This summer, thanks to alumni support, Stanford in Government is sending 85 students to engage with policy as public service through SIG-funded Cardinal Quarter policy fellowships and stipends. We received over two hundred applications for both the fellowships and stipends programs and were impressed by the diversity of student interests. Our team was pleased to expand campus collaborations to include the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, the Precourt Institute for Energy, the Freeman-Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR). These collaborations are getting us closer to our goal of supporting 100 policy internships each summer.
SIG Director of State and Local Fellowships Isaiah Drummond lead his committee in administering 25 fellowships. These included eight placements in our last year of a three-year grant from Santa Clara County government. We added positions with the Santa Clara County Office of LGBTQ Affairs and the California State Controller’s office in Sacramento, among others. This summer, we will continue the tradition of organizing our fellowships and stipends cohort in Sacramento. Many thanks to Sacramento alumni, led by Jim Hartley ’80, who welcome summer interns to the California capital each summer!
On our D.C./National Fellowships team Director Gabi Torrance and her team managed the selection of fellows for 18 positions in D.C., New York, and Colorado. Thanks to her hard work, we were able to add positions at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, the Office of Management and Budget, and the World Bank Group. We will also be sending two fellows to the Department of Health and Human Services to work on healthcare topics, thanks to support from our colleagues at SIEPR.
The International Fellowships team led by Director of International Fellowships Natasha Moolji received a record number of applications at positions around the globe including new positions in Taipei, Taiwan and in Curitiba, Brazil. We also renewed popular partnerships with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Innovation Office in Geneva, and the Brookings Institution Doha Center, among others. This summer, thanks to the hard work of the International Fellowships team, we have fellows on five different continents!
Co-Directors of the Stipends team Grace Romer and Lucas Rodriguez successfully helped award Cardinal Quarter funding to 33 students with self-arranged policy internships. The students’ positions touch every aspect of policy, from using algorithms to solve issues with the Social Security Administration, to working for the State Department at the U.S. Embassies in Madrid, Spain, Rabat, Morocco, and Sofia, Bulgaria. We are incredibly grateful to all of the people who make this program possible. We could not do it without our generous donors and the supportive team of advisors at the Haas Center for Public Service.