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Student Internships

Work on Asia-Pacific-focused projects at premier institutions

Theory into practice

Shorenstein APARC helps Stanford students connect academic learning with immersive professional opportunities
Stanford student and Global Policy Intern Kendra Mysore standing next to former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

We Partner with Multiple Stanford Programs to Offer Summer Internships

Interns experience Asian cultures and explore career interests while working full time with mentors on Asia-Pacific-focused projects at leading companies, policy institutions, and international affairs organizations.

Interns experiencing culture in China and South Korea

Summer 2019 Internships

We list below internships that APARC co-sponsors, or those that our faculty refer to, mentor, or for which they serve on the selection committee. For complete information about student internships, visit Stanford Off-Campus Learning Opportunities (SOLO).

I was amazed to learn about the immense scope of the United States Indo-Pacific Command exercise program. I now have a much greater appreciation for the importance of these exercises for military preparedness and for diplomacy and security alliances.
Rachel Hirshman
BS '18, MS '19, Global Policy Intern, 2018

    FSI Global Policy Internships: Overview
  • FSI Global Policy Internships: Overview
  • Carnegie India
  • Carnegie South Asia Program, Washington, D.C.
  • Carnegie Tsinghua Center for Global Policy
  • Institute for National Defense and Security Research, Taiwan
  • The Asia Foundation, Myanmar
  • The Asia Foundation, Vietnam
  • The Asia Foundation, Washington, D.C.
  • United States Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM)

FSI Global Policy Internships: Overview

Shorenstein APARC partners with the Freeman Spogli Institute Student Programs to offer Global Policy Internships, summer-long internships that enable Stanford students to work on policy-relevant projects at prominent organizations in Asia and the United States. Many of these internships are sponsored by APARC’s U.S.-Asia Security Initiative (USASI). They emphasize faculty mentorship, provide a stipend, and are open to Stanford undergraduate and master’s students from all majors. Fully funded, these internships are administered by FSI Student Programs.
 
Click the menu below for further details about Summer 2019 Global Policy Internships that are sponsored by USASI. Applications for 2019 FSI Global Poicy internships are due February 8, 2019.
 

Carnegie India

The Carnegie India intern will work on projects focused on foreign policy and security. Specific areas include maritime security and South Asian borders. Responsibilities will include research assistance to support the center's scholars and projects; providing organizational and logistical support for public and private events; supporting media monitoring and outreach efforts; and helping maintain the center's contact database.

Mentor: Karl Eikenberry
Location: New Delhi, India

Carnegie South Asia Program, Washington, D.C.

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace intern will work with the South Asia Program in Washington D.C. primarily on projects related to India’s domestic political economy. These include analysis of India’s 2019 general elections, the formation of a new government, and a large, empirical survey project on the role of women in India’s labor force.
 
Location: Washington, D.C.
 

Carnegie Tsinghua Center for Global Policy

The Carnegie Tsinghua Center intern will work in four areas: Programs & Research, Operations, Development, and Communications. The Center is part of Carnegie’s well-established Asia Program, which provides analysis to policymakers on the economic, security, and political developments in the Asia-Pacific region.
 

Mentor: Karl Eikenberry
Location: Beijing, China

  • Stanford News spoke with Yvonne Lee (’19) about her internship with the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center in summer 2018. Read more >> 

Institute for National Defense and Security Research, Taiwan

The Institute for National Defense and Security Research (INDSR) intern will work on a project that involves contribution to Defense Security, an English-language quarterly publication aimed at strengthening research exchanges with security-related experts both domestically and abroad; participation in preparing and receiving delegations from abroad, and joining in discussions if necessary; attendance in activities organized by INDSR; and participation in conferences and workshops related to INDSR topics.

Mentor: Kharis Templeman
Location: Taipei, Taiwan

The Asia Foundation, Myanmar

The Asia Foundation (TAF), Myanmar intern will join a program team that is supporting more inclusive urban planning in Myanmar. TAF has conducted multiple household surveys across five Myanmar cities to ascertain citizens’ perspectives on ‘city life’ in Myanmar. The City Life Survey (CLS) is the most extensive effort to understanding how urbanization is unfolding in the country and how the public feels the government is responding to the challenges of such a complicated process. Intern deliverables will be a policy paper presenting CLS analysis with policy recommendations, plus presentations on this topic to government stakeholders and international development partners.
 

Mentor: Karl Eikenberry
Location: Yangon, Myanmar

The Asia Foundation, Vietnam

The Asia Foundation (TAF), Vietnam intern will be an integral member of the research and implementation team on the program “Mobile Banking: Financial Inclusion and Economic Empowerment for the low-income population and women in Vietnam, Phase II.” The goal of the project is to support financial inclusion and women’s economic empowerment through digital financial services. Under Phase II, TAF and its partners—the Vietnam Bank for Social Policies (VBSP) and Mastercard—will develop VBSP’s first-ever digital financial services platform.
 
Location: Hanoi, Vietnam

The Asia Foundation, Washington, D.C.

The Asia Foundation, Washington, D.C. intern will assist with a variety of administrative, writing, program planning, and event logistics tasks, and work primarily with the Washington staff team, as well as with various Regional Cooperation, Women’s Empowerment, Leadership and Exchange, and field office colleagues as needed. 

Mentor: Karl Eikenberry
Location: Washington, D.C.

  • Stanford News spoke with Kendra Mysore, ’20, about her summer 2018 internship at The Asia Foundation's office in the nation's capital. Read More >> 

United States Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM)

United States Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) interns may support a variety of projects that include national intelligence processes, military training and exercises, strategy and policy development, cyber security, and more. Tasks undertaken will vary, but students can expect to contribute to policy analysis, preparing future policy, bilateral and multilateral engagements, preparation and coordination of senior-level events, and participating in exercises.

Mentor: Karl Eikenberry
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii

  • Stanford News spoke with Rachel Hirshman (BS ’18, MS ’19) about her internship with USINDOPACOM in summer 2018. Read more >>
 

    Stanford Global Studies Internships: Overview
  • Stanford Global Studies Internships: Overview
  • Caixin (Media) Global
  • NCSOFT Corporation
  • Kozo Keikaku Engineering
  • Mitsubishi Research Institute

Stanford Global Studies Internships: Overview

The Stanford Global Studies Division offers summer internships that enable Stanford students to gain hands-on experience at major technoogy companies, media organizations, consulting firms, university hospitals, law offices, museums, and more. They are open to undergraduate students from all majors and years.

Click the menu below for further details about Summer 2019 Stanford Global Studies internships referred to by APARC faculty. Applications for 2019 Stanford Global Studies internships are due February 6, 2019.

Questions? Contact Stanford Global Studies.

Caixin (Media) Global

The Caixin Global intern conducts research, helps with interviews for news articles, writes news flashes or longer stories published on caixinglobal.com, translates articles from Chinese to English, and assists in preparing English-language content as needed.
Location: Beijing, China

NCSOFT Corporation

NCSOFT Corporation interns work with the company’s AI Center and Natural Language Processing Center, its R&D departments focusing on AI research. In addition to undergraduate students including coterms in all majors, this internship is open to MA students in the Center for East Asian Studies. 

Location: Seoul, South Korea

Kozo Keikaku Engineering

Kozo Keikaku Engineering interns work with the company’s Operations Research Department and Manufacturing Business Marketing Department.
Location: Tokyo, Japan

Mitsubishi Research Institute

Mitsubishi Research Institute interns engage in research-oriented projects to facilitate the Institute’s integration of think-tank functions and consulting/IT solution services in support of clients. In addition to undergraduate students including coterms in all majors, this internship is open to MA students in the Center for East Asian Studies. 

Location: Tokyo, Japan

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