Public Interest Technology Fellowships

Through PIT Fellowships Stanford undergraduate students can spend the summer working in full time positions with Bay Area public interest technology companies that are prearranged by the Ethics, Society, & Technology Hub and the Public Interest Technology Lab. 

PIT Fellows learn about how to develop, implement, and regulate technology for the public interest. Prearranged summer fellowship positions are available with the following organizations (more opportunities forthcoming):

Please review the position descriptions here. More position descriptions will be added as they become available.

Each PIT Fellow receives a base stipend of $5,500 to cover most of the essential costs associated with an unpaid service experience. Financial aid and supplemental funding are available to students who qualify.

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Eligibility and Requirements


Undergraduates from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply, and applicants may vary in academic interests, public service involvement, and experience. 


Selected fellows are expected to begin service following the completion of spring quarter classes and no later than July 5, 2022. All fellows are required to work with their community partners at least 35 hours/week for nine consecutive weeks. Fellows are expected to work on-site at their host organizations when possible (University policies and health conditions permitting). Fellows must have a designated full-time professional staff member on-site as their supervisor/mentor. Other commitments include the following:

Spring Quarter

  • Enroll in one of the following classes during Spring Quarter 2022:

    • COMM154: The Politics of Algorithms

    • BIOE131: Ethics in Bioengineering

    • STS1: Introduction to Science, Technology & Society

* If either CS182: Ethics, Public Policy, and Technological Change or COMM230A: Digital Civil Society was taken during Winter Quarter 2022, it may be used to meet the course requirement. Directed reading is available for students with schedule conflicts.

  • Complete a program orientation.

  • Complete Engaging in Ethical and Effective Service workshop or worksheet.

  • Meet with your academic mentor at least once. 

  • Design a personal learning plan and share the learning plan with site supervisor and academic mentor.


  • Arrange a visit (virtually or in person) for other PIT Fellows with your site and with your mentor/supervisor, if possible.

  • Attend summer workshop.

  • Share learning plan with the site supervisor and update accordingly.

  • Submit a brief preliminary report.

  • Submit a final report and complete a program evaluation.

Fall Quarter

  • Meet with academic mentor at least once. 

  • Attend a de-briefing meeting for the purpose of reflecting upon and evaluating fellowship experiences.

  • Participate in outreach activities to share the experience and help publicize the program.

Selection Process: 

For those who seek assistance, advising is available at the EST Hub to help students develop their applications.

This fellowship is intended for individuals whose application, references, and interview demonstrate

  • an integration of the fellowship experience with applicant’s academic, personal and/or career goals

  • prior demonstrated interest or involvement in the subject area, including related coursework

  • a compelling match between applicant’s skills and interests and an organization’s work and needs

  • strong potential for the fellowship experience to enlarge a candidate’s understanding of an identified community issue or challenge

Complete applications are screened, finalists interviewed, and fellows selected by the host organizations staff with the intention to award fellowships prior to spring break. Applicants should respond promptly (within 48 hours) via email to a fellowship offer, or the offer will be rescinded. Once an applicant accepts a fellowship offer, the student should promptly notify all other Stanford and non-Stanford programs to which they have applied that they have accepted another offer and to withdraw their candidacy.