing, and/or politics and/or prior experience coordinating/planning events are a plus. Candidates must be eligible for Federal Work-Study to be considered

Princeton Varsity Club

Provides an opportunity to seven varsity athletes to work at a sports camp in Vietnam over the summer. Students co-coach a sport, teach an academic subject, and teach a life skills class. Each student receives a stipend of $4,180 and has to independently provide $1000 to cover travel expenses. 

Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship (ProCES)

Derian Summer Research Internships

This program allows students to propose a full time, 8-week internship with an academic focus at a nonprofit organization, community group, or government organization. Interns receive a stipend of $4,800, which is intended to cover the costs of housing and travel for the summer.

What internships are eligible for Service Focus?

Service Focus takes a broad approach to service. Internships engaging with anything from direct service to advocacy, politics, research, activism, arts, social entrepreneurship, and beyond may qualify you to participate in Service Focus. Internships may be internal or external to Princeton. If you are not sure if your internship would count for Service Focus, reach out to Meg Rooney ( for advisement. 

Geman Kang in NYC working at the New Food Economy

“I think what Service Focus has made me do is not see journalism as a potential career path, but see how I can do it through a service lens. So as I continued interning over the summer I realized that, the opportunities for service are everywhere.”

— Jimin Kang ’21