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Undergraduate Students

The Stanford 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 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.

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 in 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 Stanford King Center faculty affiliates. Programs typically take place in the summer and past trip locations have included Mexico, Uganda, Ghana, China, and India.

The Deshpande Foundation Sandbox serves as a home for NGOs in a variety of fields to experiment and develop programs that are then implemented in neighboring areas. Students will be synthesizing quantitative research on the impact of the “Skill in Village” program for improving adolescent English skills. This opportunity is no longer accepting applications.

MakerGhat is a community-run, non-profit incubator situated in Powai (Mumbai), which provides underserved, urban youth access to a staffed “makerspace”. Students will develop inventions and solutions to local problems, as well as work collaboratively with regional non-profits. This opportunity is no longer accepting applications.

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 Stanford Global Development Association (SGDA) 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 Stanford King Center, SGDA harnesses Stanford’s unique resources to help undergraduates translate their interest in international development into engaged and meaningful action.

The Stanford King Center hosts student-oriented events throughout the year to foster community and collaboration. If you or your student group is interested in hosting an event related to international development, please connect with us.