Through the Program on Social Entrepreneurship Internships, a Cardinal Quarter opportunity, students who are interested in social innovation career pathways work with Social Entrepreneurs in Residence at Stanford (SEERS) Fellows. The SEERS Fellows are hosted annually by the Stanford Program on Social Entrepreneurship and co-teach a Cardinal Course (community-engaged learning course).
A requirement for these internships is enrollment in IR142 during Spring Quarter.
Selected interns will have the opportunity to spend a summer working full-time with a SEERS Fellow. See the Summer 2020 opportunities below.
Upon selection, a suitable academic mentor is paired with the interns to assist with preparation for and follow up on the summer learning experience.
Each Social Enterpreneurship Intern receives a base stipend of $5,500 to cover most of the essential costs associated with an unpaid service experience. Additional financial assistance is available to students who qualify.
Visit this page for information on previous fellows' projects.
The Stanford Program on Social Entrepreneurship is a joint initiative of the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law and the Haas Center for Public Service. Funding for this fellowship has been generously provided by the Firefly Scientists' Foundation and Haas Center donors as part of the Cardinal Quarter program.
Summer 2020 Placements:
Generation Citizen - New York, NY or Oakland, CA
Generation Citizen champions real-world democracy education that equips all young people with the skills and knowledge needed to effect change. Our Action Civics program inspires robust civic participation by inviting students to engage directly with the local issues and institutions that affect their communities. To ensure that our democracy represents the voices of all people, we prioritize working with students from communities that have been historically excluded from the political process. By centering youth voice and equitable participation, we can shift the balance of power to accelerate a more just society.
Beyond the classroom, we provide thought leadership, conduct research, and build coalitions to advocate for state and district level policies that ensure schools prioritize Action Civics. Combining our program work with policy and advocacy, we aim to push for systems change on a broad level, scaling our ideas across the country.
Founded in 2008 by college students, Generation Citizen is nearing its official 10th year of operations. To date, we have served more than 60,000 students, and we are on track to serve more than 25,000 this academic year. Generation Citizen has also helped to pass state-level legislation and contributed to Action Civics becoming a well-known academic discipline through hosting convenings, organizing coalitions, and serving as one of the pre-eminent leaders in the emerging civics education field. We have opened six offices in diverse parts of the country (California, Texas, Massachusetts, New York, Oklahoma, Rhode Island), and have built a committed and effective Board of Directors. We have engaged hundreds of stakeholders through Local Boards, Associate Boards, Student and Teacher Leadership Boards, and we have trained and mobilized thousands of college volunteers as Democracy Coaches. Above all, our students have taken real and effective action: helping to pass new laws, changing school policies, and galvanizing their peers to use their voices in powerful ways to change our political system and disrupt traditional power structures.
Generation Citizen is currently going through a CEO transition, which will take place in the Summer of 2020. This is an opportunity to be part of an organization going through a leadership transition, research best practices, and help as GC begins a new strategic plan. This specifically will involve working closely with the outgoing and incoming CEO to explore best practices as it relates to transitions. You will:
· Research best practices throughout the field as it pertains to leadership transitions, especially as it pertains to founding CEO’s leaving;
· Interview others in the space to begin to compile best practices;
· Work to understand and begin the first stages of implementation of a new strategic plan;
· Produce a final report that can be used by both the organization, and others in the non-profit sector.
Fathers & Families of San Joaquin - Stockton, CA
Fathers & Families of San Joaquin is a community-based non-profit organization based in Stockton, California, whose mission is to promote the cultural, spiritual, economic, and social renewal of the most vulnerable families in Stockton and the greater San Joaquin Valley. We give folks a reason to live and lead with purpose. Since 2003 Fathers & Families of San Joaquin has welcomed the most impacted members of our community to work in coalition and collectively reclaim our destiny and build a healthy, loving thriving Stockton that all of our children deserve. Those closest to the problems are closest to the solutions and that proximity is our power. We know that all life is sacred, everyone has intrinsic worth and that together we can all be instruments of peace.
Apply race and place as a filter to better understand the root causes for the destabilization in communities of color and work closely with the Executive Director to develop solutions to divestment, over policing, and incarceration.
· Stockton Rooted. Stockton Reclaimed. Stockton Reimagined: You will assist in moving a Capital Campaign that is focused on the relationship between the carceral state and land grabs that displace communities and contribute to the gentrification of people of color. As part of the campaign you will engage in efforts to integrate a multi-phase strategy to acquire land and develop a workforce development program that focuses on alternative energy and alternatives to incarceration.
· Dream beyond Bars: Help contribute to a vibrant and powerful organizing and mobilizing movement that infuses art, culture and spoken word to develop policies and systems change that redress the massive allocation/distribution of dollars in counties/city/state budgets away from system control and move towards community oversight so that community-based violence prevention, community healing and Healing Justice efforts are prioritized.
· Starving the Beast: Explore how communities of color caught up in the school to prison pipeline who are disproportionately impacted by mass incarceration can organize their communities by collecting data through participatory action research methods.
· Holla Back: Assist in creating a robust communications strategy that amplifies the narrative of disinvested communities/neighborhoods and contribute to efforts to change the narrative.
Alliance for Safety & Justice - Oakland, CA
Alliance for Safety and Justice is a multi-state advocacy organization that aims to replace mass incarceration with new approaches to safety rooted in trauma recovery, rehabilitation and treatment. We engage in state policy reform, research, communications and grassroots organizing to change state laws and lift up the voices and experiences of people most harmed and least helped by current approaches to safety and justice. Launched in 2016 and modeled after our flagship Californians for Safety and Justice organization in California, weare growing advocacy operations in the ten states with the largest prison systems. We are currently active in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas as well as California. A centerpiece of our organizing efforts to change state laws is our network of survivors of crime and violence, Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice. Despite decades of growth in prison spending across the nation, survivors of crime remain without real help to recover or access safety. We are organizing survivors across the nation to change the narrative on who survivors are and what survivors want from state public safety policies, and to advocate for crime prevention, trauma recovery centers, mental health treatment, restorative justice and smarter approaches to safety that stop the cycle of crime more effectively than excessive imprisonment.
Through our efforts hundreds of millions of state dollars have been invested into treatment and trauma recovery and we’ve passed laws that are reducing incarceration by more than 25,000 people annually. 2020 promises to be a big year for Alliance for Safety and Justice and our programs. We are seeking interns that can help document and strengthen our organizing efforts in our states through the following areas of work:
- Conduct research on best practices in survivor support and victim compensation for various publications that ASJ is slated to produce in 2020, to advance legislative priorities in multiple states. Work with ASJ’s top notch research team as part of this work.
- Create public education materials on various policy reform campaigns to educate our chapter members and online members and support our members in taking action for change. Work with ASJ’s top-notch communications team to execute this work.
- Interview members for various writing and publication projects to tell the stories of our members in becoming agents of change and shifting public policy on criminal justice and public safety policy. This may be telephone or in-person interviews and may be related to video projects as well.
- Support summer organizing events in chapters across California, including a Summer Day of Action in Sacramento for our survivor members to meetwith legislators and bring their voices to the state Capitol. This will be in coordination with our SurvivorsSpeak team and other policy, operations and events staff and is part of a larger organizational coordination effort.
By the end of the internship, interns will have hands-on experience working in policy reform advocacy, organizing and campaign communications. Interns interested in a career in policy change can gain important experience supporting our organizing and advocacy strategies and helping the organization document our work and grow. The ASJ team brings a wealth of experience and an open, collaborative environment that is excellent for learning about the various aspects of policy change work and also having a good time making change.
Street Code Academy - East Palo Alto, CA
StreetCode’s mission is to provide people in East Palo Alto and similar communities with the tech skills, mindset, and access to networks needed for innovation. StreetCode originated in 2014 and was incorporated as a non-profit in October 2016. We offer spring, winter, and summer courses in coding, entrepreneurship, and design.
At StreetCode, we strive to create a learning environment where students feel part of a nurturing community - a place where they can experiment, make mistakes, and develop a resilient mindset while they are developing skills in coding, technology, or design. As a Social Entrepreneurship Intern, you will be able to work with the executive team on creating their manifesto (an articulation of core values done in an inspiring, poetic, and historic way) that will be used to 1) build their model for expansion, and 2) measure the impact of our org culture. Additionally, you will be part of a dedicated team establishing an inspiring teaching environment that supports our students.
About StreetCode’s Strategic Goals
The StreetCode Social Entrepreneurship Summer Intern’s (SSESI) primary focus of working with StreetCode’s manifesto, model for expansion, and impact measurements will be done in the context of StreetCode’s 2020 strategic goals:
GOAL 1: 100% of EPA: Develop positive relationships with surrounding communities and offer services accessible to 100% of East Palo Alto and Belle Haven residents.
GOAL 2: Build the Model: Develop a strong and effective sustainable model that can be implemented locally and replicated across the globe.
GOAL 3: Launch Digital: Expand our program capacity and reach through a variety of digital services. (Go Digital (Digitally-informed Expansion)
GOAL 4: Secure a Location for permanent headquarters: Establish a permanent location for office space, program offerings, etc.
GOAL 5: Tech Tournament: Host a tech tournament that will help build participant and donor engagement and excitement, that will allow us to leverage opportunities for stewardship, fundraising, and culture building purposes. (Increase traction in culture and industry through a large-scale event. (Tech Tournament)
As a summer intern, you will be able to work with the management team to explore how all of these pieces work together to support the mission.
Below is a short description of some of your day-to-day responsibilities:
· Work with StreetCode management staff to develop, write, and design manifesto and core value materials
· Work with StreetCode staff to align curriculum and design programs to fit the organizational manifesto and core values
· Support StreetCode staff to run programs and classes at a number of locations
· Work with StreetCode staff to measure impact of org culture across sites
Skills and Qualifications
· Desire to be part of a justice-seeking community of students and educators in tech
· Some level of community development work
· CS/technical background not required, but helpful
· Strong written and verbal English skills, with Spanish proficiency a bonus
· Leadership skills in the learning environments (classrooms, communities)
· Ability to establish and maintain the tone of the learning environment
· Contribute positively to the culture of StreetCode in your interactions with students, parents, staff, guests, and community members
For complete eligibility requirements, please review our program policies in its entirety.
Currently enrolled first-years, sophomores, and juniors from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply, and applicants may vary in academic interests, public service involvement, and experience. Priority will be given to students who have completed fewer than two previous Cardinal Quarter opportunities. Graduating seniors are only eligible for Round 2 opportunities if funding is available, and the Round 2 deadline may be in April. Students who have begun their coterm programs are not eligible to apply.
Selected Social Entrepreneurship Interns are required to work at least 35 hours/week for nine consecutive weeks at their placements. Fellows are expected to begin service after the conclusion of spring quarter and no later than July 6, 2020. All summer fellows are required to work with their community partners at least 35 hours/week for nine consecutive weeks at their placements. Fellows are expected to work on-site with their host organization, and have a designated full-time professional staff member on-site as their supervisor/mentor. Please review the complete program policies for additional requirements. Other commitments include the following:
- Enroll and participate in IR 142 (time TBD), a Cardinal Course.
- Complete the program orientation.
- Attend the Engaging in Ethical and Effective Service workshop.
- Meet with academic mentor at least once.
- Design a personal learning plan for the summer, and share the plan with communtiy partner and academic mentor.
- Submit a brief preliminary report.
- Submit a final report, complete a program evaluation, and correspond with fellowship donor(s) as requested by fellowships program staff.
- Meet with academic mentor at least once.
- Attend a de-briefing meeting for the purpose of reflecting upon and evaluating summer experiences.
- Participate in outreach activities to share your experiences and help publicize the program.
For those who seek assistance, advising is offered to help students develop their applications.
This fellowship is intended for individuals whose application, references, and interview demonstrate
- an integration of the fellowship experience with applicant’s academic, personal and/or career goals
- prior demonstrated interest or involvement in the subject area, including related coursework
- a compelling match between applicant’s skills and interests and an organization’s work and needs
- strong potential for the fellowship experience to enlarge a candidate’s understanding of an identified community issue or challenge
Complete applications are screened, finalists interviewed, and fellows selected by a committee with the intention to award fellowships prior to spring break. Applicants should respond promptly (within 48 hours) via email to a fellowship offer, or the offer will be rescinded. Once an applicant accepts a fellowship offer, the student should promptly notify all other Stanford and non-Stanford programs to which they have applied that they have accepted another offer and to withdraw their candidacy.