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ProCES/Derian Summer Research Internship Program

Supported by funds named in honor of Patricia "Patt" Derian, former Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs in the Carter administration

Please note! The Derian Internship has been placed on hold for Summer 2022.  ProCES will update the site when the next iteration of the program commences


The Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship (ProCES) is an academic program that connects the curriculum with Princeton's signature commitment to service.  It fosters collaborative, change-oriented projects of an intellectual nature that benefit students, faculty members, and community partners.  The ProCES/Derian Summer Research Internship program is designed to meet non-profits’ needs for research and information while providing interns with experience in the sector that will help inform decisions on their career and future studies.  


The internship is built around an information need or research question.  Information gathered by ProCES/Derian interns might be used to evaluate or improve programming, consider future community needs, establish working relationships with other organizations, investigate the current literature and/or trends in the non-profit’s field(s) and otherwise increase organizational capacity.  The interns produce final products for their hosts, which could include a short report, presentations, survey instruments, data analyses, or other materials to distribute to the organization’s clients, staff or the community. The program allows Princeton undergraduates to learn about local non-profit organizations through immersion, to focus on those organizations’ research needs for an extended period of time, and, for upperclassmen, to begin thinking about the position of community-engaged scholarship in their major.  ProCES interns are not typical office interns, but instead they help investigate important issues you have identified but cannot address immediately.


Additional information

Students will submit proposals for internships done in collaboration with a hosting nonprofit organization or government agency. Several profiles of 2020 remote ProCES/Derian summer research interns can be found in this Princeton news story.  ProCES pays students a stipend; there is no out-of-pocket cost for the selected host organizations. However, while ProCES coordinates the program, the host organization provides primary supervision. Interns work mostly independently and nearly full-time for the host organization for 8 weeks in the summer. They spend half a day each week exploring research questions related to their own academic interests, which generally touch upon the research topic(s) they are addressing for your organization. They will also participate in ProCES programming approximately 2-4 hours per week.  Interns are able to work in remote, hybrid, or in-person modalities depending on the needs and location of the organization.


Please contact Trisha Thorme, director, or Maria Lockwood, ProCES's program coordinator, with questions or requests for further details. They can be reached at or