Research Assistant Internships

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APARC Research Assistant Internships

Supporting Stanford students interested in contemporary Asia topics

RA Internship Applications

Stanford students: check out current RA job opportunities with APARC faculty. For the next round of APARC's summer research assistant internships, please check back in spring 2022 for information and summer 2022 opportunities.

About the APARC Research Assistant Positions

Throughout the academic year, Shorenstein APARC faculty often seek dedicated undergraduate and master’s students to work with them as research assistants on specific research projects. See below for current job postings by our faculty members.

In addition to these occasional opportunities, APARC invites highly motivated and dedicated undergraduate- and graduate-level students to join our team as paid research assistants interns during the summer quarter. During that time, research assistants work with assigned APARC faculty members on projects focused on contemporary Asia, studying varied issues related to the politics, economies, populations, security, foreign policies, and international relations of the countries of the Asia-Pacific region.

All research assistant positions are open to current Stanford students only.

    Current Research Assistantships
  • Current Research Assistantships
  • Research Assistant - Computer-Assisted Content Analysis for Research on Chinese Military and Security Policy
  • Research Assistant - Health Economics Research on Public-Private Cooperation in Asia

Current Research Assistantships

Click the tabs below for information about current RA opportunities with APARC faculty.

Research Assistant - Computer-Assisted Content Analysis for Research on Chinese Military and Security Policy

Dr. Oriana Skylar Mastro,  a Center Fellow with APARC and CISAC at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, seeks a Research Assistant for the academic year (to begin September 2021) to help with computer-assisted content analysis for research on Chinese military and security policy. 

The RA will be conducting web scraping of Chinese language websites. Mandarin fluency (reading) and programming skills are required. RA inputs will be used to support a book project and related talks, op-eds, and academic articles on Chinese strategic thinking regarding foreign policy, military, economic, and tech competition.

Students available part-time or full-time will be considered.  Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and CV to Huma Shaikh ( by September 15, 2021. 

Research Assistant - Health Economics Research on Public-Private Cooperation in Asia

Dr. Karen Eggleston, director of the Asia Health Policy Program, is seeking a student to work with her and her Asian collaborators on inter-linked research projects about technological change, organizational forms, nonprofits, and evidence-based health policy in Asia (i.e., China, India, Japan, and South Korea, in international comparative perspective). The RA will support research on the economics of public and private cooperation in the health sector in Asia, from pandemic response to addressing disparities and innovation for healthy aging. For information about the projects and conceptual underpinnings, see the Asia Health Policy Program's research page and the documentary The Legacy of 'The Proper Scope of Government' on our YouTube channel.

Requested skills: Candidates should have some background in economics and/or data analysis and have a working knowledge of R and/or Stata. Some background in health policy and interest in Asia would be useful. Students fluent in Chinese, Japanese, and/or Korean are particularly encouraged to apply.

Anticipated commitment: 10-15 hours per week, August through the autumn quarter, with possible extension to future quarters.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and CV to Lisa Lee (

APARC Summer Research Assistant Internships

The application period for summer 2021 assignments has closed. Please check back in spring 2002 for information about applications for summer 2022 RA positions. 

All summer research assistant positions will be for eight weeks. The hourly pay rate is $17 for undergraduate students, $25 for graduate students.

Decisions regarding the options for telecommuting work will be made closer to the appointment start dates in accordance with the evolving COVID-19 situation and the University's recommendations.

Please follow these application guidelines

I. Prepare the following materials:

II. Fill out the following online application form for spring or summer 2021, including the above two attachments, and submit the complete form:

III. Arrange for a letter of recommendation from a faculty to be sent directly to Shorenstein APARC.
Please note: the faculty members should email their letters directly to Kristen Lee at

We will consider only applications that include all supporting documents.


For questions about the APARC Diversity Grant and the application process, please contact Kristen Lee at