Careers & Internship Resources

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Six Career Resources for International Relations (IR) Undergraduates

  1. BEAM, Stanford Career Education resources for International Careers: There is an International Service Opportunities Fair, co-sponsored by BEAM and the Haas Center in January every year. Subscribe to BEAM e-newsletter on International Careers to be reminded of this event and other-related ones on campus. Research other careers besides international, such as public service/ govt/ education, environment, business, arts/ media/ communication. Don't forget to check other available career resources for Alumni, such as CareerConnect
  2. Get career advice and explore the world of work by finding a Stanford alumni mentor via the Stanford Alumni Mentoring Program organized by BEAM, and access the directory of over 200,000 alumni via Handshake for informational interviews.  BEAM offers workshops and 1:1 coaching on how to conduct informational interviews.
  3. Locate job/ internship opportunities via BEAM Jobs and Internships Databases found on the BEAM website.  To access these databases, you will need to first register with BEAM.
  4. Meet with a career counselor for either a 15 or 45 minute appointment to discuss job/internship search strategies, cover letter and resume writing, interview preparation, networking, clarify goals/ interests/ skills/ values, and access a multitude of on-line and print resources available in the BEAM library. You will need to first register with BEAM before scheduling an appointment. All appointments are scheduled online. For information on internships and career opportunities, please visit the BEAM, Stanford Career Education
  5. Unsure of where to start or what you want to do?  You can also check out the T.R.E.E, an interactive, on-line tool that will help you understand what you might be looking for in a major or job.
  6. Interested in knowing what alumni are doing? Check out Handshake and LinkedIn.  Stanford IR alumni and currently declared students can join our LinkedIn group, "Stanford IR". Connect with us on LinkedIn

Internship and Work Opportunities for IR Undergraduates 

Current Opportunities

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Stanford Global Studies Internship Opportunities  

For information on international internships offered directly through Stanford Global Studies, visit the Stanford Global Studies Internship Program or email: GlobalInternships [at] (GlobalInternships[at]stanford[dot]edu)

Stanford in Washington (SIW): Autumn, Winter, Spring

BING Stanford in Washington (SIW) Internships.  All students at BSIW are placed in a full-time internship in the Washington, DC metropolitan area through the combined efforts of the student and the Stanford in Washington staff and faculty.  Visit the SIW website for application deadlines and procedures. 

Other Internships/ Fellowships

Latin American Studies Monica Miller Walsh Undergraduate Summer Internship grants.  These awards are available to Stanford undergraduate students interested in completing an independent internship in Latin America.  Application deadline is generally in March for the following summer.

Undergraduate Human Rights Fellowships.  Offered to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors, grants will be given to four undergraduates who commit to working on human rights issues fulltime for a minimum of 8 weeks.  

Stanford in Government (SIG) Fellowships. SIG offers dozens of fully-funded public service internships every summer in a range of organizations around the world. Undergraduates from all majors and years are encouraged to apply as the fellowships represent public service through a variety of disciplines. (NOTE: only seniors planning to return to campus the next fall, for instance co-terms, are eligible). 

Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) Fellowships/ Internships.
CDDRL supports U.S.-based and international fellowships in partnership with a number institutions on campus, including the Haas Center for Public Service, the Program on Social Entrepreneurship, the Freeman Spogli Institute, and Stanford in Government. These fellowships are aimed at Stanford undergraduates and graduating seniors/coterms interested in working in NGOs and civil society organizations dedicated to service, international development, good governance, and/or human rights. We invite all interested students to view the opportunities below and apply prior to the deadline(s). For inquiries, please contact Katie Kuruc at kkuruc [at] (kkuruc[at]stanford[dot]edu).  

IR Internship Database

Peruse a live list of internships that IR majors have completed. If you are an IR major or minor who completed an internship and would like to add it to the database, please write to the pfesta [at] (associate director) and request the IR Internship Database Form.

Off-campus Learning Opportunities

Stanford's Off-Campus Learning Opportunities is a joint endeavor initiated by the Office of International Affairs, under the Vice President and Dean of Research and with the collaboration of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Haas Center for Public Service, Global Engineering Programs and Stanford Global Studies. Check out this one-stop shop website for the numerous opportunities that are available to you to gain Stanford international academic experiences off campus. 


If your are a declared IR student or alum, please join our LinkedIn group to hear about career opportunities and network with your peers! Click here to see a list of current job titles for IR Alum as self-reported on LinkedIn. 

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