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, associate director, internships and experiential education, 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, without pay and are hosted by alumni to help you get the feel of 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.

Three types of Princeternship options

Winter 2017 Options 

One-day shadowing experience with an alum

This option gives students an opportunity to sit in on meetings and a tour of the office with a focus on getting to know the career path of the host and more about the industry in which the alum works.

Two- to five-day project experience with at least one alum host and anywhere from one to three students.

This option gives students an opportunity to work on a project that could last two to five days and provides a more tangible work experience. This visit also includes shadowing and career education. 

Spring 2017 Option

Single day site visit

This option will be a one-day site visit to New York City on Friday, March 16, 2017. Students will have the opportunity to visit an organization, connect with alumni in their workplace, and learn about the organization’s recruitment opportunities. Transportation will be provided.

How can the Princeternship Program benefit me?

During a winter 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, general observation of business proceedings and potentially the opportunity to work on a project. The spring site visit option provides a greater understanding about a particular organization, in addition to meeting alumni and recruiters at the organization.

  • 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 options for future careers.

  • Connect directly with an alum host, who can serve as an excellent resource for career, job and internship advice.

  • Learn about the job application process by submitting a resume and interviewing for a position. 

Which career fields or industries are represented?

Princeternships cover a wide range of industries and career fields. Past opportunities have included opportunities in journalism/communications, marketing/PR, architecture, business, engineering, law, education, arts/entertainment, government/public policy, medicine and nonprofit/public service. Available opportunities vary from session to session based on alumni availability to participate. During the application dates, you may log into Handshake to view the complete list of opportunities (search for the "Princeternship" job posting).

Dates and Deadlines for 2016/2017

When do Princeternships take place?

  • Jan. 9-13, 2017 (Reading Period)*
  • Jan. 30-Feb. 3, 2017 (intersession)*
  • March 16, 2017 (during spring recess)

*January dates are flexible based on alumni and student availability. 

When is the deadline to apply?

  • The application deadline for the winter shadowing Princeternships is Nov. 8. Winter Princeternship postings will be viewable in Handshake beginning Oct. 3.
  • The application timeline for site visit Princeternships in New York City on March 16 (spring recess) is February 6-20, 2017. Openings will be viewable in Handshake starting February 6 and will be accepted on a rolling basis.

The Application Process

Who is eligible to apply for Princeternships?

Winter Princeternships are open to all undergraduates currently enrolled at Princeton. Spring 2017 site visits are open to all undergraduate and graduate students.

How do I apply?

All applications must be submitted through Handshake

Step One: In Handshake, search for "Princeternship" under jobs. Upload your resume, click "Apply" in the Princeternship job posting. 

Step Two: Fill out the questions on the Google Form associated with the job posting. Links to the questionnaire will be in the description of the posting.

For Winter Princeternships: If selected, you will receive an email instructing you to sign up for an interview slot through Handshake.

For Spring Princeternship Site Visits: There will be no interview process. Students will be notified by email if they are selected to participate in a site visit.

How many Princeternships may I apply for?

You will be able to indicate your top three preferences for Princeternship positions. You will only be matched for one per Princeternship session, however you are eligible to apply for another Princeternship during another session.

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?

Winter 2017 Princeternships: You are responsible for your own costs, including transportation, housing and meals. Please apply for Princeternships based on your location during breaks and only apply to those within a commutable distance.

Spring 2017 Princeternship site visits: Career Services will provide transportation by bus to New York City.