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Submissions open: 
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Application deadline: 
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 23:59

Since December 2019, there has been an emerging public health concern regarding an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new strain of coronavirus, 2019 Novel Coronavirus, which was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Warningto avoid all nonessential travel to China. Additionally, the U.S. Department of State has elevated its travel advisory for China to Level 3: Reconsider Travel. Stanford is concurring with CDC recommendations that travelers avoid all non-critical travel to China.

In the event that we are not able to sponsor Global Studies internships in China this summer, students are advised to consider applying to positions outside of China. Students who have already applied to positions in China are now eligible to apply to other positions outside if China, even if they have already applied to two positions.

The safety and wellbeing of our students are our top priorities, and Stanford University is actively monitoring the developing situation with respect to the spread of disease and potential impacts to university functions. Please visit this pageto see a list of frequently asked questions about Stanford’s response to, and prevention of, 2019 Novel Coronavirus on campus.

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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.

Internship Department:  Program Operations & Marketing

Work description:

As a Keru intern, your main role will be in developing consulting content and leading our service trips as a program mentor.

Key Responsibilities


• Be a Program Mentor on two Keru field programs (typically 10-days engagements)

• Support student development by working with students during the field program in a variety of activities: teaching classroom lessons, 1:1 mentor time, reflection time, meals, group fun time and presentations to our local partners

• Prepare field program supplies, curriculum content and other operations before, during and after the field 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 our Keru field programs

• 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):

o Marketing: designing & writing social media posts on WeChat, Instagram, Facebook & LinkedIn etc.; researching marketing strategy and competitor comparison; videography & photography; website design & modifications

o Operations: designing, implementing & analyzing summer student, staff & parent surveys; tracking resources (e.g. student insurance) for field programs, seek ways to increase company operation efficiency

o 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

Project Focuses :




Eliminating Rural Poverty

Develop sustainable agricultural businesses to promote rural development

Yunnan, Guangdong, Chongqing, Thailand

Creating a Safe & Clean Environment

Ensure environmental protection though economic growth 

Guangdong, Sichuan, Cambodia, Malaysia

Holistic Health & Wellness

Increase physical and mental health indicators among underserved populations

Guangdong, Fujian, Yunnan, Malaysia

Educational Empowerment For All

Increase the provision of high-quality education for underserved students

Sichuan, Shanghai, Guangdong, Cambodia

Number of Opening(s):        3

Work Hours and Internship Start/End Dates: (Monday to Friday, June 15 –August 15, 2020):  Full time. Intern will be placed on one or two 10-day field based service learning projects.

Work Attire:   Casual

Language: Shanghai Office (English or Mandarin is OK), Southeast Asia Field Programs (English), China Field Programs (Mandarin strongly preferred).

Additional desired intern qualifications:

  • 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)
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and coterms who are undergraduates in all majors, including undeclared. Coterm students must still have undergraduate status. MA students in the Center for East Asian Studies are also eligible to apply.
  • Applicants 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 spring quarter. 

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.

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Stanford Global Studies Internship Program