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Summer Internship Grants

Graduates who have studied History pursue a wide variety of careers in such fields as business, journalism, public service, law, education, government (as well as countless others).  The History Department is committed to the career development of our students and to enabling rich summer internship experiences for undergraduates interested in History.  To support students wishing to explore summer internship opportunities that relate to their historical interests, the department awards grants of up to $2000.  These grants are intended to subsidize the costs of interning at an organization where students can draw on and extend the skills and interests that they have developed in Stanford History classes. 

History Department summer funding is available to undergraduate students working on internships on any topic of historical interest, pending faculty review of the application materials.  Applications that are inspired by, or relate to, historical questions of race, ethnicity, poverty, social exclusion, religious difference, and/or sexual identity and orientation may be supported with funds from the History Department’s grant from Stanford’s Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Fund (DIF).  All funding, regardless of source, will be up to $2000.

How to Apply

Interested students should submit a written proposal of no more than 500 words explaining the nature of the internship position (including dates of employment) and its engagement with historical topics and questions.  Provide a letter from the organization that includes the name and contact information of the internship supervisor.  In keeping with our commitment to fostering historical interest across the university, this opportunity is open to any undergraduate student who has taken (or is taking) at least one History course.

Applications should be submitted in the form of a PDF attachment sent to Priscilla Catbagan ( by April 26, 2019 at 4pm. Proposals will be read by a committee of History faculty.  Decisions will be announced by early-May. We regret that late applications cannot be accepted.

Note: Students are required to identify their own internship arrangement and use appropriate due diligence in vetting the internship position. The Department of History will provide funding only and recuses itself from all other responsibilities. In applying for this grant, students release Stanford University and the Department of History from any liability arising in connection to this internship opportunity.