2019-2020 Application

With faculty and peers, you'll engage in hands-on service and forge connections to your academic interests through critical reflection and collaboration as you discover how to be "in the nation's service and the service of humanity." 
The following application will ask you a bit about your interest in and commitment to making service a central part of your Princeton experience. You are eligible to apply to Service Focus if you are a First Year who has submitted at least one application to any summer service-related internship.
Selection of students takes into consideration:
  • Strength of commitment to further learning about service and civic engagement
  • Maturity and demonstrated ability to carry through on co-curricular commitments
  • Strength of interest in collaborative projects
  • Diversity of disciplinary interests/aspirations

Your application will be reviewed by a selection board made up of university staff and faculty. If your application advances to the second round, you’ll be asked to participate in a short interview during the month of February before final decisions will be made. Final acceptance to Service Focus is contingent upon confirmation of an internship placement. 

All Service Focus students will prepare for their summer internships by participating in the Spring Summit - a day of workshops, speakers, group reflection and team building to provide the groundwork for effective service and civic engagement, taking place on May 7th, 8th, or 9th (exact date TBD).

While engaging in the summer service internship, you’ll connect in-person or virtually with other Service Focus students. You’ll support and learn from one another, sharing stories along the way. During your summer internships you’ll be required to submit short written reflection and one short video reflection. Many of you will have the opportunity to participate in optional, regional Service Focus in-person meet ups and activities.


You’ll become part of a close-knit peer group that meets an average of twice per month with a Service Focus staff member and student mentors. You’ll support each other through reflection on service and development of your academic paths. Each group is paired with a faculty mentor who shares your own passion for service and offers guidance about integrating service into academics, work and life.
Groups work collaboratively to develop and implement a culminating service project, meant to make an impact on a societal problem. Each cohort will be given a seed grant of $2000 to be used toward their culminating project. Students may submit proposals for additional funding for projects that are larger in scope.
As a Service Focus student you’ll be required to take one service-related course during their sophomore year. You can work with the Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship (ProCES) to find a course.  Course options are broad and include choosing from a pre-approved list of ProCES courses or petitioning to take a different course that matches your interests and internship experience. 
Are you a member of the Class of 2022?
(Only members of the class of 2022 are eligible to apply to Service Focus) *
We apologize. Only members of the class of 2022 are eligible to apply to Service Focus.
Please check the option below that best describes your current situation *
We're sorry, you're only eligible to apply to Service Focus after you've applied to a sumer service internship. If you'd like help finding and/or applying to summer service internships contact Meg Rooney (mrooney@princeton.edu) to set up an appointment. 

Summer Service Internship

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Which Service Focus events are you likely able to commit to attending? *

Leadership Roles

Each cohorts will design, develop and execute a student-driven service project over the course of the year. Please indicate which leadership roles you'd be interested in applying to, if accepted into Service Focus. Your leadership preferences won't impact your admission.


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For the purpose of applying for the Service Focus program, I hereby consent to the release/disclosure of the information that I am providing with this application, including but not limited to my personal statements and other personal information, to University staff involved in review. Additionally, should I be accepted to the program, I consent to have any written documentation or photographs related to my application to be released or disclosed to University officials, program donors, and/or supervisors, including being posted on University websites and/or reproduced in printed materials to promote the program. Written material which I provide may be used in its entirety or excerpts may be selected. *