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Application

Eligibility

  • Applicants must have been enrolled in classes for two quarters before they are eligible to participate in full-time Stanford-funded opportunities during a Flex Term. Therefore, these types of opportunities will only be available in Spring and Summer Quarter.
  • Students must have completed two full-time enrolled quarters this academic year by the time their internship opportunity begins, but these quarters do not have to be consecutive.
  • Students can only participate in the program by taking a Flex Term during the internship experience.
  • Students are not eligible to participate in the Program while on a Leave of Absence (Please review this video for an explanation of a Flex Term vs. a Leave of Absence and consult this page for a planning tool for your Term Options).
  • International students must consult with Bechtel before attempting to take a Flex Term without the previous three quarters of full-time enrollment.
  • A student may not be funded for more than one full time project in the 2020-21 academic year.
  • ​The Program is open to all undergraduate students. Co-term students must still have undergraduate status.
  • Participants must be current Stanford students during the internship period. Seniors 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 a graduation quarter petition.
  • French 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.
  • Please note that applicants seeking to do research or pursue an internship in France need not possess U.S. citizenship.

Funding

  • 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 $6,000 for an on-site internship and $5,000 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. Visitors to France (including especially, but not only those wishing to remain in France for more than three months) are strongly advised to contact the French Consulate in San Francisco to ensure that they have the appropriate visa required for entry. Details can be found here.
  • 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.

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

Deadline
Please submit the application materials by January 4, 2021. Late applications are unlikely to be accepted. Notification of internship recipients will occur mid to late February.

Questions

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