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Yulou Zhou at Mitsubishi

Yulou Zhou, '20 at Mitsubishi Research Institute in Tokyo, Japan.

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  • Students must have been enrolled in classes for two quarters before they are eligible to participate in full-time Stanford-funded opportunities during a Flex Term. Therefore, these types of opportunities will only be available in Spring and Summer Quarter.

  • Students must have completed two full-time enrolled quarters this academic year by the time their internship opportunity begins, but these quarters do not have to be consecutive.

  • Students can only participate in the program by taking a Flex Term during the internship experience.

  • Students are not eligible to participate in the Program while on a Leave of Absence (Please review this video for an explanation of a Flex Term vs. a Leave of Absence and consult this page for a planning tool for your Term Options).

  • International students must consult with Bechtel before attempting to take a Flex Term without previous three quarters of full-time enrollment.
  • A student may not be funded for more than one full-time project in the 2020-21 academic year.
  • The Program is open to all undergraduate students. Seniors or co-terms are eligible as long as they do not confer their undergraduate degrees until after they complete their internships to remain eligible. Coterm students must still have undergraduate status. Positions in South Asia and Iranian Studies are also open to Master's students in all majors. Positions in East Asia are open to MA students majoring in East Asian Studies. 
  • Participants must be current Stanford students during the internship period. Seniors and graduating Master's students must postpone graduation paperwork until the internship ends, but may participate in commencement. For summer graduation requirements, including details regarding enrollment requirements and information about participation in the June commencement ceremonies, students should contact their major department's student services office and Registrar's Office for graduation quarter petition.

  • Local language skills are based on the internship description requirements.

  • Global Studies minors receive preference for the program.

  • Preferably, before beginning their internships, selected candidates should have taken at least one course regarding the internship region. The course can be taken in the quarter prior to the internship. 

  • Interns must commit to full-time work (a minimum of 35 hours per week) for at least 8 weeks. 

  • To be eligible for a stipend, students must maintain health insurance for the duration of their internship.


  • Undergraduate and graduate students in this internship program will receive a stipend from the program, the host organization, or both, to assist with housing, living expenses, and airfare. The overall stipend base (from the program, the host organization, or both) is $6,000 for an on-site internship and $5,000 for a virtual internship. Students are responsible for expenses beyond the stipend support.

  • Though your housing arrangement will vary from company to company, at a minimum the stipend will be sufficient to cover international airfare, local standard housing, local meals, local transportation, and other basic living expenses. 

  • All students will be required to provide their own international health insurance for the duration of their stay. Cardinal Care includes coverages in the summer.

  • If housing is not provided by the host organization, students are responsible for arranging their own accommodations. Host organizations and former interns can provide leads for housing.

Applications are due on January 4th, 2021. 

Please read the following instructions carefully:


  2. Go to the specific position.

  3. Click "Apply Now" on the upper right corner of the application form - you can find the application form for each position on the internship position page;

  4. Click "Update your SOLO profile" to create and update a profile;

  5. In addition to an application form, you will be asked to upload a resume, a personal statement, and an unofficial transcript, all in PDF. You are strongly encouraged to reach out to BEAM to help with your resume.

  6. If a Letter of Recommendation is required, request the Letter on the right of the application form. Complete the rest of the application questions and click "Review and Submit.

  • Each applicant can apply for a maximum of two program-arranged positions. If you apply for more than two positions, we will only consider the first two positions submitted. EXCEPTIONS: your application for program-arranged positions in India, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Estonia, Latvia, Russia, Slovenia, and Ukraine, as well as the Monica Miller Walsh Grant and Pessoa-Trejos Grant are exempt from this restriction. 

  • Your statement helps us evaluate your fit with that particular position. We need to know why you are applying for that position and what particular skills you can bring, including self-arranged positions. Please write within 500 words or one page. If you are selected in the first screening process taking place at Stanford, your statement will be sent to the host organization. Thus, it would be a good idea to write a convincing statement that can make the organization excited about having you onboard. Please remember to change the organization name if you use the same statement for all of your applications.

  • Your application can be for program-arranged or/and self-arranged internships. Your statement for a self-arranged position should include host organization name, website, internship address, dates, contact person email and phone number, as well as the job content and an itemized budget. Confirmation of acceptance from a host organization is not required until the time of the funding disbursement in the quarter prior to your internship.

  • Please note these positions require an itemized budget: Self-Arranged and positions co-sponsored with Monica Miller Walsh Grant and Pessoa-Trejos Grant, Center for Latin American Studies. The budget can be general, including items such as airfare, room & board, health insurance, vaccination(s), local transportation, etc.

  • Stanford internship candidates will be selected based on overall fit with the program and with the position for which they are applying. In most cases, Stanford will conduct the initial screening of applicants. The host organizations will then review the applications and, in some cases, conduct interviews to finalize their selection.

  • Preference will be given to students who have not had similar internship experiences in the same country.

  • Stanford reserves the right to cancel or modify the program before or during its operation for any reason, including natural disasters, emergencies, or compliance with the University travel policy: “When it comes to undergraduate students, Stanford-sponsored or Stanford-organized trips are prohibited to countries or regions and locations within a country where the U.S. Department of State has issued an official Travel Advisory of Level 4 (“Do Not Travel”) or Level 3 (“Reconsider Travel”) for either the country destination, or for the particular region or location of intended travel within the country destination, or where there is other reliable information of significant health or safety risks. No university funds or resources may be used, or university sponsorship provided, in support of travel to these locations.

If you have ANY questions, please email Please also see FAQ.

Orientations & Visa Applications

  • Please see Travel Information.

  • Pre-departure orientation at Stanford and spring/summer events will be hosted through the program.

  • You are required to make sure to have a passport, with at least one blank visa page, that is valid for at least six months after date of departure from the host country.

  • Documentation for applying for visas will be provided by the host organizations.

  • You will need to apply for visas with the proper invitation letters and visa papers; the visa application fee is your responsibility.

  • As always, international students should consult the Bechtel International Center about their individual visa status.