Program details & application

Dates and stipend

  • The internship will run from mid-June through late August (10 weeks). 
  • It will be a full-time position (40 hours per week) paid with a $7,500 stipend (plus need-based supplement as applicable).

Eligibility

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

Students wishing to participate in the 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 internship. 
  • Those students who already have 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, but Stanford students of other years also may apply. The Institute strongly supports and encourages a diverse and inclusive community.

Expectations for participating interns

Selected students will be expected to complete 40 hours of work 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 full-time job during the summer program. Other employment must be discussed with the director of programs before the start of the session. 

In addition, 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 40 hours per week 
  • Meet with the director of programs and their research mentor 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 and/or final project (exact format to be determined after discussion with the intern's mentor)
  • Write an article about the research paper/project and internship experience for the Institute's e-newsletter and/or annual magazine
  • Prepare and deliver an oral or poster presentation at the end of the internship
  • Refrain from taking classes (academic classes or test prep classes) during the internship program 

How to apply

To view the application, please click the button below. Applications typically are due in March. If you have any other questions about the internship program, please contact Director of Programs Shivani Mehta (sdmehta [at] stanford.edu (subject: Susan%20Heck%20internship) ).  

View 2022 Application