APARC Student Internships

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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 2022 Internships

We highlight below internships involving APARC faculty and list other Asia-based student opportunities. For complete details about student internship opportunities and application information, 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 Tsinghua Center for Global Policy
  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace India
  • Another Opportunity from FSI: SCCEI Summer Research Internship

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. These fellowships emphasize faculty mentorship, provide a stipend, and are open to Stanford undergraduate and master’s students from all majors. Fully funded, they are administered by FSI Student Programs.
 
Click the following menu for further details about relevant summer 2022 Global Policy Internships. Applications close on February 10, 2022.
 
 
Wonder what it's like to experience a global policy internship? Read the stories of some of our alumni below!

Carnegie Tsinghua Center for Global Policy

The Carnegie Tsinghua Center intern will support staff in four areas: Programs and Research, Operations, Development, and Communications.

Mentor: Oriana Skylar Mastro
Location: Beijing, China. Remote options may be available should travel not be possible due to COVID-19.

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace India

Carnegie India interns provide overall support to Carnegie India's scholars, program, and communications team. Interns will have the opportunity to work on Carnegie India’s ongoing security studies program, including on such issues as India’s borders, cross border violence between India and Pakistan, India’s engagement with China, China’s influence in South Asia, mapping trends in South and Central Asia, and more.

Mentor: Saumitra Jha
Location: New Delhi, India. Remote options will be available should travel not be a possibility due to COVID-19.

Another Opportunity from FSI: SCCEI Summer Research Internship

The Stanford Center on China's Economy and Institutions (SCCEI) summer interns will spend three weeks working together with SCCEI staff to conduct new research related to economic development and specific human capital challenges facing China. Students will be assigned to a small project team tackling a research question related to one of SCCEI’s many projects in China. Along the way, participants will gain a unique opportunity to learn about field research methodologies, how to conduct economic analyses using primary data, how to write an academic paper for publication, and participate in lectures and discussions with top experts on China.

The application deadline for this internship is March 14, 2022.

Mentor: Scott Rozelle
Location: The Stanford campus pending confirmation.

King Center for Global Development Summer Undergraduate Full-time Research Assistant Program
  • King Center for Global Development Summer Undergraduate Full-time Research Assistant Program
  • Bureaucracy and Development
  • The Political Economy of Nepal
  • Transforming Systems of Early Autism Detection and Intervention in Bangladesh using Mobile AI Methods
  • Gendered Networks

King Center for Global Development Summer Undergraduate Full-time Research Assistant Program

Shorenstein APARC partners with the King Center for Global Development to offer Global Development Summer Undergraduate Full-time Research Assistantships to Stanford undergraduates interested in global poverty and development across disciplines. 

The Summer Undergraduate Full-time Research Assistant Program offers opportunities for fieldwork and research experience to Stanford undergraduates interested in global poverty and development across disciplines. When Stanford University travel policies allow, selected students spend up to 12 weeks in a low- or middle-income country conducting full-time research for a King Center Faculty Affiliate. Each research assistant receives a stipend that covers most associated costs including travel, lodging, financial aid and incidental expenses.

Click the menu below for further details about relevant Summer 2022 opportunities. Applications close on February 6, 2022.

Questions? Contact the King Center.

Bureaucracy and Development

The aim of the Bureaucracy and Development project is to examine the role of local governments and local officials in economic development and public goods provision in a specific administrative jurisdiction (a county, or a township). The student researcher is expected to find a locality (a county, a district) and a specific topic, and conduct fieldwork on how local officials work and coordinate to accomplish a specific task or policy goals. The data collection process may involve interviews (with officials, those affected by the policies or government behaviors), observations of the actual processes, and literature research (in Chinese).

Faculty mentor: Xueguang Zhou, APARC China Program and Department of Sociology
Location: China or remote should travel not be permitted.

The Political Economy of Nepal

Professor Avidit Acharya's team has assembled a rich source of electoral and political representation data for Nepal and has a series of running projects using this data to study the political economy of Nepal. The projects cover a range of topics from Nepal's democratization movements, the state's investments in nationalization, the Maoist insurgency in the 1990's, and ethnic diversity in political representation today. 

They are looking for a research assistant to work with this data. An ideal research assistant will have basic data handling skills (in software such as Python, R, Excel, etc.) and an interest in learning about geographic data and econometrics.

Faculty mentor: Avidit Acharya, Department of Political Science.
Location: Nepal or remote should travel not be permitted.

Transforming Systems of Early Autism Detection and Intervention in Bangladesh using Mobile AI Methods

The research assistant will support Professor Dennis Wall's team that seeks to understand the ability of gamified and crowd-powered systems to aid in the screening and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in Bangladesh through home videos collected via mobile platforms. They will use machine learning algorithms to improve screening and diagnostic methods for children with autism or other developmental disorders, relying on home videos and parental responses to questions,  and medical record information. Crowd raters without prior experience in diagnostics will rate videos using core characteristics of ASD. The study will observe the feasibility and accuracy of this method of screening in the hopes of making care more accessible and providing earlier treatment for patients.

Faculty mentor: Dennis Wall, Stanford University School of Medicine, Pediatrics

Gendered Networks

How can women’s voices be better represented in existing political institutions? This project seeks to understand whether stronger linkages between female citizens and elected representatives augment the representation of women’s interests. To evaluate the efficacy of stronger citizen-politician linkages for the representation of women’s interests, the study will design and randomize an intervention that would create ties between local elected representatives and Self-Help Groups through a series of discussion meetings around women’s demands.

Over the summer, the research assistant will join the project in its inception phase and help to design and pilot the citizen-linkage intervention. They will additionally help to execute primary data collection to assess the state of women’s ties to political institutions.

Faculty mentor: Soledad Prillaman, Department of Political Science
Cardinal Quarter community partner: PRADAN, an Indian-based NGO

Stanford Global Studies Internships: Overview
  • Stanford Global Studies Internships: Overview
  • Opportunities with Organizations in East Asia
  • Opportunities with Organizations in Southeast Asia
  • Opportunities with Organizations in South Asia

Stanford Global Studies Internships: Overview

The Stanford Global Studies Division offers summer internships that enable Stanford students to gain hands-on experience at major technology 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 2022 Stanford Global Studies internships in Asia, including some to which APARC faculty provide input. Applications close on February 10, 2022.

Questions? View Stanford Global Studies Internship FAQ page.

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