Tech Ethics & Policy Summer Fellowships

Sponsored by the Stanford Ethics, Society, & Technology (EST) Hub and the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI)

Tech Ethics and Policy in California 

Through the Tech Ethics & Policy Fellows Program, 15 Stanford undergraduate students have the opportunity to engage in the technology field as it intersects with public policy and social impact. The program runs from April to October 2023 and includes a course on ethics, technology, and public policy, as well as a paid internship opportunity at a technology company, civil society organization, or public agency during the summer.

Throughout the program, students will learn directly from faculty and an array of affiliated mentors with long experience in tech industry, civil society, and government. Potential organizational partners for summer fellowship placements include: Mozilla, Wikimedia, Deep Mind, Tech Matters, Access Now, StreetCode Academy, and the Center for Humane Technology.

Apply Early by December 18th, 2022 at 11:59PM PT

Fellows will interview for summer internship placements during Spring Quarter. Each Fellow who matches with an unpaid internship placement receives a base stipend of $7,000 to cover most of the essential costs associated with an unpaid service experience. Up to $1,500 in financial aid and supplemental funding are available to students who qualify. Fellows who match with paid internship placements may also be eligible for supplemental funding. 

Eligibility and Requirements

Eligibility

Undergraduates from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply, and applicants may vary in academic interests, technical experience, and policy knowledge. 

Requirements

Selected fellows are expected to begin service following the completion of spring quarter classes and no later than July 3, 2023. All fellows are required to work with their host organizations at least 35 hours/week for nine consecutive weeks. Fellows are expected to work on-site at their host organizations (University policies and health conditions permitting), but hybrid or fully virtual experiences may also be allowed. 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 Spring Fellowship Course (soon to be announced).
  • **We also strongly recommend students enroll in (or have previously taken) one of the following courses:
    • CS 182: Ethics, Public Policy, and Technological Change (COMM 180, ETHICSOC 182, PHIL 82, POLISCI 182, PUBLPOL 182)
    • CS 152: Trust and Safety Engineering
    • POLISCI 243C: The Politics of Internet Abuse
    • COMM 230A: Digital Civil Society (AFRICAAM 230A, CSRE 230A)
    • INTLPOL 268D: Online Open Source Investigation
    • CSRE 104: Introduction to Race and Technology

Summer

  • Share learning plan with site supervisor and update accordingly.
  • Arrange a visit for other Fellows with their site and with their mentor/supervisor, if possible.
  • Attend summer workshop(s).
  • Submit a final report, complete a program evaluation, and correspond with fellowship donor(s) as requested by fellowships program staff.

Fall Quarter

  • Participate in Fall Capstone. 
  • Participate in outreach activities to share experiences and help publicize the program.

Selection Process

This fellowship is intended for individuals whose application 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 areas of ethics, technology, public policy and/or social impact, including related coursework
  • strong potential for the fellowship experience to enlarge a candidate’s understanding of an identified issue or challenge in the field of ethics, technology, and public policy

Early applications are due on Sunday, December 18 at 11:59pm PT. Students who apply in this round will receive priority selection. Interviews for finalists will take place the week of January 9 for early applicants.

Regular applications are due on Sunday, January 15 at 11:59pm PT. Interviews for finalists will take place the week of January 23 for regular applicants.

In the event that all fellowship spots are filled after the early application deadline, applications will no longer be accepted. It is strongly encouraged that students apply early.

Timeline

November 16  Early Applications Open

December 18  Early Applications Due

January 9-13  Early Application Finalists Interviews

January 16-20  Early Application Fellows Selected

January 15   Regular Applications Due 

January 23-27  Regular Application Finalists Interviews

January 30  Regular Application Fellows Selected 

April 3-June 14  Spring quarter course

June 19  Summer Internships Begin

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

For questions, please contact pitatstanford [at] stanford.edu

Tech Ethics and Policy in DC (for Graduate Students)

Tech Ethics & Policy Summer Fellowships in DC are designed to place technical graduate students in D.C. to work at the intersection of tech and policy. To learn more, please visit the Tech Ethics and Policy in DC webpage