How to Apply for an IIP or PIF Placement
- The IIP and PIF Applications open November 14 and close December 12 (5 p.m.).
- The application review process is not first come first served; we will only look at applications after December 13. Your application has to be complete to be considered.
- When you apply to IIP you will be able to apply to two placements: your first choice and your second choice. You will write one Personal Statement for each one of these two choices. If you have 3rd and 4th choices that you would want to be considered for, you can add those placements in the “Additional Comments” part of the application, but you don’t need to write a Personal Statement for those. We will ask you to write one if you end up being considered for one of those additional choices.
- If you are applying to an organization with several locations, and you only want to go to one specific country, you need to specify that. If you are willing to work for that organization in several locations, you can count that as one of your two choices, and you can address why you are flexible on the location in your Personal Statement.
- If you are interested in both PIF and IIP, please complete both applications. Please indicate PIF as your first or second choice in the IIP application.
- IIP listings in France are for a minimum of eight weeks and focus on providing students with a professional experience in an area of their interest. PIF placements range from four to six weeks and aim to provide students with exposure to French culture and society. PIF students apply to the program, not to specific placements.
- An essential part of your application to IIP will be the Personal Statements that will be read by IIP and by your prospective employers. The Personal Statement serves the purpose of a cover letter but the format does not have to be formal. You will title it “Personal Statement for placement at …”
- The Personal Statement should address your academic interests and your career goals, as well as any other personal/social aspects/work experience of your life that are pertinent to this placement. Your personal statements should reflect that you know what to expect, why you want to work in this particular field or for the specific organization, how you aer prepared to make a good contribution and impact, and what you expect from this job and why it will benefit you.
- Having the right expectations about your work responsibilities and your experience is essential for writing a good personal statement. In order to assess what to expect, researching the company/organization you are applying to and reading the evaluations from students who went previously will be very helpful. You can even get in touch with those students and ask them more questions about their experience.
- The evaluations are in binders in the IIP office, which is open 9:00 am–5:00 pm, on the 3rd floor of the U-Store, Suite 340. **We recommend coming to read previous students' evaluations in the IIP office BEFORE December 6.**
- For internships in Spanish speaking countries, the Personal Statement has to be written in Spanish. Honor Code applies: You have to write the statement in your own Spanish (no peer/professor editing will be allowed). The essay on “How Do You Define Humbleness” is to be written in English for all placements.
- If you have questions after reading evaluations, and/or you need help selecting your first and second choice, make appointment with the Director of the IIP to go over your placement choices. To make an appointment with the Director of IIP, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive instructions to make an electronic appointment and to review a check-list of things to do before the appointment. In advance of your appointment, identify your top five choices from the lists of placements to discuss with IIP. Be prepared to discuss the reasons you are interested in each placement and what qualities you would contribute to the work.
HOW TO FILL OUT THE APPLICATION:
- Please refer to www.princeton.edu/oip/iip/iipapplication for detailed instructions on how to fill out and submit your application.
- Do not fill out internship applications you find on company/organization websites. The IIP has a special relationship with the companies and organizations listed on the IIP website, so much of the information that you may read on company/organization websites about their internships and applications processes will not apply to you.
- Applications are due by 5 p.m. on December 13. You need to deliver one hard copy (of the whole application – online application, resume, personal statements, essay, SCORE progress report, passport size photo (any photo will do that is that size – of your face!) to the IIP office and submit the online application by 5 p.m. on December 13.
- YOU CANNOT PRINT AT THE IIP or OIP OFFICE.
- INCOMPLETE APPS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
- Career Services can help you improve your resume.
- The IIP application does not require recommendation letters, simply references.
- The PIF application does include one recommendation letter, an essay written in French (the essay topic is on the application), an evaluation of your French level, an interview in French, and your resume along with other items noted on the application instructions on the IIP website. You might be required to write an additional essay once we determine to which placement your application will be forwarded.
- During the French interviews a list of placements will be available and you will be able to state your preferences.
- If you are interested in applying to the Global Seminar Program and IIP, you should note your intention to apply on the application. In partnership with PIIRS, IIP offers four-week internship placements that directly follow Global Seminars in select countries. If you are interested in these four week placements, the application to apply for them will be available in the spring.
AFTER THE DEADLINE:
- IIP makes a preliminary selection of applications that will be sent to each employer. Most applications of candidates that meet the employer’s requirements will be forwarded to the employer.
- You will be notified if you were forwarded, and you might be contacted by the employer for a phone/Skype interview.
- If your application is not forwarded, you will be placed on a waiting list. You will also be notified if you are placed on a waiting list. This means that as soon as a spot opens up in one of the placements you have applied to, we will notify you.
- Turnaround time ranges from two to six weeks depending on placement; we do our best to follow up with employers regularly. ONCE THE APPLICATIONS ARE FORWARDED TO EMPLOYERS, WE HAVE NO CONTROL OVER HOW LONG IT WILL TAKE THEM TO REVIEW THEM. We can ask politely, but we cannot insist too much. This means you will all have answers at different times!
ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT:
- Once you are accepted to a placement, you will receive a Commitment form with a time frame specified for when you need to commit. Once you commit to the IIP Placement, you must withdraw from all other options.
- We take this Commitment form very seriously, as we do all of the information you provided in your application.
- Once you have committed to the placement, you will receive instructions to make a pre-departure appointment with the Director of the IIP, where you will receive a checklist of things to address – starting communication with employer to arrange for dates so you can buy your flight, lodging, insurance, visas (when necessary), health exams and immunizations, etc. You will also talk with IIP staff about cultural awareness.
- Flight arrangements, lodging, visa, insurance are YOUR responsibility. We will help you if you need help, and we will provide you with information from previous students.
- You will receive an award that is estimated to cover your flight (if you are on financial aid), your lodging, your meals, and local transportation. This estimate is based on information provided by students who went in previous summers and by the employer. The flight is estimated to be from Newark to the country of placement and back to Newark. All other flight costs (from home and back) will be yours.
- You will be required to attend an OIP pre-departure meeting AND a meeting with Health Services.
- You will have a lot fun while preparing for this great experience!
If you have any additional questions, please e-mail email@example.com.