Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS) is an alumni-founded program with the John H. Pace, Jr. '39 Center for Civic Engagement that provides Princeton undergraduates paid summer internships in nonprofit organizations. As PICS interns, students engage in meaningful service opportunities, serve with community partner organizations in the U.S., connect academic lessons to real-world problems, and develop leadership skills.
The PICS Model
PICS joined the University through the Pace Center for Civic Engagement in 2019. It was founded as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 1996 by Princeton University alumni from the Class of 1969 at their 25th reunion.
PICS is a transformative experience that thrives at the intersection of students, community, and alumni. Students benefit from immersive summer internship opportunities in collaboration with community partners serving on the front lines of healthcare, education, the environment, and more. Alumni partners guide students as they grow from these professional experiences and introduce students to the Princeton alumni network. Many PICS students, community partners, and alumni form relationships that extend years beyond the initial internship experience.
Explore PICS summer internship opportunities through Princeton University's Global Programs System (GPS).
PICS offers 8-10 week paid summer internships at nonprofit organizations across the United States, along with a number of international locations. Paired with an alumni mentor, PICS students explore opportunities in research, data analytics, energy policy, advocacy for marginalized communities, arts and cultural organizations, bridging educational achievement gap, service, environmental sustainability, and global health. Several PICS internships fulfill requirements of certificate programs. Many PICS interns have found their internships have influenced their career goals and learning paths. After graduating, former interns have worked for their nonprofits, started their own nonprofits, become alumni partners, and connected PICS with new internship opportunities.
You may apply to up to two PICS internships through Princeton University's Global Programs System (GPS). If you need help narrowing down which two PICS internships are the best fit for you, feel free to make an appointment with PICS Program Coordinator Rose Holton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Friday, 12/2/22, Student application, Round 1, available online
- Monday,1/9/23, Student application, Round 1, deadline at 5 PM EST
- Monday- Saturday, 1/30 - 2/3/23, Interview Week
- Monday, 2/13/23, Final decisions from PICS Internship Partners due
- Monday, 2/20/23, Final decisions from students due
- Friday 2/24/23, Student application, Round 2, available online
- Monday, 3/6/23, Student application, Round 2, deadline at 5 PM EST
- Friday - Friday 2/24 - 3/24/23 Second round of interviews and decisions
- Monday, 4/24/23, Orientation
- Monday, 5/15/23, Students may begin internships
- Summer - Networking and professional development events
- August - Summer projects and evaluations due
- September - Fall Reception
Alumni play an important role in helping students envision how they can live lives of meaning and service while at Princeton and beyond. With PICS, alumni are an integral part of students’ learning and growth. Learn how you can support the PICS program as a mentor or regional volunteer on our Alumni Support page.
Internship partners play an important role in not only facilitating students’ summer experiences, but also serving as guides and educators along the way. Learn how you can become an internship partner with PICS on the Internship Collaboration page.