Connect Service and Academic Work with ProCES

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Do you want your academic work to make a real-world difference? Integrate service in your courses, your independent work, and your summer internships through the Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship (ProCES)

Here’s how service-minded students describe the influence of ProCES programs on their academic and intellectual development.

Courtney Tseng (class of 2021) connected service and her Medical Humanities course through fieldwork and research with Rutgers Medical School. First, she observed a medical school literature program designed to build empathy and communication skills among future doctors. After the visit, Courtney said “it was exciting to see many of the topics discussed in our anthropology class, Medical Humanities, mentioned and taken to new levels” during the literature discussion. “On the car ride home, we chatted extensively about the new ideas being incorporated into medicine” as part of this program. Then, Courtney and her peers created a bibliography of resources on topics requested by the organization that could be incorporated into future literature discussions. 

You, too, can have an enriched learning experience through the nearly 30 service courses offered each semester in disciplines as diverse as electrical engineering, molecular biology, and sociology.

Amani Rush (class of 2016) considers her ProCES-funded summer internship to be one of her “favorite Princeton experiences.” She describes why: “[I]t helped me prepare for my thesis [and] it also taught me the lasting impact research can have on communities…I realized community-based research was a great way to step out of the classroom and make creative solutions for real-life issues. With the mentors and resources of [ProCES] as well as the welcoming atmosphere of my internship site, I gained a variety of skills that proved useful to my college studies and beyond.”

Preseton Evers (class of 2019) explored questions related to his senior thesis during his ProCES-funded summer internship. The experience grounded his theoretical interests and redirected his independent work. Preston explains the impact of his ProCES experience: “I went into my summer internship with the Center for Court Innovation with a romanticized understanding of restorative justice. I come away hopeful about the potential of restorative justice but also schooled in the drawbacks, challenges, and limitations of this alternative model of criminal justice. With these experiences in mind, I intend to write my senior thesis on black reparations under the rubric of restorative justice.”

Check out the ProCES summer research internship program and opportunities for ProCES-funded independent work to learn more about opportunities for next summer in New Jersey and around the world. Or, tell us about your ideas by making an appointment through WASE or emailing us at proces@princeton.edu

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Leah Seppanden Anderson
Associate Director of ProCES