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  • For summer 2023, proof of vaccination will be required for all undergraduate travel. All undergraduate international travelers who have not been fully vaccinated and received a booster shot must be approved for a travel exception submitted at least four weeks prior to the proposed departure date. The final decision to proceed with the international learning opportunities is dependent upon factors such as a continued decline in case numbers and increase in vaccinations in specific locations. Policies regarding travel (domestic or international) and international internships will be updated as University policies evolve. Visit Health Alerts for Stanford travelers for the most current travel guidance and restrictions due to COVID-19.

  • Travel Reservations Requirement: All interns are required to utilize Stanford Travel, a centralized booking program, when booking air fare, hotels, or rental cars for their internship experiences.

  • Students must be enrolled at Stanford in the quarter when they apply for an internship opportunity (Winter), and will need to be enrolled in undergraduate study in the quarter when grant funding is disbursed (Spring). Applicants participating in off-campus Stanford programs are welcome to apply, but it is the responsibility of the applicant to compile, collate, and submit a complete application.

  • Fellowship/Internship participants must certify that they are in good academic standing, and may not participate in the program or receive or retain internship stipends if they are on suspension.

  • International students must consult with Bechtel about interning in the U.S. or traveling out of the U.S. in the summer.

  • ​The Program is open to all undergraduate students. Seniors or co-terms are eligible as long as they do not confer their undergraduate degrees until after they complete their internships to remain eligible. Co-term students must still have undergraduate status. 

  • Participants must be current Stanford students during the fellowship/internship period. Seniors and graduating Master's students 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 and Registrar's Office for graduation quarter petition.

  • Local language skills are based on the internship description requirements.

  • Preferably, before beginning their internships, selected candidates should have taken at least one course regarding the internship region. The course can be taken in the quarter prior to the internship. 

  • Interns must commit to full-time work (a minimum of 35 hours per week) for at least 8 weeks. 

  • To be eligible for a stipend, students must maintain health insurance for the duration of their internship.

  • Violations of Global Studies Internship Program policies are also violations of the Fundamental Standard and may be referred to the Office of Community Standards. The Global Studies Internship Program reserves the right to rescind funding at any given point and time should they be apprised of any policy violations as outlined above.

  • Please note that applicants seeking to do research or pursue an fellowship/internship in France need not possess U.S. citizenship.


  • Undergraduates in this internship program will receive a stipend from the center, sometimes the host organization, or both, to assist with housing, living expenses, and airfare. The overall stipend base (from the program, the host organization, or both) is $6,500 for an on-site internship and $5,500 for a virtual internship. Students are responsible for expenses beyond the stipend support.
  • Though your housing arrangement will vary from institution to institution, at a minimum the stipend will be sufficient to cover international airfare, local standard housing, local meals, local transportation, and other basic living expenses. 
  • All students will be required to provide their own international health insurance for the duration of their stay. Cardinal Care includes coverage in the summer.
  • If housing is not provided by the host organization, students are responsible for arranging their own accommodations. Host organizations and former interns can provide leads for housing.

Application Procedure

Please read the following instructions carefully:

  1. Go to POSITIONS;
  2. Go to the specific position.
  3. Click "Apply" - You will find the position description and application details;
  4. Click "Apply on Slideroom" to apply for the position;
  5. In addition to an application form, you will be asked to upload a resume, a personal statement, and an unofficial transcript, all in PDF. You are strongly encouraged to reach out to BEAM to help with your resume.
  6. If a Letter of Recommendation is required, request the Letter on the application form. 
  • Each applicant can apply for a maximum of two program-arranged positions. If you apply for more than two positions, we will only consider the first two positions submitted.
  • Your statement helps us evaluate your fit with that particular position. We need to know why you are applying for that position and what particular skills you can bring, including self-arranged positions. Please write within 800 words or one page. If you are selected in the first screening process taking place at Stanford, your statement will be sent to the host organization. Thus, it would be a good idea to write a convincing statement that can make the organization excited about having you onboard. Please remember to change the organization name if you use the same statement for all of your applications.
  • Your application can be for program-arranged or/and self-arranged internships or research projects. Your statement for a self-arranged position should include host organization name, website, internship address, dates, contact person email and phone number, as well as the job content and an itemized budget. Confirmation of acceptance from a host organization is not required until the time of the funding disbursement in the spring.
  • Please note these positions require an itemized budget. The budget can be general, including items such as airfare, room & board, health insurance, vaccination(s), local transportation, etc.
  • Stanford internship candidates will be selected based on overall fit with the program and with the position for which they are applying. In most cases, Stanford will conduct the initial screening of applicants. The host organizations will then review the applications and, in some cases, conduct interviews to finalize their selection.
  • Preference will be given to students who have not had similar internship experiences in the same country.
  • Stanford reserves the right to cancel or modify the program before or during its operation for any reason, including natural disasters, emergencies, or compliance with the University travel policy: “When it comes to undergraduate students, Stanford-sponsored or Stanford-organized trips are prohibited to countries or regions and locations within a country where the U.S. Department of State has issued an official Travel Advisory of Level 4 (“Do Not Travel”) or Level 3 (“Reconsider Travel”) for either the country destination, or for the particular region or location of intended travel within the country destination, or where there is other reliable information of significant health or safety risks. No university funds or resources may be used, or university sponsorship provided, in support of travel to these locations.”

Orientations and Visa Applications

  • Please see Travel Information.
  • Pre-departure orientation at Stanford and spring/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 the date of departure from the host country.
  • The France-Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Studies is unable to provide visa assistance. All visitors to France (including especially, but not only those wishing to remain in France for more than three months) are strongly advised to visit France-Visas and VFSGlobal to find out more information on visa requirements and application and ensure that they have the appropriate visa required for entry.
  • 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.

The France-Stanford Center staff is unable to assist visitors with finding housing in France.

Please submit the application materials by February 10, 2022. Late applications are unlikely to be accepted. Notification of internship recipients will occur mid to late February.

Questions can be directed to the Center’s Director, Jessica Riskin (jriskin [at] (jriskin[at]stanford[dot]edu)) or the Program Manager, Isabelle Collignon (francestanford [at] (francestanford[at]stanford[dot]edu)). Please also see FAQ.