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 12) 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 25-August 31, 2018 (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.
- Submit evaluations to VPUE by the deadline at the end of the summer.
- Participate in a student poster session at the beginning of Autumn Quarter in the Symbolic Systems Forum in the early fall (mandatory -- see below for more info).
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.
SCHEDULE FOR 2018
See the sections below (labeled "Students only", "Faculty only", and "Faculty and Students") for more details on the following schedule of deadlines and events:
- February 5 - Databases open for faculty to create internship descriptions and for students to create intern profiles
- February 21 - First Visibility (date when intern profiles are first visible to faculty, and internship descriptions are first visible to students and faculty)
- February 21 - March 12 - Priority Period (internships funded by the Symbolic Systems Program may only be offered to and accepted by current students who are declared majors in Symbolic Systems)
- March 13 - April 27 - Post-Priority Period (internships funded by Symbolic Systems may be offered to any current undergraduate if funds are still available)
- April 27 - Final Deadline for faculty to notify the Symbolic Systems Program office that a student has accepted an internship offer
- Early or Mid-June - Stipend checks issued to students with Summer Intenships
- June 25 - August 31 - Standard 10-week internship period (some internships may begiin and/or end on different dates, depending on the arrangemnet between faculty and intern)
- Week of June 25 - "Meet the Other Interns" Lunch for Summer Interns only
- July/August Dates TBA - "Interns and Supervisors" and "Home Stretch and Beyond" Lunches for Summer Interns and their Supervisors
- October 1, 12:30-1:20pm - Symbolic Systems Forum: Summer Internship Poster Fair (participation is mandatory for all Summer Interns - see below)
NOTE: All Symbolic Systems Program Summer Interns are expected to participate in the Poster Fair during the first meeting of the Symbolic Systems Forum in early Autumn Quarter (October 1st). Any intern who cannot be present in person should arrange to have a hard copy of their poster delivered to the Symbolic Systems Program office (450 Serra Mall, Building 460, Suite 127, Stanford, CA 94305-2150) in time for the Poster Fair. Failure to provide a poster for the fair will be reported to the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE) and may affect the student's ability to receive future grants from VPUE and the Symbolic Systems Program.
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. 21st (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 (Your name)>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. 21.
Formatting and posting tips:
Other 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 11, 2018). 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 mid-to-late February, 2018. Linguistics faculty who are affiliated with Symbolic Systems may offer internships under either program.
- The Psychology Department lists some summer positions with links on its Jobs and Volunteer Opportunities page.
- 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.
- Summer internships at many universities in disciplines related to Symbolic Systems are funded through the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program.
- Research internships off campus are sometimes posted on the Sym Sys Jobs Database. Summer schools and other research programs are sometimes posted on the Other Opportunities list. NB: Some positions are only visible to logged in users. See also the general pages on Research and Career Resources for more info and links.
If you are interested in sponsoring an internship, you should post an internship description on this website before Feb. 21st (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. 21.
Beginning Feb. 21st, click here to see the profiles that students have submitted.
FACULTY AND STUDENTS
Beginning Feb. 21st, 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 12. 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 12. 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 13, 2018, if funding remains then Symbolic Systems faculty can 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.