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Recently listed opportunities for Urban Studies students to apply for internships, research assistantships, and more. Please also see Stanford in Government Internship listings and UC Berkeley Planning jobs listings.

March 2018

2018 California Planning Foundation Scholarship

The 2018 California Planning Foundation Scholarship Application is now available with over $60,000 in scholarships to give out to outstanding planning students in California this year. Click here to apply.

Summer 2018 Undergraduate Research Internships at CESTA

Interested in gaining academic and research experience this year? Apply for an undergraduate Research Internship at CESTA! This opportunity integrates students into a community of faculty, students, and staff who combine technology and the humanities. Work on interdisciplinary projects, learn about digital humanities, and gain valuable experience along the way. Applications for Summer Quarter positions are now being accepted. See the full job announcement below to learn about available projects and how to apply. 


CESTA hires full and part-time undergraduate research interns for a variety of projects during Summer Quarter. The positions run from June 25 - August 31, with the option of continuing to work until the start of fall quarter (September 24). Student tasks range from conducting traditional historical or archival research to learning new tools, developing interactive websites, creating databases, and much more. The program includes an orientation, weekly discussions about various digital humanities topics, regular project meetings with research leads, and limited number of brief assignments. Students are expected to work their hours in CESTA during normal business hours and partake in the above program activities.

 Application Deadline and Timeline

  • Thursday, March 15 by 11:59 PM: Application due

  • March 22, March 29, and April 5: Group Interviews at CESTA (applicants are expected to participate in one session, exact times TBA)

  • April 16 - April 30: Internship offers and on-boarding communications emailed

  • June 25: Summer research internships begin


Over the summer, research interns are supported through stipends, hourly positions, or Federal Work Study. Summer research interns who are funded through a stipend will receive a one time payment of $7,000 for working full-time (40 hours per week) or $3,500 for working half-time (20 hours per week) for positions that span June 25 - August 31. Depending on project and funding availability, some students may also work on an hourly basis at a rate of $16/hour. Students will have access to faculty and staff mentorship for their projects in addition to a great working space.

To Apply

If you are interested in working at CESTA this summer, please complete the application form no later the deadline of Thursday, March 15 at 11:59 PM. The application asks questions about your availability, experience, and interests. You will also upload a resume and cover letter. After reading the project descriptions found below, write a brief cover letter indicating why you might be a good fit for one or more of them. This is an opportunity for you to expand upon what you have included in your resume and relate your skills and experiences to the projects you are interested in. Have your resume and cover letter ready to upload in a single PDF document at the end of the application form.

Prompt applications will receive preferential consideration, as will applicants who are eligible for Federal Work Study or open to receiving independent study credit. Any applications submitted after the deadline will be considered only if additional needs arise. 

Anticipated Projects in Summer 2018

Click on the links for full descriptions. Updates will be posted to the CESTA website.

Contact Us

Thank you for your interest! We look forward to reviewing your application materials and meeting you. Check out the FAQs for further info. If you have any questions about the application process, we encourage you to call us at (650) 721-1385 or email

February 2018

Community Service Work Study Program

The Community Service Work-Study (CSWS) Program allows eligible students to work with any nonprofit, government, or tribal organization in the United States and earn $6,000 this summer. This program is a great opportunity to build on their experience from a Cardinal Course. Students have worked in education, health, environment, technology, arts/media, and many more areas. Our advising team can help students find a placement either with a past CSWS community partner organization or an eligible organization that the student chooses. Interested students can find our advising hours and application steps on the CSWS website. We are accepting completed applications on a rolling basis until April 13th at noon. 


Spring Quarter Teaching Assistant

Urban Studies 178/Public Policy 178/CSRE 178P: The Science and Practice of Effective Advocacy

Instructor: Lawrence Litvak, Lecturer, Urban Studies and Public Policy
MW 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.
T 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. (section for community engaged learning option)
The Teaching Assistant will attend and support me in all of my class sessions (2 ninety-minute regular classes plus one discussion section per week), coordinate student travel and community partner scheduling, and do special review sessions for the students prior to the midterm and final. I estimate an average of approximately 7 hours of work per week, including in-class time of 4 hours per week.
In this course, students will learn about the components of successful social change campaigns and develop practical skills required in these efforts. The concepts taught will be relevant to both issue and electoral campaigns, and will draw on both research-based and practice-based sources, including social psychology, political science, communications, sociology, community organizing and social movements. The purpose of the course is to make you a more effective change-maker.

Students will be able to take the course for 3 or 5 units. If they choose to take the course for 5 units, they will have a placement with a partner advocacy organization, and have an opportunity to participate in and learn from activities.  For more details about the course, see the attached course overview and draft syllabus.

Spring Quarter Teaching Assistant

Urban Studies 136 / Pub Pol 136: The Sharing Economy

Instructor: Michael Kieschnick
T, 10:30 - 11:50

Duties - since this is a rapidly changing field, monitor both the academic and business press for analytical pieces on the sharing (or gig) economies. As directed, participate as a consumer and share experiences with class. Attend class, and pay particular attention to supporting any students not achieving at a high level, in addition to support from instructor.  Be a sounding board for students on paper topics and research approaches for paper.  Prior to class, design and distribute flyer to attract students, since this is a new course with no advantage from word of mouth.
Qualifications and skills - Successful applicants will highly organized, intellectually curious, and analytical sound, with some training in microeconomics, particularly the economics of the firm or workplace.  Wide experience in the sharing economy a plus. 

Please submit resume and cover letter to
Compensation: Units of Academic Credit, as agreed upon.

January 2018

Poverty Research Fellowship

The Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality is leading a first-of-its-kind "qualitative census" to understand how low- and middle-income Americans are making ends meet today. The National Poverty Study will launch in California this summer, and we are seeking undergraduate research fellows to field it. Fellows will conduct in-person interviews with families to learn about their lives, social networks, economic activity, mindsets, mental bandwidth, health, well-being, and more. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning February 1, 2018. Learn more and apply here.

Stanford Energy Internships in California and Colorado (SEIC)

State-level efforts are essential to our fight against climate change, especially in the field of energy. Join the effort this summer in California or Colorado working on substantive energy and climate projects! The Stanford Energy Internships in California/Colorado (SEIC) offers 12 stipends to Stanford's graduate and undergraduate students placed in the following organizations: Students from this program have gone on to conduct independent research in energy, have produced impactful policy recommendations which have been presented at the state level, and have successfully secured employment at their host organizations after graduation.

Applications have opened for the 2018 SEIC program and are due on February 6thPlease contact Mary Boyer ( with any questions.

Undergraduate Opportunities (via SIG):


Graduate Opportunities (via SOLO):


Paid Summer Internships in the American West

Every summer, the Bill Lane Center for the American West offers many opportunities for Stanford undergraduates to work with organizations throughout the West. Interns are matched with mentors at host organizations and gain valuable work experience in fields such as natural history, conservation, land use, museum curation, resource management, and more. Internships last 10 weeks. Students will be compensated with a stipend, which ranges from $5000-7000 depending on cost of living and financial need, to help cover housing, transportation, and food. All Stanford undergraduates, graduating seniors, and co-terminal master's students who have undergraduate status are eligible to apply. Browse the Out West blog at to read reflections from past interns. For more information, visit our website or contact Surabhi Balachander (

This year’s opportunities cover ecology and conservation, politics and policy, history and archaeology, and more. Partners include Yellowstone National Park, Santa Lucia Conservancy, National Conference of State Legislatures, and the Trust for Public Land, among others.


Deadline: February 6, 2018

SF Summer Planning Internship

San Francisco Planning is looking for bright and enthusiastic interns interested in the planning field to work on a variety of projects this summer (June 4 - August 24). This will be a rewarding and valuable experience for those interested in the planning field and desire introductory work experience or college credit. Interns will conduct research, collect and analyze data, and prepare draft documents for planning work related to affordable housing, historic preservation, cultural and archeological resources, environmental planning, transportation, urban design, and many more. There are a total of 16 full-time positions available. The program is from June 4 to August 24. Interns will be working on a variety of different projects. The application deadline is February 16th at 5:00pm.