IIP Placement Application
To apply for an IIP Placement, you must currently be a fully enrolled Princeton freshman, sophomore, or junior. Note: If you are not enrolled at the time of application but will be enrolled during the spring semester, you are eligible to apply.
IIP Placement Applications (online and hard copy) are due by 5 p.m. on December 12, 2014.
2. Resume for EACH placement to which you are applying.
3. Personal statement for EACH placement to which you are applying.
- Your personal statement should include: (a) Why do you want to work in this particular area and/or with this particular organization? (b) How have your academic studies, work, and personal experiences prepared you for this internship? (c) How do you expect the internship will relate to your academic, extracurricular, and/or career path?
4. General essay – submit one copy for EACH placement to which you are applying.
- ESSAY QUESTION: During his recent visit to campus, His Holiness the Dalai Lama engaged students and faculty in a conversation about Princeton’s informal motto, “In the Nation’s Service and in the Service of All Nations.” The entire conversation can be found here. Choose one of the questions that was asked of His Holiness during this session and write a response based on his answer. You may also provide your own answer to the question.
5. Electronic Degree Progress Report/Academic Record from TigerHub – submit one copy for EACH placement to which you are applying.
Follow the instructions below to complete your application. You must complete an IIP application online AND deliver a hard copy to the IIP office. It is extremely important that you follow the file naming / file format instructions below. Otherwise, your application will be considered incomplete and will not be read.
2. Upload a resume for EACH placement to which you are applying
- File name / format: You must save your resume in Word 97-03 or Word 97-04 (.doc). Please name your documents in the following manner: "placement_country of placement_first name_last name_resume."
- Upload your resume here: 2015 IIP Application Resume Drop Box
- Resumes should be written in English. Career Services offers help writing a good resume.
3. Upload one copy of your general essay for EACH placement to which you are applying
- File name / format: You must save your resume in Word 97-03 or Word 97-04 (.doc). Please name your documents in the following manner: "placement_country of placement_first name_last name_essay."
- If you are applying for a Spanish-language internship, it is fine for your essay to be written in English.
- Upload your essay(s) here: 2015 IIP Application Essay Drop Box
4. Upload a personal statement for EACH placement to which you are applying.
- File name / format: You must save your resume in Word 97-03 or Word 97-04 (.doc). Please name your documents in the following manner: "placement_country of placement_first name_last name_PS."
- Please put your full name and the name of the placement at the top of your personal statement
- Please address the following questions in your personal statement(s): (a) Why do you want to work in this particular area and/or with this particular organization? (b) How have your academic studies, work, and personal experiences prepared you for this internship? (c) How do you expect the internship will relate to your academic, extracurricular, and/or career path?
- If Spanish is the working language of the internship, your personal statement should be written in Spanish. For all other languages, the personal statement should be written in English. Note: For personal statements written in Spanish: It is very important that the level of Spanish demonstrated in the personal statement reflect your actual language skills. The personal statement is used in part to make an appropriate match between you and a placement's work responsibilities. If that match is made based on an inaccurate understanding of your language skills, the employer will not be able to re-design work responsibilities and you are likely to be assigned clerical duties.
- Upload your personal statement(s) here: 2015 IIP Application Personal Statement Drop Box
5. Upload a copy of your Electronic Degree Progress Report / Academic Record from TigerHub for EACH of the placements to which you are applying. Click here for instructions.
- File name / format: You must save your transcript as a .pdf . Please name your documents in the following manner: "placement_country of placement_first name_last name_transcript."
- Upload your unofficial transcript here: 2015 IIP Application Transcript Drop Box
6. Submit a hard copy of your completed application:
Deliver a single hard copy of the following materials to the Office of International Programs, 36 University Place, Suite 350 (U-Store Building). Please note that you may not print your materials in the OIP office.
- Completed online application (print the confirmation screen or confirmation e-mail)
- Resume (for each placement)
- Essay (two copies)
- Personal statement (for each placement)
- Degree progress report/Academic record from TigerHub
- Passport-sized photo (the photo does not have to be an official passport photo, just approximately passport-sized; color is preferred, but black and white is acceptable as long as the photo is presentable to an employer; if possible, please print on photo paper or cover stock, but photos on normal paper will be accepted).
Princeton in France: If you are also applying to Princeton in France: You must note PIF as your first or second choice on your IIP application and then also complete the PIF application process. You do not need to submit a personal statement for PIF with your IIP application; you only need to write the essay required as part of the PIF application.
Funding: If at any time--from the moment you submit your IIP application to the last day of your IIP internship--you apply for or receive funding from any other source at Princeton, you are required to inform IIP.
Senior thesis funding: If the thesis research you plan to conduct is expected to take place during the term of your internship, you are not eligible for Senior Thesis Research Funding. Exceptions may be made with the explicit recommendation of the IIP. If you wish to inquire about exceptional approval, please consult the IIP before submitting this application.
Selection process: For most internships, the selection process has two phases. IIP makes the initial selection of the best candidates for each internship by evaluating all applications for each internship and selecting the top five candidates. These candidates' applications are then forwarded to the relevant employer for review. Each employer then selects the number of candidates that they can host (some will be able to host only one; others two or three).
- Please note that some employers have longer decision-making processes. IIP puts forth its best efforts to expedite the entire application process; however, much of the final decision-making is out of IIP's control.
Commitment Form: All students offered an internship must sign a Commitment Form before receiving their funding award.
Partnerships: In the list of IIP Placements, you will find some internships offered in partnership with other programs and academic departments. These partnerships are noted at the end of internship descriptions. IIP Partners help to create and fund IIP Placements.
Information from other offices at Princeton, e.g. residential colleges, Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students, University Health Services (with student’s consent) or others, may be requested as part of the application review process to ensure that all students can have a safe and productive international experience. Decisions on individual applications are made on a case by case basis.