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Earth Systems Public Service Summer Fellowship

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Deadline Month: 

Through the Earth Systems Public Service Summer Fellowship, students apply what they have learned through interdisciplinary environmental studies through a summer internship at a nonprofit organization or government agency. Fellows can expand on an experience started through a course, internship, research or volunteer activity by continuing with an existing partner organization, or they can identify another relevant organization. The focus of the fellow’s work should foster growth as an interdisciplinary environmental scholar and problem-solver within the public service arena.

The Earth Systems Public Service Summer Fellows can spend a summer working full time with a supervisor/mentor in an organization of their choice. For opportunities during the fall, winter, or spring quarters, please see the Jane Stanford Fellowship program.

Applicants propose their own placements in collaboration with their potential host organization. The application should effectively demonstrate that the intended partner organization has the need, interest, and capacity to work with an intern/fellow and to support the proposed work plan.

Upon selection, a suitable academic mentor within Earth Systems is paired with the fellows in order to help them highlight options that assist with preparation for and follow up on the summer learning experience.

Each Earth Systems Public Service 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.

The Haas Center for Public Service and the Earth Systems Program partnered to launch the Earth Systems Public Service Summer Fellowship as part of Cardinal Quarter. Funding for this fellowship has been generously provided by Haas Center donors as part of the Cardinal Quarter program.



Earth Systems Public Service Summer Fellows are required to work at least 35 hours/week for nine consecutive weeks at their placements. 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.
  • Students participating in an international service project must attend the IPREP workshop.
  • For this fellowship to fulfill the Earth Systems internship requirement, submit the “Internship Proposal and Request for Approval” form to the Earth Systems office, to obtain pre-approval.


  • Share learning plan with site supervisor and update accordingly.
  • 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.

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 the experience and help publicize the program.
  • If this experience was approved to count towards the Earth Systems internship requirement, you must also complete additional Earth Systems internship assignments.




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 available to help students develop their applications and/or to identify potential partner organizations.

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

The recommendation link is here: can include Stanford faculty, staff, graduate teaching assistants, residence fellows, appointed lecturers, former employers, teachers etc. Fellow undergraduate students should not serve as recommenders.

Earth Systems Program
Haas Center for Public Service
External or Stanford Fellowship: 
Administered by Stanford
Open to: 
Graduating students

For more information, contact Anahid Babekian at Earth Systems.