PICS interns, from as early as their freshman summers, work in 8-10 week paid summer internships at nonprofit organizations. The internships span across the United States and abroad. Their work exposes them to cutting edge research, the challenges of climate change and energy policy, advocacy on behalf of the poor or marginalized, the struggle to maintain arts and cultural organizations, bridging the educational achievement gaps, civic service on the city, state, and federal level, environmental sustainability, and global health. PICS interns come from diverse backgrounds and a wide range of academic interests but are united in their desire to contribute to society and go forth from Princeton to lead and to serve.
I got to see first-hand a lot of the problems facing people who don’t always get much attention — the poor, the disabled and the undocumented. For me, there’s nothing more satisfying than knowing your actions contributed to aiding someone in their time of need. I am a sociology major and I’ve really grown as a thinker and a doer by combining sociology lessons with my internship experience.
— Xiaonan April Hu, Class of 2014