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Summer Internship Grants

We are committed to the career development of our majors. The department's summer internship grant program, supported by the generosity of the Kaplan Endowment, awards student grants of $1000 to help subsidize all or part of a virtual or online summer internship at an organization that allows students to put their academic experience as English majors to work.

How to Apply

Applications take the form of a written proposal of no more than 500 words explaining the nature of the internship position, dates of employment, organization name, name of the internship supervisor, and contact information for the organization. In addition, you must provide one or two faculty references. These are faculty members who will support your application. This opportunity is only open to current English majors in good academic standing who are not graduating in spring.

The application deadline is May 31, 2024 at 3pm. Applications should be submitted online. Each proposal is screened by a committee of faculty and decisions are announced soon after the deadline. Late applications will not be considered. 

Internship grant recipients are featured on the English department web site as well as in the English department annual newsletter.

Please note: Students are required to identify their own internship arrangement and use appropriate due diligence in vetting the internship position. Stanford University's Department of English will provide funding only and recuses itself from all other responsibilities. In applying for this grant, students release Stanford University from any liability arising in connection to this internship opportunity.

Past Recipients

Summer 2017-18:

Ena Alvarado, Fondo de Cultura Economica

Hannah Broderick, RE/Search

Clare Flanagan, Milkweed Editions

Claire Francis, Magenta Publishing

Jenna Garden, wikiHow

Kylie Jue, Google

Jason Seter, Come on Out - Japan

Katiana Uyemura, Sarah Jane Freymann literary agency

Summer 2016-17:

Ena Alvarado, Akashic Books

Clare Flanagan, Graywolf Press

Madeleine Han, Asian American Writers' Workshop

Jack Herrera, Stanford Magazine

Mia Hoover, Penguin Random House

Irene Hsu, Graywolf Press & Loft Literary Center

Summer 2015-16:

Abby Brooke, Radiant Productions

Will Fein, The Weinstein Company

Sierra Freeman, B.O.K. Ranch

Alizeh Iqbal, Stanford Cancer Center

Mariah Oxley, Funny or Die Production

Haley Shaw, Korea University

Anthony So, Next Generation Scholars

Louise Stewart, W.W. Norton & Company and The Experiment

Lila Thulin, 826 Valencia nonprofit writing center

Summer 2014-15:

Will Fein, The Weinstein Company

Nicole Himmel, Chernin Entertainment production company

Cleo O'Brien-Udry, Art With Impact nonprofit group

Katherine Schwab, The Seattle Times newspaper

Chris Yang, 826 Valencia nonprofit writing center

Summer 2013-14:

Kathleen Chaykowski, Bloomberg News

Nicole Himmel, ICM Partners talent and literary agency

Alesandra Najera, California Congressman Ami Bera's office

Elias Rodriques, n+1 literary magazine

Katherine Salmon, Knopf Doubleday publishing group

Katharine Schwab, The San Francisco Chronicle

Summer 2012-13:

Stephanie DePaula, Oddball Film + Video production company

Peter Espe, Byliner publishing house

Kevin Jordan, TIBCO Software technology company

Jamarcus Purley, United States Senator Mark Pryor’s office in Washington, D.C.

Summer 2011-12:

Clara Caruthers, Virgin Islands Scholars nonprofit teaching organization

Sasha Engelmann, n+1 literary magazine

Ellen Huet, San Jose Mercury newspaper

Christine Kim, YMCA of San Joaquin Valley

Tenyia Lee, Bedford/St. Martin’s publishing

Kyle Lee-Crossett, Gendered Intelligence (GI) nonprofit education and arts organization

Kaitlin Louie, Sweet Productions wholesale bakery

Peter McDonald, Move Well, Work Better injury prevention organization

Kate O’Connor, Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Rutger Rosenborg, Hayden’s Ferry Review literary journal

Liz Stark, Apparatus Productions entertainment company

Jenny Thai, Questbridge nonprofit educational organization

Summer 2010-11:

Amira Anuar, Veritas Literary Agency

Clara Caruthers, Community Renewal International non-profit agency

Johaina Crisostomo, Bluecanvas magazine

Olivia Haas, The Public Theater in New York City

Ellen Huet, Monterey County Weekly newspaper

Rachel Kraus, Amour Vert eco-apparel

Tenyia Lee, Stanford University Press

Kaitlin Louie, WonderDads book publishing

Sarah Scheenstra, YMCA in Stockton, CA

Lindsey Smith, 826 National nonprofit agency

Sarah Snow, Horizons Pictures

Emma Trotter, Become, Inc. web site

Summer 2009-10:

Elspeth Green, HarperOne publishers

Vonn Javier, Bookshare non-profit organization

Leigh Lucas, 826 National nonprofit agency

Alison Law, Yale University Press

Austen Rosenfeld, Tin House magazine

Lindsay Sellers, Condé Nast publications

Emma Trotter, Santa Monica Daily Press

Andrew Valencia, teacher at a private academy in Seoul, Korea

For information about finding an internship, please visit BEAM or contact our BEAM liasion margotb [at] (subject: Finding%20an%20Internship) (Margot Gilliland).