Stanford Plans D.C. Site for Interns
Stanford University will extend its campus 3000 miles to open a special branch in Washington, D.C., for students to intern in the nation's capital without suspending their work towards a Stanford diploma.
The proposal for the new campus, investigated by a special committee of faculty and administrators, was recently approved by Provost James Rosse, said David Artis, a writer for the Stanford News Service.
To begin enrolling students in the fall of 1988, the new program will accept 30 students from a competitive applicant pool, Artis said.
Undergraduates in the program will "perform their duties as interns" while pursuing studies in academic areas. Students will participate in "group seminars" to talk about the overall program, and will congregate in "cluster seminars" to discuss their specific work in Washington.
Undergraduates will also be required to attend bi-weekly tutorials to incorporate academic and internship-related pursuits.
Since the proposal passed, several committees have been formed to oversee different aspects of the project, such as the selection of program directors and the construction of facilities, according to Artis. Committee heads could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Conceived by interested Stanford affiliates and alumni, the internship is designed to "give students a close experience of working with public issues and of being in the world of Washington, D.C., decision-making," Artis said.
Students will receive five units of credit for the three-month quarter, which will enable them to graduate in the normal four-year period.
Students enrolled in the program will reside in either apartments or homes with families in order to enhance the Washington experience, Artis said. He added that it will be possible for some students to find housing in the to-be-built Stanford facilities.