- Please refer to each position for specific requirements.
- Stanford strongly recommends the Covid-19 vaccinations for students. Policies regarding travel (domestic or international) and international internships will be updated as University policies evolve. Visit International Affairs Health Advisories for the most current travel guidance and restrictions for international travel.
- Travel Reservations : All interns are strongly encouraged to utilize Stanford Travel, a centralized booking program, when booking air fare, hotels, or rental cars for their internship experiences.
- Students must be enrolled at Stanford in the quarter when they apply for an internship opportunity (Winter), and will need to be enrolled in undergraduate study in the quarter when grant funding is disbursed (Spring). Applicants participating in off-campus Stanford programs are welcome to apply, but it is the responsibility of the applicant to compile, collate, and submit a complete application.
- Internship participants must certify that they are in good academic standing, and may not participate in the program or receive or retain internship stipends if they are on suspension.
- International students must consult with Bechtel about interning in the U.S. or traveling out of the U.S. in the summer.
- 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. Note: Only seniors who will be returning to coterm for all of next year, are eligible to apply for positions in Belgium and Estonia.
- 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.
- Violations of Global Studies Internship Program policies are also violations of the Fundamental Standard and may be referred to the Office of Community Standards. Students who fail to abide by the policies set forth by the Global Studies Internship Program, Stanford Global Studies, and Stanford University will have low priority or no longer eligible for future Stanford Global Studies funding opportunities and programs. The Global Studies Internship Program reserves the right to rescind funding at any given point and time should they be apprised of any policy violations as outlined above.
- Students in this internship program will receive a stipend from the program, the host organization, or both, to assist with housing and living expenses on site, and airfare to and from site. Stipends are not salaries. The overall stipend base (from the program, the host organization, or both) is $7,000 for an on-site internship and $5,500 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 28, 2024 for pre-designed internships, and February 5, 2024* for self arranged internships (*France Stanford pre-designed internships are due Feb. 5, 2024)
Please read the following instructions carefully:
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Resume, personal statement, and transcript
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 CareerEd to help with your resume.
Letter of Recommendation
If a Letter of Recommendation is required, you will be asked to provide the name and contact details of your recommender. A request will be sent to your recommender to submit their recommendation letter.
- 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 Belgium, Estonia, and Latvia, are exempt from this restriction. Although you are allowed to apply to multiple positions in these countries and you might be selected for multiple positions, you can only be awarded with one internship.
- 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: “For undergraduate students, Stanford-sponsored or Stanford-organized trips are prohibited to countries or regions and locations within a country where International SOS risk rating (either the medical risk or travel risk) is “High” or “Extreme,” or where there is other reliable information of significant health or safety risks 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. To determine a location’s International SOS medical and travel risk ratings, click “Know My Risks” and select the destination country (immediately below and to the left of “Learn About Your Risks”).
No university funds or resources may be used, university sponsorship provided, or academic credit awarded, in support of travel to these locations. All individuals engaging in university-sponsored travel must comply with all applicable travel policies.”
If you have ANY questions, please email globalinternships [at] stanford.edu (globalinternships[at]stanford[dot]edu). 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 two blank visa pages, 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.