Internships and Jobs
The choice of an internship may depend, in part, on the type of career that is anticipated. The following is a partial and incomplete sampling of the many careers for which a program of study in poverty and inequality provides good preparation.
(e.g., professor, teacher in under-served schools, college admissions officer)
(e.g., policy analyst, demographer, consultant)
(e.g., journalist, writer, publisher, editor, producer)
- Foreign service
(e.g., international development, international relations, human rights)
- Health services
(e.g., physician, community health educator, counselor, family planner)
- Nonprofit sector
(e.g., administrator, program manager)
- Public policy
(e.g., urban planner, policy analyst)
(e.g., public defender, judge)
Stanford University Internship Resources
For Stanford University students, the main resources for securing internships are the Career Development Center, the Office of Undergraduate Research Opportunities, and the Haas Center for Public Service. These and other resources are described below.
- Career Development Center: Online resource for local internships that is updated daily.
- Undergraduate Research Opportunities: List of research-based internship opportunities.
- Volunteer Service Opportunities: Directory of local community organizations that offer volunteer service opportunities.
- Community Service Work-Study: Programs that allow students to develop and participate in a service experience while earning a portion of their financial aid award.
- Public Service Fellowships: Undergraduate summer fellowships and postgraduate fellowships that support Stanford students who wish to make contributions to public service organizations and communities.
- East Palo Alto Social Venture Fellowship: Fellowships to develop an innovative project that addresses economic, environmental, educational, or social needs in East Palo Alto.
- Donald A. Strauss Scholarship: Scholarships for students planning to devote a significant part of their life to public service.
- Education and Youth Development Summer Fellowship: Academic summer enrichment programs serving the academic and social needs of underserved middle and high school youth.
- Public Interest Law Fellowship: Summer internships in public interest law.
- Urban Summer Fellowship: Internship opportunities within organizations addressing issues affecting urban life in the areas of architecture, community organizing, and urban planning.
- Haas Summer Fellowship: Fellowships to develop and implement innovative, collaborative service projects that address community needs.
Other Internship Resources
The following list refers to internship possibilities that are not formally sanctioned by Stanford University but may nonetheless be of interest.
- Greenlining Institute Academy: Internships for improving the lives of low-income and minority communities.
- The Opportunity Center: Internships in a mixed-use facility in Palo Alto that provides coordinated services and housing to homeless men, women and children.
- Acorn Community Organization: Opportunities to assist with housing, living wages for low-wage workers, investment in communities, and improving public schools.
- Mid-Peninsula Housing Coalition: Internships with a non-profit developer of affordable housing in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay regions.
- The San Francisco Foundation: Opportunities to assist with community-building, sustainable livelihoods, civic action, community leadership, education, and public and community health.
- American Institutes for Research: Research assistance for basic and applied research on such topics as work, education, health, human performance, and quality of life.
- Callifornia Coalition for Rural Housing: Internships with a statewide nonprofit organization that works for affordable housing opportunities for low income households in California.
- Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center: Internships involving strengthening community bonds, health and wellness programs, and education and cultural experiences for low-to-moderate income children, youth, families, and seniors.
- Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights: Opportunities to assist in providing free legal assistance on civil matters and in litigating cases that have the potential of improving the lives of people.
- Bay Area Legal Aid: Internships involving free civil legal services in the Bay Area.
Jobs and Internships for Graduating Seniors
The following is a partial list of fellowship, internship, and job opportunities for graduating seniors who have an interest in issues of poverty and inequality.
- Haas Center John Gardner Public Service Fellowship Program: Work with a mentor who assists with professional development in public service.
- Stanford University Public Interest Network: Helps graduating Stanford University seniors find public service jobs in New York.
- Stanford University Public Service Employers Database: Lists wide range of public service career opportunities.
- Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs: Offers intensive nine-month leadership training program with participants rotating internships in business, nonprofits, government, and labor organizations.
- Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice: Offers opportunities to learn about racial and ethnic health disparities, Medicare, Medicaid, efforts to achieve universal coverage, and other important health policy issues.
- Villers Fellowship for Health Care Justice: Opportunities to work on health care justice issues during year-long tenure at Families USA.
- Echoing Green Fellowship: Supports emerging social entrepreneurs who need seed funding and technical assistance to launch organizations that address the root causes of society's most difficult problems.
- Young Nonprofit Professionals Network: Job listings, networking, and events in the nonprofit public service arena.
- Guidestar: A nationwide listing of nonprofit organizations and resources that support nonprofit organizations.
- Opportunity Knocks: Bay Area and national nonprofit job listings.
- Nonprofit Career Network: Nonprofit jobs and a directory of nonprofit organizations.
- Independent Sector: A leadership forum for charities, foundations, and corporate giving programs.
- American Council for Voluntary International Action: Alliance of U.S.-based international development and humanitarian nongovernmental organizations.
- National Council of Nonprofit Associations: Network of state and regional nonprofit associations.
- Craigslist: National listing of nonprofit jobs (search under nonprofit jobs).
- Nonprofit Jobs Cooperative: Nonprofit job listings in Southern California.
- California Association of Nonprofits: Statewide membership organization of nonprofits.
- Partnership for Public Service: Federal government job resource.