Thank you for your interest in posting a service opportunity for Stanford students. Our students have a wide variety of interests and skills and a real desire to make an impact. Student volunteer work may complement their academic studies or allow them to pursue or express a personal interest or value. The Haas Center seeks to connect students with work in the community that provides them with a valuable educational experience while meeting a real community need.
Please note that we receive numerous requests for volunteers each month; some of these requests go unfilled.
Internships typically involve more time and responsibility than most volunteer or community service activities. Interns generally work eight or more hours per week and have a job description or designated set of responsibilities and are also actively supported by a supervisor or mentor.
Cardinal Quarter provides support for students to pursue full-time (35 hours per week), quarter-long (at least 9 consecutive weeks) service experiences. Students are awarded stipends by Stanford University to cover living, transportation and summer earnings expenses (the amount varies based on expenses and financial aid level). Most, but not all, students pursue these experiences in the summer.
Please complete this form to be included in our Cardinal Quarter Connections list. Interested students will be encouraged to contact you if they have additional questions or want to pursue the opportunity. In order to receive a fellowship award, the student will need to complete a fellowship application and provide more detailed information fom the host organization and direct supervisor.
For more information, contact Jon McConnell.
The Community Service Work-Study program allows students who are required to work as part of their financial aid package to work in community organizations and government agencies. This program is available to students during the academic year and in the summer. Students participating in this program during the school year generally work 5–15 hours per week and in the summer may work up to full-time. Ninety percent of the student's hourly salary is paid by federal work-study funds and Stanford University. For more information, contact Yvette Zepeda.
Stanford students are actively involved in tutoring and mentoring youth in our surrounding communities in significant numbers. Most students get connected to these opportunities through one of Stanford's children- and education-related programs, many of which are student-led organizations. If you are with a community program or school that is not already connected to one of our existing programs and would like to recruit tutors/mentors, we can post your need/request. Please contact Kelly Beck for more information.
If you are looking for an individual tutor or mentor for your child, we regret that we are not able to accommodate these requests. Please check with your child's school for available programs at the school or within the community—it is possible that our students are already involved there through an existing program. If you want to post a paid tutoring opportunity, please contact Stanford Career Education or place an ad in the Stanford Daily, Stanford's student newspaper.
“Eve Simister, who interned with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in 2015, now teaches high school history at a charter school. She arranged for her class to visit Washington this summer and brought her students to the museum. Her comments about the impact of her internship and the reactions of her students were extremely gratifying. She is a superb representative of the Haas Center fellowship program.”
William Pretzer, '72, Senior History Curator, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
As you consider recruiting and working with Stanford students, you should take into account that Stanford works on an academic quarter system. The first week of each quarter students may be "shopping" for classes; term papers are typically due the week before the last week of each quarter, which is designated for final examinations.
Most students have very full schedules. In addition to their academic course load, many students are involved with co-curricular activities on and off campus and hold jobs either on or off campus. Many students who would like to be involved in public service are unable to due to their heavy academic schedules, and many who are involved can only commit a limited amount of time.
Transportation to and from service opportunities may also be an issue for students. Freshmen are not permitted to keep cars on campus. Consider your accessibility via public transportation.
Students may not have had exposure to the type of work you are requesting or with the populations you are serving. You will want to provide an appropriate orientation and the necessary supervision to enable them to best meet your needs and to provide a valuable learning experience to them in the process.
If you have general questions about recruiting student volunteers, please email the Haas Center.