Princeton Internships in Civic Service

The Intern Experience


Application Process Timeline

September – October

  • Start thinking about internships! We hope you’ll explore the PICS website and Facebook page to learn more about our internships. If you’re interested, like our Facebook page and we’ll keep you updated!
  • Attend a Career Services “Internships 101” presentation to learn about the various resources available to you!
  • Internship placement descriptions are online! Read through them, pick out which ones you are interested in, and do some research on the organization.


  • The application goes live November 4th!
  • Start gathering your application materials. Write a draft of your resume/CV, and take it to Career Services to work on it.
  • Start thinking about what you want to write in your personal statement.
  • Visit our offices to read evaluations from former interns.


  • Applications due December 7th!

Make sure you hand in all application materials:

  • Submit the online application form
  • Your personal statement
  • Your resume/CV
  • An unofficial transcript, downloaded from SCORE
  • Start brushing up on your interviewing skills! Career Services offers various programs and presentations to help you practice. Remember to Dress for Success!


  • Interviews start and will be held January 7, 13, & 14 You will get an email asking you to schedule an on-campus interview.
  • After your interview, don’t forget to send a “thank you” email to your interviewer!
  • Offers start rolling! You’ll be notified by the PICS office if you were offered a placement! =) You have 3 days from date of offer to respond before the offer is offered to another student.

Late April/Early May

  • Attend on-campus student orientation. This is when you will be formally welcomed to the PICS program, receive a general information packet, and hear from some past interns! You’ll also meet some of the PICS alumni partners.


What Happens Next

Once an intern is placed with an organization, the intern is paired with an alumni partner. This Princeton graduate provides support and guidance to the intern over the course of his/her internship. Many interns have formed long-lasting relationships with their alumni partners.

Interns are required to work with their host organizations to determine pay schedule and internship dates. PICS interns are typically placed on the payroll of their host organization and are responsible for any and all tax liabilities. Federal work-study students may be paid through the Office of Student Employment. International funding differs.

Most of our internships do not provide housing. Please consider travel and housing expenses before submitting an application. Reasonably priced housing can often be obtained from universities, alumni networks, regional associations, and other programs in the area. For more information about summer housing, please visit Career Services’ housing resource. A mandatory orientation session will be held in early May. At orientation, interns will learn about how to make the most of their internship experiences, meet fellow PICS interns, and hear from former interns.

Summer seminar series may be organized in New York, Boston, and Chicago. These seminars give interns the opportunity to learn about other non-profit organizations. Interns in Washington, DC, are encouraged to participate in the Princeton-in-Washington program administered by Career Services. These summer programs provide great networking opportunities and enrich the internship experience.

Each PICS intern must submit an evaluation of the internship within two weeks of completing the internship. Once back on campus, interns will attend a fall reception and share their experiences with other interns as well as with alumni and University staff.