Hoover Student Fellowship Program


What is it?

This Fellowship offers Stanford students a competitive opportunity to participate in important work at the Hoover Institution across both key research areas and organizational areas. The Fellowship is a 2-quarter-long paid internship in which students will be paired in topical areas of their preference with Hoover fellows or staff members. Students in the Fellowship will provide research and operational support, while also benefiting from mentoring and partaking in exclusive programming for the Fellowship cohort. Students should expect not only guidance from their direct managers, but also a chance to learn more about research, policy, and public affairs from influential leaders both at Hoover and beyond.

Applications open: Friday, November 20, 2020
Applications due: Sunday, December 13, 2020

What projects and areas of interest are available?

Research areas
Fellowships in this category will involve a pairing with a Hoover fellow(s) for their duration.

China: US State and Local Policies towards China
Research how state and local governments in the US formulate and execute policy towards China in areas such as trade, investment, education, and technology cooperation. Knowledge about China is welcome, but the project will focus mainly on sub-national US politics, and how US governments at the state and local levels manage the risks and opportunities of their relations and points of contact with China.

China: Digital Currency/Technology and National Security Implications
Research the geo-strategic implications of China’s accelerating push into digital currency and electronic payments (DCEP). The ideal applicant will be able to straddle the national security, technology, and economic dimensions of this emerging field of competition. High proficiency in Chinese language is a plus.

US Foreign Policy in Europe and the Middle East
Address various questions in US foreign policy regarding either Europe or the Middle East. European topics include shared security concerns, relations with the European Union, and questions of sovereignty and nationality. Middle East topics involve tensions between security and democracy promotion, competition among allies (Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Israel), and cultural questions. Students with relevant language skills (French, German, Central European languages or a Middle Eastern language are especially welcome.)

US Education Reform and Technology Infrastructure
Conduct an analysis of existing and future telecom infrastructure in Alabama that could support expanded education technology solutions for Alabama schools. Work includes: mapping the existing and planned fiber plant in the state, gaining familiarity with existing investment vehicles for building new capacity, interviewing key officials, drawing together technical specifications and financial requirements, formulating recommendations for discussion and decisions.

Military History Book Project and Working Group
Two areas of activity: research for a book project (How Wars End—Sometime, Somehow, Somewhere) and assistance in preparation for the Spring Military History Working Group workshop (either remote or in person). For the book project: help with collecting primary source material — from Greek and Roman historians (in translation), the Crusades, Europe’s 100 and 30 Years Wars, the German wars between 1870-1945, the Mideast War from 1947, Afghanistan — and aid in establishing a bibliography of secondary sources. For the working group: help with executing research to facilitate online journal Strategika publication (including searching Hoover archives for historical illustrations; collecting, synthesizing, and analyzing data as background material for online journal), and assistance with operational duties of the Spring workshop (e.g., careful coordination of assembling some 60-70 military historians and analysts and communication with scholars about submissions/topics of presentation).

US Economy: Federal and State Spending Trends and Issues
Provide organizational and research support on several public economics and macroeconomics issues, including federalism and the defense budget. The work will require a background in economics and data analysis.

California Economic Policies: Housing, Homelessness, Energy, and More
Assistance with "California on Your Mind” column. Intern to research California economic policies, including issues related to housing, homelessness, energy, regulations, and taxes.

Economic Effects of COVID-19 on Federal Spending and Income Trends
Research various economic policies, including studying the economic effects of COVID-19, analyzing income trends among American seniors, and examining the evolution of the breadth of the federal government's power to spend taxpayer funds.

Organizational areas:
Fellowships in this category will involve a pairing with a senior Hoover staff member(s) for their duration.

PolicyEd: Content, Programming, and Curriculum
Help develop curricula based on existing PolicyEd content; work to “package” existing and future content; research and analyze existing digital education content for future development; deliver multiple curriculum proposals across different forms of multimedia. Internship will require potential applicants to become familiar with our existing video library and the research of our fellows. Remote work and the ability to work independently will be expected.  

PolicyEd: Marketing, Digital Media, and Analytics
Analyze competing initiatives and similar websites; make recommendations for new goal-oriented content for PolicyEd; codify metrics in databases for future reporting; build audience engagement and growth; promote content online. Internship will require potential applicants to become familiar with our existing video library and the research of our fellows. Remote work and the ability to work independently will be expected.

Finance: Budget Management and Digital Dashboard 
Develop a CEO-level dashboard for the Director of the Hoover Institution. Hoover has seen remarkable growth in the past decade, with its annual operating budget doubling in size, therefore real-time tools allowing for agile management decisions on budget actions are critically important for managing the increased size and complexity. This project includes developing projection algorithms in collaboration with the Institution’s CFO and Finance Manager, gaining familiarity with the funds accounting process, and executing on an automated management toolkit. The ideal candidate will have acuity with Excel, database management tools, business intelligence, and other web based reporting and project management tools. 

Media Relations
Research and report new or up-and-coming media sources, update weekly media tracking and monthly metrics of activity for media relations & outreach, create and maintain distribution lists, create ‘in case you missed it’ section of daily e-newsletter TUNE IN, assist in the planning/execution of Hoover Media Academy, send scholar media confirmations.

Government Relations
Report on briefings, hearings, and scholarly events on Capitol Hill, create and maintain distribution lists, update metrics of activity for government outreach and scholar activity, assist in the planning/execution of DC programming including the Congressional Fellowship Program, State & Local Government outreach, Hoover Capital Conversations.

Library & Archives: Japanese Diaspora Initiative
Conduct research with a focus on mass media and propaganda using resources such as The Hoji Shinbun Digital Collection, headline metadata, and supporting archival materials to support digital humanities and data mining tools. 

Library & Archives: Outreach, Digital Media, and Marketing 
Revitalize the L&A webpages, messaging, and branding to communicate L&A resources and research services available. Working with librarians and archivists, this project includes analyzing existing website architecture and content, review of content creation streams, and updating content.

Student responsibilities:

Conduct advanced research and work on special projects for Manager, often including:

  • Executing online research.
  • Collecting, synthesizing, and analyzing data.
  • Analyzing trends and reporting on current events in each respective fellowship area.
  • Writing summaries and memorandums on requested topics as well as proofread and help edit materials.

Assist with operational duties, including: scheduling and prepping for meetings, building distribution lists for event information dissemination, responding to correspondence the Manager receives, crafting marketing materials or output for the Manager, and potentially assisting with general Hoover events (e.g. simulations).

All interns will be asked to complete a final presentation at the culmination of the fellowship. Final projects will vary by Manager and topic area, to be agreed upon by each student and their Manager. Each final project will be presented to the Director of the Hoover Institution and all Fellows and Staff managers involved in the internship program.

Additional: Interns expected to perform other related duties as requested. The internship will be structured to maintain flexibility and tailoring based on staff or fellow needs.

Who is eligible?

  • Fully-enrolled Stanford undergraduate (junior or senior) of any major
  • Any Stanford graduate student (GSB, SLS, any Masters program)
  • Students must commit to the internship position for both Winter 2021 and Spring 2021
  • Students with strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills. Emphasis on flexibility, attention to detail, and ability to work efficiently and independently in a fast-paced environment.

Questions? Contact Josie Bianchi (she/her) at jbianchi [at] stanford.edu for more information!



Applications open
November 20, 2020

Applications due
December 13, 2020

Semi-finalists will be interviewed in early January

Finalists named
Early January 2021

Internship begins
Week 4-5 of Winter Quarter 2021