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Summer Internship Fellowship

Jake Stuebner in front of the West Virginia Capitol

Jake Stuebner in front of the West Virginia Capitol during his Public Policy summer internship with the West Virginia Department of Education. 

Photo courtesy of Jake Stuebner

Public Policy Summer Internship Funding

The Public Policy Program is happy to announce the 2019 summer internship fellowship program! These awards, of up to $5,000 each, are available to continuing Stanford Public Policy students interested in completing an unpaid summer internship with a public or non-profit organization. Eligible students must be pursuing a BA, BAH, MA, or MPP degree in Public Policy, be in good academic standing, and have completed sufficient coursework in the Public Policy core curriculum. Graduating students will not be eligible. This opportunity is one of more than 450 Cardinal Quarter opportunites through which Stanford undergraduates pursue a full-time summer or quarter-long public service experience with Stanford support.

Internships are expected to:

  1. Address a social problem or societal need.
  2. Benefit both the student and a community partner.
  3. Enable students to examine and reflect on public issues by integrating their academic learning and research with a direct service experience.
  4. Provide opportunities for student participants to explore and strengthen their civic identities, paying particular attention to:
    • Civic skills: well-honed abilities to do specific tasks in ways that advance the welfare of the community (e.g., gathering and analyzing information, communicating orally, in writing, and through social media, organizing to achieve a goal, etc.).
    • Civic dispositions: values and attitudes that guide thinking and create the potential for action (i.e., empathy, responsibility to serve, open-mindedness, ethical integrity).
    • Civic knowledge: understanding of social problems and policy challenges, and how they relate to democratic institutions and decision-making processes.
    • Civic practice: applying skills, dispositions, and knowledge toward positive social change. 

The internship must be related to the student’s program of study or career plans, provide a term minimum of 9 consecutive weeks of at least 35 hours per week.

A complete application includes all of the following:

  • 1 page statement of purpose, including applicant's interest in Public Policy and a proposal outlining the internship to be undertaken.
  • Itemized budget outlining how funds will be used and, if applicable, disclosing any other outside funding sought
  • An unofficial Stanford transcript 
  • Evidence of formal arrangements with an organization which includes the dates and responsibilities of your internship, and if you will be receiving any compensation. Email correspondence from the organization’s director or manager is acceptable.

The priority deadline to submit applications is March 1st, 2019, with a final deadline of April 5th, 2019. Click here to apply. Questions? Email

This is what some students had to say about their experiences:

“I loved the cohort experience--I learned so much from the 30+ BRILLIANT people I worked with this summer.”

“I was able to work on real and pressing policies, which was empowering and motivating. I realize that people value the skill sets we are building in the MPP program, and that gets me really excited for Practicum!”

“I used to view government as the most impactful sector for change, but hearing what a lot of nonprofits are doing on the ground through Taproot has changed that perception and I may be considering working for a nonprofit in the future.”

"It is most rewarding to know that the research being done is helping marginalized people build a voice in policy. I have also had the privilege of personally speaking to and learning from the experiences of those we are conducting research for."