The Internship Program offers Princeton undergraduates a unique opportunity to complement their academic interests with hands-on, engaging, independent research and project experiences through the summer months.
Students interested in exploring and expanding their knowledge of complex global environmental problems related to energy and climate, sustainable development in Africa, infectious disease and global health, and environmental sustainability are encouraged to apply.
Throughout the academic year, PEI hosts information sessions and participates in campus forums that offer insights into identifying suitable opportunities.
Students pursuing majors in the natural sciences, engineering, humanities or social sciences disciplines will find internships in this program that allow them to delve deeper into their field of interest and gain hands-on experience in real-world settings. Such experiences may provide guidance into the selection of junior or senior independent research projects and inform future academic study or career choice.
Students are able to apply to one of several established research positions or design their own student-initiated independent projects. Opportunities are available in faculty-led research groups, local and international NGOs, and non-profit, government, and industry enterprises. All positions are mentored by either Princeton faculty or by the faculty or professional staff of participating host organizations.
Assignments through the Internship Program stretch from the familiar neighborhood of Princeton University to far-flung villages worldwide. See examples of past internship assignments. Participating students receive an award to defray the cost of living and international travel for the duration of the internship, usually eight to ten weeks.
The culmination of the internship program, the Summer of Learning (SOL) Symposium, takes place on campus in the fall. During this event, students convene to share their insights and experiences with one another and faculty.
The SOL symposium ignites a productive dialog among students, faculty, and others, and creates a forum for exchanging information and ideas. As interns, students become part of an extended community of scholars, collaborating and working to address the critical environmental problems of today.
— Alexandra Kasdin, 2014
— Jason Warrington, 2013
— Nicole Sato, 2014