Student Stories

Akhila Bandlora '24

"It’s been incredibly instructive to fill in the narrative of what Cape Town’s healthcare system is like with the stories of people most immediately affected."

Eleanor Bauer '23

"As a Politics major, I am excited to apply the research and analytical skills I have learned at Princeton to the real world."

Shannon Chaffers '22

"I've...written a couple of stories about interesting places to visit in Spain, and a couple about Spanish history and culture, so even though I'm doing my internship remotely, I feel like I'm learning a lot about Spain from afar."

Carmen Chen ’21

“This internship was my first time traveling such a great distance alone, and living on my own. I learned many new skills at my internship, and I also learned to schedule my days around my job. During the two months I was in Dubai, I explored the city and discovered new foods and experiences that I will never forget.”

Chimwemwe Chinkuyu '25

"My work centers around two of the medical devices my company has developed. One device is a surgical implant that fixes pectus excavatum (a chest wall deformity). I update Ventura's patient database with information from all stages of the implantation process... This work is exciting because I am developing my engineering skills while working on products that can significantly improve peoples' health and quality of life."

Beata Corcoran ’22

“Working at Philani I was immediately welcomed into the township community. I did my best to be a resource for women to speak with about their thoughts and concerns, both as a friend and as someone who could help them work together to solve some of the challenges women have been facing there…I feel so lucky to have been trusted with so many personal conversations and to have been confided in, instead of treated as an outsider due to our different backgrounds.”

Arabella Dill-Macky '23

"Never let an opportunity slip you by – you will likely never have that chance again! Even if you’re feeling tired or overwhelmed in the moment, take advantage of every new experience offered to you."

Aidan Iacobucci '25

"My students are positively the light of my life here in Cambodia; they step into class with laughter and smiles and so much enthusiasm towards learning! This happiness has been what is so rewarding for me."

Bita Jalalian '25

"Collaborating with dedicated individuals, I have delved into the realms of democracy, peace negotiations, and constitution building while enhancing my research abilities. Currently working as a part of their Yemen team, I am actively working towards resolving conflicts on the ground and exploring innovative approaches to regional conflict resolution."

André Koch Liston '23

"Don't be afraid to explore something you never touched before, even if you have no clue how it works – your advisor and your future self will thank you for it."

Julio Lins '23

"Use your internship experience to discover what excites you and what doesn't. You don't have to know, from day one at Princeton, which career path you want to follow. An internship is a great opportunity for trial and error."

Jake Marsh ’23

“Training with the National Olympic Wrestling team has not only expanded my cultural knowledge, but my wrestling abilities as well. Being able to connect through a sport instantly gave me 12 friends from the start. Training in a foreign country has been an experience I will never forget and friends I will stay in contact with.”

Auhjanae McGee '23

"I've appreciated having the opportunity to just sit and write and receive immediate feedback on my work. I get so busy during the school year that writing can sometimes feel like a chore. At METAL I write everyday, which I really enjoy.

Jenny Na '24

"It's also been incredibly rewarding to witness my contributions yield tangible impacts on a firm that is run on such a large scale! In the first two weeks of my internship, I produced transaction comparables to gauge whether one of our investment targets was overvalued, and my work played a role in CJ ENM's decision not to invest in the company."

Jonathan Ort ’21

“Befriending my Argentine coworkers presented both a daunting challenge and an invigorating opportunity. During my first weeks at the office, I struggled to converse with people, largely on account of being self-conscious about my limited Spanish. Yet, as time went by, I had many low-stakes, one-on-one conversations with my coworkers. Ultimately, getting to know them in an informal way very much helped me feel comfortable and valued at the office. Now, I anticipate staying in touch with at least a dozen of the people I've come to know.”

Savannah Pobre '23

"Do anything and everything you can to engage in your communities! Whether that be movie nights with your roommates, sitting with different coworkers during office lunches, or even exploring and making friends with the local cafe/churro cart staff, all are fantastic ways to learn more about the culture and area you are calling home for a few months."

Lasha Shamugi '26

"I am working with the Turbulence and Wind Energy group at Max Planck DS which is conducting a research on turbulent air flows, aerodynamics and wind turbines. Our group is very small and close-knit, which creates a super friendly and 'cool to be part of' environment."

Grace Simmons '22

"Given the increasing urgency of improving global mental health following the onset of the pandemic, it has been extremely rewarding to apply the skills and knowledge gained from my past neuroscience and global health coursework on such a relevant project. Overall, it has been really fun getting to know the other members of the lab, exchanging ideas, and broadening my perspective."

Leah Mildred Smith ’22

“An international experience at Princeton is an opportunity not to be passed up. Whether an internship abroad or a whole semester, either service work or other fields, Princeton has many choices to offer with total academic and financial support. Princeton will help you and prepare you for the most meaningful experience, and you will come back to campus changed for the better. DO it!”

Gloria Ukaoma '25

"As someone who had never traveled abroad before, Doha was an exhilarating experience. I loved engaging with the various cultures and getting to practice my Arabic with native speakers."