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Susan Heck Internship - Accepting Applications

Dr. Susan Heck, one of the founders of the Center for Research on Women (now the Clayman Institute) and former Clayman Advisory Council member, had a keen interest in two particular issues. One was the importance of including undergraduates in the Institute’s work and providing them with mentorship. The other was assisting underserved populations, such as low-income and women of color. The internship combines the two issues Susan Heck was most passionate about, by enhancing our training and mentorship of undergraduates while they work on a project of their choosing focused on an underserved population.

The Susan Heck Summer Student Internship is open to Stanford undergraduates. During the internship, students will work on their own gender-related research project and mentor a high school intern. At the end of the summer internship program, Susan Heck interns will be expected to present their research to the Institute. In addition, Interns will work with Clayman staff-members and researchers on additional projects, and will have the opportunity to get valuable research and work experience in a dynamic office environment. 


  • Research and work on your individual project
  • Research other projects assigned to you
  • Mentor high school interns and collaborate with fellow undergrad interns
  • Complete various office tasks assigned to you


  • Meet once a week with supervisor
  • Meet once a week with assigned research advisor
  • Meet once a week with high school intern mentee
  • Attend weekly Gender 101 sessions
  • Complete their research project and present on your project on September 1st  

The internship will run from approximately June 26th – September 1st, 2017 (10 weeks). It will be a full-time position (40 hours per week) paid with a $7,000 stipend.

Applications are due by 5pm on March 31st, 2017Due to the overwhelming number of applications we received this year, we are extending our review timeline and will contact finalists about next steps by Friday, April 21st.
Application Questions
  • Name:
  • Year in School:
  • Major (if declared):
  • Email address:
  • Phone #:
  • Other campus activities:

Please answer the following questions in less than 250 words per question.

  1. Tell us about yourself and why you are applying for the internship. What about the idea of working at the Clayman Institute excites you?
  2. What topic would you choose to study and what would your project be?
  3. How do you see your mentorship with the high school interns impacting their time at Clayman and their perception of research?
  4. What do you see yourself contributing to the Clayman Institute? What do you see yourself gaining from your involvement?

Please send your responses and a copy of your resume to: by 5pm on March 31st, 2017