2021 Annual Report

Introduction

Dear students, community partners, alumni, and friends of Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS),

Greetings from Princeton, where we have been especially excited to welcome back our undergraduate students on campus after an unusual year of upheaval. Amidst all the ongoing challenges of this time, we are more committed than ever to our goal of offering Princeton undergraduates paid and mentored summer internships in community service and civic engagement. Year after year, we see how these opportunities seed connections, learning, and growth -- and we are honored to be part of this process.

We offer this annual report to share our excitement about all that our alumni, students, and community partners made possible this year, and to invite you to be a part of the difference PICS internships make. 

With Tiger cheers,
 

Emily Sharples

Emily Sharples

Class of 1969 Princeton Internships in Civic Service Program Director

Rose Holton

Rose Holton

Princeton Internships in Civic Service Program Coordinator

Chuck Freyer

Chuck Freyer '69

PICS Alumni Advisory Council, Executive Committee Chairman

2021 in Review

Bridge from 2020 to 2021

In 2020, the pandemic forced 84 of our internship opportunities to be canceled, as the only safe option that year was a remote one, and some community partners were not able to make that pivot. The original slate of 180 internships was reduced to 96 all-remote opportunities - certainly a respectable number, given the challenges and uncertainties we faced.

What did PICS 2021 look like? Compared to the 96 all-remote internships in 2020, we were able to offer 188 total internships in 2021. Of these, 140 were remote, 11 were hybrid (part remote, part in person) and 37 were able to operate safely in person. 

Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS)    
  2020 2021
Remote Internships 96 140
Hybrid Internships 0 11
In-person Internships 0 37
Total Internships 96 188

PICS Interns by the Numbers

Fortified by our permanent home within the John H. Pace '39 Center for Civic Engagement, we have been able to reach and attract a large, diverse, and well-prepared pool of applicants. The PICS program in recent years has attracted over 500 student applicants, and despite the unusual pandemic circumstances of last year, was able to attract 478 students.

At PICS we share the University’s commitment to expanding the diversity of its student body and  to increasing access to opportunities for underrepresented students. We have strived to work closely with campus partners to reach a diverse group of students, and are proud that 25% of our selected student interns in 2021 identified as first-generation or low-income (for reference, 22% of incoming Princeton students identify as first-generation). 

While PICS Interns are distributed across all class years, internships were especially popular among rising sophomores (41%).  Approximately 24% came from the Class of 2022 and 35% from the Class of 2023.

PICS 2021 Interns by Class Year pie chart showing 23.9% Class of 2022, 35.1% Class of 2023, 41.0% Class of 2024

PICS interns also represent the breadth of student interests at Princeton and are drawn from across the four divisions (humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering). Some of the most popular majors among PICS interns are shown below.

Bar graph illustrating breakdown of PICS participants' top five academic majors

Highlights

New Program Director

PICS navigated a sea of changes in 2021. Prominent among them was the hiring of a new Program Director. When presented with a fantastic professional opportunity, Caroline Savage left the PICS team in June of 2021. After an expansive search, the Pace Center welcomed Emily Sharples as the new Program Director in late October. Emily joins PICS from Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs, where she worked on the Graduate Program Office’s Career Development and Alumni Relations team. Welcome, Emily!

Guggenheim Internships in Criminal Justice

Also in 2021, PICS was excited to welcome the Guggenheim Fellows into the program. The Oscar S. Straus II Fellows in Criminal Justice program provides opportunities for Princeton undergraduate students to develop a real-world understanding of legal issues in criminal justice, to learn about policy innovations, to explore their passions for justice, and to consider future careers in fields related to criminal justice. Created in 1996, this program is made possible by the generous support of the Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Foundation. All internships are located in the New York/New Jersey area. PICS happily folded this program into its internship roster, welcoming fantastic new community partners including: 

  • Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES)
  • Correctional Association of New York
  • New Jersey Institute for Social Justice
  • New York Legal Assistance Group
  • Newark Community Solutions
  • Vera Institute of Justice

Summer Engagement

We aim to provide our students with ongoing support and opportunities to connect with peers and alumni as desired throughout the summer. In summer 2021, we regularly corresponded with students to provide guidance and remind of PICS as a resource. In addition, we invited students to join a SLACK workspace to reinforce official messages as well as facilitate more spontaneous and informal peer-to-peer communications over the summer. 

A highlight of our opportunities for engagement with alumni was a series of virtual Coffee Chats, featuring alumni from various fields in conversation with students. Co-mingled with some informal sessions, these coffee chats rounded out our interns’ summer experience:

  • 6/15 Networking over Dessert with Shirley Wu '15
  • 6/17 PICS Game Night
  • 7/7 PICS Cooking Class with Farm School Cooking
  • 7/15 Coffee Chat with Brett Dakin '98 - law, strategy and public policy
  • 7/19 Coffee Chat with Christine Chen '97 - arts administration
  • 8/2 Coffee Chat with Laura Harder '15 - criminal justice/law
  • 8/3 PICS Craft Study Break
  • 8/12 Coffee Chat with Dr. Michael McCrory '00 - medical school

Our sincere thanks to alumni who shared their evenings, expertise, and insights with students over the summer. These events provided students with a valuable window into topic areas, and also inspired them to continue integrating service and civic engagement into their lives beyond Princeton.

Alignment with the Pace Center

Having found a permanent home with the University through the Pace Center for Civic Engagement, the PICS program has thrived. The breadth and depth of access to students, community partners and the resources to prepare them well has provided PICS with a strong foundation for growth and success. Situated within a place that values student learning through service and values alumni knowledge and lived experiences through service, PICS is activating students’ civic responsibility and engagement. With Princeton undergraduate demand increasing for service internships, the PICS program is the exemplar of programs to sustain and enhance paid summer service internships. Alignment with the Campus Life and Pace Center 2020-2025 Strategic Plan goals to develop students for a life of meaning and service empowers PICS to fulfill those goals through the substantive and diverse internship experiences it offers and continues to seek out  with the support of its strong alumni network. We are confident that this coming year will prove yet again that PICS is a hallmark of the University’s informal motto, in the nation’s service and the service of humanity.

PICS Student Stories of Impact

PICS students reflected that their internships allowed them to grow both 1) professionally by gaining practical job-relevant skills as well as 2) personally, becoming more attuned to their own values and gaining a clearer vision for their career path beyond Princeton. 

  • Anika Buch, Class of 2024

    "[My best work experience was] The opportunity to lead a coaching call with a county for the HEALing Communities Study.

  • Lily Feinerman, Class of 2024

    “Because my internship was virtual, I was only able to go into the office once this Summer. Working from home, it was somewhat difficult to see...

  • Julia Kashimura, Class of 2024

    “I used to not like humanities because I am a STEM person, but I realized how important it is to have both.

  • Brad Luo, Class of 2023

    “It was very effective having an alumni partner who I could connect with during my internship experience. Having Dr.

  • Marissa Mejia, Class of 2023

    "[My best work experience was] In short: everything.

  • Grace Rocker, Class of 2023

    “Getting to know my coworkers and feeling like a part of the team! On my first day, I got to know my coworkers on a casual Zoom where I discovered...

  • Ricardo Salas Murillo, Class of 2022

    “My best experience was talking to clients in their native language.

  • Jaimee Simwinga, Class of 2023

    “Through this internship experience I was able to engage in conversation with many different scientists and museum leaders which I found to be...

  • Henry Slater, Class of 2022

    “While a lot has happened in the past year and a half or so that I’m sure will show up in future history books, I think what was most remarkable...

  • Akaneh Wang, Class of 2024

    “I honestly cannot pick my best work experience, because I had such a blast every single day at my internship!

Our Donors 

We are so grateful to generous supporters who made the 2021 PICS program possible. Thank you for your inspirational support of young Tigers and community partners!

Please note the following affliliations: P = Parents of a graduate; F = Friend of Princeton; S = Spouse; h = Honorary member of class
 

  • Lyle Andrews '93
  • Hon W. Gerard Asher '63 P95    
  • Robert Axelrod '69
  • Jaromir Babicka '69
  • Thomas Baker '76
  • Robert Bank '69
  • Katherine Bellin '02
  • William Benjamin '69
  • Victor Berlin F69
  • Dr. Joshua Bilenker '94
  • Dr. Ralph '70 and Barbara Binder S70    
  • Marc Brahaney '77 *86
  • Dina '88 S*90 and Paul Brewer *90 S88
  • Jill Broder '85    
  • Jeffrey Caso '69
  • J. William '69 and Anne S. Charrier h69
  • Teddy Chung '76
  • Sanford and Susan Criner P02    
  • Sally Voehl Dailey '93
  • Brian Danielewicz '02
  • Jennifer '93 S92 h70 h02 and Keith Daniels '92 S93
  • Deborah Danker '75
  • Edwin Davisson '06    
  • Ricardo DeLeon '86    
  • Kathryn Ditmars '87
  • Sarah Dobkin '06
  • Robert and Maura Dughi F69
  • Richard Edwards '69
  • Dr. Martin Eichelberger '67    
  • Dr. Kimberly McCrudden Erickson '93    
  • Lois Chiles F    
  • Shirley Sarna F 
  • Dr. Evan Fieldston '98
  • Thomas Fleming, Jr. '69
  • William Frist '93
  • G. Michael Gehret '69 P01
  • Sarah Dreyfuss Greenhill '02 & Joshua Greenhill '00    
  • P. Michael Gummeson '78    
  • Paul '70 & Heather Haaga h70 P03 P05
  • Randall Hack '69
  • Dr. Emily Henkelman '04
  • Jessica Hickok '02
  • James Hoeland '69 P05
  • Isabel Hsu '19    
  • Earle Irwin '69
  • Dr. Stanley Nider Katz h1921 h80 h83 h85
  • Rault Kehlor '93
  • Richard '69 and Christine Kitto
  • Joseph Kochan '02
  • Maxine and Sam Kosofsky F69
  • Seva Jaffe Kramer h69
  • Scott Kruse '69
  • Sidney Lapidus '59
  • Grady Lee '93    
  • Eve Lesser '77
  • Staughton Lewis '93
  • Yung Bong Lim '87 & Peggy Lim S87
  • Nancy Lin '77 S76 P10 h76
  • Robert Loveman '69
  • Holly Huffman MacDonald '02
  • Susan and James Manion 
  • Dr. Julian Marshall '96 S96
  • Joseph Marshall, Jr. '69
  • Thomas Martin '70
  • John McCarthy, III '69    
  • Suzanne McSorley '77    
  • Marc Aaron Melzer '02
  • Lori Mihalich-Levin '01
  • Stephen Miller '93
  • Christopher '69 and Catherine Milton S69 P98
  • Alan and Vivian Moore P20    
  • Charlene Huang Olson '88
  • Tom W. Perlmutter '85
  • Mary Catherine Person '93
  • Wade Rakes II '02 
  • Robert Raymar '69
  • Leo Roomets '69
  • John Rustum '87
  • Jonathan Savar '92
  • Leonard D. Schaeffer '69 P00    
  • Stephanie Schragger '93
  • Jennifer Edelstein Scott '09
  • Frank Shannon, III '69    
  • Ilya Shapiro '99
  • Hayden Smith, Jr. '69
  • Mary Strother Sullivan '90
  • Valerie Tomasello '93
  • Toni Yvette Townes-Whitley '85
  • Dr. Laura Dalston Tremblay '93
  • David Tukey, Ph.D. '02
  • Alex Volckhausen '93
  • David Waud '69
  • Charles Eduardo Whitehead II '69
  • Robert Wolk '91
  • Dr. James Yeh '87
     

We are additionally so grateful for the support of the following Princeton clubs, classes, and programs:

  • Charles C Freyer '69 and Judith D. Freyer through the Freyer Service Internship Fund
  • FFR/Princeton BTGALA
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo PC
  • Princeton Classes of '63, '66, '67, '69, '72, '75, '77, '92, '93, '15 and '18
  • Princeton Area Alumni Association
  • Princeton Club of Chicago
  • Princeton Club of Philadelphia
  • Princeton Club of Southwest Florida
  • Princeton School of Public and International Affairs - History & the Practice of Diplomacy
  • Princeton University Center for Health & Wellbeing Global Health Policy Program
  • Princeton University High Meadows Environmental Institute
  • Princeton University Service Focus Program
  • Leonard D. Schaeffer Fellows in Government Service

Our Alumni Mentors 

The alumni mentor experience makes PICS a unique and indelible experience. Thank you so much to our alumni partners, who worked so hard to support our students this summer!
 

  • Scott Alvarez '77
  • Tom Amato '67
  • Sarah Avery '89
  • Robert Axelrod '69
  • Elizabeth Bailey '04
  • Cameron Bell '16
  • Kate Bellin '02
  • Bill Benjamin '69
  • Rachel Bernard '04
  • Dr. Ralph Binder '70
  • Gordon Bonnyman '69
  • Timothy Bowden '04
  • Marc Brahaney '77 *86
  • Bob Brown '69
  • Jessica Brubaker '98
  • Robert Burkhardt '62
  • James Chang '14
  • Christine Chen '97
  • Jacqueline Chu '15
  • Cecelia Coffey '15
  • Haylee Cohen '04
  • Gilbert Collins *99
  • Whitney Cornuke '04
  • Antoine Crepin-Heroux '17
  • Brett Dakin '98
  • Peter Daneker '95
  • Jennifer Daniels '93
  • Debbie Danker '75
  • Jessica Davidoff '04
  • Tiffany Dunbar '04
  • Meghan Duval '92
  • Tracy Ehrlich '87
  • Ogochukwu Ekwuabu '05
  • Robert Falk '85
  • David Fan '19
  • Molly Fisch-Friedman '16
  • Claus Frank '69
  • Charles Freyer '69
  • Mike Gummerson '78
  • Aditi Gupta '09
  • Paul Haaga '70
  • Rolfe Haas '90
  • Connie Hadley '92
  • Anya Hargil '20
  • Sara Hastings '09
  • Colton Hess '18
  • Yu-Sung Huang '12
  • Alex Joel '85
  • Janice Johnston '92
  • Kent Kim '09
  • Nadine Knight '99
  • Kristin Koernig '04
  • Katie Kuga Wenner '04
  • Dawn Leaness '06
  • Anthony Lee '92
  • Ayn Lever '88
  • Grace Li '14
  • Yung Bong Lim '87
  • Bob Loveman '69
  • Marilyn Machlowitz '74
  • Alice Maiden '19
  • Lauren Marlowe '04
  • Emily Master '01
  • Michael McCrory '00
  • John McPherson '89
  • Sue McSorley '77
  • Wendy McWeeny '92
  • Audrey Meng '16
  • Chris & Cathy Milton '69
  • Larry Morris '69
  • Sarah Mutinsky '01
  • Sam Norton '12
  • David Offensend '75
  • Charlene Olson '08
  • Mary Cate Opila '04
  • Jay Parikh '12
  • Marquis Parker '99
  • Avantika Prabhakara '04
  • Katherine Reilly '05
  • Howard Rosen  '80
  • Miriam Rosenbaum '12
  • Jessica Rosenbaum  '92
  • Laurie Rosenblatt  '92
  • Amanda Samuel '92
  • Abdiel Santiago  '16
  • Richard  Schimel  '75
  • Maureen Scott '75
  • Donald Seitz '79
  • Christina Shim '04
  • Eddie Skolnick '12
  • Bruce Sokler '71
  • Carlos Sotelo '17
  • Monique Stanton '15
  • John Stossel '69
  • Frank Strasburger '67
  • Hal Strelnick '70
  • Mary Strother Sullivan '90
  • Theo Tamayo '19
  • Victoria Tang '19
  • Sarah Tantillo  '87
  • Amy Tien '19
  • Rich Tong '82
  • Thomas Tso '02
  • David Waud '69
  • Robert Wolk '91
  • Denise Wong '04
  • Shirley Wu '15
  • Jason Yau '04