Princeton Internships in Civic Service
(PICS) are substantive summer internships for Princeton students in non-profit organizations located across the country
and around the world. All of the organizations in the program are carefully chosen for their commitment to effecting systemic
social change. Each internship is created exclusively for a Princeton student, and the goal of the program is to provide an
educationally enriching experience for the intern.
Internships are 8-10 weeks in length, and an intern will receive
a weekly stipend of $450, unless otherwise noted in the organization's internship description, for the duration of the internship.
Work-study funding may be different; please click here for more information about Princeton financial aid requirements over the summer.
International funding differs.
All Princeton students are encouraged to apply. Some internships
are not open to seniors and are noted as such. Please note: if you will be abroad in the spring, you must
meet with us prior to leaving campus if you plan to apply. We will not accept applications from students who
do not meet with us.
International students are welcome to apply for any internship. However,
as PICS interns are generally placed on the payroll of the host organization, students are responsible for their own
visa status and must determine before they apply whether they will be eligible to work in the United States through Optional
Practical Training. Please contact the Davis International Center for more information.
Detailed internship evaluations written by former interns are available in the
PICS office (Frist 201G).
Once an intern is placed with an organization, the intern is paired with an alumni
partner. This Princeton graduate provides support and guidance to the intern over the course of his/her internship.
Many interns have formed long-lasting relationships with their alumni partners.
Interns are required to work with their host organizations to determine pay schedule and internship dates. PICS interns
are typically placed on the payroll of their host organization and are responsible for any and all tax liabilities. Federal
work-study students may be paid through the Office of Student Employment. International funding differs.
Most of our internships do
not provide housing. Please consider travel and housing expenses before submitting an application. Reasonably priced housing
can often be obtained from universities, alumni networks, regional associations, and other programs in the area. For more
information about summer housing, please visit Career Services' housing resource. A mandatory
orientation session will be held in early May. At orientation, interns will learn about how to make the most
of their internship experiences, meet fellow PICS interns, and hear from former interns.
Summer seminar series may be organized in New York, Boston, and Chicago. These seminars give interns the opportunity
to learn about other non-profit organizations. Interns in Washington, DC, are encouraged to participate in the Princeton-in-Washington
program administered by Career Services. These summer programs provide great networking opportunities and enrich the internship
Each PICS intern must submit an evaluation
of the internship within two weeks of completing the internship. Once back on campus, interns will attend a fall reception and share their experiences with other interns as well as with alumni and University
PICS application deadline for 2013 is January 18, 2013. Online application will be available December 6, 2012.
descriptions for summer 2013 can be found here or in TigerTracks.
In addition, more
detailed information on each internship, including former intern evaluations, can be found in the files in the PICS office.
2013 PICS Partner Organizations
Albert Einstein School of Medicine/Montefiore
American College of Radiology (ACRIN)
American Indian Center, Inc.
Art Museum of West Virginia University
Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
B-SAFE - The Bishop's Summer Academic & Fun Enrichment Program
Baker Industries, Inc.
Boston Children's Hospital
Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program
CATA - Farmworker Support Committee
Center for Public Integrity
Children's Hospital at Montefiore
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
National Medical Center - Surgery
Children's National Medical Center - Volunteer Services
Children's National Medical
Center, The Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation
City of Santa Fe Arts Commission
of Mercer County
Descanso Gardens Guild
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
Jumpstart for Young Children
Lawyers for Children
Legacies of War
Legal Action Center
Legal Services of New Jersey
Mercer Street Friends Food
Montefiore Medical Center
Montefiore-Einstein Center for Bioethics
My Friend's Place
to End Domestic Violence
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
New York Public Library
North Star Academy
Office of Community Partnerships
Poverty and Race Research Action Council
Summer Journalism Program
Quebec-Labrador Foundation/ Atlantic Center for the Environment (QLF)
Slavic Village Development
Supportive Housing Network of NY
Tennessee Justice Center
The Resource Foundation
uAspire (formerly ACCESS)
Umoja Student Development Corporation
US District Court, Eastern District of NY
University School of Medicine
West Virginia University Hospital and Department of Psychology