We congratulate all the 2017 graduates, including the more than 107 who held a PICS internship during their time at Princeton. As the relative quiet of summer takes hold on the Princeton campus, most of our 168 PICS interns for 2017 are already out in the field working in internships all across the country and abroad. They are living the Princeton's motto of "service to humanity", and burnishing Princeton's reputation by their service to others. Many will return to campus in the Fall deeply changed by their experiences. Some will have found their calling, but all will have a better appreciation of the deep satisfaction that comes from service and giving back for all they receive at Princeton.

Meanwhile, we are about to begin accepting applications from organizations seeking a PICS intern in summer 2018, when we expect to have an even larger cohort. If you know of an organization that could provide a meaningful internship, or if you would like to get involved with PICS as an Alumni Partner, please give us a call.

Charles C. Freyer '69
Chairman, PICS Program

On the evening of June 13, PICS sponsored a wonderful speaker panel entitled "Life in the Federal Courts," hosted by Magistrate Judge Cheryl L. Pollak '75 and PICS board member Steve Houck '69 in Brooklyn, NY.   Panelists included Richard Tucker '01, Deirdre von Dornum *94, Michael Hueston and U.S. Marshall Darrell King. 

Justine Hamilton '17, recently began working full-time as the Student Program Coordinator for PICS. She graduated in the class of 2017 and is currently a Project 55 fellow. She majored in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with a certificate in Global Health and Health Policy. She was a PICS intern in 2015 for the Network Performance Group at Montefiore Medical Center, and participated in several service-oriented groups while she was a Princeton student. She is grateful for the opportunity to give back to the PICS program, which helped hone her desire to pursue a career in medicine.
"The PA of New England (PANE) dedicated its 2017 PICS summer internship contribution to PICS in honor of Robert S. Mueller '66.    Mr. Mueller spoke to  some 150 PANE members and guests and Princeton Prize in Race Relations honorees and their families on May 16--the evening prior to his appointment as special counsel for the Russia investigation.   
"Your long and distinguished career in public service, as a U.S. Attorney and FBI director for 12 years, embodies the essence of the PICS program," said Bob Ruxin '76, president of PANE.  

A great PICS Reception at Reunions - congratulating 2017 graduates and enjoying time with friends

It has been great having Victoria as an intern this summer-she has already dived right in and seems to be a perfect fit for College Summit.  We are lucky to have her!


Emma Levine , College Summit

"This morning to start my third day of work, I joined Voices Of Community Activists & Leaders (VOCAL-NY), my PICS internship organization, in front of New York City Hall as we led a press conference joined by our partners including Katal and The Legal Aid Society urging the mayor, governor, and state representatives to take more substantive action on bail reform, including regulating the commercial bail bond industry, which greatly disadvantages and cheats poor communities of color in Brooklyn and across the city. Bail reform is a critical step to decreasing even further the New York prison population and closing Rikers Island as soon as possible."
Chandler Cleveland '18 is interning at Voices of Community & Activist Leaders (VOCAL-NY) in Brooklyn, NY
My name is Izzy Mangan and I am a rising junior at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey. I am studying History with a certificate in Environmental Studies. I am also a member of the women's lacrosse team, and several other organizations including Princeton Students for Gender Equality and Greenleaders. I am super excited for this  PICS internship with QLF due to the outdoor adventures that we will be able to go on and being surrounded by beautiful landscape. Additionally, I look forward to teaching youth about the environment and their ability to become more aware and change their level of impact. All of these experiences will be new to me, given that I have never held a job like this, which means everything will be a teaching moment. Overall, I cannot wait to start working with QLF and meeting new people along with learning more about our surrounding environment and spreading this knowledge to others. 

Almost exactly one year to the day after I defended my Senior Thesis to the Princeton Psychology Department, I stood in front of a crowd at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Meeting in San Francisco and presented the findings of my study entitled Pediatric Growth Curves in Secondary Prevention of Eating Disorders: Closing the Diagnostic Gap between Onset of BMI Suppression and Clinical Presentation. What had begun as a Princeton Internships in Civic Service project had grown into something much greater.

I was granted a place in PICS' 2015 Summer program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), thanks to Dr. Evan Fieldston, the assistant professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and Director of Clinical Operations at CHOP. After discussing my interests in clinical research and Eating Disorders (EDs) in pediatric populations, Dr. Fieldston introduced me to Dr. Rebecka Peebles, an Adolescent Medicine Specialist and Co-director of the Eating Disorder Assessment and Treatment Program at CHOP, who became my mentor.

That summer, I was provided with innumerable opportunities from Dr. Fieldston, Dr. Peebles, and other Princeton alums. I shadowed in the Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine, and Outpatient Clinics of CHOP, and spent a day with another Princeton alum, Dr. Erica Thaler, observing endoscopic sinus surgeries and tonsillectomies. I connected to a half dozen other Princeton grads through PICS, who provided me with suggestions of where to eat and what to do in Philadelphia, hosted me for dinner with other Philly area PICS interns, and offered advice for my Senior year at Princeton and applying to medical school.

While assisting Dr. Peebles and her team with data collection and analysis, I began working on the project that would become my Thesis. I used a retrospective chart review method and patients' historical growth curves to quantify and describe Body Mass Index (BMI), suppression, and stagnant growth in Eating Disorder patients prior to the reported onset of their disease. Earlier studies have described weight loss prior to ED onset, but this was the first study of its kind to describe BMI suppression prior to disease onset in pediatric and adolescent patients and in girls and boys.

The abstract from the study, co-authored by Dr. Peebles and a number of truly wonderful medical students, psychiatrists, and nutritionists from CHOP was accepted as part of a Poster Symposium on Obesity and Disordered Eating: Obesity, Weight Bias, and Eating Disorders at PAS 2017.

The cover slide of my presentation at the PAS 2017 Poster Symposium
on Obesity and Disordered Eating: Obesity, Weight Bias, and Eating Disorders

Together with Dr. Peebles, Erin Sieke of the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, and Kathryn Pallegedara from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, I created a poster and presentation for the Poster Symposium.

On May 8th, I addressed a group of ED specialists, obesity specialists, general practitioners, and pediatricians, to advocate for the importance of early diagnosis of Eating Disorders and the potential for early intervention in patients who display abnormal growth patterns on their growth curves. This project and future studies may help improve outcomes for children and adolescents with Eating Disorders and develop tools for screening for EDs in males and females of any age.

None of this would have been possible without the support provided by Princeton Internships in Civic Service. The opportunities the PICS program affords are remarkable, and I look forward to becoming a PICS partner in the future.

Amelia Warshaw is a member of the Great Class of 2016 and is pursuing her MD at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

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Robert Andre 1969
Robert A. Axelrod 1969
Ralph E. Binder 1970
Richard Bott 1969
Dina Brewer 1988
Robert Brown 1969
Andy Brown 1969
Anne & J. William Charrier H'1969, 1969
Thomas Cooper Jr. 1969
John Draper 1969
Martin Eichelberger 1967
Martha & Roderick Ferguson S'1969, 1969
Tom Fleming 1969
James A. Floyd 1969
Charles C. Freyer 1969
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James A. Gregoire 1969
Bruce Hillman 1969
Stephen D. Houck 1969
Harold A. Jerry 1969
Richard C.J. Kitto 1969
Dawn Leaness 2006
Eve G. Lesser 1977
Yung Bong Lim 1987
Robert Loveman 1969
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Clay McEldowney 1969
James McGonigle 1985
Suzanne M. McSorley 1977
Mike Porter 1969
Robert Raymar 1969
Cleveland D. Rea, Jr. 1969
Jim Robertson 1991
Randall T. Shepard 1969
Paul Sittenfeld 1969
Hayden Smith 1969
Mary Strother 1990
Robert J. Wolfe 1969
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