Can I apply to more than one of the available ASAP internships?
Yes. You will need to complete distinct application materials as required for each opportunity and submit them separately to each project's listed contact.
Can I apply to opportunities in both the Scholar and Professional Pathways?
Yes. You do not have to restrict yourself to any specific pathway when applying to ASAP; you are able to simultaneously apply to any opportunity from either pathway.
Is the application deadline the same for all of the internship opportunities?
Yes. All application materials, including the ASAP Personal Information Form, must be submitted no later than 11:59pm on Friday, April 1, 2022.
I’ll be graduating this May or December; am I eligible for ASAP?
No. The ASAP program is designed as a full-year experience that begins at the Summer Institute and continues with an academic-year mentored research or professional experience at the student's home campus.
This is two say, you will need to have at least two semesters left of college career to be eligible for ASAP; it does not matter whether you graduate in May or December.
Will the summer institute take place in person or virtually?
For summer 2022, the ASAP Summer Institute will take place in person on Princeton University's campus. During the Summer Institute, interns may choose to live in on-campus housing provided by the program or commute to campus regularly for workshops, internship responsibilities, and community activities.
Interns who select to live on campus during the Summer Institute will have their housing covered by the ASAP program during that period. Commuting students will receive funds in the amount of $250 per week to put toward summer housing and/or transportation (for example, NJ Transit pass, personal vehicle mileage and tolls, Über or Lyft fare, etc.) costs. Parking will be available at no charge on Princeton’s campus.
How many days a week will I need to commute to campus in the summer?
It depends. The number of days you spend per week on Princeton’s campus will depend on the work needs of your internship placement, as well as on weekly program requirements.
We will host mandatory in-person workshops will take place three days a week from 1:30-3:30pm to support your internship experience. Additional time that you need to spend on campus will depend on the circumstances of your internship placement, as some internships may require regular in-person interaction while others may be done more remotely.
Be sure to discuss these requirements with the supervising mentor during your interview and, if selected, before the summer begins.
How are mentoring assignments decided? Will my internship supervisor also serve as my mentor throughout the Summer Institute?
Before the ASAP application period begins, Princeton faculty and staff members design projects that are tailored for ASAP interns. We call those faculty and staff members "supervising mentors" in recognition of their dual role as the project supervisor and as a mentor for the ASAP intern. Some internships, particularly on the Professional Pathway, may involve multiple projects that will be supervised by different individuals in the unit or organization at Princeton that is hosting the internship. In such cases, the supervising mentor will meet weekly with the ASAP intern and serve as the primary point of connection between their unit and the ASAP program.
Will all interviews happen after the application deadline?
Not necessarily. Projects and Pathways that require interviews as part of their application process may invite you to an interview at any point after you have submitted a complete application. Therefore, you may be contacted for an interview ahead of the March 25 application deadline.
Please note, not all internships will require interviews.
Will interviews be virtual or on site at Princeton University?
It depends. Most interviews will take place virtually. To learn about the interview protocol for any particular ASAP internship, reach out to the contact person listed with the internship description.
The program covers $1,000 in project-related expenses for the student's research or professional experience, how do I access those fund?
Funds are available for research or professional development expenditures that are mutually agreed upon by the ASAP intern and their supervising mentor. To access funds, those two individuals must email the ASAP Director together with a description and budget for the proposed expenditure. The Princeton unit sponsoring the internship will manage purchases made during the Summer Institute. To access research or professional development funds during the academic year, contact the ASAP Director.
If I complete the free GRE course throughout the Summer, will ASAP pay for me to take the test?
Yes. The ASAP program will cover one Graduate Record Examination (GRE) registration fee (by direct payment or reimbursement) for any ASAP interns who attend, participate actively, and complete all assignments in the optional GRE prep course provided as part of the Summer Institute.
Will my supervising mentor continue to be a resource after the Summer Institute and throughout the academic year?
Yes. The ASAP program is designed to foster ongoing relationships between you and the various people you will meet during your time in the program. Some of the summer professional development workshops will focus on things that you can do to build and maintain those relationships with intention. Supervising mentors will continue to be available beyond the summer for references, recommendations, or other purposes, so long as you are proactive about cultivating your connection with them in an ongoing manner.
If accepted through the Scholar Pathway, can I participate in opportunities for the Professional Pathway or change my mind and switch completely to another Pathway?
The "Pathway" of any particular internship placement in ASAP is determined ahead of the summer by the supervising mentor. For internships listed with both the Scholar and Professional Pathway designation, the selected intern(s) will be able to choose either pathway, in consultation with their supervising mentor, and must communicate that to the ASAP Director before the Summer Institute begins. Interns on the Scholar Pathways participate in all of the same ASAP programming as interns on the Professional Pathway--including weekly professional development workshops, small-group project accountability coaching, co-curricular community-building activities, and an end-of-summer public presentation--but Scholar Pathways interns commit to twice weekly humanities research methods workshops as well. Interns on the Professional Pathway are welcome to participate in as many of these workshops as they would like, by agreement with their supervising mentor.
What does program participation look like during the academic year? Are there any requirements?
At the conclusion of the Summer Institute, ASAP interns are required to meet at least one time with their Princeton supervising mentor and their home campus mentor together, to reflect on the summer experience and establish research or professional internship goals for the academic year. Interns in the ASAP program, along with their Princeton supervising mentors and home campus mentors, will also be invited to participate in academic-year programming at Princeton or other participating home campuses. Transportation reimbursements will be provided for travel to academic-year events.