"As a Politics major, I am excited to apply the research and analytical skills I have learned at Princeton to the real world."
"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."
“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.”
“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.”
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
“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.”
"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.
“[Going abroad] was one of the most important things about my college experience -- be sure to take advantage of these opportunities while they are available, and while you have the freedom to enjoy them.”
"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."
“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.”
"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."
“I feel more grounded. Although I still have moments where I complain about things that I never would have in Senegal, I think that with the experience I have a greater appreciation for the immense differences and unexpected similarities between people. My world is no longer simply made up of my immediate family and the friends that I make in school; I have a broader understanding of the world that I got from being out there.”
“I was challenged in a highly non-institutionalized setting to question the systems that I continue to live in, whether they invoke notions of individual or collective power, privilege, identity, colonialism, 'service,' art, love, gratitude, and all those other human things. This is fundamentally personal but also academic in its implication as my participation in a larger scholarly discourse of the world.”
“I learned about the tutorial system at Oxford which was great to have exposure to an alternative academic system. I benefited from developing relationships with my professors through one-on-one or two-on-one tutorials.”
"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."
“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!”