Cardinal Quarter: Service, Learning, and Impact
Stanford University has always been a hub for academic excellence and innovation, but it also recognizes the importance of giving back to communities and making a positive impact on the world. This commitment to service and social responsibility is exemplified through Cardinal Service programs, which allow Stanford students to engage in service to communities in the Bay Area, across the United States, and around the world.
One of these programs, Cardinal Quarter, offers students the opportunity to work fulltime for a quarter or a summer with a nonprofit organization or government agency. Students can apply their academic knowledge, develop essential skills, and build invaluable networks while making meaningful contributions to the community. These opportunities come with stipends, ensuring that financial constraints do not deter students from participating. With over 500 opportunities offered each year, Cardinal Quarter provides students with a wide array of choices and experiences.
Recruitment for the summer of 2024 will begin later in the fall quarter, and to kickstart the process, the Haas Center will host the Cardinal Quarter Opportunities Fair on November 10. At this event, students can explore the wide range of opportunities available and get answers to any questions they might have. Haas Center staff and peer advisors will be on hand to provide support and guidance.
In a world facing challenges—from pandemics to homelessness to climate change—Cardinal Quarter is an excellent example of how a university can support students’ desire to make a difference in their communities. By bridging the gap between academic learning and real-world practice, providing thorough preparation and support throughout the experience, Cardinal Quarter equips students with the tools and knowledge needed to create positive change in communities near and far.