Find funded summer service and social impact internships with LENS

Oct. 23, 2023

Interested in a funded internship that is personally meaningful and addresses a real need either locally, nationally or across the globe?

Every Princeton undergraduate has the opportunity to participate in a funded social impact or service internship over the summer through the Learning and Education through Service (LENS) initiative. 

Internships give Princeton students an opportunity to explore, to grow and to learn more about their own interests and how they can make a responsible impact in the world. LENS helps students to identify internships that connect their academics with meaningful hands-on experience. Students can find internships that provide practical experience for a wide range of interests including arts and design, data science, health, criminal justice, media, public service, technology, law, research, advocacy and many more.    

Princeton provides hundreds of paid internships every summer. LENS makes it easy for you to find these opportunities, their application processes and funding.  

Visit the LENS website to:

  • Explore funded service and social impact internships and grants offered by Princeton 
  • Learn how to find resources to support your search
  • See how Princeton peers have benefited from LENS

LENS is jointly coordinated by the Center for Career Development and the Pace Center for Civic Engagement. The summer opportunities that make up LENS come from multiple departments across campus.

Programs participating in LENS include:

  • Andlinger Center Summer Internships
  • Center for Career Development (Summer Social Impact Internship [SSII] Fund)
  • Office of Religious Life (Faith-Based Internship Program)
  • Department of German (Summer Work Program)
  • High Meadows Environmental Institute
  • Office of International Programs (International Internship Program & Streicker International Fellows Fund)
  • Center for Health and Wellbeing (Internships in Global Health)
  • Keller Center (Princeton Startup Immersion Program) 
  • Lewis Center for the Arts (Student Summer Funding Opportunities)
  • John H. Pace, Jr. ’39 Center for Civic Engagement (John C. Bogle ’51 Fellows in Civic Service, Nancy Weiss Malkiel Fellowship, Princeton Internships in Civic Service [PICS], Princeton RISE [Recognizing Inequities and Standing for Equality], Projects for Peace and Service Focus)
  • ProCES Derian Summer Research Internships
  • School of Public and International Affairs (Liman Fellowship, Scholars in the Nation's Service Initiative [SINSI], SPIA internships)
  • Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students (Vote100)

Reflections from students who participated in LENS internships

"This internship has given me a changed perspective that I am excited to return to academic settings with. I am also excited to continue to explore how the law can be used to maximize people's lives."

Makenna Marshall '26
Program: SSII
Internship: Immigration Legal Intern, BakerRipley



"I am confident in my ability to actually make a change in the world at such a young age because of the fact that this internship allowed me to really grow and experience life outside of Princeton and the United States."

Bella Moscoe '24
Program: Internships in Global Health
Internship: Western Cape Ministry of Health


"This internship opportunity at the New Jersey Quality Institute will undoubtedly have a lasting impact on my remaining time at Princeton University. Through my work on the midwifery project and my exposure to racial injustice research, I have gained valuable insights into community-building and the role each individual plays.”

Edouard Kwizera '26
Program: RISE
Internship: Research Assistant, New Jersey Healthcare Quality Institute


"This opportunity demonstrated to me the diversity and depth of economic research that is used to inform policy. I am currently exploring my options for post-grad, and this opportunity has pushed me to consider paths that I did not previously know existed."

Sydney Eck '24
Program: The Scholars in the Nation's Service Initiative (SINSI) Internship
Internship: Federal Reserve Board of Governors (FRB) in the Office of the Chief Operating Officer