Internships, Funding, and More…

by Casey Brown ’14

Last Friday, Career Services hosted the All-Princeton Resource Fair for Summer Internships and Funding. The fair featured a wide array of internship and funding opportunities offered around campus–from the Lewis Center for the Arts to the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment.

“The variety of programs and departments represented at the All-Princeton Resource Fair is a true testament to the impressive opportunities available through Princeton,” said Andrea Rydel, CS’s Assistant Director of Internships & Career Counseling, who spearheaded the fair.

IMG_0416Lasting for three hours, the fair hosted 22 programs and 542 students attended. Every year, students find excellent opportunities for work, study, research, and exploration through Princeton-specific programs.

As Rydel explains, “Summer opportunities can transform your undergraduate education experience.”

Among the students at the fair was Martina Fouquet ’16. She offered straight-forward advice for fellow students about career and summer plans, “Always explore.”

“Keep your options open,” said Fouquet. “Even if you have one field you’re really interested in, always make sure that you don’t close the door on another field you might be interested in. (Follow your heart if) it is pulling you somewhere.”

If you weren’t IMG_0201able to make it to the fair, here are some Princeton-specific opportunities you may not know about. Visit the Career Services website for a comprehensive list of Princeton-specific programs and opportunities.

Council of the Humanities
Princeton undergraduates, including seniors, may apply for grants of up to $3000, funded by the endowment of Edwin F. Ferris, Class of 1899, for summer internships in writing, publishing, and journalism, both print and electronic media. The goal is to help students acquire experience in news organizations, including television networks, and in companies that publish books, magazines or other journals. The grants are administered by the Council of the Humanities.

Center for Health and Wellbeing
The Center for Health and Wellbeing (CHW) is an interdisciplinary unit within the Woodrow Wilson School, which seeks to foster research and teaching on the multiple aspects of health and wellbeing in both developed and developing countries. CHW is home to the Program in Global Health and Health Policy (GHP) and to the Health Grand Challenge.

Davis International Center
The Davis International Center is committed to providing services and programs that support the growth, development, and welfare of international students and scholars on multiple levels—immigration regulatory advising and processing, cultural adjustment, social enrichment, and assistance with practical matters related to living in the U.S. The Davis IC also acts as a center for cultural and educational programming that advances cross-cultural understanding and interaction between U.S. and international students and scholars and promotes cultural competency across the University.

Princeton Entertainment Internship Program
This collaboration between Career Services, the Princeton in Hollywood alumni group, and Marc Rosen ’98 (Founder, Georgeville Entertainment) provides internship and full-time opportunities within the entertainment industry (film, TV, music). Past participants have interned at companies such as Sony, IMG, CW, Showtime, Georgeville TV, Half the Sky, Shine America, Branded Entertainment, Underground Films, and many more.

Looking Forward

Still trying to figure out job/summer plans? Coming up next semester are more fairs, including the Summer Internship Fair, Nonprofit Career Fair and the Start-up Career Fair.

When it comes to fairs, a little preparation can help you present yourself a pro.

As Anne Haque ’17 recommends, “Come prepared with some questions or at least a background on what you’re interested in or get the information you need.”

Find more tips here and a list of upcoming Career Fairs on TigerTracks.

Career Services To Host “First-Ever” All-Princeton Resource Fair for Summer Internships & Funding

As soon as you set foot on Princeton’s campus, hundreds of summer opportunities are available to you —study abroad programs, summer internships, summer fellowships, and more. There are so many opportunities and so many paths to consider. Where do you start?

Navigating campus resources can be overwhelming. The good news is that an event is fast approaching where you’ll be able learn about a variety of Princeton resources for internships — all in one place. On November 16th, Career Services will be hosting the All-Princeton Resource Fair for Summer Internships & Funding.   From 1-4 pm, Frist Lower Level will turn into your “one-stop smorgasbord” for internship opportunities and funding options.

“This fair is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the different internship programs and funding options available specifically to Princeton students,” said Jennifer Prudencio, Assistant Director of Internships and Career Counseling and fair manager.

“Departments and programs attending will together represent hundreds of intern positions!” The fair will include opportunities as diverse as Princeton’s many departments. “Programs will be representing areas such as nonprofit/public service, arts, education, entertainment, international affairs, entrepreneurship, technology, research, finance, and environment, to name a few,” said Prudencio.

Participating departments and programs (so far) include: Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Center for African-American Studies (CAAS), Davis International Center, Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education, Pace Center for Civic Engagement Guggenheim Internships in Criminal Justice, Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS), Princeton Alumni Weekly (PAW), Princeton Entertainment Internship Program, Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI), Princeton in Asia (PiA), Princeton University Office of the Executive Vice President, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton University German Summer Work Program, Princeton University Investment Company (PRINCO), Princeton University Program in Global Health and Health Policy, Princeton’s International Internship Program (IIP), Princeton-Blairstown Center, Student Activities Funding Engine (SAFE), and the Woodrow Wilson School Undergraduate Program.

One of the advantages of internship fairs is their unique propensity to open up your options. As you wander among the many booths and chat with various representatives, you may just stumble on an opportunity that you never would have considered otherwise. “When I meet with students, I often get the question, “how do I narrow down my options while staying broad so that I don’t miss any opportunities?” said Prudencio. “Coming to this fair will help you do just that: learn about new fields or organizations that you may have not considered before.”

In addition, the fair will display many funding opportunities available through Princeton. “You will also learn about some funding resources for unpaid internships that you may secure on your own,” said Prudencio. “These applications are different from applying directly to an internship position.  Since many of them require that you secure an internship on your own, this can help you to really start thinking outside of the box!”

Representatives from the new student funding portal called Student Activities Funding Engine (SAFE) will also be attending the fair. Students can learn about this new resource, which will help them navigate funding opportunities in one cohesive website.

As Prudencio stresses, there’s no time like the present to start planning for summer 2013. “Many of the applications are still in the midst of preparing to go live,” said Prudencio. “Deadlines for these programs and funding resources may begin as early as December, so this will help you plan well in advance…You can also learn about the application process and how to prepare your own application.”

Planning on attending? Prudencio explains how you should prepare. “You can visit the most up-to-date list of attending programs/departments on TigerTracks,” she said.

“Read about the program on their websites and come with questions. Imagine yourself preparing to apply for these programs – what would you like to know that you can ask in person? Areas to consider include preparing your application, understanding the program’s timeline, and learning about the internships themselves (organizations, benefits of participation, etc).”

Finally, you don’t have to break out the tux for this event. Casual or business casual is fine!