2019 Student Application

Requirements & Guidelines

**NOTE: This form does not have a "Save" button. We recommend that you fill out the fields on a separate Word document. When you are ready to submit, copy & paste your answers into the form.
 
A completed application must consist of the following elements:

1. Complete this application (If you have already visited the form, please clear your cache to ensure that you are viewing the most recent version).
 
2.cover letter for each organization, a maximum of 500 words in length. See Cover Letters section below for specific instructions and upload prompts.  A Resume, see Career Services for help in making your resume look professional and neat.  Resumes should not exceed one page for undergraduates.

3. You must be enrolled at Princeton University during the spring semester to be eligible for placement in a PICS summer internship. If you are going to be studying abroad during the spring semester and will leave before January 12th, you are required to schedule a pre-application in-person interview with PICS (This must be scheduled to take place before you depart)
 
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APPLICATION DEADLINE: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2018 BY 5PM EST

This application form is to be used for the following internship program:
PICS (Princeton Internships in Civic Service)
 
Guidelines
 
1. Please go to the PICS website to read specific internship descriptions. (PICS applications are processed on a rolling basis)
 
2. Each student is eligible to apply to TWO (2) PICS internship organizations. You must submit separate cover letters for each internship position. Several PICS organizations have multiple internship positions and you will be able to apply to each position for any such organization using a single PICS selection. In these cases, you will also be required to write separate cover letters for each internship position to which you are applying. This information is also clearly described within the relevant internship position descriptions.
 
3. When applying to more than one internship position, it is possible that you will receive the first offer from the PICS office before you hear or interview for another opportunity.  Regardless of this, the offer is valid for 3 days only.  
 
4. Please carefully review your choices for both interest and location to make sure your choice is appropriate for you and look over the cost of living in each location to make sure you are choosing the right option for you. Please consult the housing guidelines and other information available to you before submitting the application.
 
5. Offers are made to participants in good faith AND an acceptance by the student is relied upon by the community partner organization and PICS. Reneging on your acceptance at a later date is detrimental to all and is a poor reflection on all parties.  
 
6. Summer internship must have a start date no earlier than May 30, 2019 and an end date no later than August 23, 2019. Your dates must be CONSECUTIVE, meaning that you should plan any outside engagements (ie. family vacation, grad school visits, conferences, etc.) around your agreed upon internship dates. 

7. In order to be eligible for a PICS summer internship, you must be enrolled in the prior spring semester, be in acceptable academic standing. If your enrollment or academic status changes, then it is your responsibility to notify PICS immediately. Graduating seniors are not eligible to apply.

8. If you close the application before clicking SUBMIT at the bottom of the page, your entries will not be saved. Please be prepared to complete the application, including uploading your cover letters and resume. We recommend reading through the entire application so that you can record and prepare all the required documents in advance.

9. After you've clicked SUBMIT at the bottom of the application, you will receive an email confirmation that we have received it.

Please direct any questions to kmoffett@princeton.edu or jeris@princeton.edu


Applicant Information

If your preferred first name is your legal first name, please retype your legal first name here
Graduating seniors are not eligible for PICS internships.
If you are departing for your semester abroad before Jan 12th, you must set up a pre-application in-person interview with Kayla Moffett (kmoffett@princeton.edu)  scheduled to take place before you depart.

Confidential Information

The following information will not be shared with any third parties, including internship organizations and alumni interviewers.  It is for internal use only.
If you are an international student and will need a visa to work in the United States this summer, please advise PICS. Please be aware that as most PICS interns become employees of the sponsor organizations, students must be legally able to work in the United States. In order to work in the U.S. over the summer you must make an appointment with the Davis Center an complete an OPT visa (PICS does not cover the cost of the OPT visa). Please also note that internships at US government organizations likely require US citisenship. Please inquire if you are unsure about a specific organization.


 
 
If you are studying abroad, you are technically still enrolled at Princeton during that study experience. You should answer the above question with "yes," and therefore this restriction does not apply to you.
Information from other offices at Princeton, e.g. residential colleges, Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students, or others, may be requested as part of the application review process to ensure that all students can have a safe and productive experience. Decisions on individual applications are made on a case by case basis.

Additional Information

The following items are optional for you to complete. No information you provide in this section will be used in a discriminatory manner. The responses allow us to better track and manage our PICS applicant pool.  The information received is not shared with our sponsor organizations and has no impact on intern placement decisions.
How did you hear about PICS Internships? Please check all that apply
 
Please provide your social media information so that we may share PICS-related announcements and opportunities with you.

Academic Background

If no Certificate(s) and/or Honor(s)/Award(s), please fill in N/A.

References

Please provide the name and contact information for two references (no peer or family references) who could be contacted if necessary. Common references include professors, lecturers, on-campus employers, coaches, former employers, or high school teachers. (We prefer one reference to be from a Princeton University faculty or staff member, including preceptors and coaches)  

References may be contacted by University staff and/or internship organization staff, however, no letters are required for your application.


Resume

Resume MUST be uploaded as a PDF file.
 
The resume should include a clear outline of your education, work history, public service experience (on and off campus) and relevant skills.

We cannot make any changes to the resume after submission, so please be sure that the information is correct and complete.

For assistance preparing your resume, please contact Career Services.
 
Save your resume as LastName_FirstName_Resume.pdf

Instructions for Selecting Organizations & Cover Letter Upload

PICS Internship Selection Instructions:

In the section below, please select the PICS organizations to which you are applying. You may apply to up to two PICS organizations. PICS internships are not open to graduating seniors.

If the PICS organization which you selected has multiple internships, you will be asked to select the specific opportunities you would like to apply to. 
 
Please note: The organization will see these selections and you are required to write a separate cover letter for each position that you select.
Cover Letter Instructions:
 
For each internship position to which you are applying, write a cover letter (a maximum of 500 words) addressing the points indicated below. Each cover letter should be unique to the potential placement; generic letters are not as appealing to the sponsor organizations. Be sure to introduce your background and demonstrate your interest in the position and organization. Here are some guiding questions you should answer to help you write an effective, focused PICS cover letter:

1). Why do you want to spend the summer in a public service organization?
2). Why do you want to work in this particular area and with this organization? Explain your understanding of the issues that this organization addresses.
3). How have your academic studies, work, and personal experiences prepared you for this organization?
 
Before submitting cover letters, please carefully read each internship description to which you are applying as some special instructions may be indicated for this step. For a general cover letter template, see the Career Services website. Please do not follow up directly with the organization to which you are applying. You should not contact the organization unless they contact you first. Although Career Services suggest that you make your letter out to the hiring manager, it is best to use the phrase "To Whom It May Concern" since you do not have access to this information.

You must name your cover letter as follows: LastName_FirstName_Letter1.pdf (for PICS Organization 1) and LastName_FirstName_Letter2.pdf (for PICS Organization 2). For example:
 
Last Name_First Name_Letter1.pdf (for Princeton University 1)
 
Do not label it "PICS Cover letter" or "My Cover Letter". Please make sure that your cover letter is saved as a PDF before you upload it.
 
Please note: If you are applying for multiple internship positions within a single PICS organization selection, be sure to submit all cover letters for that organization in ONE document, with clearly marked sections for each different internship placement to which you are applying within that organization.
 
Please make sure that your cover letter is saved as a PDF.
 
COVER LETTER UPLOAD is located in the section below. 

Select the PICS organizations to which you are applying.

Want to find out more about PICS organizations? Go here to see organization and internship descriptions.
 
Please be careful when making your selections and double check that you have selected the correct organizations before submitting. The organizations you select will be referenced in your confirmation email.
The organization you selected offers multiple internship positions. You are welcome to apply to as many of these opportunities as you like, using just 1 of your 2 possible applications. Please indicate which opportunities you are interested in by checking the box next to the opportunity. If you do not check a box, you will not be considered for the corresponding position.
92Y *
American Ballet Theatre *
Arena Stage *
Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) *
Children's National Medical System - Nursing *
Children's National Health System *
Children's National Health System - Sheikh Zayed Institute *
Children's Scholarship Fund Philadelphia *
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission *
Montefiore Medical Center *
National Museum of American Jewish History *
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County *
One Heartland *
Princeton in Africa *
Princeton-Blairstown Center *
South Florida Institute on Aging *
StoryCorps *
Veterans Campaign *
YWCA Princeton *


Before you upload your cover letter, don't forget to save your document as a PDF and under the following format:
 
LastName_FirstName_Letter1.pdf (for PICS Organization 1) 




The organization you selected offers multiple internship positions. You are welcome to apply to as many of these opportunities as you like, using just 1 of your 2 possible applications. Please indicate which opportunities you are interested in by checking the box next to the opportunity. If you do not check a box, you will not be considered for the corresponding position.
92Y *
American Ballet Theatre *
Arena Stage *
Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) *
Children's National Medical System - Nursing *
Children's National Health System *
Children's National Health System - Sheikh Zayed Institute *
Children's Scholarship Fund Philadelphia *
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission *
Montefiore Medical Center *
National Museum of American Jewish History *
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County *
One Heartland *
Princeton in Africa *
Princeton-Blairstown Center *
South Florida Institute on Aging *
StoryCorps *
Veterans Campaign *
YWCA Princeton *


Before you upload your cover letter, don't forget to save your document as a PDF and under the following format:
 
LastName_FirstName_Letter2.pdf (for PICS Organization 2) 




We recognize that narrowing down to two organizations can present difficulties. It also sometimes creates situations in which some organizations receive many applications and other organizations receive relatively few applicants. In these cases, we sometimes find ourselves in the situation of matching students to organizations they did not apply to.
Which areas of interest should we consider you for? Check all that apply. *

Internship Application Agreement

In applying for a PICS summer internship(s), I agree to the following: *
Privacy Policy: For the purpose of applying to an organization, I hereby consent to the release/disclosure of the information and documents that I am providing with this application, including but not limited to my resume and cover letter and other personal information, to the organization(s) that I have selected above and, where applicable, to an alumni interviewer. Only information contained in the sections entitled "Confidential Information" and "Optional Information" will be kept confidential and will under no circumstances be released to the organization, alumni, or any other third parties.
  *
Financial/Tax Information: Please see the specific information for each program as listed on the appropriate website. PICS interns are generally placed on the payroll of the internship organization and therefore taxes will be withheld at the time of payment. 

Nondiscrimination Statement: In compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other federal, state, and local laws, Princeton University does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, or veteran status in any phase of its employment process, in any phase of its admission or financial aid programs, or other aspects of its educational programs or activities. The vice provost for institutional equity and diversity is the individual designated by the University to coordinate its efforts to comply with Title IX, Section 504 and other equal opportunity and affirmative action regulations and laws. Questions or concerns regarding Title IX, Section 504 or other aspects of Princeton s equal opportunity or affirmative action programs should be directed to the Office of the Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity, Princeton University, 205 Nassau Hall, Princeton, NJ 08544 or (609) 258-6110.
  *

Thank You For Applying

If you have any questions about this online application, please contact kmoffett@princeton.edu or jeris@princeton.edu
 
 
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