Service & Outreach
Princeton offers all members of its community a wide range of opportunities for volunteerism, outreach and work in public service. In addition to the programs listed below, individual graduate and undergraduate organizations, residential colleges, eating clubs, academic departments and alumni classes promote service through various activities.
Many service and outreach opportunities are coordinated through the Pace Center for Civic Engagement. The center aims to make civic engagement part of the Princeton student experience, and in so doing, supports the University’s informal motto, “In the Nation’s Service and in the Service of All Nations.” Acting as the hub of the University’s co-curricular service initiatives, the Pace Center supports more than 1,600 opportunities annually through on-site educational experiences that promote deeper learning and meaningful action. Included among these experiences are civic action break trips, social entrepreneurship, public service internships and fellowships, direct volunteer service, student leadership positions, and a variety of other activities. The Pace Center supports programs including:
Breakout Princeton is a student-led civic action program including immersion in community work during fall and spring breaks.
Community Action is a weeklong, student-led, preorientation introduction to service and to Princeton for incoming freshmen.
Community House offers focused interventions to improve educational outcomes for underserved youth in Princeton as part of an effort to close the minority achievement gap.
Internships offer meaningful summer opportunities for students to contribute to the work of nonprofit organizations.
Fellowships are postgraduate, full-time, two-year positions working in the fields of criminal justice, sustainability and environmentalism.
Pace Council for Civic Values (PCCV) includes more than 40 student groups.
Prison Teaching Initiative (PTI) sends faculty, graduate students and staff volunteers to New Jersey correctional institutions to teach college courses to incarcerated individuals.
Student Volunteers Council (SVC) is a student-led organization sponsoring more than 40 weekly volunteer projects addressing issues such as education, homelessness and hunger, and health and wellbeing.
Other civic-engagement programs on campus include:
Bridge Year. Launched in 2009, Bridge Year is a nine-month, tuition-free program that allows incoming students the opportunity to defer their enrollment for a year to engage in community service work in another country. While abroad, Bridge Year participants volunteer in nongovernmental organizations, schools, clinics and other institutions serving the needs of local communities. Participants also study the local language, live with local host families and engage in a variety of cultural enrichment activities. Bridge Year placements are currently offered in Brazil, China, India, Peru and Senegal.
Community and Regional Affairs, Office of. Members of the Community and Regional Affairs staff serve as liaisons between the University and the communities in which it resides on a wide variety of local and regional issues. Community and Regional Affairs staff members participate in the creation of special events such as Communiversity, Community and Staff Day, parades, workshops, symposiums, and other programs enjoyed by tens of thousands of campus and community members each year. The office partners with campus and community organizations to provide service opportunities and initiatives. The Surplus Equipment Program, which helps charitable nonprofit organizations acquire furniture and equipment no longer used by the University, is coordinated by Community and Regional Affairs.
Community-Based Learning Initiative (CBLI). A collaborative effort of students, faculty, administrators and community experts, the Community-Based Learning Initiative facilitates community-driven research projects.
International Internship Program. Offering more than 400 internship opportunities in about 60 countries, the International Internship Program places students in internships arranged especially for Princeton undergraduates at nongovernmental organizations, private companies and public interest companies around the world.
Princeton AlumniCorps. This independent, alumni-led nonprofit organization inspires and builds civic leadership among Princetonians by engaging them in public-interest initiatives that are driven by alumni of all ages. AlumniCorps’ programs include the flagship Princeton Project 55 Fellowship Program for recent graduates, Emerging Leaders for aspiring nonprofit leaders and the Community Volunteers program for midcareer and retired alumni.
Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS). Founded and supported by alumni with the student interface administered by the Pace Center, Princeton Internships in Civic Service places students mentored by Princeton alumni in summer internships in nonprofit organizations where they work in issue areas ranging from public policy, community development, and health and social services to education, sustainability and the arts. Established by the Class of 1969 Community Service Fund, PICS also involves other alumni classes and regional associations and alumni from other classes. PICS received the 2013 Alumni Council Award for Community Service.
Princeton University Class of 1969 Community Service Fund. The fund established and administers, in partnership with the Pace Center, the Princeton Internships in Civic Service program. The fund also provides both financial and logistical support for service projects initiated by students and alumni, which have included Princeton in Africa, Princeton in Latin America, the Princeton student chapter of Engineers Without Borders and the Princeton University Summer Journalism Program.
Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP). Founded in 2001 by the Princeton University Program in Teacher Preparation, the Princeton University Preparatory Program is a rigorous academic- and cultural-enrichment program that supports high-achieving, low-income high school students from local districts. The multiyear, tuition-free program prepares participants for admission to and ongoing success within selective colleges and universities.
Program in Teacher Preparation. For nearly 50 years, this nationally accredited program has provided an opportunity for Princeton University undergraduates, graduate students and alumni to obtain a New Jersey teaching license through a combination of academic courses and field-based learning experiences. Teacher Prep also manages the High School Program at Princeton University that allows exceptional high school students who have completed their secondary coursework and met the admission criteria to enroll in University courses at no cost. In addition, the program offers enriching professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators in area schools through the Teaches as Scholars and Administrators as Scholars seminars.