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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:

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 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. Each workshop is offered twice per week to accommodate your schedule, on Tuesdays from 4:30-5:20pm and Wednesdays from 12:30-1:20pm in the Haas Center’s DK Room. Snacks and/or lunch will be served. 


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.

Articles & Videos Related to Service and Working in Communities

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)

To Hell With Good Intentions

Slumdog Tourism

For other international-focused articles, etc. see the resources available on the Impact Abroad page.

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

International Service Curriculum Resources - Impact Abroad

International Travel Resources

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)


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)


Information for Women Travelers

Advice for Women Travelers

LGBTI Travel Information

LGBTQ Guide to Travel Safety

Making the Most of Your Cardinal Quarter Experience – General Advice

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

13 Must Do’s Before Your Summer Internship Ends

Tips for Fellows (from past summer Fellows)

Internship Success: Tips From Cardinal Quarter Host Organizations

Communication Etiquette & Professionalism as an Intern

Program Materials & Resources

General Summer Housing Tips

Academic Mentor Guidelines

Learning Plan - Instructions

Learning Plan - Worksheet

Resources Available During the Summer

International SOS (ISOS) & On Call International

Find contact information at the bottom of the OIA webpage


The Bridge Peer Counseling Center

Counseling and Psychological Service (CAPS) at Vaden