Civic Engagement & Public Service
Inspired by Princeton's unofficial motto "In the Nation's Service and in the Service of All Nations," Princeton University's students participate in numerous civic engagement and public service programs. These initiatives enrich communities extending from campus to locations across New Jersey and beyond. The following information highlights areas in which graduate students can volunteer their time.
Pace Center for Civic Engagement
Recognized as the hub of the University’s co-curricular service initiatives and the facilitator for sustaining and expanding Princeton’s long tradition of public service, the Pace Center for Civic Engagement supports the extended Princeton community in identifying and addressing issues of public concern through engaged scholarship, active citizenship, and effective public leadership for the purpose of building stronger local and global communities and societies.
The Pace Center works with graduate students in a variety of ways, including support for their current and new civic engagement activities and help in identifying existing opportunities for involvement. Programs like the Prison Teaching Initiative (PTI) are geared exclusively towards graduate students and their skills, knowledge, schedules, and experiential interests. Other opportunities for graduate students include civic action break trips and direct volunteer service.
General contact information: email@example.com, (609) 258-7260
Programs within organization:
Big Brothers/Big Sisters; SAT Prep; ESL Tutoring; Preschool Reading Readiness; One-Time Annual Projects; and more
Address: Fields Center, 86 Olden St., Princeton, NJ 08540
General contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org, (609) 258-6136
Student Volunteers Council
The Student Volunteers Council promotes an ethic of community involvement and works to foster and strengthen partnerships within our community. SVC builds upon the assets of students and other community members and encourages a holistic vision of our community through awareness, action and reflection. Founded in 1967, the SVC has grown to become Princeton's largest student-run organization. SVC facilitates discussion on community issues, sponsor service trips around the country during breaks, host the annual Community Action pre-orientation program, and coordinates over 40 weekly service projects in Princeton, Trenton and Greater Mercer County.
Programs within organization: The SVC sponsors more than forty projects which work with community organizations in Princeton, Trenton and surrounding areas each week of the academic year. Projects are grouped into seven categories: (1) Education and Tutoring; (2) Elderly Outreach; (3) Health; (4) Mentoring & Tutoring; (5) Social Action & Emergency Services; (6) Special Needs; (7) Youth Outreach.
Address: 22 Murray-Dodge Hall
General contact information: email@example.com, (609) 258-5557
Princeton Internships in Civic Service
Princeton Internships in Civic Service , open to Princeton students in all classes and recent graduates, offer placements in national and international community and public service organizations involved in a wide variety of areas, including community development, education, the environment, group advocacy, health and social services, housing, legal services, public policy, youth services and the arts.
The Fund provides Princeton students the opportunity to explore possible careers in public service and the non-profit sector by bringing their creativity, skills and energy to their internships. Through real-world experiences with their sponsor organizations, interns, produce effective, meaningful work for their organizations. Internships focus on projects emphasizing work in the field, in research or in personal interaction rather than in routine office work.
Address: 12 Stockton St., Princeton, NJ 08542
Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org, (609) 921-7948
Community & Regional Affairs
The Office of Community and Regional Affairs (CRA) serves to link the "gown" or University with the "town" or the non-University communities that surround the University. Implementing the town/gown connection means that the CRA team is the liaison to state and local government officials, as well as to residents living in the region. The Office of CRA sponsors numerous community outreach activities and programs that respond to the general public.
Address: 22 Chambers St., Suite 101, Princeton, NJ 08542
General contact information: email@example.com, (609) 258-3204
Graduate School, Office of Student Life
In addition to the areas above, students can also take advantage of the volunteer opportunities put forth by the Community Associates (CA), Community Programs Coordinator (CPC), and Assistant Dean of Student Life. Recent opportunities put forth by the aforementioned individuals of the Graduate School include: 5K walk-a-thon with the Pace Center; volunteering at the NJ Food Bank in Newark, NJ and volunteering at Loaves & Fishes Soup Kitchen in Trenton, NJ. The CA, CPC and Assistant Dean will continue to provide community service opportunities throughout the academic year.