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Class of 1969 fund allows for paid summer internships

Those undergraduates and graduates interested in performing community service this summer need look no further than the Class of 1969 for financial and organizational support.

Available internships arranged through the Class of 1969 Community Service Fund include reporting on issues of public accountability at The Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C., and assisting refugees at sites around the world in conjunction with the International Rescue Committee.


The internships pay $280 a week for a ten week period, according to Jim Gregoire '69, the fund's chairman. In most cases, housing is not provided, although each intern is matched with a member from the Class of 1969 who can assist the student in finding suitable accommodations.

"We provide a mentor for each student from the class of '69 who is committed to making your summer the most positive experience it can possibly be," said Seva Kramer, administrator for the fund.

"You know how Princeton is one big family – that's what this is," said Kramer. "It's a great program because it's so personal," she added.

Expanding opportunities

Most of the internships have been proposed by alumni and involve organizations that the alumni are interested in. There will be 25 internships funded this summer, the third year of the program. This year's budget is about $70,000, Gregoire said.

"We're going to try and grow to create more opportunity for Princeton students," he added.

The Class of 1969 Community Service Fund is also working with the Princeton-in-Asia program to cosponsor six graduates of the classes of '96 and '97 who will study in Vietnam.


The deadline for applications to the program is February 20. "The two most important (parts of your application) are your prior experience in community service, and we read carefully the essay detailing why you would like to pursue a particular project," Kramer said.

Motivation for program

According to Gregoire, the idea for a community service fund arose out of discussions immediately before and after the 25th reunion of the Class of 1969. After making a major contribution to annual giving and creating the 1969 Memorial Garden on campus, the class decided to create internships, he said.

By funding the internships, the class hopes to motivate students to consider involvement and possibly careers with not-for-profit organizations, Gregoire said. The class also hopes to foster interaction between students and alumni, he added.

"There was a consensus that the program would be beneficial to both the students and our classmates," Gregoire explained.

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"It's a way for us to pass on the tradition of Princeton in the nation's service and in the service of the world," Gregoire said.