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Cardinal Quarter

2024 Stanford in Government Stipends. Round 2

Arts & Media, 
Education & Youth Development, 
Environmental Sustainability, 
Human Rights, 
Technology & Engineering, 
Law, Policy & Justice

Stanford in Government (SIG) is a nonpartisan, student-run organization dedicated to promoting political awareness, providing public service opportunities and fellowships, and assisting students in their search for quality experiences in the public policy arena. The Stipends program provides motivated Stanford undergraduates with funding for unpaid summer policy internships. Since a majority of internships in the fields of policy and government are unpaid, the Stipends Program seeks to encourage students to pursue unpaid policy internships by making these professional opportunities more accessible.

Round 2 applications are due on April 16.

Please refer to the SIG Stipend Applicant Guidelines for additional program requirements and policies.

Interested in hearing more? Learn about our past Stipends Recipients!

You might also be interested in our answers to Frequently Asked Questions about SIG summer opportunities.

Fellowships and stipends require a commitment of at least nine weeks of full-time work during the spring or summer and provide students with stipends of at least $6,500 to cover most of the essential costs associated with an unpaid service experience. Financial aid and supplemental funding is available to students who qualify.



  • Students must be enrolled for winter and spring quarters of this year and be in good academic standing to be eligible for a fellowship.

Undergraduates from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply, and applicants may vary in academic interests, public service involvement, and experience. SIG only accepts applications from students who will be enrolled as undergraduates for the following academic year, so graduating seniors cannot apply. The one exception to this rule is that seniors who will be working toward a co-term degree during the following academic year are allowed to apply.

Note: Students are only eligible for one Stanford-funded full-time experiential learning opportunity during the summer.


Fellows are required to work at least 35 hours/week for nine consecutive weeks at their placements. Fellows are expected to work on-site with their host organization, and have a designated full-time professional staff member on-site as their supervisor/mentor. Selected SIG Fellows are expected to begin their fellowship following the completion of spring quarter classes and no later than July 8, 2024. Please review the entire FAQs section for program policies. Other commitments include the following:

Before beginning the internship:

  • Complete an online orientation.
  • Complete the Engaging in Ethical and Effective Service workshop or worksheet
  • Meet with academic mentor at least once. 
  • Design a personal learning plan for the internship, and share the plan with site supervisor and academic mentor.
  • Students participating in an international service project must complete the Haas Center's international preparation requirements.
  • Complete all required pre-orientation forms

Summer of Internship

  • Submit a brief prelminary report.
  • Submit a final report, complete a program evaluation, and correspond with fellowship donor(s) as requested by fellowships program staff.

Quarter after internship

  • Meet with academic mentor at least once. 
  • Participate in outreach activities to share your experiences and help publicize the program.

With limited exceptions, travel for undergraduate students is not permitted to countries, regions or cities where the International SOS  travel or medical risk rating is “High” or “Extreme.” To determine a location’s International SOS medical and travel risk ratings, please visit this page.

For those who seek assistance, advising is offered at the Haas Center to help students develop their applications and/or to identify potential partner organizations.

Students are strongly encouraged to discuss ideas for placements with SIG or program staff at the Haas Center well before the application deadline to identify appropriate/relevant opportunities and prepare effective application materials. Developing a suitable summer placement takes time, so it is important to start the application process early and consult with professors, advisors, and community partners regularly. 

Selection Process

Complete applications are screened, finalists interviewed, and fellows selected by a committee with the intention to award fellowships within six weeks of the application deadline. Applicants should respond promptly (within 48 hours) via email to a fellowship offer, or the offer will be rescinded. Once an applicant accepts a fellowship offer, the student should promptly notify all other Stanford and non-Stanford programs to which they have applied that they have accepted another offer and to withdraw their candidacy.






April 16, 2024 | 11:59 PM
* This Application Deadline has passed

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