CLAS Internship Grants
The CLAS Internship Grants support students for self-arranged in-person summer internships. In-person internships are contingent on university guidelines. Awards range from 2,000 to $7,000 for full-time internships. Service-oriented internships in Latin America may be eligible to be supported by the Monica Miller Walsh Grant (all Latin American countries) or the Pessoa-Trejos Grant (Brazil). To view students perspectives and experiences from previous internship grantees click HERE.
Stanford undergraduate students interested in completing a minimum of 8 weeks full-time in a service-oriented internship with an organization in Latin America during the summer quarter 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.
The internship program is designed as a cultural/experiential learning opportunity, and as such, we expect interns to work on-site at their host organizations during their internship experiences (health and safety conditions permitting). Some hybrid or fully virtual experiences may be allowed on a case-by-case basis, depending on the needs and capacities of the host organizations.
Summer internship awards range from $2,000 to $7,000 each depending on the internship period.
First-generation college students and students with demonstrated financial need are strongly encouraged to apply.
Stanford undergraduate students from any discipline interested in completing a minimum of 8 weeks of a full-time independent internship in Latin America (Monica Miller Walsh Grant) and in Brazil (Pessoa-Trejos Grant) during the summer quarter.
Preference is given to students whose minor is in Global Studies with a concentration in Latin America and to students who have previously enrolled in at least one Latin American Studies content course. Lower priority is given to students with no prior Latin American content coursework.
Be prepared to upload the following documents when completing your SOLO Application:
- Curriculum Vitae or Resume
- 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.
- Itemized Budget
- Evidence of Formal Arrangements with Organization
- Unofficial Transcript
- 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.
- blueEnergy in Nicaragua
- Centro para la Apertura y el Desarrollo de America Latina (CADAL) in Argentina
- Fundação Roberto Marinho (Roberto Marinho Foundation) - Canal Futura in Brazil
- Ideas en Acción in Costa Rica
- Rio 2016 Olympic Committee in Brazil
- Vetor Brasil in Brazil
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 Haas peer advisor and specifically ask them for the list of organizations in Latin America.
Applications are due early February 2024.
READ THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY
- Click "APPLY NOW" on the upper right corner of the application form for either the CLAS internship programs: Monica MiIler Walsh or Pessoa-Trejos
- Click "Update your SOLO profile" to create and update a profile;
- 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.
- 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 particular 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: early February 2024.
Applicants may contact %20latinamerica [at] stanford.edu (subject: Undergraduate%20Summer%20Internship%20inquiry) (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.