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CS+Social Good Summer Fellowship

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Deadline Month: 

The Haas Center and CS+Social Good (a student-led organization) have partnered to launch the CS+Social Good Summer Fellowship program.

Through the CS+Social Good Summer Fellowship, students will receive funding and support to design their own summer experience working with an organization using technology to address social issues, abroad or in the US. Students will have unique industry opportunities where they apply their skills for social change and gain valuable hands-on experience.

Selected fellows will have the opportunity to spend a summer working full time at an organization of their choice with an industry expert as their mentor, a suitable academic mentor and/or a mentor from CS+Social Good.

Each CS+Social Good Fellow receives a base stipend of $5,000 to support travel and living expenses during the summer. Financial aid and supplemental funding is available to students who qualify.

Funding for this new initiative has been generously provided by the President's Office and individual donors to the Haas Center Undergraduate Fellowships Program.

Placements for Summer 2018


This fellowship can be either self-designed or with a CS+Social Good Partner organization. In the application, students will select whether they have are applying with an organization they have contacted on their own, or if they wanted to be matched with a CS+ Social Good Partner. The CS +Social Good partners are described here (no need to reach out to these, just rank them in your application). If you choose to reach out to an organization on your own, feel free to look into some sample organizations here (which have no formal relationship with CS+Social Good).


CS+Social Good Fellows are required to work at least 35-40 hours/week for nine consecutive weeks at their placements. Completion of CS 106B or equivalent experience by the start of summer. Fellows are expected to work on-site with their host organization, and have a designated full-time professional staff member on-site as their supervisor/mentor. Please review the entire FAQs section for program policies.

Other commitments include the following:

Spring Quarter

  • Attend a program orientation in April.
  • Meet with academic mentor at least once. 
  • Design a personal learning plan for the summer.
  • Attend workshop and events organized for the CS+Social Good Summer Fellows.
  • Students participating in an international service project must attend the IPREP workshop.


  • Share learning plan with site supervisor and update accordingly.
  • Communicate regularly with mentors
  • Submit a brief mid-summer report.
  • Submit a final report, complete a program evaluation, and correspond with fellowship donor(s) as requested by fellowships program staff
  • Write a final reflection for the CS+Social Good blog

Autumn Quarter

  • Meet with academic mentor at least once. 
  • Attend a de-briefing meeting for the purpose of reflecting upon and evaluating summer experiences.
  • Participate in outreach activity to share your experiences and help publicize the program.



Up to five CS+Social Good Fellowships will be awarded to currently enrolled undergraduate students from any academic discipline. Priority will be given to students who have completed less than two previous Cardinal Quarter opportunities. Graduating seniors may apply with the understanding that preference may be given to competitive continuing undergraduate applicants. Applicants vary in academic interests, community service involvement, and experience.

Selection Process: 

For those who seek assistance, advising is offered to help students develop their applications.

Students are strongly encouraged to discuss ideas for placements with Fellowships Program staff well before the application deadline to identify appropriate/relevant opportunities and prepare effective application materials.  Developing a suitable summer placement takes time, so it is important to start the application process early and consult with professors, advisors, and community partners regularly.

This fellowship is intended for individuals whose application, references, and interview demonstrate

  • an integration of the fellowship experience with applicant’s academic, personal and/or career goals
  • prior demonstrated interest or involvement in the subject area, including related coursework
  • a compelling match between applicant’s skills and interests and an organization’s work and needs
  • strong potential for the fellowship experience to enlarge a candidate’s understanding of an identified community issue or challenge

Complete applications are screened, finalists interviewed, and fellows selected by a committee with the intention to award fellowships prior to spring break. Committee decisions are final.

Application : 

The application for summer 2018 is available here

CS + Social Good
Haas Center for Public Service
External or Stanford Fellowship: 
Administered by Stanford
Open to: 
Graduating students

For more information, contact Ryan Cohen, CS+Social Good Fellowships Director