The SSP Summer Internship Program allows students who will be continuing their undergraduate study to work as research assistants on projects defined by Symbolic Systems faculty. The Internship Program is made possible through a combination of external research grants to faculty and a Departmental Grant to the Symbolic Systems Program from the Vice Provost for Undergradaute Education (VPUE). Internships are advertised to students and students post their descriptions securely on this website each winter in a decentralized process we call "Match Madness".
This year we will have a Priority Period (through Monday, March 13) during which students hired into the SSP Summer Internship Program must be declared Symbolic Systems majors. After that, if positions remain open and if any funding remains, faculty may hire non-majors for positions that are unfilled until available funding is exhausted.
The standard period for 10 week summer internships this year will be June 26-September 1, 2017 (40 hours/week), for which the intern will be paid a stipend of $7000. In addition to their project duties, SSP summer interns this year will be expected to:
- Attend special events for interns during the summer.
- Participate in a student poster session at the beginning of Autumn Quarter in the Symbolic Systems Forum in the early fall.
- Submit evaluations to VPUE by the deadline at the end of the summer.
Some internships may also include part-time "pre-internships" during the spring for interns and their faculty supervisors who want to get an early start working together. These may be done for credit (e.g. under SYMSYS 196 (Independent Study) or for pay if the supervisor has funds availble to pay the student.
If you are interested in being considered for an internship (and will not have graduated or fulfilled the requirements for your undergraduate degree at the end of this Spring Quarter), you should post a prospective intern profile (resume) on this website before Feb. 22nd (First Visibility). Posting of prospective intern profiles is restricted to declared Symbolic Systems majors.
Log in under the "Deme account" option (NOTE: Webauth will not work unless your profile is linked to your SUNET ID on this website.). Then click here to create your internship profile. NB: You need to create a new item for your resume this year through this link, even if you uploaded a resume in a previous year. You can paste the text from a previous resume into this new item. Previous years' resumes you have posted can be viewed and copy-pasted by going to Account:>My Account and then to Metadata:>Related Items>Items Created to find these previous postings. You must, however, create a new resume for this year using the link above for it to display correctly on Feb. 22.
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Cognate Departmental Internship Programs Open to Symbolic Systems Undergraduates:
- If you are interested in working with Computer Science Department researchers, you may also be hired through the CS Department's CURIS program (application deadline: Sunday, February 12, 2017). SSP students are eligible to apply for either program, although priority for CS Department summer internships is given to CS majors. CS Department faculty who are SSP-affiliated may offer internships under either program.
- The Linguistics Department sponsors summer research internships for undergraduates with Linguistics Dept. faculty. Symbolic Systems students are eligible to apply, but Linguistics undergraduates have priority. Available internships will be posted on the Linguistics Dept. website in late February, 2017. Linguistics faculty who are affiliated with Symbolic Systems may offer internships under either program.
- The Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI) hosts an 8-week CSLI Summer Internship Program open to students from other universities. Stanford undergraduates can participate through a Stanford departmental internship program with which the supervising faculty member is affiliated, (e.g. Symbolic Systems, Linguistics, or CURIS). Symbolic Systems interns can do a full 10-week internship as part of this program with the approval of the supervising faculty member.
If you are interested in sponsoring an internship, you should post an internship description on this website before Feb. 22nd (First Visibility). If you are offering multiple internships, you should post a separate description for each one.
Log in under the "Deme account" option (NOTE: Webauth will not work unless your profile is linked to your SUNET ID on this website), then click here to create your internship descriptions. (NOTE: Previous years' internships you have posted can be viewed and copy-pasted by going to Account:>My Account and then to Metadata:>Related Items>Items Created to find these previous postings. You must, however, create a new internship description for this year using the link above for it to display correctly on Feb. 22.
Beginning Feb. 22nd, click here to see the profiles that students have submitted.
FACULTY AND STUDENTS
Beginning Feb. 22nd, click here to see the descriptions that faculty have posted (scroll down and click the "View all" link below the listings to see a compressed list of internships on one page). Pairings between students and faculty are left to the initiative of both groups. If you are a student and see a project description that interests you, you should contact the sponsoring faculty/researchers. Faculty, likewise, are encouraged to contact students whose interests and qualifications match the internships they are offering. Check back after the First Visibility date, as new internships may have been added in the meantime.
Priority Period. Internships funded by the Symbolic Systems Program are restricted to declared Symbolic Systems undergraduate majors until March 13. After that, if positions remain open and if any SSP funding remains, faculty may hire non-majors for SSP-funded positions that are unfilled until available funding is exhausted. We will inform both students and faculty about the state of available funding from the Symbolic Systems Program after the Priority Period is concluded on March 13. Faculy may hire either majors or non-majors with their own funding at any time regardless of whether funding is available centrally from the Symbolic Systems Program.
Post-Priority Period. As of March 14, 2017, funding remains for Symbolic Systems faculty to hire Stanford undergraduates from any major. Faculty may advertise remaining positions on the symsys-students email list (to which non-majors may subscribe at symsys-others), or you may inquire with faculty individually to ask if they still have openings.