Internship Application FAQs

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Summer internships are posted at the end of fall quarter/beginning of winter quarter and applications are due Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at 11:59pm.

To find out more about the program and upcoming on-campus events, contact Education Manager Corinne Thomas.

Students are encouraged to submit applications for up to *two* internships.

To learn more about the internship experience, browse the Out West blog featuring posts by summer interns from the past several years – many of them at the same organizations open to applications.

Lane Center staff will review applications in collaboration with the host organization and will conduct in-person and/or Zoom interviews.

Bill Lane Center internships are part of Cardinal Quarter opportunities and students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. The opportunities are full-time (35-40 hours a week) for 10 consecutive weeks during the summer. Specific start and end dates can be coordinated directly with the supervisor. They are fully funded by the Lane Center.

Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What materials are required to apply?

A: The SOLO application form will prompt you to submit a Statement of Interest (Maximum of 500 words for each position desired) describing your interest and experience, a resume, two references, and an unofficial transcript.


Q: Where do I find the application?

A: Applications can be found on SOLO, Stanford's portal for On- & Off-Campus Learning Opportunities (solo.stanford.edu).


Q: May I apply for more than one internship?

A: Yes, you may apply for up to two internships. You must submit a separate application and cover letter, including your references, resume and transcript, for each internship in which you are interested. However, you may submit the same references, unofficial transcript, and resume for each of your applications.  


Q: Can I find out more about the experiences of previous internships at the organization I'm interested in?

A: At the bottom of each internship description, look for links to posts on the Out West blog written by previous summer interns at the same organization.


Q: Are the internships paid?

A: Yes, the Bill Lane Center provides one stipend between $6,500-$8,500 depending on the internship location and the student's financial aid level. Students must give the Bill Lane Center permission in the application to request the aid level of the Office of Financial Aid. This information is kept confidential. If permission is not given, the financial aid supplement cannot be given. 


Q: What does it mean that "housing and transportation are the responsibility of the intern"?

A: Students are expected to budget for their living expenses, which include housing and transportation, from the stipend provided. Host organizations may assist with finding housing and, in certain instances, provide housing entirely or at a discounted rate. Though most internships do not require a car throughout the summer, students are responsible for getting to and from the internship site. Please read each internship description carefully for details.


Q: I am a graduating senior or co-term. Am I eligible for the internships?

A: Internships are open to every student who will have an undergraduate status in the spring quarter prior to starting their internship. Graduating seniors are always eligible to apply; co-terms, who still have undergraduate status, will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Some internships are open to master's students. Only Stanford students are eligible for these internships.


Q: Do I need to submit a transcript for each organization to which I apply?

A: Yes, please submit one unofficial transcript with each application. Separate cover letters, two references and  a resume also need to be submitted for each position to which you apply.


Q: Do I need to request a letter of recommendation?

A: No, you do not need to request a letter of recommendation. You are required to submit two references, however.


Q: Are the dates flexible?

A: Yes, interns may work out start and end dates with their host mentors as long as the total duration is 10 consecutive weeks over the summer for the full-time position. 


Q: Can I still apply if I am abroad and not available for an in-person interview?

A: Yes, in these circumstances we will conduct a Zoom interview.


Q: Where can I find more information about each internship?

A: In addition to the links provided on each internship page, all students are invited to visit the Bill Lane Center's office in Y2E2, room 174 to ask more questions about the internship or you may choose to contact our student ambassadors. Additionally, you can learn about the day-to-day aspects of each internship experience in the Out West student blog, or contact a previous year's intern directly. Contact Education Manager Corinne Thomas if you have difficulties getting in touch with program alumni.


Q: When will I hear back about my application?

A: The Center strives to work with the collaborating organizations to fill the positions by early March, though the interview process can extend to the end of winter quarter. If you have any questions about the status of your application during the review and interview process please contact Education Manager Corinne Thomas.


Q: I’m not a Stanford student. I am still eligible to apply?

A: Unfortunately, our summer internships are only open to Stanford students.