Aspiring Scholars and Professionals


Aspiring Scholars and Professionals (ASAP) is a cohort program at Princeton’s Emma Bloomberg Center for Access & Opportunity, designed to introduce undergraduates from other New Jersey colleges and universities to higher education careers in the humanities and qualitative social sciences. The program begins with a nine-week summer institute on the campus of Princeton University. During that time, students participate in professional development and research methods workshops, and are paired with a Princeton faculty or staff member for a research or professional internship. Unlike other summer internship programs, ASAP aims to help connect students with faculty or staff members on their home campuses, for academic-year research or professional internships. Periodic programming at Princeton, throughout the academic year following the summer, seeks to bring together ASAP interns, their home campus mentors, and Princeton summer mentors to inspire cross-institutional connections.

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Bloomfield College students granted prestigious summer internships at Princeton University
June 7, 2022

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Building Databases and Constructing Community
Dec. 2, 2021

"This summer, three Princeton undergraduate interns—Iliyah Coles ’22 (ENG), Priyanka Aiyer ’23 (ENG), Sam Himmelfarb ’23 (ENG)—and one Rutgers undergraduate intern, Robert Chiossi, worked with the Shakespeare and Company Project. Robert was an Aspiring Scholars and Professionals Scholar, which is a new summer program for college…

Kean Students Climb Higher through Summer Research
Nov. 3, 2021

"[Anna] Ferster, a communication/media and film major from Marlton, interned with Aspiring Scholars and Professionals at Princeton University, a selective program created to support students from underrepresented communities and backgrounds. 

She worked on a documentary investigation called