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Career Development

Overview

Career Development Is a Journey

A Princeton education will prepare you for success in whatever career path you choose. Our goal is to nurture the talents of each generation of Princeton students, empowering graduates who will flourish and change the world for the better.

Throughout your time at Princeton, you will have access to numerous resources to help you design your visions for meaningful career paths and prepare for the future. Ideas for paths you may wish to pursue will come from many sources, and you are encouraged to develop your thoughts by talking with people on campus who are here to help you.

 

Career Services

The Office of Career Services is a resource to help you design your future. Career Services offers individual assistance on all aspects of career planning and decision-making, including: self-assessment; choice of major and career field; exploration of career-related interests; pursuit of internships and employment; and application to professional and graduate school.

Graduate students also are encouraged to consult about navigating careers inside or outside academia.

Students meet employer reps at a career fair

Networking

Opportunities to connect abound. Career Services hosts events that bring together alumni and practitioners in many fields to engage with students about careers. Career fairs and workshops on topics such as working in the arts and STEM allow you to explore options. Campus recruiting visits and meetups, such as through HireTigers, open doors to career prospects.

Career workshop with alumni

Internships and Alumni

You can explore numerous internship possibilities through Career Services, and there are also special programs to help you gain insights into diverse fields. Princeton's engaged alumni often provide meaningful ways for students to experience different work settings, such as:

The Princeternship Program, which exposes undergraduate and graduate students to new industries and organizations, and facilitates connections with alumni. The program also offers group site visits, such as to health and media organizations in New York City.

Through Princeton Internships in Civic Service, undergraduates can apply for 8-10 weeks of paid, alumni-sponsored nonprofit summer internships in a wide range of national and international organizations, including legal services, public policy, health and social services, environment and education.

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Peer Career Advisers

Undergraduates can get input on career ideas and planning from fellow students through the Peer Career Adviser program.

 

Entrepreneurship

Work seesion with student entrepreneurs

The University supports initiatives in entrepreneurship in a variety of ways, from academic courses to the Keller Center's startup incubator — the Entrepreneurial Hub — in downtown Princeton. Students also can shape their innovative ideas in the eLab, a summer accelerator program that culminates in a Demo Day competition. The Hub also provides team space for the Tiger Challenge, a co-curricular program that applies design thinking as a way to solve complex societal problems.

The Princeton Start-Up Immersion Program is an immersive 10-week summer experience for students interested in gaining firsthand knowledge of early-state startups.

 

Health Professions Advising

The Office of Health Professions Advising helps students pursue graduate studies at medical, dental and veterinary school.

 

Program in Teacher Preparation

Student teacher in classroom

Through the Program in Teacher Preparation ("Teacher Prep"), students can earn New Jersey state subject area licensure to teach at the middle and/or secondary school levels in several subject areas. Teacher Prep alumni are classroom teachers and school administrators, and also work in education policy.

 

International Opportunities

Student traveling abroad

Princeton's International Internship Program offers more than 400 internship opportunities in roughly 60 countries. Summer placements are arranged especially for Princeton undergraduates at nongovernmental organizations, private companies and public interest companies. Career Services also provides resources for students to identify international internships.

 

Graduate Students

The Graduate School provides programming relevant to all fields and inclusive of academic, administrative and industry careers. Professional development programs help graduate students weigh career options. More broadly, the University provides a range of resources such as writing support, teacher training and access to academic and professional workshops that graduate students are encouraged to explore.

Postgraduate Fellowships

Princeton students and alumni can deepen their academic and career interests through a range of postgraduate fellowships. Some fellowships are offered through Princeton; others are national or international. Some placements that offer immersive work experiences, foster cultural understanding and build community, are:

 

Princeton AlumniCorps

Princeton AlumniCorps is an alumni-led nonprofit organization that fosters civic engagement among Princeton alumni, with a call to "engage at every age."