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.
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.
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.
CESTA Community (Celena Allen). [Keywords: social media, community engagement, digital humanities, design]
Chinese Railroad Workers in North America (Gordon Chang, Shelley Fisher Fishkin). [Keywords: immigration, Chinese American history, labor practices, digital archive]
Global Medieval Sourcebook (Kathryn Starkey). [Keywords: medieval manuscripts, translation, literary history, digital archive ]
Global Urbanization and Its Discontents: Poverty, Property, and the City (Zephyr Frank). [Keywords: property, rent, poverty, urban studies]
The Grand Tour Project (Giovanna Ceserani). [Keywords: Eighteenth Century, cultural history, travel history, Italy, Great Britain, interactive database, natural language processing, data visualizations, linked data]
Imagined San Francisco (Ocean Howell). [Keywords: urban planning, infrastructure, architecture, GIS, interface design]
Law and Resistance in Late Medieval Europe (Rowan Dorin). [Keywords: interface design, text analysis, mapping, history]
Literary Lab (Prof. Mark Algee-Hewitt). [Keywords: text mining, literary history, genre, aesthetics]
Mapping Ottoman Epirus (Ali Yaycioglu). [Keywords: mapping, empire, Eastern Mediterranean, Greek/Ottoman Turkish/Arabic language skills, Spatial History Project]
Medicine, Heresy and Freedom of Thought in Sixteenth-Century Italy (Alessandra Celati). [Keywords: medicine, dissent, religion, medical history, network analysis]
Text Technologies (Elaine Treharne). [Keywords: medieval manuscripts, Latin, Old English, archival materials, technologies, human communication, history]
Unequal by Design: School Districting and the Roots of Educational Inequality in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1850-1950 (Matthew Kelly). [Keywords: education, public policy, equity, GIS, Bay Area]
Urban Legacy of Ancient Rome (Erik Steiner). [Keywords: rome, architecture, images, maps, sketches, digital archive]
Community Service Work Study Program
Spring Quarter Teaching Assistant
Urban Studies 178/Public Policy 178/CSRE 178P: The Science and Practice of Effective Advocacy
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
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.
Please submit resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Compensation: Units of Academic Credit, as agreed upon.
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.
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.
Undergraduate Opportunities (via SIG):
Graduate Opportunities (via SOLO):
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 https://west.stanford.edu/news/blogs/out-west-blog to read reflections from past interns. For more information, visit our website or contact Surabhi Balachander (email@example.com).
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
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.