Stanford in Government (SIG) was founded in 1963 as Stanford in Washington, a program that offered summer internships to students in Washington, DC. In 1983, the program was renamed Stanford in Government and experienced several turbulent years before becoming a founding program of the Haas Center for Public Service in 1985. Today, SIG is the foremost student-led public service group on campus and a central part of the Haas Center’s public policy pathway. SIG’s organizational structure has changed profoundly since its inception. It currently has 13 student leaders on the Board of Directors and 29 committee members working in three distinct branches: programming, fellowships, and operations. The programming branch contains the Public Policy Forum, which organizes large lecture and conference events about topical policy issues; Campus Awareness, which hosts faculty members to discuss current events over lunch with students; and Campus Community Partnerships, which runs voter registration drives and public service workshops for the Stanford and East Palo Alto communities. The fellowships branch administers the application and interview processes for all 43 state, national and international summer fellowships. The operations branch manages SIG’s communications, hosts intra-SIG events to foster a sense of community, and has launched the new SIG Stipends program. Our growth and achievements in recent years have been tremendous, involving panels on nuclear energy featuring Henry Kissinger; a Middle East fellowship in Qatar; and, the new SIG Stipends program. As we prepare to celebrate our 50th anniversary, SIG continues to have an important influence on Stanford University’s public service culture.
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