Alumni make all the difference!
Princeton alumni are the beating heart of the PICS program. As an alum, an alumni spouse, or a Princeton parent, sharing your experience and connections with Princeton students gives the next generation of service leaders the relationships and knowledge they will need to be successful as professionals and as changemakers.
As an alum, you can…
- Support an internship by funding a paid summer civic service experience for Princeton undergraduates
- Serve as an alumni mentor to a student during their summer internship
- Suggest an internship by connecting us to nonprofit organizations interested in hosting an intern
- Serve as a regional volunteer by helping to connect interns with resources and events
I give to PICS because I believe that the most lasting impacts in our lives come from personal interactions and connections. PICS exposes Princeton undergraduates to the needs of the many nonprofits that serve our communities. PICS also makes connections between current undergraduates and alumni of all ages, building many lasting friendships and mentoring relationships. In this way, we at PICS hope to make our world a better place.
—Chuck Freyer ’69, PICS Alumni Advisory Council Chairman
PICS offers paid full time summer internship opportunities in high-impact nonprofits and civic service agencies across the U.S. and internationally. To continue to provide students with rigorous internships, as well as to provide community partners with students chosen from a competitive selection process, we rely on contributions from Princeton alumni to support the next generation of service leaders.
Rates vary slightly by internship, but for a 10 week internship, most students earn $5,000. Your contribution goes directly to an intern’s stipend, which enables them to meet their living expense needs for the summer. We are so grateful for alumni who can support an internship in whole or in part.
Benefits of supporting an internship include:
- See your impact. You’ll hear directly from your intern about how your contribution is helping them develop professional skills while engaging in civic service.
- Support an organization that matters to you. Make a difference twice! If an organization in your network could benefit from the work of a dedicated Princeton student, you can make a contribution for an internship at that organization, thereby helping both your favorite nonprofit and a young Tiger.
- A gift to PICS is a gift to Princeton University. Donations to PICS are reflected in your giving history to the University. This includes capital gifts to endowed funds benefiting PICS.
We accept gifts in a variety of forms, with checks and wire transfers being preferred. If you intend to restrict your gift to a specific internship, please include a note about any restrictions with your gift.
- Checks should be made payable to "The Trustees of Princeton University" with “PICS” in the memo and sent to:
Helen Hardy, Alumni and Donor Records
P.O. Box 5357
Princeton, NJ 08543-5357
- Wire transfers are also accepted; contact PICS Program Director Emily Sharples (firstname.lastname@example.org) to request a wire transfer form.
- Gifts may be made over the phone by calling 800-258-5421.
- Gifts of appreciated securities can be made by contacting Alumni and Donor Records (email@example.com or 609.258.0160).
- Endowment gifts can be made by contacting Heather Seagroatt (firstname.lastname@example.org or 609.258.6894).
Alumni Mentors are one of the most important aspects of the PICS program. Drawn from Princeton alumni and alumni spouses, Alumni Mentors are friends, listeners, guides, and advocates to young Tigers. For many students, PICS is their first professional work opportunity, and sharing your life and leadership skills positions the student and their community organization for success. The Alumni Mentor also introduces students to the life-long networking benefits of being a Princeton graduate.
Many PICS Alumni Mentors and interns form relationships that last for years. Mentoring a PICS intern may be the most rewarding part of your summer!
Alumni Mentor Responsibilities:
- Initiate contact with the intern; a minimum of 3 check-ins is preferred.
- Be friendly and available to be contacted by the intern during the internship period.
- Act as liaison, if necessary, to the sponsor organization of the internship.
- Assist the administrators of the PICS program during the internship.
For a complete guide to the Alumni Mentor experience, explore our 2022 PICS Alumni Mentor Guide.
Do you know of great nonprofits, government agencies, hospitals, or other agencies engaged in civic service who could benefit from a PICS intern? Our internships are sourced from Princeton alumni connections, and have enabled us to offer a diverse portfolio of positions to students seeking meaningful opportunities to do professional work while growing as service leaders.
We love hearing about the great work community partners in your network are doing. If you know of an organization that might benefit from a PICS intern, we recommend that you share the PICS Community Partner page with them, and, after you confirm their interest, reach out to PICS Program Director Emily Sharples (email@example.com) to start a conversation.
The PICS Community Partner application process is competitive, and an application is not a guarantee of an internship placement, but with the support of generous Princeton alumni, we can keep growing the number of accepted Community Partners!
Many PICS interns use their internship as an opportunity to explore new areas of the US as they explore where they might like to live and work someday. PICS Regional Volunteers play an important role as ambassadors for their local community, connecting PICS interns with events and resources to help them feel welcome in an unfamiliar place.
Past Regional Volunteers have served in the following roles:
- Lead City Coordinator:
- Help PICS staff organize professional networking events
- Work with PICS staff to engage young interns in networking and career development conversations with local thought leaders
- Alumni Partner Coordinator:
- Help recruit alumni partners for interns in their geographic area.
- Mentor new alumni partners into their roles
- Help organize group outings
- Serve as a PICS liaison with the local Princeton Club or Association.
- Social Media Coordinator:
- Help PICS gather stories from the summer and photos to share with our community
- Social Event Coordinator:
- Help PICS staff coordinate social events to help interns build connections and learn about shared interests in fun and informal ways.
While PICS places interns across the United States and abroad, many PICS Regional Volunteers are concentrated in our hubs in Boston, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and South Florida. If you live in another location, or you have other ideas for how to use your local knowledge to make PICS intern experiences memorable, we would love to hear from you!
Please contact PICS Program Director Emily Sharples (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions or for more information about how to get involved.