Princeton Internships in Civic Service
Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS) is an alumni founded program with the John H. Pace, Jr. '39 Center for Civic Engagement that provides Princeton undergraduates paid summer internships in nonprofit organizations. As PICS interns, students live into Princeton’s informal motto, "in the nation's service and the service of humanity," by:
Engaging in meaningful service opportunities
Serving with community partner organizations in the U.S. & abroad
Connecting academic lessons to real-world problems
Developing leadership skills
In 2020, more than 500 undergraduates applied to 200 PICS internship positions.
PICS was founded by alumni from the Class of 1969 at their 25th reunion in 1996. Urged by the Class of 1955 (led by Ralph Nader and five of his classmates) to do something special and significant, they created the Class of 1969 Community Service Fund to offer Princeton undergraduates paid summer internships in nonprofit organizations. PICS has flourished for over two decades under the leadership of dedicated alumni from the classes of ‘63, ‘66, ‘67, ‘69, ‘70, ‘72, ‘75, and ‘77.
The PICS Model
PICS is a transformative experience that thrives at the intersection of students, community, and alumni. Students benefit from immersive summer internship opportunities in collaboration with community partners serving on the front lines of healthcare, education, the environment, and more. Alumni partners guide students as they grow from these professional experiences and introduce students to the Princeton alumni network. Many PICS students, community partners, and alumni form relationships that extend years beyond the initial internship experience.