Students interested in pursuing internships, research projects, public service gigs and study tours – across the United States and around the world – will find an ever-growing list of activities listed on the new platform, Stanford Off-Campus Learning Opportunities.
Undergraduate and graduate students alike are invited to search the platform – known as SOLO for short – by keyword and/or by location – for programs off the Farm.
University data shows that more than 600 undergraduate students travel on extended Stanford academic international opportunities that are provided by academic units outside of the Bing Overseas Studies Program. Understanding the student challenge in finding these opportunities, the OIA convened a core group of initial stakeholders from diverse places on campus looking to alleviate this student burden.
Picture this, you’re a Stanford student interested in gaining some international experience through a Stanford opportunity during spring or summer break. Where do you start your search?
Of course, you can go to one of the larger units on campus that offer such opportunities, such as, the Bing Overseas Studies Program (if you are an undergraduate), Stanford Global Studies or the Haas Center for Public Service, but is there more? The answer is, YES, there is much more, but how do you find these opportunities?
If you are looking for an incentive for going green at Stanford, join Congestion and Parking Incentives (CAPRI), a new commuting program, focused on peak commuters. Launched in April 2012, almost 4,000 Stanford people have registered on this pilot project and over $75,000 has been paid out as incentives so far. Professor Prabhakar, lead investigator of CAPRI and professor of electrical engineering and computer science, has previously tested his project to mitigate traffic congestion during peak commuting hours in Bangalore, India and Singapore.
The Program on Energy and Sustainable Development in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and Office of International Affairs (OIA) launched a pilot collaboration last year to provide a rigorous, immersive teaching and training program for students interested in international fieldwork.
The Office of International Affairs was created to reduce the complexities of international research in order to increase international collaboration. Supported by the Vice Provost and Dean of Research, the International Research Exploration Fund helps faculty develop new programs and initiatives that demonstrate "proof-of-concept" for further university or external funding. In short, OIA grants are intended to facilitate collaboration among faculty and students and to foster new relationships at Stanford and with research partners all over the world.
How do the changes in travel regulations for U.S. citizens to Cuba affect the Stanford community? OIA established a response and initiated new procedures so that undergraduates could travel to Cuba.
OIA developed the Faculty International Research Exploration Fund to help faculty bring collaborators from the developing world, to develop proof-of-concept collaborations with new international partners or to scale up successful proof of concept projects. Our nimble approach allowed us to pivot as needed to address faculty challenges.