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Find a Job

Most CSWS placements are developed by the applicant with the assistance of their host organization and Haas Center staff. As you begin researching potential placement opportunities, consider established opportunities, particularly internships that are being advertised as either paid or unpaid. Don't limit your search to published internships, however; other organizations may be interested in developing a community service work-study opportunity that matches your interest with their needs. Please review the "Partner Organization Eligibility" section on the Partner Organizations page to understand what organizations will qualify for the CSWS program. For questions, contact Program Director Yvette Zepeda:


Stanford Resources:

  • Service4all email distribution list, where current service opportunities (including paid and unpaid positions) are often posted
  • Career Education (BEAM) - student career education center at Stanford
  • Handshake - online platform that provides Stanford students with opportunities, connections, events, and content related to their career aspirations and interests
  • Upcoming Events at Haas Center for Public Service - check for upcoming events that could lead to finding potential placements
  • Cardinal Quarter Connections - scroll down for a list of organizations seeking Stanford student interns. Applicants will need to confirm that the partner organization is eligible for CSWS and willing to complete the CSWS-specific responsibilities.
  • Faculty and staff within your academic department who may have suggestions or information on former student internship placements or potential placements
  • Network with family, friends, neighbors, places of worship, community centers, etc. for suggestions of potential placements

    Nonprofit/Government Agencies:

    Tips for Researching a Potential Host Organization

    1. Think jobs, internships, or volunteer opportunities. Many may qualify as Community Service Work-Study (CSWS) positions (as long as your position does not displace current employees).
    2. Start early. It may take time to secure the best placement. Don't wait until the last minute because positions may already be filled.
    3. Create your own experience. Don't limit your search to what you see in print. Many organizations are interested in working with this program and hosting a student when they are asked.
    4. Don't get discouraged. You may hear, "no," but don't let that discourage you. Move on to the next organization.
    5. Explore your options. Search for organizations that interest you and could provide a valuable learning and skill building experience. Consider these questions as you begin your search process:
      • When do you want to take part in this program? (academic year or summer)
      • Where do you want your placement to be? (The CSWS summer program can be anywhere within the United States; the CSWS academic year program must be local.)
      • What type of organization would you like to work with? (nonprofit organization or government agency)
      • What type of work would you like to do?
      • What do you hope to gain from the experience?
      • What types of skills do you possess?
      • What types of skills would you like to develop?
      • What population would you like to work with or serve?
      • How many hours a week do you want to work?
      • If you're working during the academic year, which hours can you work?
      • What modes of transportation do you have available to you?
    6. Contact the organization for more information. When evaluating a possible placement, consider these questions:
      • What is the mission and philosophy of the organization?
      • Is the organization affiliated with a particular religious, political, governmental, or civic group?
      • What are the expectations and the specific responsibilities of the placement?
      • What skills or experience are required or preferred?
      • What is the time commitment requested?
      • How are hours scheduled?
      • Who will you be working with and in what capacity?
      • Does the organization have experience working with students or interns?
      • What type of orientation, training, supervision, and support are provided?

    Sample Letter to Partner Organization

    If you're having trouble initiating a conversation, view this   Sample Letter to a partner organization, which you can personalize.

    Hear from Community Partners

    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.



    Forms and Handbooks

    Application Timeline 2020

     Payroll Deadlines

    Sample Timesheet

     Learning Plan

     Student Self-Evaluation

     Student Handbook

    Orientation Presentation

    Principles of Ethical and Effective Service

    Required Forms for Release of Photos and Videos:

    Haas Center Media Release Form (English)
    Haas Center Media Release Form (Spanish)

    Guidelines for Photos and Videos:

    Photo and Video Guidelines

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Who can participate in Community Service Work-Study (CSWS)?

    Currently enrolled undergraduate students who have a financial aid package may qualify for CSWS, with the following exceptions:

    • International students are not eligible.
    • Seniors who are graduating from Stanford are not eligible the summer after their senior year.

    All applicants must obtain an authorization form to verify their work-study eligibility from the Financial Aid Office. Some applicants who have found themselves ineligible for work-study during the academic year have found themselves eligible for work-study during the summer. Therefore, it is important to verify your work-study eligibility for the academic year and summer programs separately.

    How much do I get paid?

    Haas Center staff determine hourly wages based on a student's previous Stanford work experience and the job requirements. The current suggested minimum wage for Stanford undergraduates during the academic year is $13.95 per hour, and most students earn between $13.95 and $14.85. Once your hourly wage and eligibility limit have been established, you must provide this information to your partner organization.

    The Summer program wages is set at $19.00/hr - $7,000/qtr.

    Can I participate in CSWS during the academic year and the summer?

    Yes, you may participate in the program during the academic year and the summer if you are eligible. Please note that the academic year and summer work-study programs are two separate programs, and you must obtain authorization of your earnings limit for each program with the Financial Aid Office. In addition, if you participate in the summer program, you must reapply for the academic year program, even if you are working for the same organization. Similarly, if you have been working during the academic year, you must reapply for the summer. Keep in mind that the CSWS summer placement can be anywhere within the United States, but the CSWS academic year placement should be local.

    Does academic year participation affect my summer eligibility (and vice versa)?

    No. Participating during the school year does not decrease how much you can earn during the following summer and vice versa.

    How do I apply?

    Follow the Student Application process. If you have any questions, contact Yvette Zepeda.

    How do I know if a host organization is eligible for the CSWS program?

    Eligibility requirements are laid out on the  Partner Organizations page. Host organizations are typically nonprofits or government organizations.

    Is housing provided by the CSWS program?

    No, the program does not provide housing. Students can view tips for finding housing on our General Summer Housing Tips and Resources document or talk to one of our program staff members for ideas. Additionally, the DGEN office offers summer assistance for CSWS students who plan to live away from home and/or in an area with a high cost of living; more information about the Oppotunity Fund can be found on their website.

    Other questions? Contact Yvette Zepeda.


    Peer Advising Hours

    Name / Email

    Schedule Appointment Day / Time / Location

    Trisha Litong '22

    Please email me to set up a virtual appointment on Zoom

    M, W / 1-4 PM

    T, Th / 3-4 PM

    F / 1-6 PM

    Karen Villanueva '22

    Please email me to set up a virtual appointment on Zoom

    T / 10:30-11:30 AM

    W / 1:15-5 PM

    Th / 10:30-11:30 AM

    Wendy Sanchez '21

    Please email me to set up a virtual appointment on Zoom

    M-F / 9 AM-12 PM

    Or by appointment

    Chinenye Obianuju Ogbonnah '20

    Please email me to set up a virtual appointment on Zoom

    F, Sat / 6-8 PM

    Janet Martinez '21

    Please email me to set up a virtual appointment on Zoom

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    Additional Resources

    Haven Money - Start your financial literacy journey with Haven Money, the new student resource for money management. The resource includes topics such as budgeting, credit, debt, emergency funds, insurance, one-on-one advising, investing, retirement, etc.

    FLI Career Resources

    FLI Alumni Mentoring Group - Connect with over 200 Stanford Alumni who identify as FLI (First Generation & Low Income). For additional info, contact Jenny Roxas (Assistant Director of Career Catalyst) at


    Diversity & First-Generation Office (DGen)

    Leland Scholars Program (LSP)

    Financial Aid Office