Past Stipend Recipients
Stanford in Government had funded over 20 stipends for students majoring in a variety of different fields, from computer science to philosophy and chemical engineering to French. Read about their experiences below! Grades and majors as of the 2013-2014 school year.
If you see a * next to the student’s name, feel free to contact them to ask any questions or to meet up over coffee! SIG will reimburse any coffee chats.
Junior, Computer Science and Political Science
National Democratic Institute, Washington, DC
My name is Zak Whittington, I am a Junior, studying political science and computer science. I am interested in using technology in politics and humanitarianism. I interned at the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in DC last summer through the SIG stipend program. I was on the small (8 person) tech team (it’s a 1300 person organization) where I helped write and present an academic paper on cyberwarfare, and tested and developed miscellaneous websites and other technologies for democratic promotion and development purposes.
Junior, International Relations
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Human Rights, Democracy and Labor, Washington, DC
My name is Logan Richard. I am a Junior majoring in International Relations with concentrations in Economic Development and International Comparative Governance. Summer 2013 I interned with the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Human Rights, Democracy and Labor in Washington, D.C. During the 10 week internship, I contributed on multi-disciplinary teams designing and deploying scalable solutions to broaden economic opportunities and stimulate economic growth in emerging nations. One of the capstone experiences of my young life, the program provided me with concrete international development experiences and allowed me to learn directly from policy makers. The SIG stipend helped me this all possible, as without it, payment for housing, travel expenses and arrangements would have presented significant financial challenges. Had I not received the stipend, I would have performed public service work in my native San Francisco Bay Area.
White House Council on Environmental Quality, Washington DC
My name is Margot Swank and I’m a senior majoring in geophysics. I spent this past summer at the White House Council on Environmental Quality in the communications department. This internship was my first experience with anything political and it was my first time in Washington, D.C. It was a new field for me, but absolutely worth it.
Sophomore, Human Biology, Medical Anthropology, or CSRE
KaeMe Foundation, Ghana
I’m Hannah and I am currently a sophomore considering Human Biology, Medical Anthropology, or Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. The SIG stipend allowed me to travel to Ghana this past summer to intern with the non-profit KaeMe, which works with the Ghana’s Department of Social Welfare on their orphanage reform policy. The stipend allowed me to have an incredibly unique, rewarding, and eye opening experience which has influenced the classes I am taking this year, as well as my general goal to work on effective global health policies in the future.
Junior, Management, Science & Engineering
Office of the Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security, Washington DC
I’m Jono, and I’m a junior majoring in MS&E with a concentration in Policy and Strategy. In the summer of 2013, I interned in D.C. for the State Department in the Office of the Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security. As a State Department intern I assisted the Under Secretary by authoring briefings, conducting research on arms control policy, and preparing a video for showing at a State Department Arms Control conference.
Junior, Chemical Engineering
Office of Senator Cantwell (D-WA), Washington, DC
Hi, I’m Akshai, and I’m a Junior in Chemical Engineering. In the summer of 2013, I worked at the Office of Senator Cantwell (D-WA) in Washington, DC. During the course of the internship I focused primarily on drafting and constructing energy policy for the Energy and Natural Resources Committee in the U.S. Senate. I developed a model for the restructured Open Fuel Standard act and contributed to a natural gas bill in committee.
Junior, Public Policy
KaeMe Foundation, Ghana
I was undeclared before my internship this summer, and was considering majoring in urban studies or history. I travelled throughout Ghana, working with the KaeMe Foundation, a nonprofit, and Ghana’s Department of Social Welfare. I helped create a comprehensive and transparent data-collecting system that the Department of Social Welfare can use to evaluate all orphanages in Ghana. Through my internship, my eyes were opened to many different complexities in the world. I saw that the policy and politics realm is where change is made. I will declare public policy as a major. Without a Stipend, I would have worked at home. I had already turned down two senate internships because of the cost.
Senior, Human Biology
Health Resources and Services Administration, Washington, DC
My name is Natalia Eguez and I’m currently a senior majoring in Human Biology, with a focus on international public health and policy. Interning at the Health Resources and Services Administration in DC strengthened my interest in public health analysis, and allowed me to gain knowledge about what I wanted to get out of my time at Stanford. It gave me the experience to confidently pursue future prospects in health care policy.
Senior, French with a minor in Russian Language, Literature, and Culture
Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy, Beijing
My name is Patrick McGuire and I am a senior majoring in French and minoring in Russian Language, Literature, and Culture. I have also studied Mandarin throughout my time at Stanford and am currently in Fifth-Year Modern Chinese. I interned in the Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy, Beijing, organizing press events and analyzing print media. The stipend provided me with a unique perspective on diplomacy in a very dynamic environment.
Senior, Human Biology
National Center for Medical Legal Partnership, Washington, DC
My name is Rachel Seeman and I am in the class of 2014 majoring in Human Biology with a focus in Health Policy. After my sophomore year I interned with the National Center for Medical Legal Partnership, working on helping to build a model for standardizing the identification of social barriers to health in low income populations.
Senior, Human Biology
U.S. Agency for International Development, Ethiopia
My name is Alex Martinez, and I’m a senior majoring in Human Biology. My SIG Stipend allowed me to travel overseas to Ethiopia, where I interned with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). At USAID I helped to evaluate development programs financed by USAID grants. Without a SIG Stipend I would never have been able to afford to travel to Ethiopia, and I would have missed out on a wonderful opportunity.
Sophomore, Chemical Engineering
Department of Energy in the Geothermal Technologies Office, Washington, DC
My name is Darren Handoko, and I am a sophomore majoring in chemical engineering. I was an intern at the Department of Energy in the Geothermal Technologies Office last summer where I wrote technical briefs, created fact sheets, and worked on an independent research project. I got to participate in meetings, attend various talks and seminars in Washington D.C., and gave a presentation at the end of my internship. It was a great experience and an ideal opportunity for a science/engineering major looking to gain exposure to policy.
Graduated, Political Science
NESsT, San Paulo
I graduated with a political science degree last spring. I used my SIG stipend to work for non-profit consulting firm NESsT in its Sao Paulo office. Prior to my SIG fellowship, I volunteered with VILA in Quito and studied abroad in Santiago. While an undergraduate, I also had the opportunity to visit Copenhagen and Hong Kong.
I first learned of the stipend program while serving on the SIG International Fellowships committee for placements in South America and Asia. I currently work as an analyst for a public sector consulting firm in San Francisco.
Senior, Philosophy and Chinese Language
Transparent Fish Fund, Gansu, China
My name is Sarah Chang. I am a senior majoring in Philosophy and Chinese Literature. This past summer, I received a SIG stipend to go to Gansu, China and work for the Transparent Fish Fund. While researching Chinese nonprofit transparency was my main project, I also volunteered at a local charity that partners with my host organization named Little Red Scarf, advocating for rural children who have congenital heart disease. This opportunity truly provided me with a nuanced perspective on what it is like to work full time at a nonprofit and made me consider more seriously the possibility of a career in public service.
Junior, American Studies
Office of Congressman Bill Foster, Washington, DC
My name is Ivan Marquez and I am a Junior majoring in American Studies. This past summer I interned in the Washington DC Office of Congressman Bill Foster, where apart from the daily tasks of answering the phone and responding to constituents, I was also asked to write memos for the legislative assistants. As a pre-med, the experience was immensely valuable in learning about health care policy, a field I one day hope to work in.
Sophomore, Mechanical Engineering
Department of Interior, Washington, DC and National Park Service, Redwood National Park
My name is Kat and I’m a sophomore in Mechanical Engineering. This summer I did an environmental policy internship based half in DC at the Department of Interior and half in Humboldt, CA at Redwood National Park with the National Park Service. Through my internship I was able to see how policy works at a local as well as national level. SIG was a great opportunity to gain exposure to public policy, a field I previously had not explored as an engineering major.
Tenzin Sonam Atruktsang
Senior, Pre-Med Track
Central Tibetan Administration’s Department of Health, Tibet
I am an undeclared student in the pre-medical track. I worked Central Tibetan Administration’s Department of Health, on youth education and Hepatitis prevention. After seeing the role of the government on health, I became interested in the public health aspect of being a doctor, and will be taking classes on healthcare policy and public policy. Without a Stipend, I would have stayed at home and worked.
Department of Cultural Affairs for the Percent for Art, New York City
I am a history major. Two summers ago I worked at New York City Department of Cultural Affairs for the Percent for Art program, a program that aims to make art more visible and accessible in the city. I pioneered the Percent for Art blog, giving the public access to the art selection process, and also worked on various aspects of the art commission and conservation process. I had always been interested in art, but had no interest in public policy before this internship. Working at Percent for Art, however, showed me the significant impact local government has on city residents and has influenced my decision to consider public policy work after graduation.
Solidarity Center, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and India
I am majoring in history and worked with the Solidarity Center, a non-profit committed to protecting workers rights through community organizing, awareness, and international legislation. The internship took me to Sri Lanka, Nepal, and India, where I focused on worker and trade union rights. I used to be interested in human rights in general and was looking at law. This summer I discovered the importance of policy and will begin preparing to apply to the International Policy Studies program at Stanford. Without a Stipend, I would have been a camp counselor.
Junior, Human Biology
Safe Mothers, Safe Babies in Iganga, Uganda
My summer made me more interested in pursuing a public policy-oriented career. In particular, meeting with health officials in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, helped me to appreciate the power of research in persuading public officials to implement various policies.
Coterm, Management, Science & Engineering and Energy Resources Engineering
Hawaii State Energy Office, Honolulu
My internship was ideal in the sense that my group was a small and tight-knit group of people who were literally turning the needle on Hawaii’s energy landscape. Without the stipend, I would not have taken part in the internship at Hawaii State Energy Office. Instead, I would have remained in a corporate internship and not been able to explore a new field of interest. It showed me the importance and power of policy work in the renewable energy field. It truly is the variety and trouble shooting of policies that will enable renewable energy market to grow in the coming decades
Sophomore, Science, Technology, and Society – Innovation, Tech, and Organizations
Prairie View Economic Development Center, Houston, Texas
My internship was very ideal. It was flexible enough to share my passion and creativity with my team; however, it did contain some structure so that I felt important and needed at the office. It was overall a wonderful experience.
I wouldn’t have [done the internship without the stipend] due to financial reasons. This internship completely made my summer plans and allowed me to explored an academic interest of mine in the real-world. I’ve really come to enjoy the public service sector and what it allows individuals to do.