Center for Career Development
The Center for Career Development assists undergraduate and graduate students, and alumni of Princeton University in all areas of career planning, including exploring career related interests, applying to graduate or professional schools and developing effective strategies for the pursuit of full-time employment, internships, fellowships or other experiential learning opportunities. The career development staff consists of experienced career counselors who are knowledgeable about a wide range of major and career options, graduate school admissions procedures and employment trends. They offer services, resources and programs for students such as individual career counseling, career assessments, extensive online resources, student-alumni engagement programs, on-campus recruiting and over 200 career-related events including professional development workshops, career panels, alumni guest speakers, networking events, employer information sessions and career fairs.
The career development staff establishes and maintains relationships with thousands of employers in a variety of industries to facilitate their connection to students and to provide a broad range of meaningful opportunities and experiences for our students. The HireTigers system is the primary employment and internship portal for Princeton students and features a comprehensive listing of all full-time, internship and fellowship opportunities (and on-campus interviews) posted by employer organizations from a wide range of industries and fields, including for-profit as well as nonprofit. (Please note, many campus offices and centers also list Princeton-specific opportunities within HireTigers to make it easy for students to locate information using one system.) For additional internships, the Center for Career Development offers the UCAN database, listing thousands of domestic and international internships, fellowships and other short-term opportunities. The office’s website also provides access to GoingGlobal, a resource for international opportunities, as well as links to dozens of industry-specific sites.
Summer Research Program
The Office of Undergraduate Research provides a comprehensive database of summer research opportunities which allow undergraduates to obtain hands-on research experience in specific fields. The database can be searched for research program opportunities that match a student's interests.
International Internship Program
The International Internship Program (IIP) seeks to provide Princeton students with the opportunity to experience a work environment abroad that allows them to explore and expand their academic interests and career goals. Immersion in a work environment in a different culture equips students with skills that go beyond the specific internship experience and contributes to their development as leaders in a globalized world. IIP offers guidance and financial support to undergraduates who wish to undertake an 8 week summer internship abroad. The IIP staff helps students to select internships from a list of placements prearranged by IIP as well as to research and secure their own internships independently. Interns have held positions in the media, education, public health, government and nongovernmental organizations, as well as in financial and research institutions. IIP also coordinates the Princeton in France Program which provides students with the opportunity to be introduced to French culture through 4-8 week internship placements.
PEI/Grand Challenges Internship Program
The PEI/Grand Challenges (PEI/GC) Internship Program offers Princeton undergraduates the opportunity to complement their academic interests with hands-on, independent research and project experiences during the summer. Students interested in exploring global environmental problems related to energy and climate, infectious disease and global health, sustainable development in resource-scarce regions of the world, and environmental sustainability are encouraged to apply. Placements through the PEI/GC Internship Program include both domestic and international locations.
Fellowships and Scholarships
The Office of International Programs advises undergraduate students and alumni of Princeton University about fellowships, scholarships and grants. In addition, OIP coordinates all competitions that require institutional nomination to external programs and assists undergraduates who are seeking information regarding funding postgraduate study and research. Visit the Fellowship Advising site to find a complete list of undergraduate awards, major postgraduate awards and other postgraduate awards of interest.
Postgraduate fellowships are funds designated by their donors to support graduate study, enable internships or service, or facilitate postgraduate travel and research abroad. A wide variety of opportunities are available. While many of these awards, such as the Rhodes and Fulbright, involve national competitions, some, such as the Sachs, Labouisse, Dale, and ReachOut56-81, are particular to Princeton. While all awards are competitive, some are more competitive than others. It is important to look carefully at the requirements of each award and speak with advisers to determine which awards are appropriate for you.
Director of Fellowship Advising Deirdre Moloney is available to advise Princeton students about fellowship opportunities and to assist with the application process. To make an advising appointment, visit the the director's WASS calendar, call 8-1998, or stop by the OIP office at 36 University Place, Suite 350 (third floor of the U-Store Building).
Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship
Princeton University has participated in the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program since 1989, when the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation first launched the initiative as a strategy for increasing diversity in the faculty ranks at colleges and universities. Our program identifies highly qualified underrepresented students and other students who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity and provides them with support and mentorship as they prepare themselves for doctoral programs and careers in the professoriate. Fellows are selected in the spring of the sophomore year through a competitive application process. In the junior and senior years, fellows attend monthly workshops designed to enhance research skills and deepen awareness of the challenges and rewards of teaching and scholarship; meet regularly with faculty mentors; attend academic conferences; and build their network of colleagues at Princeton and on other campuses. For more information on program benefits and requirements (including Mellon-designated fields of study), please see the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship website, then contact Dean Khristina Gonzalez (administrative coordinator) or Professor Judith Weisenfeld (faculty coordinator).