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Submissions open: 
Thursday, October 1, 2020
Application deadline: 
Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - 23:59

Host Organization:   Keru


Organization Profile: Keru combines the concepts of social impact consulting and education to deliver real world impact to mission-driven partners while imparting valuable knowledge, skills and awareness to students. As a consultancy, we help grassroots-level non-profits and social enterprises in rural China and Southeast Asia to increase impact. As an education organization, we design and run service learning programs for high school students (typically ages 14-18) based on our real client engagements. On these trips, students travel to rural China and Southeast Asia to work with project leaders, mentors, and content experts to propose real consulting solutions to our clients and gain valuable professional experience. Keru is a group of close-knit individuals that enjoys tackling complex challenges and solving difficult problems. As a cross-cultural company, we relish open-mindedness and treasure the diversity of our team. We have a full time team of 6 and a part time staff over 50.

City:  Shanghai, China

Internship format:  Virtual/remote  OR  in-person (This option is pending university policy.)

Internship Department:  Program, Operations & Marketing Departments

Work description: As a Keru intern (remote or in-person) you will undertake several projects within Keru’s Program, Marketing and Operations departments which will have meaningful and lasting impact not only upon the growth of our enterprise, but also how we can better help our non-profit partners. Depending on the intern’s individual background and interests, Keru managers will work with the interns on high-level projects (e.g. new marketing campaigns, social media development, consulting module research, program content development, educational product innovation etc.). By doing so, Stanford interns will have first-hand experience developing professional skillsets and utilizing them in real business and education contexts.

Key Responsibilities


  • Be a Program Mentor on at least one Keru (field or online) consulting program (10-day program, with approx. 10 hrs of online instruction), supporting students by teaching online lessons, 1:1 mentor time, and helping students prepare their consulting deliverables to our local partners
  • Prepare some curriculum content and other online operations before, during and after the program.


  • Research and develop consulting content in different social sector areas for our local partners, such as: business plan development, marketing materials creation, pure field research reporting, summer camp operations, impact assessment and more.
  • Participate in local partner engagements through phone calls and live video conferencing
  • Assist in building out engagement plans and templates for Keru’s current and future social impact consulting engagements
  • Help Keru to research, audit and record our “Impact from the Field”

Office Internal Work

  • Assist Keru to do a variety of internal tasks based upon candidate’s strengths, suitability and necessity. This may include (but not limited to):
  1. Marketing: Keru LIVE marketing campaign; designing & writing social media posts on WeChat, Instagram, Facebook & LinkedIn etc.; researching marketing strategy and competitor comparison; website design & modifications
  2. Operations: designing, implementing & analyzing summer student, staff & parent surveys, seek ways to increase company operation efficiency
  3. Social Impact Research: Assist Keru’s Head of Research on latest research projects and social impact development, usually in the form of writing research reports

Number of Opening(s):        Spring : 2  / Summer : 4

Work Hours and Internship Start/End Dates: (Monday to Friday,  April 12 –June 4, 2021, OR June 21- August 13, 2021 ):  Full time/ Five days a week

Work Attire:   Casual

Language:  Chinese

Not required: Local language is not required; however we do prefer individuals with Chinese language skills for our in-person programs

Additional desired intern qualifications:

  • Excellent working independently and remotely
  • Superior oral communication skills
  • Curiosity, ability to lead, creative problem-solver who can find resources to make it happen
  • Strong project management skills, ability to juggle multiple projects at once
  • Consulting background a plus
  • Passion and experience working with students in an educational context
  • For China-based programs, intermediate or advanced Chinese is strongly preferred
China (PRC)
United States of America (Stanford off-campus)
City or Cities: 
  • Internship duration must be at least 8 weeks full-time (35+ hours/week) in a non-academic quarter (Flex Term).
  • 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.
  • This position is open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and coterms who are undergraduates in all majors, including undeclared. Coterm students must still have undergraduate status. Graduate students in the Center for East Asian Studies and East Asian Languages and Cultures are also eligible to apply, but only for the summer quarter. 
  • Participants must be current Stanford students during the internship period. Seniors 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.
  • 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. 

For more internship positions provided by the Stanford Global Studies Internship Program, please see our internship listing

Each applicant can apply for a maximum of two program-arranged positions. If you apply more than two positions, we will only accept the first two applications based on the time of your submission. 

For more information, please see Eligibility and Stipend.

Time of Year: 
Spring, Summer
Open To: 


Stanford Global Studies Internship Program