A feature that sets ASAP apart from other summer internships is that the program encourages students to continue in a mentored research experience or professional internship on their home campus through the academic year. At the time of application to ASAP, students may identify a faculty or staff mentor at their home institution--for instance, an independent study or research seminar instructor, internship supervisor, McNair faculty mentor, primary investigator, senior thesis advisor, etc.--who will supervise the student's research experience or internship in the academic year following the Summer Institute. If a student has not yet identified such a mentor, research project, or internship, then they may work with the ASAP staff, and faculty or administrators on the student's home campus, to identify an opportunity before the academic year begins.
At the end of the Summer Institute, the ASAP intern, Princeton Supervising Mentor, and Home-Campus Mentor are asked to meet together on at least one occasion, to reflect on learnings from the summer experience and establish objectives for the student's academic-year experience that build upon those learnings. The program is also designed so that the Home-Campus Mentor and Princeton Supervising Mentor meet at least one additional time without the student, to discuss possible collaborations in their research or professional work.
As members of the ASAP community, Home-Campus Mentors are invited to participate in the ASAP Mentor Orientation in May, attend the Summer Symposium in August to see their student and others present, and engage in academic-year ASAP programming. This may include serving as a facilitator or respondent for an ASAP student's work-in-progress; workshopping the Home-Campus Mentor's own projects for feedback from the ASAP community; offering a session in an area of their expertise; hosting ASAP participants at relevant events at their institution; or organizing colloquia in collaboration with other ASAP Home-Campus Mentors, Princeton Supervising Mentors, and ASAP interns. In this way, ASAP Home-Campus Mentors build their own academic and professional networks, while serving as points of connection between their own institutions and the ASAP program at Princeton.
A Home-Campus Mentors who supervises an ASAP intern's research or internship experience for a full academic year following the ASAP Summer Institute, gains access to the following benefits (all through May 31, 2023):
- Designation as a Princeton University Emma Bloomberg Center for Access & Opportunity Fellow
- Funds to support their own research and professional development,
- Funds to offset the costs of transportation to ASAP community events,
- Access to Princeton University Library resources, and
- Participation in programming with the community of ASAP mentors and interns, to build networks across campuses.