Princeternship FAQs

Below you will find some of the most commonly asked questions about the Princeternship program. If you have further questions, please email Andria Mirabal, associate director, student/alumni engagement, or call 609-258-3325.

What is the difference between a Princeternship and an internship?
What is the difference between a winter and a spring Princeternship? Do I need to be an alum to participate?
Do I need to be an alum to participate?
How many students can visit my site?
What types of activities do Princeternships involve?
What are the benefits to me and my organization?
What type of work experience or other skills do students bring?
When do the Princeternships take place?
Am I responsible for the student’s housing, transportation or other expenses?
How does the selection process work?
How do I go about listing a Princeternship opportunity?

About the Princeternship Program

What is the difference between a Princeternship and an internship?

Princeternships are short-term shadowing or externship experiences hosted by alumni to help Princeton undergraduate students get the “feel” for a specific career field. Students are selected and matched by Career Services. Internships are longer term (from several weeks to a year), may involve pay and provide a work function in support of the organization. Interns are selected and hired by the hosting organization.

What is the difference between a winter and a spring Princeternship?

There are three different Princeternship options; two during the winter and one during the spring semester. The winter options include:

  • One-day shadowing experience with one to three students focusing on acclimating students to the career path of the host and more about the industry in which they work through conversations, sitting in on meetings and workplace tours.

  • Two- to five-day project experience with at least one alumnus/a host and anywhere from one to three students. This option gives the host flexibility to provide a project for a student(s) and give a student more tangible work experience. This visit would also include shadowing and career education.

The spring option consists of:

  • A single day site visit to a hosting organization in New York City. Students will have the opportunity to visit the organizations, connect with alumni in their workplace and learn about the organization's recruitment opportunities. Transportation will be provided for students.

Do I need to be an alum to participate?

This program is designed to be a student/alumni engagement opportunity so we strongly encourage all participants to be alumni.  If you would be interested in participating in the program and are not an alumnus/a, please contact Andria Mirabal to discuss options for participating in this program and/or other programs.

How many students can visit my site?

This is left to the discretion of the alumni hosts and students matched to opportunities. We recommend no more than three students for a winter shadowing experience and no less than five students for a spring site visit.

What types of activities do Princeternships involve?

Alumni hosts may choose to arrange a variety of activities for students at their workplace to allow them to gain exposure to many facets of their organization or profession. Generally, a student “shadows” the host or other employees through a typical workday. Other potential activities include:

  • Student participation in meetings
  • Case studies
  • Informational discussions
  • Interviews with colleagues
  • Tours of the organization
  • Client site visits
  • Overall observation of business proceedings

Students may also assist with other work-related projects. This gives them a feel for the type of assignments entry-level employees or interns might participate in. Examples include research, laboratory work, data analysis, and editing. Some students may be assigned small projects to be completed as part of a team effort or individually. Click here for more information on Princeternship visits.

Program Benefits

What are the benefits of the Princeternship program to me and my organization?

The Princeternship Program gives alumni hosts the opportunity to:

  • Connect with current Princeton undergraduates (and graduate students during spring site visits)
  • Meet potential summer interns and future employees
  • Increase student awareness of their career field and their organization

To learn more about the student benefits of the Princeternship program, read student blogs from past Princeternship experiences.

What type of work experience or other skills do students bring to the Princeternship?

Since Princeternship is a career exploration program open to all undergraduates, the primary intent of this experience is for students to learn more about their interests. Students are not required or expected to have prior work experience or specific job skills to participate. 

Costs, Dates and Deadlines

When do the Princeternships take place?

Princeternships take place during academic breaks including Reading Period (early-January), intersession Break (late January/early February) and spring recess (mid-March). View dates for the current academic year and registration deadlines.

Am I responsible for the student’s housing, transportation or other expenses? 

No. While the student’s expenses are paid in full by the student, we are always looking for alumni interested in sponsoring students for Princeternships and other activities. If you are interested in sponsoring students, please contact Andria Mirabal, associate director, student/alumni engagement, or call 609-258-3325.

The Selection Process

How does the selection process work? 

Career Services will review and match student applications for each Princeternship opportunity in November (for opportunities during Reading Period and intersession) and February (for the site visits during spring recess) based on the individual student's career interest and professional development needs. Alumni and students will be notified of the matches by early December and late February, respectively.

How do I go about listing a Princeternship opportunity?

If you are interested in participating in the Princeternship Program, please contact Andria Mirabal, associate director, student/alumni engagement, or call 609-258-3325.