|Under the leadership of the Chair and four Vice-Chairs (Programming, Fellowships, Expansion Planning and Operations), SIG is organized in a committee structure. Each committee — run by a directorand staffed by two to five committee members — focuses on a defined set of goals throughout the year. To learn more about a particular committee, please click on the appropriate link below.
CA is a committee dedicated to tapping into the resource that is our vibrant, diverse, and knowledgeable campus, particularly Stanford faculty members. Our flagship project, Campus Awareness policy lunches, bring faculty and students together for discussion and debate on pressing local, state, national, and global issues. Recent discussants have included Professor Terry Moe, Larry Diamond, and women’s human rights activist Kavita Ramdas. Additionally, we engage in other projects to keep campus informed, aware, and passionate about political issues. This year we will be involved in events leading up to the November elections such as organizing viewings for the presidential debates.
PPF seeks to encourage political dialogue on campus. Through events with policymakers and experts and campus-wide lectures with the Big Speaker, PPF brings students and policy experts together to enrich Stanford’s political atmosphere. Past events have included conversations with former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas Kristof, and Google Ideas Director Jared Cohen ’04.
CCP focuses on civics education for the local community and on public service that relates to government and politics. In the past, CCP created a “Know Your Rights” brochure for the Palo Alto Community and taught courses in middle schools teaching the students about jury duty, the legal system, elections, and more.
There are three component committees under fellowships, which are each responsible for a portion of SIG’s fellowship offerings. The three committees are:
State/Local Fellowships Committee
DC/National Fellowships Committee
International Fellowships Committee
The Stanford in Government fellowships program sponsors roughly 40 fellowships every summer to send Stanford undergraduates to intern in high-profile governmental or non-profit organizations to work on policy issues around the world. Stipends for fellows are administered by Stanford in Government. Fellowship placements include: the National Endowment for Democracy, National Labor Relations Board, Library of Congress, Brookings Institution, and numerous legislative and agency offices.
Each fellowship committee has similar responsibilities within the realm of fellowships they cover. Committee members secure summer placements, review fellowship applications, interview applicants, and work with professors to select SIG fellows. Committee members are also responsible for publicizing fellowship placements. Among other publicity events, Fellowships Night is held each year in late November.
The Operations Committee assists SIG leadership in managing a major student organization and generating innovative projects. Members of the Operations Committee help to organize and publicize events, promote organizational cohesion, manage the SIG budget, and streamline efforts by other committees to develop joint projects and programming. Serving on the Operations Committee will prepare students who are interested in policy and management to take on substantive leadership roles within SIG. The OC and SC committees are smaller committees within the Operations Committee, but you write about your interest in OC or SC directly in your application if you would like to work in either.
The Outreach Committee (OC) will work toward two highly interrelated goals essential to SIG’s mission: to fundraise for SIG’s Stipends program, and to engage with SIG alumni. These goals are particularly important right now, as SIG heads into its 50th year of increasing political awareness at Stanford and connecting students with opportunities in public service. During 2012-2013, the Outreach Committee will be working hard to celebrate SIG’s 50th anniversary by planning reunions, webinars, a major gala, and other events that will draw Stanford alumni from all over the country. Serving on the Outreach Committee will connect students to valuable SIG alumni mentors in public service and hone management and logistical skills. This is a special year for SIG, and the Outreach Committee has a large role in making it so.
The Stipends Committee (SC) is dedicated to the SIG Stipends Program that strives to provide valuable opportunities for Stanford students of all majors and backgrounds to gain exposure to public policy work around the globe. SC successfully launched the Stipends Program last year and provided funding to eleven students to enable them to pursue their passion in various policy-related work in different countries including Brazil, Ghana, and China. Committee members will take the lead in not only setting the goals for the program this coming year, but also in operating the actual program from reviewing applications to holding orientations and promotional events, and reaching out to some governmental and non-profit organizations. SC will also cooperate with members of the larger Operations Committee and work closely with the Haas Center for another successful year. Find out more about our Program under the “Stipends Program” tab.