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Stanford Seed: Summer Internships in Emerging Markets

Stanford Seed at the Stanford Graduate School of Business is now accepting applications for Summer Internships in Emerging Markets.

Work closely with talented entrepreneurs in Africa and South Asia while gaining high-level work experience and making a social impact. Seed welcomes applicants in all departments and majors. By working directly with a Seed Network company, you’ll help implement new ideas designed to facilitate both the growth and the scaling of businesses in the developing and emerging world.

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Seed internships will be fully remote in 2021.

Program Benefits

Through a Seed internship, you will:

  • Gain high-level work experience and put theory into practice while working with a small to medium-size company based in an emerging market
  • Contribute to projects leading to the transformational growth of companies in the region
  • Learn about a different culture, and about the challenges and opportunities of doing business in developing and emerging countries
  • Explore private-sector solutions to international-development challenges
  • Build skills that are needed in a global marketplace and desired by employers


The following Stanford University students are eligible to apply (all majors are accepted):

  • All current and graduating Stanford GSB students, including MBA1, MBA2, MSx, and PhD students
  • Current and graduating undergraduate sophomores, juniors, graduating seniors (freshman are not eligible to apply)
  • Full-time, degree seeking graduate students from other Stanford schools

Program Details

  • Approximately 40 hours per week time commitment over a maximum 10 week period
  • Internships occur between June and September 2021, as mutually agreed between student and company
  • Periodically throughout the internship, Seed staff will check in with students and company supervisors to monitor project progress and impact
  • Prior to the internship, Seed will provide guidelines and best practices to students and companies to help facilitate a successful remote working arrangement


Undergraduate Student Stipend
The undergraduate stipend rate is competitive with other Stanford-sponsored undergraduate summer internship programs of a similar length. Students who qualify for financial aid, may receive an additional $500 to $1,000.

Graduate Student Stipend
The graduate student stipend rate is competitive with other opportunities available to Stanford graduate. students, including Stanford GSB students.

Student Info Session

Stanford Seed will be hosting a student information session on Tuesday, March 2 at 12pm PST. Discover everything you need to know about Seed’s unique internship opportunities. Former interns will share their transformative experiences and answer your questions.

Important Dates Deadlines

  • March 5, 2021: Undergraduate Students Application Deadline
  • May 14, 2021: Graduate Students Application Deadline
  • June 1, 2021: Placement Deadline (rolling)

Questions? Contact Daniel Zussman at dzussman@stanford.edu