Princeternship application process opens for spring

From shadowing a neurosurgeon to meeting with leaders of government agencies, Princeton University undergraduates who participate in the Office of Career Services’ Princeternship Program have the unique opportunity to get an inside look at alumni in career fields that interest them. 

The Princetnership Program matches students with alumni for jobshadowing, enabling undergraduate students to make professional connections over the course of the one to three day visit to their alumnus/a host’s workplace.  Students experience a "day in the life" in the workplace, often participating in board, client or patient meetings, office tours, seminars, case studies and projects. 

Applications for the Princetnership officially open on Jan. 26, with more than 35 Princeternship opportunities in a wide range of industries and sectors including medicine, entertainment, law, nonprofit, financial services and education.   

To apply, students should search for “Princeternship” in the HireTigers System and apply directly to the position and complete the application available in the “survey” tab. The deadline to apply is Feb. 5 at 11:59 p.m.

“The value of the Princeternship Program is its ability to help students make early career decisions through exploration and interactions with alumni who can provide guidance and direction,” said Pulin Sanghvi, executive director of Career Services. “By giving more flexibility to the matching process and allowing students and counselors to discuss in more detail how the Princeternship Program can align with their career goals, we are enabling students to seek opportunities that better align with their unique interests.” 

Career Services will offer walk-in sessions about the program leading up to the Feb. 3 deadline. Students with questions are encouraged to stop by Career Services on Feb. 4 and 5 from 2 to 4 p.m.

“By opening up the dialogue about possible shadowing options between students and counselors, we are hopeful that students may discover Princeternship opportunities they may not have otherwise considered,” said Rachel Jimenez, assistant director, student/alumni engagement programs. “Our alumni community represents so many interesting jobs and career paths and we are fortunate to have a wide variety of opportunities for students to consider.”