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Recruiting Students

Student volunteers

Student volunteers greet TEDx attendees

Photo: Linda A. Cicero/ Stanford News

Thank you for your interest in posting a volunteer 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.

One-Time or Short-Term Activities/Events and Ongoing Opportunities

  • Join and post to our Service4All email distribution list. Your opportunity will be shared with students who have requested to receive information about service opportunities.
  • Place an ad in the Stanford Daily, Stanford's student newspaper.
  • Post on VolunteerMatchHands on Bay AreaServe.govCalifornia Volunteers, and Idealist. We regularly encourage individual students and student groups to visit these websites to find local opportunities. These websites are accessible by anyone on the Internet so it can be a way for you to recruit other community members as well.

Internships and Job Opportunities

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.

  • Post internships for current students, as well as part- and full-time jobs for graduating students, through Handshake (the job posting platform used by Stanford) and Idealist.
  • Forward internship and job opportunities to cardinalcareersnewsletter@lists.stanford.edu for inclusion in the Cardinal Careers Newsletter, a weekly publication that is delivered to students of all academic levels.
  • Place an ad in the Stanford Daily, Stanford's student newspaper.
  • Submit your summer internship opportunities for undergrads to be posted in our Cardinal Quarter Connections list.

Full-time Immersive Experiences (Cardinal Quarter)

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.

Community Service Work-Study

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.

Looking for Tutors or Mentors

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 Trevor Hooper 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.

Things to Consider About Student Volunteers and Their Schedules

As you consider recruiting and working with Stanford students, you should take into account that Stanford works on an academic quarter system. Dates for 2017-2018 are:

  • fall quarter 2017: September 25–December 15

  • winter quarter 2018: January 8–March 23

  • spring quarter 2018: April 2-June 13

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.