Princeton Project 55 Fellowships: Launch a life of civic leadership
The Princeton Project 55 Fellowships program connects talented Princeton graduates with some of the most effective and innovative public interest organizations around the United States. Our Fellows spend a year working in substantive, paid positions and join a lifelong community of more than 1,500 Princeton alumni who have launched their postgraduate lives through Project 55.
What makes a Project 55 Fellowship unique is our holistic approach to personal and professional development. Fellows engage in learning opportunities through three intentional aspects of the Fellowship program:
1) a professional placement
2) an alumni mentor
3) structured seminars
This formative, immersive experience instills in each Fellow a greater awareness of critical social issues, a deeper understanding of their capacity to bring about change, and a lifelong commitment to civic engagement. Fellows are able to affect social change by contributing to an organizational mission that is personally and professionally meaningful to their future.
Partner organizations have hired Project 55 Fellows to work in sectors such as urban policy, healthcare, mass incarceration, youth development, climate change, educational equity, arts education, and civil rights, to name a few. New organizations are added every year, with AlumniCorps actively seeks new partnerships based on community needs and the interests of recent Princeton graduates. Our partner organizations range from traditional nonprofits to major foundations to public-private partnerships, and Fellows are exposed to a range of methods for creating social change. Project 55 partner organizations provide Fellows with significant responsibility and excellent supervision as they work on projects that matter and gain transferable skills that will prepare them for any future career.
Each Fellow is matched with an alumni mentor who can provide professional advice, introduce the Fellow to the community, and serve as an ongoing resource throughout the Fellowship year. Mentors take their Fellows out to dinner, show them what’s great about their new city, troubleshoot issues as they arise at work, provide advice on careers and graduate school, and challenge the Fellows to think about what kind of leaders they want to be.
All Project 55 Fellows also attend regular seminars organized by local committees of alumni volunteers and former Fellows. The seminars are an integral part of the Project 55 experience, giving Fellows the opportunity to learn about public issues, meet nonprofit and community leaders, and develop new professional skills. Because seminars frequently include fellows from other schools like Harvard, Stanford, and the University of Chicago, these gatherings give Project 55 Fellows the chance to network with other young professionals working in the public interest.
To learn more, email Hema Lochan, Program Associate, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To see a complete history of Fellows and Partner Organizations, visit our Alumni Directory.
To apply, visit the Applications Page.