Gain experience before you begin your doctoral studies! This unique summer program combines opportunities for mentoring and direct professional experience prior to your first semester. Offered in collaboration with participating academic departments, these opportunities provide interdisciplinary project team experience the summer before you begin your studies. Working under the direction of an industry mentor, you will receive one-on-one mentoring and coaching and gain exposure to organizational dynamics and leadership strategies via shadowing and participating in meetings and/or presentations. You will also work collaboratively on projects and learn from staff while being responsible for high-quality and on-time completion of project work that has an impact on the field. Some internships may be fully remote and others may involve a combination of in-person and remote work. The host organization will assist you with housing/lodging for in-person participation. Learning Objectives Host organizations work closely with the Graduate School to determine learning outcomes and professional development goals for these immersive experiences. Specific goals for personal and professional growth, project components and deliverables will be defined and mutually agreed upon. Participate in a unique learning experience to acquire and hone professional skills and competencies Develop broader knowledge of the organization's work through exposure to and participation in discussions beyond the scope of your work involving critical challenges in the field Collaborate with team members and experienced staff to produce specific deliverables Receive mentorship from staff and/or others within the organization Present work accomplished during the fellowship/internship to showcase skills learned and refine communication skills Hours & Compensation The pre-matriculation summer internship program involves participating in an internship at a partner/host organization for up to 8 weeks and up to 40 hours/week. Based on Princeton’s academic calendar and applicable graduate student enrollment and funding cycles, these opportunities are generally held between June 1 through July 30. Partner/host organizations agree to pay the intern directly and the total compensation is competitive with national Ph.D. internship rates. Work authorization is required for international graduate students from U.S. undergraduate institutions. Sponsorship is not available. Application Process Please visit the links below to review the information and internship opportunities at each partner organization. You will apply directly to the organization using the links provided. Apply to an Internship! Waters Corporation Pre-Matriculation Internships “As an incoming first year student with limited prior industry experience, this internship exposed me to a wide range of other career opportunities to ponder and explore during my time as a graduate student." –Anna Eddelbuettel Hancock, GS, CBE Related Programs In addition to Pre-Matriculation Internships, the Graduate School offers a range of immersive experiences, all structured to support the timely completion of your degree program. Most of the fellowships are offered throughout the academic year and/or during the summer, and include University Administrative Fellowships, Social Impact Fellowships, Community College Teaching Fellowships, Higher Education Leadership Fellowships, and Micro-Internships in Industry.