The Internship Program is a novel and central dimension of the Grand Challenges educational agenda. With opportunities around the globe for undergraduates from diverse academic backgrounds, the Internship Program is shaping a generation of Princeton students with international exposure and hands-on problem solving experience, uniquely preparing them for lives distinguished by service and leadership.
Internships include assignments with faculty research projects as well as positions with national laboratories, government organizations, and industry and not-for-profit enterprises. Over half of the internships are located overseas.
The Internship experience promotes more thoughtful and refined senior thesis projects that reflect multiple years of academic inquiry involving course-related fieldwork, internship assignments, and independent study. Ambitious students entering the Grand Challenges Program in their freshman year create four-year uninterrupted learning experiences by bridging sequential years of a traditional academic program with summer internship and research experiences.
All students participating in the program are mentored by Princeton faculty or by the faculty or professional staff of participating host organizations throughout their internship placements with a goal of complementing their academic course of study and advancing personal career objectives.
Upon return to campus in the fall, Grand Challenges interns participate in a Summer of Learning Symposium. The Symposium allows students to share details of their internships with fellow interns, faculty, and research staff and to discuss plans for future research and independent work.