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 October 3, 2022
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STS News

Welcome New STS SSO Philip Gilbert

Philip joined the STS Team in August as our new Student Services Officer. Prior to joining Stanford, Philip worked at the Diversity, Initiatives, and Resource Centers at California State University, Fullerton advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion work on campus and developing inclusive and equitable programs for students. Philip is here to help you process your major declaration, clear you for graduation, and answer any questions you may have about the STS major.
Philip's office hours are in the STS Office, Building 200, Room 019
9:30-11:30am & 1:30-3:30pm 
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday (in-person)
Wednesday & Friday (virtual only)
Please email to make an appointment. 
Feel free to also stop by the STS office and say hello if you are ever nearby or if you have any questions!

Welcome New STS Instructors

Trond Arne Undheim
Trond Undheim

Trond Arne Undheim

Research Scholar, FSI - CISAC

Trond is a futurist, scholar, podcaster, venture partner, nonresident Fellow at the Atlantic Council, co-founder of Yegii, and Lead Ecosystem evangelist at Tulip. He formerly worked with MIT, WPP, Oracle, and the EU. In addition, he hosts two podcasts, Augmented and Futurized, and is a Forbes columnist. He holds a Ph.D. on the future of work and artificial intelligence. Trond will be teaching STS 156: The Future of Global Systemic Risk in the Winter.

Daniel Zimmer
Dan Zimmer

Dan Zimmer

Postdoctoral Scholar, Infectious Diseases

Dan Zimmer is a postdoctoral scholar at the Stanford Existential Risk Initiative. He holds a BA in the history of science from the New School, an MA in social science from the University of Chicago, and a PhD in political theory from Cornell University. His research draws on these fields to conduct a comparative study of anthropogenic existential risks to human survival (X-risk), taking the perils posed by thermonuclear weapons, cascading ecological collapse, and artificial intelligence as cases. Dan will be teaching STS 158: The Science and Politics of Apocalypse in the Spring. 
Welcome both to STS!

New STS Courses for AY22/23


STS 10SI: Introduction to AI Alignment
This 8-week student-initiated course explores the subject of Artificial Intelligence in small discussion-based environments led by student facilitators with targeted readings, weekly group discussions, and an optional project. Enrollment is by application only. Apply at by October 9, 2022 by 9:00PM.


STS 156: The Future Of Global Systemic Risk
This course investigates the data, methods, and insights mobilized by key actors such as corporations, governments, and academics to assess systemic risk, create future scenarios, and generate predictions.This year, the course will focus on combined risks from the environmental, health, and emerging tech domains.


STS 158: The Science and Politics of Apocalypse
This course examines how expectations surrounding the end of the world, and the role that human beings might play in bringing it about, have transformed over the last two centuries. After a brief look at traditional religious apocalypticism, we explore how apocalypse came to be reconsidered as an entirely this-worldly phenomenon that falls within human power to achieve and demands political attention.

Save The Date for our Prospective Majors Dinner

Nov. 7, 2022 - 5:00pm-6:45pm
Wilbur Courtyard
Join our Associate Director, Student Services Officer, and Peer Advisors to learn what the Science, Technology, and Society major has to offer.  Dinner included!  More info to come.  If you're not already on our Prospective Majors Mailing List, subscribe here.

Jobs and Internships

Makena Summer 2023 Internship Opportunity

This intern program offers financial skills training, interaction with senior investment professionals and an opportunity to contribute meaningfully to Makena Capital, a $25 billion global endowment‐style investment firm based in Menlo Park, California. Founded in 2005, Makena invests across multiple asset classes such as private equity, real estate, absolute return and other alternative assets and has a diverse global client base that includes the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds, high profile family offices, and academic affiliated endowments. Visit this website for more information and to apply.
Email any questions to John Zuercher (Stanford ’22) or Natasha Moolji (Stanford ’20)

Data Science & Machine Learning Infrastructure Research Internship at NASA Ames Research Center

The Universities Space Research Association (USRA) in collaboration with the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Center at NASA’s Ames Research Center (see is seeking student interns to conduct collaborative research and workforce development projects related to high performance computing.

The objectives of the internships will be to identify, develop, and (where appropriate) demonstrate advanced supercomputing capabilities that would have practical value for enhancing NAS Services in a two- to five-year timeframe. NAS Services include high-end computing, storage, networking, and associated capabilities that enable scientists and engineers supporting NASA missions in space exploration, scientific discovery, and aeronautics research.

Application deadline is October 31, 2022 at 12:00 PM

Acterra’s Student Ambassador Program (ASAP) Intern

Acterra is a Bay Area-focused environmental organization based in Palo Alto that brings people together to create local solutions for a healthy planet. The purpose of this role is to expand Acterra’s community climate policy outreach. Everyday city & county officials are making important policy decisions on climate. We focus on our core program pillars stated above. The ASAP Intern is expected to work 5 hours/week.

Application deadline is October 31, 2022 11:50 PM

Find more internships on Handshake


ORCA Stanford Startup Competition

Registration deadline is October 9, 2022

The ORCA Network, founded by STS alumni, is building a ‘problem-centric’ innovation network to enable anyone to be involved in the innovation process. The competition is a 6-week period for all startups to get traction, build MVPs/protoypes, conduct user research, and finalize their business plans while working closely with the ORCA team. The final event is where the top startups present live to the panel of investors for the $50K investment and where we reveal the top voted start up for the $10K investment. More information can be found at

On Campus Fall Career Fair

Oct 12, 2022 - 11:00am-3:00pm
White Plaza

This fall Stanford Career Ed is offering two ways to connect with employers and learn about opportunities. This fair is being held on White Plaza and will include 150 diverse employers, who have been hand picked to offer you a wide variety of opportunities and connections. Visit the Info tent to pick up a list of employers and their table numbers to help you navigate. Don’t forget to check in with the QR codes found around the fair. RSVP on Handshake.

Fall Career Fair 2022 - Virtual

Nov 1, 2022 - 10:00am-2:00pm
This fall Stanford Career Education is offering two ways to connect with employers and learn about opportunities. This fair will be held on the Handshake platform and allows for connections with employers who may not be able to travel to Stanford. Student registration opens October 18, 2022.  For full details, including the online directory of this year’s attendees, login to Handshake.

Resume Clinic for Humanities & Sciences Students - Fall 2022

The H&S Resume Clinic is for Stanford undergraduate and master's students declared in the School of Humanities & Sciences. You can use this 1:1 meeting to have your resume or cover letter reviewed or to ask quick questions about career fairs, job search, or other career topics. You can email your document or google doc link to your coach in advance, or screen share it during the meeting. Various appointments are available.
Sign up online.

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