Once you’ve decided to apply to the Bing Stanford in Washington Program complete the steps below. It is highly recommended that you carefully read every step.
1. Complete the online application
This may take longer than anticipated. Please give yourself plenty of time to read over, understand, and reflect on each part of the application. Your application should draw upon the interests demonstrated in your resume and transcript. For example: if you’re interested in education policy and you’ve taken a class about education in America and you’ve been working at East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring for the past year, you should incorporate all of these experiences into your essays.
2. Creat a 1 page resume
Your resume is extremely important in communicating your experiences to us, as comprehensively and concisely as possible. Your resume will be used in evaluating your application and in your internship placement, should you be accepted.
- It is required that your resume be only 1 page – you should easily be able to fit your education, work, volunteer, and leadership experience in that space.
- Candidates should have strong resumes that highlight experience pertinent to a Washington internship – such as past internship, work, and leadership experience, along with pertinent coursework.
- If you have questions about what you should or should not include, please contact a peer advisor.
- It is strongly recommended, though not required, that you bring your resume to BEAM, Stanford Career Education and make an appointment to have one of their counselors examine it before submission.
- Once you have completed your resume, please submit it in the online application
3. Provide One Reference (and a note re recommendation letters)
- You must provide one reference in the online application. A good choice is either someone who can speak to your academic abilities or someone who has supervised you in the workplace.
- We will request that admitted students get recommendation letters, if necessary, to be used in internship placement.
4. Request official transcripts
Note - Please wait until the final study list deadline for the quarter has passed to send us your transcript. This will ensure that the classes you are currently enrolled in appear on your transcript.
- Log into Axess
- Under “Academics,” select “Request Official Transcript” from the drop down menu and then click on the arrow button to the right of the drop down menu
- Leave the quantity as “1”
- In the “Contact Name” field type: Bing Stanford in Washington
- In the “Email Address” box select “Send to Third Party”
- In the "Email Address" field, type: firstname.lastname@example.org and then type it in again below to confirm the email address
- Click “Submit"
- Repeat steps above in the "Email Address" field, type: email@example.com and then type it in again below to confirm the email address
- Click "Submit"
If you have applied and were not admitted or if you declined your admission to the Program, you must reapply. We welcome you to contact us and discuss how your application might be improved. To reapply please follow the instructions below:
- You must follow the instructions in Step 3 above and send an updated official transcript.
- You are not required to complete a new on-line application. You may email our Campus Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org and state that you have chosen to reapply using your previous application. We encourage you to carefully review your original application essays. If your thoughts have changed or you feel your application might be strengthened with new essays, please submit a new on-line application.
- You are not required to submit new recommendation letters. If you would like to complete a new on-line application without submitting new recommendation letters, you may use the email address of our Campus Program Manager (email@example.com) or your own email address where it asks you to register recommenders. If you wish to submit new recommendations you may, but this step is optional.
- You should follow the instructions in Step 4 above and draft a new resume. If you are not submitting a new on-line application please email your updated resume directly to our Campus Program Manager.
What Happens Next
A committee including the Director of Stanford in Washington will interview qualified applicants. You will be contacted regarding an interview shortly after the application deadline.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are interested in pursuing an internship at the Department of State or the White House please keep in mind that their internship application deadlines may be before the BSIW Program application deadline. We encourage you to consult the website of the Department of State and to consult the application deadlines on the White House Internship Timeline and FAQ.