ENG Students: Summer internship at HomeWorks Trenton

April 12, 2022

Department of English Summer Internship Program

Internship at HomeWorks Trenton

Co-sponsored by ProCES at Princeton

Internship Stipend: $4,800

Proposed Dates of Internship: June 6th - July 29th, 2022

Application Due Date: May 2, 2022

Intern will be eligible for Internship Milestone Credit

General Description: This 8-week long internship will provide the selected English major with a paid opportunity to gain experience in public service careers along with Internship Milestone Credit. Interns will work at HomeWorks Trenton in coordination with the Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship (ProCES) and the English Department at Princeton University. This opportunity is open to current junior concentrators in English and sophomores intending to declare an English concentration this spring.

Application Process: Please upload a PDF file of your resume, personal statement (500-1000 words), and writing sample (ideally, a sample course paper) to the English Department Dropbox by May 2, 2022: https://bit.ly/ENGSummer22Intern

In your statement, please address the following:

1) Why are you interested in interning at HomeWorks Trenton?

2) What skills as an English major and what personal qualities will you bring to the position?


About the Organizations

HomeWorks Trenton was founded in 2016, and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit operating a free, after-school residential program for marginalized high school girls that provides academic and social-emotional enrichment activities to supplement public schools and build community leaders. Natalie Tung, HomeWorks Trenton co-founder and Executive Director, is a Princeton English alum. For more information about the organization, see https://www.homeworkstrenton.org/.

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 Summer Research Internship program is designed to meet nonprofits' needs for research and information while providing interns with experience in the sector that will help inform decisions on their career and future studies. For more information, see https://proces.princeton.edu/community-partners/host-student-intern .


Detailed Job Description

Interns will work mostly independently and nearly full-time for the host organization for 8 weeks in the summer from June 6th - July 29th, 2022. 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. While ProCES programming will be virtual, the intern’s work at HomeWorks will be conducted on-site and in-person (public health conditions permitting). Applicants should be prepared to live in Princeton or the surrounding area throughout the duration of the internship and must also show proof of vaccination.

The goals for the internship shared by HomeWorks, the Princeton English Department, and ProCES fall into three main categories: Writing, Research, and Public Outreach. These goals must be fulfilled for Internship Milestone Credit.


The successful applicant must have excellent writing skills, and the ability to craft written narratives to help build connections and raise awareness about vital community work. Building on this strong foundation, the internship will provide students with experience in writing relevant to community and public service careers, potentially including:

● Conducting, transcribing, and editing interviews and oral histories

● Grant writing; Interns will gain familiarity with what makes for successful grant writing. Students may be asked to contribute to select parts of grants at the discretion of the organization and ProCES.

● Web content both for HomeWorks and for the English Department

● A report reflecting on the experience, submitted to the English Department in August


The HomeWorks Trenton Internship will also provide the student intern with weekly research guidance and support from ProCES staff. ProCES will guide students in how to use their research skills to bring together English Department curriculum and methodology with public service career skills and development. The chosen intern will be part of a community of fellow ProCES summer interns and will benefit from a network of peers and weekly programming to build research skills.

Public Outreach:

In possessing strong writing and storytelling skills, the summer intern will contribute writing to web content and outreach publications (newsletters, etc.) for both host organizations, HomeWorks and the Princeton English Department. The intern will also be asked to meet with fellow English majors and prospective majors to discuss how the community service internship helped build career pathways.

Additionally, the chosen applicant must demonstrate responsibility, reliability, maturity, excellent organizational skills and must be in good academic standing.


Internship Milestone Credit: Additional Information

The Internship Milestone Credit is available to English concentrators to record a summer internship experience on their transcript and receive academic credit for it. In order to be eligible, the internship must be at least six weeks in length and the work must be directly related to English (the HomeWorks internship is 8-weeks long). An English major who is interested in applying for this credit should complete the Registrar’s application form and email it to our Undergraduate Administrator Kelly Lake ([email protected]) along with (1) the internship offer letter and (2) the related job description. The Internship Milestone Credit application must be submitted prior to the start of the internship in order for students to receive academic credit.

The Internship Milestone Credit application can be found here: https://registrar.princeton.edu/sites/g/files/toruqf136/files/2020-02/I…

For more information regarding the Internship Milestone Credit, see: https://odoc.princeton.edu/about/spotlights/university-offer-internship…

***Please feel free to reach out to Outreach Coordinator Jackie Campbell ([email protected]) or Undergraduate Administrator Kelly Lake ([email protected]) with any questions.***