Engage in meaningful service
PICS (Princeton Internships in Civic Service) is a multi-class Princeton alumni 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization: a family of board, alumni, current and former interns and community partners committed to civic engagement and the promotion of public service in "the Nation's Service and the Service of Humanity."
PICS offers Princeton undergraduates the opportunity to contribute to social change by working with nonprofit community partner organizations across the United States and abroad. You will learn new skills, develop civic leadership abilities, and provide capacity to our nonprofit partners. You will be exposed to the rewards and challenges of careers in the nonprofit sector and provide a positive impact in a summer of engaged citizenship and the pursuit of the public good, while benefitting from a pairing with an Alumni partner to provide mentorship and an entre into the Princeton network. For many, a PICS internship is a life-changing experience.
My PICS internship here was one of the most rewarding experiences I have had so far – I felt like I could personally contribute to the organization, the community was very open and kind, and the people I met were genuine and welcoming.
—Cathy Chen, 2018 (Curtis Institute of Music)
Community partner organizations will benefit from a highly competitive talent pool of bright, energetic and engaged Princeton undergraduates (we routinely average over 600 applicants, more than 15% of the eligible undergraduate body) that will bring capacity and skill set to your organizations. Many PICS partners have hired on their former interns after graduation and has seen them stay on as volunteers, board members, and donors.
The internship exceeded our expectations. Jumpstart finds that Princeton Interns are always of the highest quality and ability and we are always incredibly excited about their contributions to our team and organization over the summer. They routinely outperform other members of Jumpstart’s summer intern cohort.
—Rachel Madariaga, Supervisor, Jumpstart, Boston, Massachusetts