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Stanford in Washington

The Stanford in Washington program offers a valuable opportunity to Communication students interested in public policy. The program selects approximately 35 undergraduates in a competitive application process to spend one academic quarter in the nation’s capital.

Students take classes taught by Washington policymakers and professionals as well as Stanford faculty. They are also placed in a full-time internship for which academic credit can be received upon completion of a paper. Internships, arranged by the program, are in government agencies, public interest groups, news media organizations, and others. Stanford students interested in communication have worked at the Los Angeles Times Washington bureau, at ABC News, at Congressional Quarterly, and in government agency press offices.

Stanford in New York

Intern, live, and learn in New York City. Stanford in New York (SiNY) is an off-campus program for undergrads interested in internships + academics in New York City. Test the waters of living, learning, and working in a global city, while being in a Stanford academic environment. 

SiNY offers media-related internship opportunities all quarters, though the winter quarter curriculum specifically focuses on media, finance, and business. Internships are full-time, quarter length, and may be work-study eligible. Internship opportunities will vary by quarter. In the past, Stanford in New York internships have included:

Bella Magazine , Editorial Intern
Billy LLC, Video & Social Media Intern
CNBC, Breaking News Desk Intern
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Production, Field, Graphics Intern
mindbodygreen, Editorial Intern
Time, Inc. (now Meredith), Digital News Intern
Ultra Music, A&R Intern
Viacom,  Alternative Programming Intern, VH1 Original Programming Intern
WNYC, Piloting and Development Intern, Radio Lab Intern, Newsroom – General Assignment Reporting Intern

Program Highlights

  • Quarter-long, 4-day/week internships in areas of student interest
  • Stanford Faculty-in-Residence and New York faculty-led courses designed to capitalize on the resources only New York City can offer
  • Field trips, alumni networking, guest speakers, and group activities

The Communication Major and Bing Overseas Studies

With the exception of Florence and Beijing, Stanford overseas campuses rarely offer Communication courses. Nonetheless, a Communication major should be able to work a trip overseas into his or her program in the sophomore or junior year, and depending on the student’s post-graduation plans, a stay during senior year may be accommodated. Decisions regarding overseas campus study should be fully discussed with the student’s advisor and the student services manager. For more information visit