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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 for Gender Research) 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 individuals 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 that focuses 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. 

The internship will run from approximately June 25th – August 31st, 2018 (10 weeks). It will be a full-time position (40 hours per week) paid with a $7,000 stipend.


The Susan Heck Summer Internship program is for current Stanford students.

Students wishing to participate in internship must meet all of the following criteria: 

  • Be a citizen or a permanent resident of the U.S OR have a student visa.
  • Have at least one quarter (not a co-term) of undergraduate education remaining after completing the summer research experience. Those students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or who will have completed their degree by the start of the summer are ineligible.

Our preference is for interns to be rising juniors/3rd years and rising seniors/4th years Stanford students, but Stanford students of other years may also apply. The Institute strongly supports and encourages a diverse and inclusive community.

Selected students will be expected to complete 40 hours of research each week.  Participants must be willing to devote full-time to the program during the 10-week session.  Due to the intense research schedule, Susan Heck interns are strongly encouraged not to work an additional job during the summer program. Other employment must be discussed with Program Director before the start of the session. 

Expectations for Participating Interns

Susan Heck interns must be prepared to make a full-time commitment to their research. Participants are expected to:

  • Contact their mentor before the start of the summer session to discuss the research project and complete any pre-work or reading material
  • Work on their research for at least 40 hours per week 
  • Meet with Program Director once a week
  • Meet with their research mentor and high school mentee on a weekly basis
  • Attend all activities and events published in the Intern Calendar (will be shared at the beginning of the program)
  • Complete and submit all assignments, evaluations, and other documents according to the calendar the mentor and student agree upon at the start of the internship
  • Prepare and submit a research paper based on the project
  • Prepare and deliver an oral or poster presentation on Thursday, August 30th
  • Refrain from taking classes (academic classes or test prep classes) and during the internship program 

To submit an application, please access the application here. Application deadline has been extended and applications are due BY 5pm on February 21, 2018. If you have any other questions about the internship program, please contact Erika Gallegos Contreras ( 


Founded in 1974, the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University is one of the nation's most distinguished research organizations devoted to the study of gender. The Clayman Institute creates knowledge and seeks to implement change that promotes gender equality at Stanford, nationally, and internationally.