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Undergraduate Students

The King Center on Global Development provides undergraduate students with opportunities to engage in world-class research, have international experience, and to get involved in the King Center's work. From conducting field research in low- and middle- income countries on faculty-led projects to taking part in King Center events, Stanford students are important participants in the King Center’s mission to produce significant research on global poverty and development and have real-world impact.

Learn more about the many programs and opportunities available to undergraduate students:

The Academic Year Research Assistant Program connects King Center faculty affiliates to students committed to providing research support. 

With the four-quarter 2020-21 academic year, the program will offer positions fall, winter, spring, and summer quarters.  Research work is limited to 15 hours per week each quarter. 

Students may participate in this program, regardless of whether or not they are enrolled in classes; students may also participate in this program while on their one "flex quarter" for the 2020-21 academic year. However, please be aware that students must be on their flex quarter in order to accept a full-time position, such as the  Undergraduate Field (or Remote) Research Assistant Program (see below), in spring or summer quarter. 

Please note that the faculty member must request the research support, so if you are an undergraduate student and interested in a particular affiliate's research, please contact the faculty member directly.  

The Undergraduate Field (or Remote) Research Assistant Program offers opportunities for fieldwork or remote research experience working with a Stanford faculty member or affiliate to Stanford undergraduates interested in global poverty and development.  These are full-time research assistant positions for the duration of the quarter. 

Per the new policy from the Office of the  Provost for the 2020-21 academic year, students interested in full-time Stanford-funded opportunities, such as these research assistant positions, must have been enrolled full-time in classes for two quarters (which do not need to be consecutive) before being eligible to participate in a full-time, Stanford-funded opportunity during their “flex quarter” (formerly summer quarter).  A "flex quarter" cannot count towards one of the two enrolled quarters. This program will be available in spring and summer quarters of the 2020-21 academic year. Students are eligible for only one full-time opportunity during the entire academic year. 

Students may not participate in this program while on a leave of absence (LOA).

Please note that until Stanford University policies allow travel, research must be conducted remotely. 

The Ronald I. McKinnon Memorial Fellowship honors Professor McKinnon’s memory by funding outstanding undergraduate and graduate research projects for students declared in economics and writing an honors thesis or PhD dissertation on topics of international economics, international finance, or economic development.

The Journeys of Inquiry program allows Stanford undergraduate and graduate students to experience different societies and cultures as part of short-term experiential programs led by King Center faculty affiliates. Programs typically take place in the summer and past trip locations have included Mexico, Uganda, Ghana, China, and India.

For an eight- to ten-week term, Stanford Seed Internships provide undergraduate students the opportunity to work in a small- to medium-size company in low- to middle-income countries. Students will contribute to projects leading to the transformational growth of an emerging venture.

For on-campus opportunities, the King International Development Association (KIDA) is an undergraduate student organization dedicated to fostering collaboration and community among young leaders committed to addressing international development challenges. As a student-led affiliate of the King Center, KIDA harnesses Stanford’s unique resources to help undergraduates translate their interest in international development into engaged and meaningful action. 

The Stanford South Asia outReach Initiative (SARI) is a new undergraduate student organization, affiliated with the King Center, that brings various stakeholders from across South Asia to the table to discuss current affairs, especially the impact of COVID-19, in the region. They hope to build a community of students interested in the academic side of politics, the arts, education, gender dynamics, and much more  For more information on how to get involved or to join the mailing list, contact Saloni Sanwalka (

The King Center hosts student-oriented events throughout the year to foster community and collaboration (see more information on recent student events and guest speakers here). If you or your student group is interested in hosting an event related to international development, please connect with us.