Become a Community Partner

Princeton Internships in Civic Service provides nonprofit and service Community Partner organizations with extraordinary Princeton undergraduate students committed to your mission and to delivering meaningful high-quality work. Bright young adults bring creativity, skills, and energy to the job and produce meaningful work for Community Partner organizations while they explore careers in service. PICS internships are highly competitive amongst Princeton students; we average 600 applicants every year.

We were thrilled to have Brandon on the Policy Matters team as our second PICS intern! We were so impressed with Brandon's resume, as well as his PICS interview that we knew immediately we couldn't just have one! His performance and preparation to his work did not let us down.

—Resource Manager, Policy Matters Ohio

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Our Process

Working with PICS to hire interns allows you to focus on your organization’s mission while we manage recruiting, advising, training, payment, mentoring, and logistics.


What PICS does:

  • Helps Community Partners design projects that will challenge and fully utilize the talents of interns
  • Recruits a talented and diverse pool of candidates
  • Conducts intensive advising with students prior to application to ensure your organization receives a highly qualified candidate pool
  • Provides resumes and cover letters from applicants for your review
  • Offers options for coordinating and scheduling interviews
  • Manages the offer and acceptance process
  • Provides interns with an intensive pre-internship professional development training
  • Provides alumni mentors for interns 
  • Connects interns with summer networking and professional development opportunities


What Community Partners Do:

  • Develop a job description with clearly defined projects and responsibilities that show how a PICS intern can make a meaningful contribution to your organization
  • Offer PICS internships to all returning undergraduates (First Years, Sophomores & Juniors). Offer internship opportunities without restricting them to upper class students or to students who own cars. 
  • Contribute toward an internship stipend
  • Submit an application to serve as a Community Partner
  • Agree to the terms of the PICS Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
  • Review applications from students
  • Make final decisions about hiring
  • Offer mentorship and professional development to interns, for many of whom PICS will be their first professional experience

 

Timeline

Wednesday

9/1/21

Community Partner application opens

Monday

10/18/21

Community Partner application closes

Friday

11/18/21

Community Partners notified of application decision

Tuesday

11/30/21

Deadline for Community Partners to confirm participation

Friday

12/3/21

Student application available online

Monday

1/10/22

Student application deadline

Tuesday

1/18/22

Community Partners informed of applicants

Wednesday - Saturday

2/2 -2/5/22

Interview Week

Monday

2/14/22

Final decisions from Community Partners due

Monday

2/21/22

Final decisions from students due

Tuesday - Friday

2/22-3/18/22

Second round of applications and decisions

Monday

5/16/22

Earliest date internships may begin

 

Funding

PICS attracts top-tier students in part because we ensure that all interns are compensated fairly for their work via a cost-of-living stipend. Interns working in Boston, California, Chicago, Hawaii, New York, and Washington D.C. are paid $600 per week. Interns in all other locations are paid $525 per week. 

Most of the time, Community Partners pay the internship stipend. However, in a limited number of cases, the support of generous Princeton alumni donors allows us to fund internships at Community Partner organizations whose budgets do not allow them to cover the entire cost of the stipend. We encourage all organizations whose missions are aligned with PICS to apply to host an intern, and we will accommodate as many organizations as our funding allows. If your organization cannot fully fund the cost of an internship, committing to contribute partial funding in whatever amount your budget allows is more likely to result in your acceptance as a Community Partner.

Every organization’s situation is different. Please feel free to contact PICS Program Coordinator, Rose Holton (rholton@princeton.edu) with any questions or concerns about funding.

Kyle was a remarkable addition to our team.  He worked to make sure that he understood the team dynamics and how he could add to our team.  He demonstrated maturity well beyond his years.  If I could, I would love to have him as a permanent member of our team!

—Executive Director, Every Hand Joined, Red Wing, Minnesota