How to Apply for a Seed Internship

If you’re excited about gaining hands-on work experience with Seed in a developing or emerging economy, you’ve come to the right place.


The following Stanford University students are eligible to apply (all majors are accepted):

  • Degree-seeking, full-time graduate students
  • Current undergraduate students
  • Graduating Stanford students

Application Process

We are now accepting applications from MBA, MSx students and Ph.D. students at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Placements are rolling (first-come, first-served). Apply by or before May 11 (rolling). Confirm your final intern placement by or before May 30.

The application window for Stanford undergraduate and graduate students outside of the Graduate School of Business is closed and will reopen in January 2021.

Submitting an application does not guarantee selection. An internship committee will assess all completed applications based on the following selection criteria:

  • Your record of academic and professional accomplishments
  • Your ability to work both collaboratively and independently in a cross-cultural context
  • Your interest in gaining work experience in an emerging economy
  • Your skill set with regard to the needs of potential host companies.

All finalists will be interviewed by Seed staff. If you are selected, Seed staff will meet with you to coordinate all logistical and programmatic details of your internship.

Internships take place for an 8-10 week period during the months of June, July, August, and September, with some flexibility on the precise term dates.

Application Requirements

  • Complete application form questionnaire
  • Answer three short essay questions (150 words or less per essay)
  • Upload your resume (upload as a PDF)

Short Essay Questions

  • Why, specifically, are you interested in participating in a Seed internship this summer in a developing economy setting?
  • Describe the area(s) of expertise and the skillset that you can offer potential host companies during your Seed summer internship.
  • What challenges do you anticipate encountering while living and working in a developing economy setting and how would you go about overcoming them?


Seed interns receive a competitive stipend that is used towards roundtrip airfare, living expenses, travel visa, vaccinations, and other necessities related to the internship experience. Please view detailed funding information on the application form.


Accommodations will be paid for by the host company and are provided at no cost to Seed interns, and is not drawn from the stipend. 

Financial Aid

Additional financial aid (up to $1,000 maximum, based on demonstrated need) is available to undergraduate students who qualify, as determined by the Financial Aid Office. *Please note, graduate students are not eligible to receive financial aid. 

  • Tier 1 (maximum need): $1,000 additional stipend
  • Tier 2: $750 additional stipend
  • Tier 3: $500 additional stipend

Pre-Departure Responsibilities

  • Attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation.
  • Complete pre-departure forms and obtain valid travel documents, such as a passport and visa.
  • Obtain required immunizations.
  • Prepare a project work plan in conjunction with your supervisor.