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:

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

Application Process

The application window is currently closed and will reopen in early January 2019.

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 demonstrated ability to work both collaboratively and independently in a cross-cultural context
  • Your interest in gaining work experience in a developing economy
  • Your skill set with regard to the needs of potential host companies in Africa

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.

Most internships begin in late June/early July.

Application Requirements

  • Your contact information
  • Summary of your international experience
  • Answers to three essay questions (300 words or less per essay)
  • Resume (upload as a PDF)

Essay Questions

  • How do you expect this internship to further your educational and professional goals?
  • Describe the expertise that you can offer a host company and that you would use in the Seed internship experience.
  • What challenges do you anticipate encountering while serving as an intern, and how would you overcome them?
  • What do you have to learn from this experience?
  • Do you have experience living or working in a developing country? If yes, please describe.



Interns receive a stipend, which covers airfare, required visas and select vaccinations, cost-of-living expenses, and accommodations.

Pre-Departure Responsibilities

Preparations for international internships are time-consuming. If you are selected, allow sufficient time to complete the following pre-departure requirements:

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