Service and Outreach

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to many changes at Princeton for the 2020-21 academic year. The Princeton Profile does not attempt to capture all the alterations to programs and other offerings which continue to evolve given public health guidance and requirements. Please check directly with relevant offices for the latest information.

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 students learn how to lead lives of meaning and service. With the Pace Center, students use their passions and interests to create positive change. They learn how to listen, to build equitable partnerships, to exercise empathy, and value service and civic engagement as a social responsibility. Through a myriad of experiences and programs, students build relationships with peers, engage with faculty outside the classroom, and connect with the Princeton community and beyond. With the Pace Center students have the opportunity to reflect on their place in the world and 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 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. 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 service work in another country. While abroad, Bridge Year participants volunteer with environmental groups, health organizations, schools, art cooperatives and other institutions serving the needs of local communities. 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 2020-21 academic year.

Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship (ProCES). The Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship (ProCES) is where service meets the curriculum, connecting academic work with the issues and concerns of our local, regional, national and international communities. Students may participate in service-oriented and community-engaged learning in over 30 courses per term or, in a more in-depth manner, as part of program-funded junior or senior independent 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 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.

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, Emerging Leaders for mid career nonprofit leaders, 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.

Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP). PUPP 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 at selective colleges and universities.