Graduate Student Employment

Graduate study at Princeton, at both the doctoral and the master’s level, requires full-time commitment by students to their academic research and degree progress.  However, occasional participation in hourly employment, internships and external opportunities can complement one’s academic studies and provide professional development. 


Prior to accepting any hourly employment, internships or external opportunities, graduate students must review the Graduate School Employment Policy and Internship Policy and adhere to these policies while participating in such activities. International students also must comply with all rules on the Davis International Center’s employment page or risk violating their visa immigration status.

Hourly Employment

Princeton offers a variety of on-campus hourly employment opportunities for enrolled graduate students.

External Opportunities & Internships

An external opportunity is off-campus employment which is directly related to a graduate student's field of study and funded by an outside entity.  External opportunities include internships at corporations, positions at national labs or research institutes, or research assistantships conducted away from Princeton.

Professional Development

GradFUTURES provides funding for part-time experiential opportunities conducted at academic, government, non-profit and private organizations that have partnered with the Graduate School.

Impact to Graduate Student Funding

Part-time Employment

Graduate students may accept part-time employment during the Academic Year or Summer while maintaining their Princeton University funding, provided the part-time employment adheres to the Graduate Student Employment Policy

Full-time Employment (external opportunities & internships)

Graduate students forfeit stipend from University fellowships and/or salary from assistantships while engaged in full-time external opportunities and internships. Typically, students participating in full-time external opportunities and internships receive salary from their employers at a rate which meets or exceeds their student stipend.

Other Considerations

Graduate students receiving Princeton funding which prohibits participation in remunerative activities may not participate any part-time or full-time employment.  Honorific fellowships awarded by the Graduate School are examples of Princeton funding prohibiting participation in paid employment.

Graduate students funded by external fellowships must provide documentation from the fellowship sponsor confirm eligibility to perform hourly employment or participate in internships and external opportunities.