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Program on Social Entrepreneurship Internships

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Deadline Month: 
Through the Program on Social Entrepreneurship Internships, students who are interested in social innovation career pathways work with Social Entrepreneurs in Residence at Stanford (SEERS) Fellows. The SEERS Fellows are hosted annually by the Stanford Program on Social Entrepreneurship and co-teach a Cardinal Course (community-engaged learning course).  

A requirement for these internships is enrollment in IR142 during Spring Quarter.

Selected interns will have the opportunity to spend a summer working full-time with a SEERS Fellow. (See below for 2018 placements.)

Upon selection, a suitable academic mentor is paired with the interns to assist with preparation for and follow up on the summer learning experience.

Each Social Enterpreneurship Intern 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 Stanford Program on Social Entrepreneurship is a joint initiative of the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law and the Haas Center for Public Service. Funding for this fellowship has been generously provided by individual donors to the Haas Center Undergraduate Fellowships Program.

Placements for Summer 2018

Code2040 -  Location: San Francisco, CA

Code2040 is a community of Black and Latinx technologists and their allies who are diversifying tech to create a more equitable, inclusive, and prosperous economy. Through high-impact direct service programs, robust in-person and online community engagement, and dynamic storytelling and knowledge sharing, Code2040 empowers and mobilizes diversity champions across the industry. Our goal is to ensure that by 2040---the beginning of the decade when the US will be majority people of color---Black and Latinx people are fully represented in and leading the innovation economy, and have the economic and social capital needed to thrive and build generational wealth.

Internship Description - Storytelling Intern


Rise Up - Location: Oakland, CA

Rise Up advances health, education, and equity by enabling girls, youth, and women to transform their own lives, communities, and countries. Rise Up invests in visionary leaders, local organizations, and innovative solutions to achieve large-scale change in 14 countries across Africa, Latin America, South Asia, and the US. Since 2009, Rise Up’s powerful network of over 500 leaders has directly benefited 7 million girls, youth, and women, and advocated for over 100 laws and policies impacting 115 million people globally.

Internship Description


Social Entrepreneurship Interns 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

  • Enroll and participate in IR 142 (offered Wednesday from 1:30-4:20 pm), a Cardinal Course
  • Attend a program orientation in April.
  • Meet with academic mentor at least once. 
  • Design a personal learning plan for the summer.


  • 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 your experiences and help publicize the program.




Social Entrepreneurship Internships  are 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.

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.

Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law
Haas Center for Public Service
San Francisco Bay Area
External or Stanford Fellowship: 
Administered by Stanford
Open to: 
Graduating students

For more information, please contact Sarina Beges at the Stanford Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL).