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Cardinal Quarter Toolkit

Congratulations on being selected to participate in one of the many campus programs that make up the Cardinal Quarter initiative.  As you prepare for your summer experience, these resources may be helpful.

Table of Contents

Preparing for your Cardinal Quarter Experience

International Travel Resources

Making the Most of your Cardinal Quarter Experience

Program Materials

Resources Available During the Summer


Preparing for Your Cardinal Quarter Experience

Many of the Cardinal Quarter programs have a required or suggested course or series of workshops already associated with the program. If your program does not have a preparation course, consider these opportunities:

Public Service Internship Preparation Course/Workshops

Come learn from staff, students, and community partners about how to have a successful internship experience! This weekly workshop series is presented by the Haas Center for Public Service in part to help you prepare for Cardinal Quarter experiences, or any internship you’re planning for summer. Workshops will be offered spring quarter in the Haas Center’s DK Room. Snacks and/or lunch will be served. 

 Check back here to RSVP for spring 2020 workshops

If you want to take the entire series for a unit of credit, please sign up for EARTHSYS 9/HUMBIO 9/URBANST 101/ARTSINST 40/PUBLPOL 74/EDUC 9 on Axess.  

Cardinal Courses

Explore the many Cardinal Courses that may be relevant as you prepare for your summer experience, or as options for future quarters after returning from your summer experience.


Power and Privilege in Service and Community Work (Articles & Videos)

The Vanity of Volunteerism

Putting Head and Heart on the Line

Helping, Fixing or Serving?

Leading From Within

Helping Students Explore Their Privileged Identities

The Danger of a Single Story (video)

Cultural Humility (video)

Pedagogy of Privilege (video)

How Can I do Good in the World (video)

Avoid Being Part of the White Savior Industrial Complex

To Hell With Good Intentions

Slumdog Tourism

Principles of Ethical & Effective Service – Haas Center for Public Service

International Service Curriculum Resources – Impact Abroad

Logistical Planning Resources

Financial Literacy Tools: Haven Money for Stanford Students - Haven includes resources on banking, credit cards, budgeting, housing and more!

Meal-planning on a Budget - one of many online resources for meal-planning and budgeting

 General Summer Housing Tips


International Travel Resources

General Information

Undergraduate Travel Checklist – Stanford Office of International Affairs

Students Abroad – U.S. Department of State

Country Specific Information – U.S. Department of State

International Travel Issues for Americans

Travel Checklist

How to Deal with Culture Shock Abroad

Stanford Office of International Affairs

International Travel Guidelines & Information (from the Haas Center)

Health and Safety

Traveler's Health - Center for Disease Control

Vaden Health Center - General Information

Health and Safety Tips for Travel (from Vaden)

Other Travel Concerns (from Vaden)

LGBTQ & Women's Resources

Information for Women Travelers

Advice for Women Travelers

LGBTI Travel Information

LGBTQ Guide to Travel Safety


Making the Most of Your Cardinal Quarter Experience

Tips from Former Fellows & Host Organizations

 Tips from Former Fellows

 Internship Success: Tips From Cardinal Quarter Host Organizations

Cardinal Quarter Supervisors Panel 2020: Supervisors at organizations that host Cardinal Quarter fellows share advice for incoming summer fellows, including how their organizations are conducting work remotely during the COVID-19 health emergency.


Host Organization Video Tips

Check out these quick video tips from Olatunde Sobomehin and Elisa Nino-Sears, two longtime CSWS and Cardinal Quarter supervisors! Tunde speaks to how to make this summer Just the Start to Something Special, and Elisa shares her insights on Building Your Team of Advisors, Adjusting to Your Work Experience, and why internships are a great chance to have New Realizations and Stay in Touch!

General Summer Internship Advice

Tips for a Successful Remote Internship Experience

Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Summer Internship

Make Your Summer Internship What You Want it To Be

How to Be the Best Intern Ever

21 Ways to Make the Most of Your Internship

How to End Your Internship on a Positive Note

Managing Social Profiles in College

Communication Etiquette & Professionalism as an Intern

Tips for Fellows (from Cardinal Quarter staff)

Post-Cardinal Quarter Resources

Post-Cardinal Quarter Resources

Program Materials & Resources

Academic Mentor Guidelines

Academic Mentor Guidelines

Learning Plan Instructions & Examples

Learning Plan - Instructions

Learning Plan Worksheet

Sample Learning Plan - DSST Public Schools

Sample Learning Plan - Kif-Kif

Sample Learning Plan - Transgender Law Center

SIG Sample Learning Plan - Health and Human Services

SIG Sample Learning Plan - Ocean Protection Council

SIG Sample Learning Plan - San Francisco District Attorney


Resources Available During the Summer

International SOS (ISOS) & On Call International

Find contact information for International SOS (ISOS) and On Call International at the bottom of the OIA webpage

Mental Health

The Bridge Peer Counseling Center

Counseling and Psychological Service (CAPS) at Vaden

Acts of Intolerance & Sexual Harassment

While your first line of information and procedures should be the resources provided by your office, you can also access Stanford University campus resources.

Acts of Intolerance Protocol

Sexual Harassment Policy Office