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.
The John H. Pace, Jr. ’39 Center for Civic Engagement. The John H. Pace, Jr. ’39 Center for Civic Engagement helps Princeton undergraduate and graduate students learn how to respond to the needs of the world in responsible ways. With the Pace Center, students use their passions and interests to address systemic barriers to create positive change. They learn how to listen, to build equitable and inclusive partnerships, to exercise empathy, and to value service and civic engagement as a social responsibility. Through service and civic engagement students learn to build relationships with peers, engage with faculty outside the classroom, and center community voices. With the Pace Center, students have the opportunity to reflect on their place in their world, recognize their uniqueness, and value their needs and the needs of the community as they challenge themselves to address today’s most pressing societal issues.
Other civic-engagement programs on campus include:
Office of Community and Regional Affairs. Members of the Community and Regional Affairs staff 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. It also facilitates access to the Resource Recovery Program by charitable nonprofit organizations so they can acquire at no charge furniture and equipment no longer used by the University.
Novogratz Bridge Year Program. Launched in 2009, Bridge Year is a tuition-free program that allows incoming undergraduate students to begin their Princeton experience engaged in nine months of community-based global learning. While abroad, Bridge Year participants collaborate with schools, environmental groups, art cooperatives, health organizations and other local institutions that are working to respond to community concerns. Participants also study the local language, live with local host families and engage in cultural enrichment activities. Bridge Year placements are offered in Bolivia, China, India, Indonesia and Senegal. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Bridge Year operations are suspended for the 2021-22 academic year.
Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship (ProCES). The Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship (ProCES) connects students' academic work with their interests in and concerns for our local, regional, national, and international communities. Students may participate in community-engaged learning in courses or, in a more in-depth manner, as part of program-funded junior or senior independent work. Depending on the context, students might develop a theater piece with local youth, create a film, or review the scholarly literature on a key issue for the staff of a busy nonprofit organization. Some students will work with professors and community leaders to conduct a research project and to share their conclusions with organizations that can make use of their work. ProCES courses also equip students with a theoretical or historical foundation for ethical engagement with communities. The program used to be known as the Community-Based Learning Initiative (CBLI).
International Internship Program. Offering hundreds of summer internship opportunities in over 50 countries, the International Internship Program offers students the opportunity to fulfill academic and personal goals while living and working abroad. Interns have held positions in government, media, education, public health and nongovernmental organizations, as well as financial and research institutions. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, IIP partnered with organizations to offer virtual internships to participating students in 2020 and 2021.
Princeton AlumniCorps. Founded in 1989 by Princeton’s Class of ’55, this independent alumni-led nonprofit mobilizes people, organizations and networks for the public good by developing leaders, building community, and creating and deepening social impact. AlumniCorps programs include the flagship Princeton Project 55 Fellowship Program for recent graduates, the Emerging Leaders professional development program for aspiring leaders in the nonprofit and public sectors, and the ARC Innovators program for alumni or class projects interested in short-term, skills-based pro bono work.
Princeton in Service Programs. Three independent nonprofits affiliated with the University—Princeton in Asia, Princeton in Africa and Princeton in Latin America—place Princeton students and/or recent graduates in service internships and fellowships.