- Find out about CBLI's Fall 2014 course offerings
- Community Research Open House: Monday, September 15 (1:00-3:00pm) Come talk to CBLI staff and students to learn more about research opportunities for your independent work with local non-profit organizations!
- Congratulations to the 2014 Dean Hank Dobin Prize winners!
- The Trenton Project website is available! View the micro-documentaries created during the spring 2013 course URB 202: Documentary Film and the City. (more details available on our News page)
The Community-Based Learning Initiative (CBLI) connects students' academic work with their interest in and concern for the communities around the University. Working with local nonprofits, students develop research projects, collect and analyze data, and share their results and conclusions, not just with their professors, but also with organizations and agencies that can make use of the information. Working with CBLI, students can do community-based research in courses, as a summer research internship, and as part of their junior paper or senior thesis.
"Before I did my internship with CBLI, I only knew I wanted to work in the nonprofit field. After working with Sustainable Princeton, I not only increased my knowledge about environmentalism, but also developed a more specified passion for a nonprofit career. I look forward to working with similar organizations in the future."
Meredith Armstrong '14
"I felt that I was able to live what I was learning. The theoretical frameworks were no longer mere abstract concepts but an actual reality."
SOC 227 student
"I expected this position to allow me to do meaningful and interesting work and have a generally pleasant experience. I didn't expect to be so truly inspired by the work being done by the Trenton Health Team. This internship did more than appeal to my interests; it sparked passion."
Rachel Buckle '13, CBLI Summer Intern 2012
"I chose to do a CBLI project with HiTOPS because I wanted to conduct meaningful research to benefit my peers."
Storm Portner ’14
From your first semester at Princeton, through your senior thesis, your academic research can provide practical benefits for community organizations. Meanwhile, by working with them you will learn about the context of social issues from experts in the field and from people who are living the experience.
Independent Community-Based Research (JP or Senior Thesis)