Grad Student Mentors

Become a mentor for an interdisciplinary arts student

Every year, the Stanford Arts Institute supports a cohort of undergraduate students in the Honors in the Arts and Inter-Arts Minor programs, as they each develop an interdisciplinary arts capstone project over the course of their senior year. Both programs are open to undergraduate students from any disciplinary background, and their projects go beyond the traditional boundaries of their major. Students participate in weekly workshops throughout senior year and they present their work at an end-of-year Symposium.

One of the mainstays of our programs has been pairing seniors with graduate student mentors. Mentors provide feedback and guidance on the content and scope of the project. They may recommend relevant media and/or readings, assist the student in coming up with a realistic timeline for the work, and serve as a source of support during the capstone year. Capstone students are paired with both a faculty advisor and a graduate student mentor, who will collaborate on guiding their student's project.

Graduate student mentorship is a paid position. Mentors work an average of 2 hours a week, to a maximum of 22 hours/quarter, at a rate of $28/hour. While we expect regular in-person (or Zoom) meetings throughout the quarter, guidance and feedback can often be provided via email, and Graduate Student Mentors may dictate the precise nature and duration of meetings with students. The position is for Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters.

Graduate students interested in becoming a mentor at SAI in the 2024-25 academic year are invited to submit their application using the online form linked below. We welcome applications from PhD, MFA and MA students at Stanford who have interest and/or experience with artistic creation in any medium or form.

Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled in late spring. If you have any questions about this position or the application process, please contact Jessi Pipert.

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Dr. Jessi Pipert
Associate Director
Stanford Arts Institute