Question of the Week: Princeton-Sponsored Internships

Sept. 30, 2022

Q: What Princeton internships are most popular with prehealth students? Should I start researching internships now?
A: In addition to external organizations that sponsor their own internships, Princeton departments and programs coordinate many programs specifically for our students. We’ll share any internships that we come across that seem relevant—both Princeton-sponsored and external—in Vitals.
The Center for Career Development has a list of Princeton internship programs. Scanning the list, we’ve known prehealth students who participated in most of them, and the ones who are happiest with their experiences let their interests drive their internship search.
Since many aspiring doctors are driven by their love of science, we see a lot of participation in research programs like OURSIP and ReMatch+. Others enjoy science, but are more motivated by their desire to serve patients, and they may focus on the civic engagement opportunities like Service Focus and Princeton Internships in Civic Service. Some prehealth students are driven to improve healthcare access and equity for populations of color, and they may be drawn to the newer Recognizing Inequities and Standing for Equality (RISE) fellowships. Some want to head back to their local community to make a difference in the healthcare system, and they can design their own projects and apply for funding through programs like the Bogle Fellowship.
Before you jump into reading up on all of the programs out there, which can be overwhelming, start with some self-reflection on your interests, values, and goals for the summer (see Career Development’s FAQ for some good reflection questions).
To get some inspiration directly from past students’ internship experiences (and some free snacks), stop by Frist MPR this afternoon for the Service and Social Impact Internship Showcase. There will be many more events to come that’ll help familiarize you with internships, and we’ll advertise those in Vitals, as well!

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