Global Studies Internships.

Internship Position Descriptions

2014 Internship Positions
Online Application Form
Online Recommendation Form

Global Studies Internship Program

Applications Due at 12 Noon, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014.

The Stanford Global Studies (SGS) Division offers highly qualified Stanford students an opportunity to extend classroom knowledge of the world, to immersive cultural and working experiences through the Global Studies Internship Program (GSI). Program identified internship positions cover a wide range of fields, including business, non-profit, media, education, medicine, art, technology, science and government.

Currently enrolled freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and co-terms at Stanford in all majors are eligible to apply. In summer 2013, 32 students in 15 majors participated in the program, formerly known as the East Asia Internship Program. In 2014, the Program offers positions in Brazil, China, India, Japan, Korea, Nicaragua, and Taiwan.

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Arirang TV, Seoul, Korea
The experience was immersive not only language-wise but friendship-wise. The internship work was highly collaborative.
- Caroline Bank (East Asian Studies, Sophomore)


  • Undergraduate internships are available to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and co-terms in all majors, including undeclared.
  • Graduate internships are available only to CEAS M.A. students.
  • Applicants must be current Stanford students during the internship period. Seniors and M.A.s 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.
  • Applicants must have had a minimum of one year of instruction in the local language of the internship country at the time of internship. There is no local language requirement for India.
  • Before beginning their internships, applicants must have taken at least one course at Stanford regarding the host country. Interns must commit to full-time work (a minimum of 35 hours per week) for at least eight (8) weeks, from June 18 to August 8, 2014.

Caixin Media, Beijing, China
This summer was really rewarding for me on many levels. The internship was a perfect fit and I was even able to do some of my thesis research while at the company by talking to reporters and editors.
- Lilian Rogers (International Relations, Junior)

Stipend, Travel, and Health Insurance

  • Undergraduate and graduate students in this internship program will receive a small stipend from the program, the host organization, or both, to assist with housing, living expenses, and possibly airfare. Amount varies by destination country and internship duration. Students are responsible for expenses beyond the stipend amount.
  • Though your stipend amount and housing arrangement will vary from company to company, at a minimum the compensation will be sufficient to cover local standard housing, local meals, local transportation, and other basic living expenses. In rare cases, companies provide airfare.
  • All students will be required to provide their own health insurance for the duration of their stay.
  • If housing is not provided by the host organization, students are responsible for arranging their own accommodations abroad.
    Need based financial aid is available. Please contact

Orientation and Visa

METI, Tokyo, Japan
The highlight of my internship experience was getting to do work that was really valued that drew on my educational strengths while also improving my Japanese, so I was eventually able to have meaningful conversations about politics without having to switch to English.
- Sanaa Hafeez (East Asian Studies, M.A.)

  • Pre-departure orientation at Stanford and summer events will be hosted through the program.
  • You are required to make sure to have a passport, with at least one blank visa page, 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 companies.
  • 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.

Important Deadlines

Application Becomes Available December 16, 2013
Applications Due 12:00 PM, NOON, February 18, 2014
Selection Committee Reviews Applications By March 6
Student Interviews By March 14
Selection Committee Results By March 14
Companies Conduct Review/Interviews Before March 28
Companies Confirm Offers By March 28
Students' Deadline to Accept Offer March 14-28
Internship Begins June 18, 2014
Internship Ends August 8, 2014

2014 Global Studies Internship Program Application Form

Application Deadline: 12 Noon, Tuesday, Feb. 18

Applicants must submit:

1) a completed online application form including resume and statement of purpose;
2) an unofficial Stanford transcript;
3) one online recommendation form submitted directly by recommender.

Each applicant can apply for a maximum of three positions, but only needs to fill out one application form. Stanford internship candidates will be selected based on overall fit with the program and with the position for which they are applying. Stanford will conduct the initial screening of applicants. The companies will then review the applications and, in some cases, conduct interviews to finalize their selection. If you have any questions, please email