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 may submit applications for up to *three* 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.

Bill Lane Center staff will review all the applications and conduct select in-person and/or Zoom interviews. Finalists will be forwarded to the host organization for interviews and selection. All administration of the internships, including awards, is managed by the Bill Lane Center. 

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 internship supervisor. All internships are fully funded by the Bill Lane Center.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What materials are required to apply?

A: The Bill Lane Center application includes specific questions and will also prompt you to submit a cover letter describing your interest and experience, a resume, two references, and an unofficial transcript.

Please address your cover letter to both the Bill Lane Center, that is funding and administering this internship, and the organization to which you are applying. You must address the following three questions in your letter: 1. What are your motivations behind applying for this position? 2. How will participating in this program further your academic and professional pursuits? 3. Do you have any prior internship or relevant experience? 

Tips: 1. Do not begin your cover letter by stating your name; 2. Read the internships's required and desired skills carefully on the SOLO page and address your qualifications in your letter; 3. Use different, tailored cover letters for different internship positions; address specific qualifications and interest in the work; 4. Proofread and edit thoughtfully, and please remember the value of humility; 5. Make it easy to read--use at least 11pt font and paragraphs. 

Q: Where do I find the application?

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

Q: May I apply for more than one internship?

A: Yes, you may apply for up to three 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 a base stipend of $7,500 with additional funding depending on the internship location and the student's financial aid level. The final stipend is between $7,500 and $10,000. Students must give the Bill Lane Center permission for the Office of Financial Aid to release their aid level. This information is kept confidential. If student permission is not given, the financial aid supplement cannot be provided. 

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 free or at a discounted rate. Though most internships do not require a car throughout the summer, some internships are in a rural location and students are responsible for getting to and from the internship site. Please read each internship description on SOLO carefully for details.

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

A: Graduating seniors are always eligible to apply; co-terms, who still have undergraduate status are also eligible. 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 internship 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 internship start and end 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 internship 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 the Bill Lane Center 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- to mid-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.