Tiger Challenge Summer

Students at a table outside McCaffrey's Market

Social Impact Showcase

July 18, 2024

This summer, community-minded undergraduates have been working with the Princeton Municipality and the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to design interventions to bridge the gap between the municipality and the Princeton community.

Over the last few weeks, the Tiger Challenge program members have been speaking with residents, gathering data, analyzing research, and building prototypes that can significantly impact the population.

The seven-person cohort of impact designers will present their recommendations to the municipality, community stakeholders, and campus partners at the Keller Center's upcoming Tiger Challenge Social Impact Showcase.

About the program

As a human-centered design program, Tiger Challenge provides:

  • Inspiration and Motivation: Through exposure to leading design luminaries and innovative firms, igniting passion for design and innovation
  • Hands-On Learning: Workshops, studio visits to apply design principles to real-world challenges, working with community partners on-site
  • Networking and Career Opportunities: Connections with professionals and peers in the design industry, opening doors for internships, job opportunities, and mentorship relationships
  • Exploration of Design Disciplines: Explore a diverse range of design disciplines during their field trips to design hubs
  • Continued Learning and Growth: Apply newfound knowledge and skills to academic year opportunities, building on experiences and furthering the journey as designers and innovators


  • Participants will learn how to practice human-centered design and design thinking in a real-life project
  • Assignment of well-established community partners, plus Princeton advisor
  • Targeted workshops and lectures open only to Tiger Challenge participants
  • Networking opportunities with social innovators, designers, and consultants
  • $5,000 stipend
  • Campus housing and meal plan
  • Summer internship counts towards Entrepreneurship (ENT) certificate practicum
  • End-of-summer presentation to the public
  • Participate in Princeton Research Day


  • Currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate Princeton University students at the time of application
  • Graduate students must provide written approval from their faculty advisor prior to committing to the program
  • All majors are welcomed and encouraged
  • I-9 not required

Key Dates

  • February 19, 2024: Application opens
  • March 15, 2024: Application closes
  • March 19-21, 2024: Interviews conducted
  • March 25, 2024: Offers extended
  • March 29, 2024: Commitment deadline
  • April 1, 2024: Cohort finalized
  • June 2, 2024: Move-in
  • June 3, 2024: Summer Program Kickoff Barbecue

  • June 3-7, 2024: Welcome/orientation

  • July 18, 2024: End-of-summer presentations
  • August 3, 2024: Move-out

The Summer 2024 application is now closed; be notified when the Summer 2025 application opens.