Chapter 7.1: Summer Internships
by Shubham Chattopadhyay, last updated 10/31/2016 by Shubham Chattopadhyay
Summer internships can seem like a burden, right? You already have classes, clubs, a ton of other activities going on… and then you have to start thinking about the summer - and the deadlines start rolling in from October or November on! No worries, the good news is that Princeton has a ton of different things to offer. A couple tips and resources are below, but they are by no means a complete list - there’s always some hidden jewel that students don’t know as much about, so just scour through Princeton websites, and you could stumble upon something really amazing! (Note that all internship programs are usually application based, and please note the different deadlines on each of the websites).
- IIP - International Internship Program, found here. Offers service oriented and research based internships around the globe, paid for by Princeton (though you control the budget, to a certain extent). Tons of people apply, but also many get in (especially popular among freshmen and sophomores).
- PICS - Princeton Internships in Civic Service, found here. As in the title, they are usually service oriented yet many research opportunities (especially health related) are also included. These opportunities are domestic in nature.
- The PACE center has opportunities beyond PICS; these include the Davis Project for Peace and Refugee Camp Placement, among others. Make sure to scroll through their website!
- Princeton career fairs (both the regular as well as STEM): they are admittedly leaning towards coding and finance internships, but sometimes engineering, business development, and other areas pop up in these fairs. Ensure to come prepared with your resume, and check them out (usually occur in October/November in the fall).
- Traveling on Princeton’s dime? You’d be surprised! There are a ton of different programs through which these can be done.
- Career Meet ups and info sessions can be helpful too. Make sure to read the Princeton Career services emails and HireTigers.
- If you’re interested in research, a plethora of REUs are available. These can usually be found online (just google “REU near” where you’ll be living), or through your department (which sends out emails regarding these opportunities).
- Research on campus (you can apply for funding to pay for housing on campus); to find a research position, email the professor (whose research you are interested in) around December or late November.
- For more summer research programs, check out this website!
- The Keller Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation hosts both summer research as well as business development internships across the globe. They also contain an “E-lab” on campus in which you can apply to help your own start-up company to ramp up and incubate, with Princeton funding. Please see here!
- Volunteering in nonprofits (or even hospitals) - just find nonprofits and hospitals in your area, and shoot them an email or apply through their website. You’d be surprised at how powerful the Princeton brand is, make sure to use it!
- Leverage the princeton.edu! Apply through company websites in industries you’re looking into, from pharmaceuticals to advertising to whatever you’re interested in. Again, you’d be surprised that sending an email through the “@princeton.edu” catches people’s eyes, so take a chance and go for it!