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The Susan Heck Summer Internship Program

photo of three interns Dr. Susan Heck, one of the founders of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research and former Clayman Institute 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 attend weekly intern workshops and events. 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 Institute staff members and researchers on additional projects, and will have the opportunity to get valuable research and work experience in a dynamic office environment. 

Program Details

Dates and Stipend

  • The internship will run from approximately June 20th – August 26th, 2022 (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).


The Susan Heck Summer Internship program is for current Stanford 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 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 on Thursday, August 25th
  • Refrain from taking classes (academic classes or test prep classes) during the internship program 


To submit an application, please click the button below. Applications are due by 5pm on Friday, March 11, 2022. If you have any other questions about the internship program, please contact Shivani Mehta, Director of Programs (  

Click Here for 2022 Application