The Internship Program is a novel and central dimension of the Grand Challenges educational agenda. With opportunities around the globe for undergraduates from diverse academic backgrounds, the Internship Program is shaping a generation of Princeton students with international exposure and hands-on problem solving experience, uniquely preparing them for lives distinguished by leadership and service.
As early as the freshman year, students may apply for 8 to 12 week internships that include assignments with faculty research projects as well as positions with national laboratories, government organizations, and industry and not-for-profit enterprises. Many of the internships are located overseas. These paid fellowships provide exposure to cutting edge research on environmental challenges including climate and energy, infectious disease and global health, sustainable development in resource-scarce regions of the world, and environmental sustainability.
The Internship experience promotes more thoughtful and refined senior thesis projects that reflect multiple years of academic inquiry involving course-related fieldwork, internship assignments, and independent study. Ambitious students entering the Grand Challenges Program in their freshman year are able to pursue a seamless uninterrupted learning experience by bridging sequential years of a traditional academic program with summer internship and research experiences.
Students participating in the internship program are mentored by Princeton faculty or by the faculty or professional staff of participating host organizations with a goal of complementing their academic course of study and advancing personal career objectives.
Upon return to campus in the fall, interns participate in a the Summer of Learning Symposium. The Symposium - an annual event to celebrate the students contributions and to provide a platform for them to share details of their internships with fellow interns, faculty, and research staff and to discuss plans for future research and independent work.