Fall Princeternship site visits provides inside look at careers

"If you're on the fence, consider that wherever your working you're going to spend a lot of time there,” said Jackson Popkin, an alum from the Class of 2013 and software engineer at DonorsChoose.org. “It's a lot of time each week. It makes a real difference working on something you care about, something that's meaningful to you."

Popkin was one of more than 20 alumni and representatives from thirteen different organizations in New York City who spent a day in early November meeting with Princeton students as part of Career Services' Princeternship program.

75 students participated in the inaugural fall Princeternship site visits to get an inside look at possible jobs and organizations, meet alumni and recruiters, and get a better understanding of how career paths play out. In addition to the fall site visits, job shadowing Princeternships are offered during the winter academic breaks and another round of site visits is offered during spring recess.

Students were able to select one of five industry treks: arts and museums, technology, media and marketing, and social impact. Each trek included multiple site visits to illustrate the diversity of organizations in each industry. Site visits typically included overviews from the hosts, tours, talks with multiple staff members and opportunities for students to ask candid questions. 

"I didn't know what to expect, but it was definitely one of the best experiences of my fall break," said sophomore Tomisin Fasawe after his visit to Enigma Technologies and Facebook "People you meet from companies are really insightful and there's a lot you can learn from Princeternships."

Alexis Mikaelian, a member of Princeton's Class of 2013 and a member of the business development team at Enigma Technologies, noted she was impressed with the curiosity and interest from students in what they are doing at Enigma Technologies.

"The most exciting parts of today were catching up with students on campus and being really refreshed by the curiosity and enthusiasm of all the questions and conversations we were able to have together," said Mikaelian.

Scroll through the slideshow above for highlights from the day.