Classes '25-'23: apply for summer internship with The Trenton Project Documentary

Feb. 24, 2022

In 1943, Berline Williams and Gladys Hedgepeth, two Black parents in Trenton, joined forces to demand that the Board of Education integrate the city’s junior high schools.  This struggle for civil rights took them all the way to the state supreme court where their victory created precedent for Brown v Board of Education—and desegregation across the country.  This year, that story is being rewritten and retold by seventh-graders at the school where it happened, now called Hedgepeth-Williams Middle School.  Undergraduates and graduate students from Princeton’s history department and the Program in Community-Engaged Scholarship (ProCES) provided scholarly background about the story and Trenton in the 1940s to the students.  The film we undertake will document the students, the theatre professionals, and the process—from writing and researching, to rehearsal, set design and performance.  Along the way, we focus on themes of race, civil rights, education, and urban history. 

The Trenton Project, a Princeton-based film workshop that documents the fabric of the city of Trenton, is following this process.  We are looking for a few student filmmakers to spearhead the creation of a short film.  You will work with filmmaker Purcell Carson to shape the structure of the storytelling, choose the look and feel of the documentary, plan and film remaining shoots, conduct interviews, and edit the final films.  

Qualifications: Student filmmakers should have some editing experience and be interested in observational documentary, interview, and the themes of the project. The project will be yours to lead, but you’ll have faculty support for access, filming, scheduling and production. 
Details: Internships at The Trenton Project are supported by the Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship (ProCES; through its Derian Student Internship fund. The internship runs for 8 weeks during June and July. Students work 35 hours per week and receive a stipend of $4,800. The 35-hour workweek includes participation in weekly ProCES programming for interns working on community-engaged research projects.  

Interested? Contact Purcell Carson at She will accept inquiries on a rolling basis until the positions are filled.  

Purcell Carson is an academy-award winning documentary editor who focuses on social issue, observational filmmaking.  She’s taught urban studies and filmmaking at Princeton and has led The Trenton Project for the past 9 years. This project is supported by Princeton’s Program in Community-Engaged Scholarship (ProCES) and the History Department.