Summer Field Internship

reap vision interns

Summer Research Bootcamp

This year we are calling our Summer Field Internship a virtual Summer Research Bootcamp.
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Applications are Closed for Summer 2021

Applications are closed for our Summer 2021 program. Please return in December 2021 for application instructions for Summer 2022.

    Virtual Bootcamp Overview
  • Virtual Bootcamp Overview
  • General Qualifications
  • Instructions for Applying
  • FAQ

Virtual Bootcamp Overview

This year we are calling our Summer Field Internship a Summer Research Bootcamp. During the bootcamp you will spend three weeks working virtually with Stanford faculty and REAP senior research staff to execute research programs and participate in lectures and discussions with China experts. Along the way, you will learn about what China’s development means for local families, gain valuable research experience, and contribute to our various projects targeting rural education and health.

At the end of the three weeks, you will give a group presentation with other participants sharing your experiences and project results. Reports from past participants have been used in academic papers, new project proposals, and outreach materials about our work.

Program Dates: June 14 - July 2, 2021

General Qualifications

Each year REAP runs a rigorous summer program for an elite mixed group of university undergrads and top high school students from around the country. Due to the highly competitive nature of the selection process, we ask that you review the below qualifications to confirm your eligibility. 

Undergraduate applicants must:

  • Be a currently enrolled Stanford student. We cannot accept applications from graduating seniors or students taking a leave of absence.
  • Be a sophomore or above—exceptional freshmen will be considered
  • Have strong English writing skills
  • Be self-motivated and inquisitive
  • Have a demonstrated interest and coursework in social science and / or global issues

High school applicants must:

  • Have a GPA of 3.75 or more on the unweighted 4.0 GPA scale
  • Be a sophomore or above
  • Have strong English writing skills
  • Be self-motivated and inquisitive

Mandarin Chinese language skills are not required, but are highly preferred for all applicants.

We receive a large number of applications each year. Please do not call or email to check on your application status. We will notify every applicant whether or not they have been accepted for the program. 

Instructions for Applying

We have two application paths: One for Stanford students and one for external students.

External students can email their application to the REAP student programs manager, Heather Rahimi at, with "REAP Summer Research Bootcamp" in the subject line, along with the below listed materials. All required materials should be saved and submitted as .PDF files and should be titled according to the indicated file names below:

  • One page cover letter stating why you want to participate in the REAP Research Bootcamp, and what you can bring to the team (File name: LastName_CoverLetter.pdf)
  • Current resume (File name: LastName_Resume.pdf)
  • No more than a one-page (300 word) answer to the question (File name: LastName_ShortEssay.pdf):

“If you wanted to improve the educational outcomes of rural Chinese schoolchildren, what kind of project would you encourage REAP to add to its portfolio, and why?” 

Application Closes on Monday, March 15, 2021 for external applicants and February 15, 2021 for Stanford applicants.


Is a stipend provided?

Stanford University students may receive funding through the Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI). Unfortunately, we cannot provide participants from other institutions with a stipend. Some students have applied for grants through their own universities.

Will I receive academic credit?

The REAP Summer Research Bootcamp does not offer academic credit.

What does the application and selection process entail?

The application will ask you for a resume, cover letter and short essay. Applications must be received by March 15, 2021 for non-Stanford students and February 15, 2021 for Stanford students. You will be notified within a few weeks if you have been accepted. 

Can I check on my application status?

You will receive a confirmation email when we have received and processed your application materials. Processing applications takes time, so please note that it may be several business days before you receive the confirmation email. We carefully review each and every application. Please do not call or email to check on your application status during this review period. We will notify every applicant whether or not they have been accepted for the bootcamp.

The application deadline has passed. May I still submit an application?

No, we do not accept late applications.

Is the internship open to non-Stanford students?


I cannot commit to 3 weeks full time. May I still apply?

We can only accept participants who can commit for the full duration of the program.