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The Stanford Public Interest Network (SPIN) Fellowship places graduating seniors and coterms in full-time, 12-month paid positions in nonprofit organizations and government agencies primarily in the San Francisco Bay Area. Organizations pay fellows a $33,280 stipend plus health insurance coverage as needed. During the fellowship year, SPIN fellows are matched with an alumni mentor through the Stanford Alumni Mentoring (SAM) program and are provided resources to support their personal and professional growth.

The 2015-16 SPIN partner organizations post jobs in January 2015 for students to review. It is suggested that applicants select several organizations to maximize their chance for securing a SPIN position.  Organizations review SPIN finalist applications, arrange interviews, and make final hiring decisions.

Please note that Haas Center staff does not necessarily have direct experience with, nor do we professionally endorse, partner organizations.


SPIN fellows commit to the following program requirements:

  • participate in a pre-fellowship orientation session, to be held Spring Quarter 2015
  • participate in regional professional development sessions throughout the year
  • engage in a mentoring relationship with an alumna/us through Stanford Alumni Mentoring.
  • provide the program with a year-end report detailing the fellowship experience and activities
  • participate in a final meeting or conversation with SPIN coordinator to evaluate individual experiences, make program recommendations, and provide advice to incoming fellows

Eligibility and Selection Process


To be eligible for a SPIN fellowship, you must be a current graduating senior or co-term at Stanford. Applicants are encouraged from any major field of study and from a wide variety of service pathways.

Selection Process

Selection committees comprised of Stanford staff and alumni volunteers evaluate the applications and interview students, referring one to three top applicants to each organization offering a position. An applicant may be referred to up to three positions that best suit his or her skills and interests. Applicants are responsible for arranging an interview with the organizations to which they have been referred. After the final interviews, the organizations make offers to their first choice applicant via the SPIN coordinator.

In additional to the job qualifications, criteria include

  • record of academic achievement
  • demonstrated interest in public service
  • creativity, energy and initiative
  • civic leadership competencies, personal integrity, and maturity
  • relevant experience and skill sets for the specific SPIN position(s)


The deadline for 2014-15 SPIN fellowship applications is 11:59 pm (PST) on Thursday, February 5, 2015.

A complete SPIN application includes the following three components:

1) Application Form

We strongly recommend that you create your application in a separate document and then type your answers into the application form

Applicant information

Basic contact information, cumulative GPA, and major.

Personal statement

In 500 words or less, tell the selection committee and prospective partner organizations why a SPIN Fellowship is right for you. Why are you applying for a SPIN Fellowship? What in your background or civic leadership competencies prepare you to be an asset to a public interest organization?

List of experience and skills in the following categories

Please note important formatting instructions: begin each item in the list with a dash (-) or asterisk (*). If you are copying and pasting information from an existing resume, please remove all formatting and use the dash/asterisk to separate items in the list.

  • Education (include all post-secondary education, relevant coursework and research experience)
  • Work Experience (begin with the most recent or current job and include dates of employment, the employer and/or business and/or supervisor's name, location, your title, and a description of your responsibilities)
  • Activities and Leadership (include co-curricular activities, internships and self-initiated projects, e.g., with nonprofits, community groups, government, electoral campaigns that have impacted your personal growth)
  • Awards and Honors (includes titles, descriptions and dates)
  • Skills (include computer, language or other specialized proficiencies)
Partner organization preferences

List in order of preference the organizations to which you would like to be referred and briefly explain your interest and why you would be a good fit for the position they are offering.

2) Recommendation

Provide Stanford faculty/staff/other recommenders with detailed information about the fellowship(s) for which you are applying, including this link:

Include contact information for two individuals who will submit electronic recommendations in support of your application. One of your recommenders must be a Stanford faculty member or lecturer familiar with your academic work. The other recommendation may come from another person who knows you well and can speak to relevant experience and skills (internship supervisor, Resident Fellow for RAs, another Faculty member, etc.).  Ask them to submit their recommendation no later than 11:59pm on Thursday, February 5, 2015. Applications with late recommendations will be considered incomplete.

3) Transcript

Please submit an unofficial transcript via Stanford Axess.

  • Go to the Student Center tab from the Axess home page.
  • Click on "My Academics."
  • Click on “View my unofficial transcripts.”
  • In the drop down menu marked as “Career” select “undergraduate.”
  • Click the green button “View Report.”
  • Save pdf file and email to .

Please note: If you are applying for more than one Haas Center postgraduate fellowship, you need only submit one transcript.

If you need ADA accommodations, please contact the Office of Accessible Education.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact Jim Murray.