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CLAS Internship Grants

CLAS supports students for self-arranged full-time or part-time virtual internships in the academic year 2020-2021. Self-arranged internships give you the opportunity to research and select the organization you would like to intern with, and contact them directly to arrange the details. Students who complete self-arranged internships have an additional sense of ownership over their experience. To view students perspectives and experiences from previous internship grantees click HERE.

Kelsey Hope Carido, Monica Miller Walsh Grant recipient: "A highlight of the experience was having the opportunity to learn about the various work that Cristosal is doing to advance human rights in Central America. I was able to hear from the Executive Director of the organization, learning about why he chose to dedicate himself to this cause. I also had a conversation with David Morales, the lead lawyer in the El Mozote trial which is fighting to provide reparations to the victims of the El Mozote massacre during the El Salvador civil war. Both conversations and a multitude of others strengthened my passion to go into the human rights field."

Stanford undergraduate students interested in completing a minimum of 8 weeks full-time in a flex-term quarter or part-time in and one to three academic quarters of service-oriented internship with an organization in Latin America are eligible to apply to the Monica Miller Walsh Grant (Latin America) and the Pessoa-Trejos Grant (Brazil). Please read the descriptions of the two grants carefully, as each has different requirements, including language proficiency.

Currently, all internships supported by our grants must be adapted to remote/virtual engagement. No undergraduate travel is permitted, in keeping with the U.S. Department of State’s Global Health Travel Advisory.

Summer internship awards range from $2,000 to $6,000 each depending on the internship period. 

First-generation college students and students with demonstrated financial need are strongly encouraged to apply.

Eligibility 

Stanford undergraduate students from any discipline interested in completing a minimum of 8 weeks full-time in a non-academic quarter or  part-time in 2-3 academic quarters of an independent summer internship in Latin America (Monica Miller Walsh Grant) and in Brazil (Pessoa-Trejos Grant). 

Preference is given to students whose minor is in Global Studies with concentration in Latin America and students who have previously enrolled in at least one Latin American Studies content course.

Xochitl Longstaff, Monica Miller Walsh Grant recipient: "One of the highlights of my summer internship with Al Otro Lado was our Monday Morning Speaker Series. It was amazing to hear from dedicated activists from many different organizations—Cultura Migrante, the Haitian Bridge Alliance, ALMA Migrante, etc.—and learn more about the important work that they are doing to support migrants. Doing this work remotely in the context of the pandemic, it was inspiring and motivating to be reminded of all the allies we had working around the world."

Requirements

Be prepared to upload the following documents when completing your SOLO Application:

1. Curriculum Vitae or Resume

2. Statement of Purpose - In addition to describing why you would like to intern for the organization, your statement should include host organization name, website, internship address, contact person email and phone number, as well as the job content.

3. Itemized Budget (not required for AY 2020-2021)

4. Evidence of Formal Arrangements with Organization

5. Unofficial Transcript

6. Faculty Letter of Recommendation

Previously Funded Internships and Locations

Below you will find a list of organizations and locations of summer internships. To hear directly from former grant recipients and their internship experience, visit the Stanford CLAS Summer Internship Vimeo page.

Sierra F. Wells, Monica Miller Walsh Grant recipient: "Working as a virtual intern this summer with the legal team of la Comisión Intereclesial de Justicia y Paz, I was able to gain in-depth knowledge of both transitional justice and human rights defense in Colombia. I researched paramilitary connections to the country's political and economic sectors and helped organize and summarize documents from a case on forced displacement of Afro-Colombian populations. One highlight of my time with Justicia y Paz was attending a virtual hearing with the JEP (a transitional justice mechanism) on measures enacted to protect indigenous and Afro-descendant communities, in which the legal team presented some of my work from the preceding weeks. My experience this summer was hugely helpful in improving my professional Spanish and furthering my knowledge of political and social issues prominent in the Colombian post-conflict setting."

Another resource is a database of organizations, developed by the Haas Center, in which Stanford students have done internships.   It is highly encouraged that you make an appointment with a Hass peer advisor and specifically ask them for the list of organizations in Latin America.

Online Application

Applications are due at 11:59 PM on November 7, 2020.

READ THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY

  1. Click "APPLY NOW" on the upper right corner of the application form for either the CLAS internship programs: Monica MiIler Walsh or Pessoa-Trejos
  2. Click "Update your SOLO profile" to create and update a profile;
  3. Click "Recommendation" on the right to enter your recommender's information. Your recommender will receive a notification about the recommendation form. If you miss this step, you might not be able to save a draft of your application.
  4. Complete the rest of the application questions and click "Review and Submit" once your application is complete. Please double check if you select the correct position(s) before you submit the application.
  • Your statement helps the committee evaluate your fit with your self-arranged internship position.  Clearly state why you are applying to that organization, what particulars skills you can bring to the host organization and what you expect to gain from the internship experience. Please write within 300 words. Your statement should include the host organization's name, website, internship address, contact person's name, email, and phone number; as well as the internship dates, job description, and an itemized budget (including room & board, health insurance, vaccination(s), etc.).
  • Stanford reserves the right to cancel or modify any award before or during the internship for any reason, including natural disasters, emergencies, or compliance with the University travel policy at healthalerts.stanford.edu.

Application deadline:  November 7, 2020

Applicants may contact CLAS with questions.

Note: This funding is not for independent research projects. For a project that is strictly research-oriented and does not involve meeting the needs of an organization or business in Latin America, students are encouraged to apply for funding through Undergraduate Research Programs.