Gain Experience

Pursue opportunities for personal and professional growth—and experience where your strengths and interests align. GradFUTURES experiential opportunities help you gain vital experience while exploring professional paths within the academic, government, nonprofit, and private sectors. Through highly customized fellowships, internships, and special projects, you can apply discipline-specific skills, build interdisciplinary team experience, and receive one-on-one mentoring. These experiences are:

  • Flexible & part-time: Up to 10 hours / week during the summer or academic year
  • Paid*: Nearly all opportunities are funded through GradFUTURES
  • Open to International Students*: Most fellowships do not require work authorization

Fellowship & Internship Programs

GradFUTURES Micro-Internships in Industry

Participate in a unique applied learning experience and hone professional skills and competencies while working under the direction of an industry mentor.

GradFUTURES Pre-Matriculation Internships

Prior to beginning your first semester of doctoral study, gain valuable professional experience and industry mentorship.

GradFUTURES Higher Education Leadership Fellowships

Get a behind-the-scenes look at leadership roles within higher education administration, participate in a meaningful project, and receive mentorship from a senior leader.

GradFUTURES Social Impact Fellowships

Gain interdisciplinary project team experience and receive 1:1 mentoring while contributing to an organization’s social impact mission. 

Graduate Student Professional Development Associates

Co-create programs and events that reflect graduate students' unique interests, input, and innovative ideas.

Community College Teaching Fellowships

Shadow and receive mentoring from a tenured community college faculty member one semester, and design and teach a course of your own the next.

University Administrative Fellowships

Gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for university administration via staff mentorship, shadowing, and immersive projects.

Additional Programs to Explore

The Annual GradFUTURES Forum Professional Development Conference

Prepare for multiple futures through sessions with real-time relevance to graduate school that provide a glimpse into a world of possibilities beyond. 

Joyce Chen
“The press on this fellowship online led to some tenure-track job offers; people were headhunting me because of this diversity work. I’m negotiating a job offer right now. I’m grateful for the platform that gradFUTURES created for graduate students to realize projects and initiatives that we otherwise would not be able to find and participate in."

Joyce Chen, GS, MUS

Funding Note and Graduate Student Employment Disclaimer

All graduate students must adhere to the Graduate Student Employment policy when participating in an opportunity that is compensated or funded by an external entity. This includes participating in internships and receiving compensation from private sector organizations, paid positions at national government labs or research institutes, and research assistantships funded by institutions outside of Princeton. Graduate students must obtain approval from their faculty adviser prior to acceptance of a position and must also complete an External Opportunity Application Form (link found on this site). Faculty advisers may submit a note of support using this form. Additionally, all international graduate students must review and comply with guidelines on the Davis International Center’s Employment Page so as not to risk violating their visa immigration status.

*Micro-Internships in Industry with partner organizations in the private sector may require work authorization.