Job & Research Opportunities

Job & Research Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in working with FSI. Please find below our current job and research opportunities for Stanford students. If there are no current opportunities please check back soon for new postings!

Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program Intern

Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) seeks to hire a Stanford undergraduate student to assist in the administration of the Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program (DHSFP). DHSFP is a three-week executive education program run by an interdisciplinary team of Stanford faculty, bringing together approximately 26 leaders from transitioning countries annually. This year the program will run from August 16 - August 27, 2021. The intern will assist with communications, coordination, and management of logistics for this group. This year the program is virtual so all events will take place via zoom. For more information about the program, please visit our website at

Please note that the interns will be responsible for coordinating and attending activities such as but not limited to weekend “excursions, dinners, and weeknight film screenings”. It will be necessary that the intern remains flexible to commit weekends and evenings to program activities during the duration of the two week virtual program and all pre and post session  coordination with the fellows.

It is ideal for undergraduates interested in the politics and economics of developing countries. They will have the opportunity to interact with specialists from the developing world as well as CDDRL/FSI faculty, scholars, and the larger research community. Past interns have reported that the internship was life-changing, reframing their perspectives on politics and life in developing countries. Friendships with fellows have also endured long after the program’s conclusion.

Duration: Monday, August 2  – Friday, Sept 10, 2021

Schedule: 40 hours/week + overtime

Hourly Pay: $18.68/hour

*Please note that the selected intern will be responsible for finding and funding their own housing.


The Draper Hills Program intern will perform tasks including but not limited to:

  • Engage and interact with international fellows.
  • Attend sessions of the program on a daily basis.
  • Collect, process, and analyze all weekly program evaluations and final program evaluation to monitor and track program progress and completion.
  • Provide basic administrative support (taking attendance on zoom, data entry, photocopying, filing, email correspondence with fellows, tracking documents, and web updates).
  • Responsible for making sure all fellows and speakers are documented via screenshots and screen grabs, making sure zoom recordings are uploaded to our YouTube channel
  • Various other responsibilities include:
  • Work with the caterer, facility personnel, transportation services, and venue staff to verify logistics and ensure punctual execution of program events.   
  • Assist with special alumni network projects.


  • Clear and accurate written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and high level of personal motivation.
  • Detail oriented and highly organized.
  • Cultural sensitivity.
  • Basic computer skills (MS Office Suite, Google Docs).
  • Proficiency with social media.
  • Ability to work independently and see projects through to completion.
  • Interest in democracy, development, economics and law in developing countries.

Preferred Qualifications (though not required):

  • Residential Assistant at Stanford, or similar leadership experience in organizing and executing programs and events.
  • Driver's license.


For questions or interest in the position, please contact Miloni Gandhi at with a resume and cover letter. 

Research Assistant - Chinese Military and Security Policy

Dr. Oriana Skylar Mastro, a Center Fellow with APARC and CISAC at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, seeks Research Assistant for the academic year (to begin September 2021) to assist with research on Chinese military and security policy. 

RA will conduct literature reviews, revise and edit documents, and provide inputs to projects on Chinese strategic thinking regarding foreign policy, military, economic and tech competition. RA inputs will be used to support a book project and related talks, op-eds, and academic articles.

An interest in IR theory and experience working on policy-relevant research preferred but not required. Fluency in Mandarin (reading) is a plus, but not a requirement. The most important skills include professionalism, self-motivation, and organizational skills. 

Both students available part-time (20 hr/wk) and full-time (40 hr/wk) will be considered.  Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply – the exact requirements of the work will be catered to the level of experience of the RA. 

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and CV to Huma Shaikh ( by August 15, 2021

Research Assistant - Health economics research on public-private cooperation in Asia

Description: Support research on the economics of public and private cooperation in the health sector in Asia, from pandemic response, to addressing disparities and innovation for healthy aging.

A student is invited to work for Karen Eggleston, director of the Asia Health Policy Program, and her Asian collaborators on inter-linked research projects about technological change, organizational forms, nonprofits and evidence-based health policy in Asia (i.e., China, India, Japan, and South Korea, in international comparative perspective).  For information about the projects and conceptual underpinnings, see and

Requested skills of student: Students should have some background in economics and/or data analysis and have a working knowledge of R and/or Stata. Some background in health policy and interest in Asia would be useful. Students fluent in Chinese, Japanese and/or Korean are particularly encouraged to apply.

Anticipated commitment:  10-15 hours per week, August through autumn quarter, with possible extension to future quarters.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and CV to Lisa Lee (

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