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Want to explore an internship, try your hand at research, and get a key course out of the way, all in one summer?

SSFP Overview  FAQs  Important Dates

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How to Apply

Priority Deadline:  March 20, 2023, 5 PM. Due to the large number of applications we received by the priority deadline, the application has now closed and we are no longer accepting submissions. 

Info Sessions:  
Thursday, March 9 (1-2PM) via Zoom [RSVP HERE]
Friday, March 10 (3:30-4:30PM) via Zoom [RSVP HERE]

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Course Enrollment and Credit

Students may enroll in any single course of 3-5 units offered by Stanford Summer Session from the linked list, for up to 5 units of credit. What you choose is up to you. You may want to consider a course that fulfills a WAYs requirement, a foundational course for a potential major, or something else that interests you.

Susie Morales


Susie Morales is the Assistant Director for SSFP. Reach out to her with any questions.

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About the Stanford Summer Fellows Program (SSFP)

Want to explore an internship, try your hand at research, and get a key course out of the way, all in one summer? Apply to be a part of the inaugural year of Stanford Summer Fellows, launching in Summer 2023. Designed as a residential cohort program, Stanford Summer Fellows brings first-generation, low-income students together on campus during the summer between their first and second year at Stanford. During the eight-week program, each fellow will be matched with a half-time research experience for four weeks, and a half-time internship for four weeks. Fellows will also take a course of their choosing for credit and explore community building events and activities focused on wellbeing. The Stanford Summer Fellows Program will provide full financial support for all participants to enable them to fully engage in this learning opportunity, with summer tuition to cover one course of their choosing up to 5 units of credit, on-campus room and board for the duration of the program, and programming costs covered by the program. In addition, each student receives a $3,000 stipend.

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Experiential Learning

Students participate in an experiential learning project for 20 to 25 hours per week throughout the eight-week program – four weeks in a micro- internship and four weeks on a research project.

In the micro-internship, students develop transferable skills, learn what future career opportunities may be available, and build professional connections. They work on short-term, project-based assignments meant to give them exposure to a particular industry.

The exploratory research projects are a wonderful way to gain exposure to research for the first time, under the guidance of a mentor. Opportunities could include smaller independent research projects, shadowing of existing projects, directed reading and discussion in a field selected by the student, etc.

The purpose of the experiential learning component is not only for students to gain initial experiences in research and workplace settings, but also for them to develop close relationships with supervisors who have an intentional desire to mentor young students as they grow and develop over time, regardless of specific academic and/or career interests. 

The micro-internships and research mentors will be identified by the Stanford Summer Fellows Program. Once accepted into SSFP, fellows will be able to indicate their preferred areas of interest and will be matched with one of the opportunities provided. Placements will be announced in early April.

View micro-internship opportunities

Important Dates

SSFP Event Date
Application opens February 27, 2023
Application deadline March 20, 2023, 5 PM
Selection notification by March 31, 2023
Participant confirmation of acceptance by April 3, 12 PM
Summer housing sign up opens April 5, 2023
Summer course enrollment opens April 10, 2023
Summer housing sign up with OAE accommodations deadline April 17, 2023
Summer housing sign up deadline April 24, 2023
Move from Spring housing in to Summer Session housing June 20-23, 2023
SSFP Program dates June 24 - August 20, 2023
Summer Course Instruction Begins June 26, 2023
Last Day of Classes August 17, 2023
Final Exams August 18-19, 2023
Move out from Summer housing August 20, 2023



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