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Global Studies Internship Program

Laura in Riga, Latvia
From the classroom into the world

The Stanford Global Studies (SGS) Division offers Stanford students an opportunity to extend classroom learning to immersive, cultural and professional experiences through the Global Studies Internship Program. 

Program identified internship positions cover a wide range of fields, including business, nonprofit, media, education, medicine, arts, technology, engineering, science, law, human rights, and government. The program also supports students for self-arranged internships at locations without travel warnings issued by the U.S. Department of State.

Currently enrolled freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and coterms at Stanford in ALL majors are eligible to apply, including undeclared students. Some positions in Asia are open to graduate students. 

The overall stipend base is $6,000 per student provided by the host organization, the program, or both.

Questions? Email Globalinternships@stanford.edu

Student interns in Taiwan

Important Dates

Applications are due in February, offers are announced in March, and internships begin in July.

Open Positions

Internship placements change each year.

FAQs

Can I propose a new internship opportunity? Will I get credit? Do I need a visa? What if I'm a freshman?
Jett at Lalela

Application

Applications open in January and are due in early February.
Ariadne Nichol

Meet Our Peer Advisors

Get to know past internship participants and ask them your questions in person.
Ali Hoffer

Giving

Would you like to host or fund a student internship? Learn more about how you can help us keep up with growing student demand.

Student Reflections

Kira Smiley

Mitsubishi Research Institute, Japan

Earth Systems Major, Class of 2018

 

"I was able to further expand and deepen my knowledge of my main area of study by working in the research, think tank and consulting sectors this summer in the Energy & Environment Unit at MRI. Besides researching the policies of different nations with regards to carbon taxes and the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals, I was able to build relationships with my coworkers and explore an amazing city and country. From dates to baseball games and Roppongi Hills tower, to climbing Mt. Fuji and visiting onsens (Japanese hot springs), to meeting with friends from a Japanese university in Osaka and Kyoto, I truly had an enriching experience."

Kira Smiley

Josh Petersen

Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) group in the European Parliament, Belgium

Philosophy and German Studies Major, Global Studies minor with a specialization in European Studies, Class of 2018

 

"On any given day, I might help brief members of parliament, analyze new legislation, or write independent research notes. I often attended meetings, hearings, and negotiations with other political parties. I even got to be a representative of the ALDE group in a meeting with top-level researchers from UNICEF, Amnesty International, and other NGOs. Most of the legislation I worked on will affect refugees, immigrants and asylum-seekers in the near future...Being at the European Parliament during the Brexit vote might be the most memorable thing that has ever, and possibly will ever, happen to me...I cannot express how grateful I am for this internship. Without the financial support of Stanford, none of this would have been possible. Giving such possibilities to other students, in my opinion, should be one of Stanford's number one priorities if it wishes to increase its representation in public service, government, and governance in the future."

 

Josh Petersen with the European Commissioner for Competition, Margrethe Vestager

Lillian Rogers

Policy Manager, U.S. Information Technoloy Office, Beijing

B.A. International Relations '13

 

“My two internships have been transformative, essentially launching my career. My first internship at the Beijing Policy Center gave me my first true taste of working in China and my second internship at Caixin News provided the source material for my honors thesis and also landed me my current job. As a government relations consultant, I’m able to do what I love: study China’s fascinating and complex political economy while also having a real-world impact by facilitating client successes. All of this is thanks to the internships I was able to participate in because of Stanford, which gave me experience, allowed me to hone my language skills, and helped me build connections here.”

 

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Lillian Rogers

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