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Undergraduate Students

The King Center on Global Development provides undergraduate students with opportunities to engage in world-class research, have international experience, and to get involved in the King Center's work. From working in low- and middle- income countries on faculty-led projects to taking part in King Center events, Stanford students are important participants in the King Center’s mission to produce significant research on global poverty and development and have real-world impact.

Learn more about the various research opportunities available to undergraduate students:

The Academic Year Undergraduate Research Assistant Program connects King Center faculty affiliates to students committed to providing research support.  With the four-quarter 2020-21 academic year, the program will operate fall, winter, spring, and summer quarters.  Please note that the faculty member must request the research support, so if you are an undergraduate student and interested in a particular affiliate's research, please contact the faculty member directly.  

The Summer Undergraduate Field Research Assistant Program offers opportunities for fieldwork experience to Stanford undergraduates interested in global poverty and development. Selected students spend up to 12 weeks in a low- or middle-income country conducting research for a Stanford faculty member or affiliate.  Please note that until Stanford University policies allow travel, research must be conducted remotely. 

The Ronald I. McKinnon Memorial Fellowship honors Professor McKinnon’s memory by funding outstanding undergraduate and graduate research projects for students declared in economics and writing an honors thesis or PhD dissertation on topics of international economics, international finance, or economic development.

The Journeys of Inquiry program allows Stanford undergraduate and graduate students to experience different societies and cultures as part of short-term experiential programs led by King Center faculty affiliates. Programs typically take place in the summer and past trip locations have included Mexico, Uganda, Ghana, China, and India.

For an eight- to ten-week term, Stanford Seed Internships provide undergraduate students the opportunity to work in a small- to medium-size company in low- to middle-income countries. Students will contribute to projects leading to the transformational growth of an emerging venture.

For on-campus opportunities, the King International Development Association (KIDA) is an undergraduate student organization dedicated to fostering collaboration and community among young leaders committed to addressing international development challenges. As a student-led affiliate of the King Center, KIDA harnesses Stanford’s unique resources to help undergraduates translate their interest in international development into engaged and meaningful action.

The King Center hosts student-oriented events throughout the year to foster community and collaboration (see more information on recent student events and guest speakers here). If you or your student group is interested in hosting an event related to international development, please connect with us.