Princeton Internships in Civic Service

History of PICS

Board members at a Class of 1969 Community Service Fund meeting.

Established by the Princeton University Class of 1969 in the belief that community service is essential to the welfare of society and inspired by the rich tradition of Princeton and Princetonians “in the Nation’s Service and in the Service of All Nations.” PICS has become a multi class organization that provides the opportunity for students to explore potential careers in public service and the non-profit sector. Princeton students bring their creativity, skills, and energy to their sponsoring non-profit organizations, producing effective, meaningful work on significant projects of value to the organizations. The internships encompass a wide range of endeavors in national and international organizations, working in group advocacy, legal services, public policy, the environment, health and social services, community development, education, and the arts. Since we began in 1996, we have placed over 600 interns with 172 organizations.

In May 2010, the Community Service Fund entered into a partnership with the Pace Center for Civic Engagement at the University to support PICS. By partnering with the Pace Center, the program expects to expand the internship opportunities available for students, while at the same time broadening the outreach to Princeton alumni with a commitment to civic engagement. The Pace Center will be the gateway through which students will become part of the PICS program, and all student contact with the program will be through the Pace Center.

The vision of PICS is to inspire highly qualified and capable Princeton undergraduate students to contribute with passion and knowledge to the mission of nonprofit agencies as well as provide for meaningful personal and professional growth as the students explore careers in the nonprofit sector. To achieve this vision, PICS partners with nonprofits to provide students a quality internship experience in areas that include:
  • Energy
  • Social Services
  • Environment
  • Public Policy
  • Medical Services
  • Education
  • Arts & Culture
  • Legal Services
Approximately 800 Princeton University undergraduates have participated in PICS since its inception in 1996. A PICS internship has changed students’ lives and helped shape their futures. We encourage you to explore our website to learn more about the wide range of exciting opportunities that are made available to Princeton undergraduate students through the generosity of committed alumni and friends of PICS.