Guggenheim Internships Application Process

In collaboration with program colleagues at Barnard College and Columbia University, Guggenheim Internships in Criminal Justice is working with students and internship host organizations to ensure that summer internships experiences address both health and organizational needs at this time. If you have questions about what this means for your specific internship experience, contact Kira O’Brien.

Application Process

Each student may apply to two Guggenheim internship opportunities. A separate personal statement must be submitted for each internship to which you apply. The Pace Center staff is available to help applicants more clearly understand the organizations and can provide former intern evaluations upon request. The application consists of an online form, brief personal statement, and resume. To learn more, view our list of 2020 positions.

The application consists of an online form, brief personal statement, and resume. 

All applications are automatically forwarded to internship organizations. At the organization’s discretion, phone or in-person interviews may be held with select candidates beginning in mid-February. 

Final internship decisions are made on a rolling basis by the internship organization, with all interns placed by the end of March. Internship placements will be split between Princeton University, Columbia University and Barnard College students. 

When an offer is made to a student, the student will have five business days to respond to the offer. If the student accepts, all other applicants will be notified and the student is required to withdraw from all other opportunities to which he or she has applied for the summer. Please note that some internship organizations have specific pre-hire requirements. If these requirements are not met, the internship offer may be rescinded by the internship organization. All pre-hire requirements can be found in the internship description.

After Placement

After you accept your internship, you are required to work with your host organization in the spring to determine internship dates and length. Guggenheim interns are paid via a series of stipends from the University and interns are responsible for any and all tax liabilities. Federal work-study students may be paid through the Office of Student Employment.

Housing is not provided for Guggenheim interns. Please consider travel and housing expenses before submitting an application. Reasonably priced housing can often be obtained from universities (NYU, Barnard, Columbia, New School), alumni networks, regional associations and other programs in the area. Former intern evaluations are often very helpful in determining where former interns lived while working at a Guggenheim internship location. For more information about summer housing, please visit Career Services’ housing resource.

A mandatory orientation session will be held in April in Princeton. At Orientation, Guggenheim interns will meet other interns from Princeton, Barnard and Columbia, hear from a keynote speaker and learn more about the internship requirements, including readings, weekly postings, seminars, and the prison visit. 

The internship is supplemented by a robust seminar series, meeting three to four times over the course of the internship to hear from speakers, discuss readings and have the opportunity to share internship experiences with each other. In addition, all interns participate in an online discussion board where interns provide weekly postings on relevant readings and issues, as well as updates on their internship work, the results of their summer learning, and contributions to the organization. 

A day-long visit to a correctional facility is also scheduled so all interns have the chance to observe and reflect upon the incarceration experience. Each Guggenheim intern must complete a final evaluation and a final report at the close of their internship.


Application due – February 15, 2020

Internship organization interviews – early March 2020

Internship organization decisions and offers made – March 2020

Determination of internship dates/length – April 2020