Princeternship FAQs

Below you will find some of the most commonly asked questions about the Princeternship program. If you have any questions not covered here, Please email Rachel Jimenez, Assistant Director, Student/Alumni Engagement Programs, or call 609-258-3325.

What is the difference between a Princeternship and an internship?
How can the Princeternship Program benefit me?
Which career fields or industries are represented?
When do Princeternships take place?
When is the deadline to apply?
Who is eligible to apply for Princeternships?
How do I apply?
How Many Princeternships May I Apply For?
Do I need work experience in order to participate?
What are my responsibilities during a Princeternship?
Am I responsible for transportation or other expenses?

About the Princeternship Program

What is the difference between a Princeternship and an internship?

Princeternships are short-term (1-3 contiguous days), offer no pay and are hosted by alumni to help you 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.

How can the Princeternship Program benefit me?

During a Princeternship, you will “shadow” the host through a typical day’s activities. Your Princeternship might include meetings, informational discussions with various divisions, tours of the organization and general observation of business proceedings. There are various ways you can benefit from participating:

  • Explore a career field of interest, without the commitment of an internship.
  • Gain "first-hand" knowledge of a real work environment and on-the-job etiquette.
  • Uncover possible internships and careers.
  • Connect directly with an alum host, who can serve as an excellent resource for career, job and internship advice.
  • Learn about resumes, cover letters, interviewing through the application experience.

Which career fields or industries are represented?

Princeternships cover a wide range of industries and career fields. Past opportunities have included journalism/communications, marketing/PR, architecture, business, engineering, law, education, government/public policy, medicine and nonprofit/public service. During the application dates, you may log onto TigerTracks to view the complete list of opportunities (search for "Princeternship").

Dates and Deadlines

When do Princeternships take place?

  • January 6-10, 2014 (Reading Period)
  • January 27-31, 2014 (Intercession Break)
  • March 17-21, 2014 (Spring Break)

When is the deadline to apply?

  • The deadline to apply for January Princeternships (Reading Period & Intercession Break) is November 5, 2013. Winter Princeternship openings will be viewable on TigerTracks in October. 
  • The deadline to apply for March Princeternships (Spring Break) is February 10, 2014. Spring Princeternship openings will be viewable on TigerTracks in January.

The Application Process

Who is eligible to apply for Princeternships?

Princeternships are open to all undergraduates currently enrolled at Princeton.

How do I apply?

All applications must be submitted through TigerTracks.

  • Search for opportunities using the "employer search" option with the keyword "Princeternship" or use the "1-click search" link.
  • Submit your resume and cover letter by clicking "apply" to each one you are interested in. Be sure that your resume and cover letter are current and polished. If you need help, schedule an appointment with us.
  • Address your one-page cover letter of 3-4 paragraphs to Career Services and include (1) how this Princeternship would help you explore your interests and (2) what you hope to gain.

If selected, you will receive an email instructing you to sign up for an interview slot through TigerTracks.

How Many Princeternships May I Apply For?

You may apply for a maximum of two Princeternships, but you will only be placed into one. Please indicate your first choice in your cover letter if you apply for more than one.

Do I need work experience in order to participate?

Princeternships are designed to introduce you to fields and careers that may be of interest. Therefore, you are not expected to have prior work experience. What is important is particular interest in the field and demonstrated ability to maximize this opportunity.

During Your Princeternship

What are my responsibilities during a Princeternship?

If you accept a Princeternship, you will be expected to attend an orientation session, at which time you will be asked to sign a statement of commitment. You will also write a blog, which will be viewable to the public. In addition, you may also be asked to provide feedback to Career Services.

Am I responsible for transportation or other expenses?

Yes. You are responsible for your own costs, including transportation, housing and meals. Please apply for Princeternships based on your residence during breaks and only apply to those within a commutable distance.