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 Princeternship benefit me?
Which career fields or industries are represented?
When do Princeternships take place and when are the application deadlines?
Who is eligible to apply for Princeternships?
How do I apply?
How do I apply for financial assistance for the winter Princeternship?
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 and employers 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 Princeternship options

Fall

This option is a one-day site visit to New York City on the Friday of fall recess. Undergraduate and graduate students will have the opportunity to visit an organization, get an inside look at an industry and possible careers, and meet alumni and recruiters. Transportation will be provided.

Winter 

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 undergraduate students.

This option gives students an opportunity to work on a project and provides a more tangible work experience. This visit also includes shadowing and career education. 

Spring

This option is a one-day site visit to New York City on the Friday of fall recess. Undergraduate and graduate students will have the opportunity to visit an organization, get an inside look at an industry and possible careers, and meet alumni and recruiters. Transportation will be provided.

How Princeternship 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 fall and spring Princeternship site visits provide an inside look at a particular organization and industry, and the opportunity to meet alumni and recruiters at the organization. All options give you the opportunity to: 

  • Explore a career field of interest, without the commitment of an internship

  • Gain first-hand knowledge of a real work environment and job etiquette

  • Uncover possible internships and options for future careers

  • Connect directly with an alum or employer 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/public relations, 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.

Dates and Deadlines for 2018/2019

When do Princeternships take place and when are the application deadlines?

  Application deadline Date of Princeternship Transportation Provided Open to Graduate Students
Fall 2018 Oct. 10, 2018 Nov. 2, 2018 (Friday of Fall recess) Yes Yes
Winter 2019 Nov. 5, 2018 Jan. 7-11, 2019* (Reading Period) or Jan. 28-Feb. 1, 2019* (intersession) No No
Spring 2019 Feb. 3, 2019 March 22, 2019 (Friday of spring recess) Yes Yes

 *Dates are flexible based on alumni and student availability. 

The Application Process

Who is eligible to apply for Princeternships?

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

How do I apply?

All applications must be submitted through Handshake and there will also be a required survey to rank your preferred location. 

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

For Fall and Spring Princeternship Site Visits: There will be not be an interview process. Students will be notified by email if they are selected to participate in a site visit.

How do I apply for financial assistance for winter Princeternship?

The Scholars Institute Fellows Program (SIFP) is providing financial assistance for winter Princeternships to students who qualify and apply for funding. To be eligible, students must qualify for Princeton University’s financial aid program and be part of the SIFP program.

If you are eligible for financial aid but not currently part of SIFP, you can still apply for Princeternship funding as long as you sign up to participate in SIFP prior to completing your SAFE application and participate in SIFP as a member in good standing for the 2018-19 academic year. To apply, search for INTERNSHIP funding, select the SIFP opportunity in SAFE, and submit an application. The SIFP SAFE opportunity opens on Sept. 21. If you are applying for financial assistance, your SAFE application, SIFP application (if you are not already a member) and Princeternship application are all due Nov. 5.

When submitting the SAFE application, include a budget and possible dates based on your first choice winter Princeternship opportunity. The formula for calculating your budget is available on the SIFP website. Please note that budgets not based on this model will not be accepted. If you are accepted for a Winter Princeternship, you will be able to upload a document with describing the specific plans for the Princeternship you’ve been awarded and an updated budget based on the funding model provided. 

Visit the SIFP site for more details. If you have additional questions about funding, please email Dr. Ashlee Shaw, associate director for SIFP.  

How many Princeternships may I apply for?

You can apply for a Princeternship during each session (fall, winter and spring). 

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?

Fall 2018 Princeternship site visits: Career Services will provide transportation by bus to New York City.

Winter 2019 Princeternships: You are responsible for your own costs, including transportation, housing and meals, though you can apply for financial assistance for this option. 

Spring 2019 Princeternship site visits: Career Services will provide transportation by bus to New York City.