Alumni Partners make all the difference!
Partnering is one of the most important aspects of the PICS program. Princeton alumni and alumni spouses who volunteer to be Alumni Partners act as a friendly contact point and source of information for the Princeton student intern, and as liaison, if needed, to the sponsor organization. The Alumni Partner’s presence and availability enhance the summer experience for the intern. Share your professional and life experiences and help guide a young students often experiencing their first professional work opportunities. PICS provides interns with a leadership and professional development seminar, peer support and professional coaching, but Alumni Partners provide them with advice on life and leadership skills in the professional world, as well as introduce them to the life-long networking benefits of being a Princeton graduate. Alumni Partners are friends, listeners, guides, and advocates to young Princetonians. But it is not all a one-way street; many Alumni Partners form long-term mentoring relationships with their interns that go on for years after the internship is just a memory!
- To initiate contact with the intern.
- To be responsive and available to be contacted by the intern during the internship period.
- To act as a liaison, if necessary, to the sponsor organization of the internship.
In my years of serving students with whom I have had the privilege to work have inspired me, made me a better, more thoughtful, more giving person, and have opened my eyes and helped me to see the world in ways I would not have been able to see the world without their intervention. I’m grateful every day to PICS –and to my PICS partner-students – for being a part of my life!
—Sue McSorley ’77, Alumni Partner
I feel very fortunate to have been a part of the PICS internship program over the past several years. Being able to serve as a mentor to Princeton students interning in the non-profit world in New York City has not only been educational but also very rewarding. I have really enjoyed getting to know each mentee and learning more about their internship experiences as well as their aspirations and goals in life. The opportunity to be not only a mentor but also a friend to each of these students has been invaluable. And these friendships that I have built over the years will certainly last a lifetime. I am very thankful for the opportunity to be a part of such an important program.
— Katie Kuga Werner ’04, Alumni Partner
Cathy and I have truly enjoyed serving as PICS alumni partners for the interns who have worked with the folks at BHCHP (Boston Healthcare for the Homeless). We have tried to ensure that each intern has had a stimulating experience each summer, which has given us an excuse to meet each intern relatively early in the internship, and to have a dinner or two as the internship progressed. Cathy and I often reflect together upon the many insights we have gained from serving in this role over the years, and how much younger in outlook (although perhaps not in body) we are as a result.
— Chris Milton ’69 & Cathy Milton S’69, Alumni Partners
PICS Interns Value your Mentorship!
What interns say about their mentors:
Henry is awesome! The alumni partner component was one of the best components of the PICS program. I appreciated that Henry was genuinely interested in learning about me and my work experience, and since he was a former PICS intern and class of 2010, it was easy and enjoyable to talk to and relate to him. I rate Henry a 5 star alumni partner. A+.
— Serena Zheng ’17 Naturebridge intern and Henry Barmeier ’10, former PICS Intern and Alumni Partner.
My alumni partner, Paul Haaga, was amazing. He is one of the most generous people I know and as a board member of My Friend’s Place along with the many other philanthropic activities he partakes in, he had a grasp on the organizations and their goals. Through Paul I was able to see a Dodger’s game and a Hollywood Bowl concert as well as hearing old Princeton stories which I loved. It was great to have him there and I knew he would be happy to answer any questions I had.
— Ariel Becker’17, My Friend’s Place with Paul Haaga ’70 and Los Angeles area PICS Interns
PICS welcomes alumni volunteers interested in becoming an Alumni Partner to a PICS intern, a summer internship lead city coordinator, and/or internship source. Please complete this short form to join us or contact the Executive Director with any questions.