Through the generosity of donors, SINSI funds around 6 internships of 8-10 weeks with the federal government each year during the spring and summer months. These internships permit students to have direct experience, either domestically or abroad, with a position in public service. Internships are available to Princeton undergraduates from all majors and fields of study and will take place after their sophomore or junior years.
With support from SINSI, scholars will select and apply to one or more U.S. government agencies in their area of interest. Past internships have included positions at the White House; U.S. Embassies; Departments of Treasury, State, Education, Energy, Justice; the U.S. Agency for International Development, and more. The SINSI directors will guide each student with their internship selection and their security clearance or background check process. The directors will also mentor the scholars during their internships.
SINSI provides funding of up to $650 per week to cover living expenses for full-time unpaid internships, as well as reasonable travel expenses to and from Princeton University and the internship location. Students should check in midterm with the SINSI directors and provide a final report on their internship responsibilities and experiences. The internship supervisor will be asked to submit a final evaluation report on a form provided by SINSI.