Western Summer Interns
This year, the Bill Lane Center is sending seventeen undergraduate and graduate interns to eight different states in the West. Through our two programs, the Western Summer Internships and the Stanford Energy Internships in California and the West, Stanford students will complete ten weeks of work with mentors in a variety of fields. Our interns will be working on streamflow restoration with the Washington Water Trust, environmental communication with the Natural History Institute in Arizona, museum curation at Yellowstone National Park, offshore wind energy with the California Energy Commission, and more. They’ll be sharing their experiences on our “Out West” blog, so stay tuned! In the meantime, read on to learn a bit about this year’s cohort.
Our western summer interns will be at organizations across the American West.
Caroline is a rising junior at Stanford majoring in Earth Systems with a concentration in Human Environmental Systems. She is minoring in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Caroline is passionate about environmental education – she is currently working in Professor Nicole Ardoin’s lab studying ecotourism & environmental behavior change. Her first experience with the BLC was participating in their Sophomore College last fall with professors Bruce Cain and Buzz Thompson, “Fighting Over Our Common Heritage: Public Lands in the West.” Outside of school, Caroline loves to hike, spend time with her family, and bake. She is thrilled to be interning at the Trust for Public Land as a Parks for People intern, and is excited to engage in community outreach and learn about what working at a nonprofit is like!
Sophie is a rising junior studying Human Biology and Creative Writing. She grew up fiddling and rowing in Seattle, making her an avid fan of Stanford’s live music scene and member of the women’s rowing team. Sophie is fascinated by systems of environmental change and equity and she is excited to learn about local land-use in Bend, Oregon at the Deschutes Land Trust.
Anna is a rising junior at Stanford University majoring in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. She is from Auburn, Alabama and is primarily interesting in studying the intersections of white supremacy, capitalism, and environmental systems. She is a Peer Advisor for Stanford’s Center for Public Service and captain of Stanford’s Snowboarding Team. Anna has previously worked for a nonprofit critiquing U.S. imperialism and immigration policies and also the Student Coalition for Planning an Equitable 2035, a student group that seeks to make sure Stanford's development process is more equitable toward staff and surrounding communities. This summer, Anna is excited to experience the practical applications of environmental policy as it relates to water rights and streamflow restoration.
Max is a rising senior at Stanford majoring in Human Biology. On weekdays, he plays pick-up basketball at Arillaga and jams with his rock band, Mammoth. He hopes to continue expanding his horizons in the West at the Santa Lucia Conservancy.
Jacob is a rising Senior at Stanford double majoring in Biology in the Ecology & Evolution track and in History in the History of Science and Technology track. They are excited this summer to finally combine those two academic passions at SFEI.
Marina is a rising junior hoping to major in earth systems and anthropology. She is passionate about studying sustainable human-environmental systems, through lenses of community/culture, art, and psychology. This summer she is an intern with Galatée films, where she looks forward to researching human-ecosystem interactions in Yosemite National Park in the 1870’s, contributing to Galatée’s feature film, ‘The Photographer’. She is excited for this chance to explore her research questions, get exposure to professional filmmaking, and speaking more French. In her free time, she enjoys creating art/film projects, backpacking, snorkeling, and learning about strange animals.
Theresa is a rising sophomore at Stanford. She is planning on double majoring in Public Policy and Spanish, which she thinks will allow her to explore her passion for the Spanish language and her Mexican heritage alongside her interest in the workings of government and policy’s important role in the lives of everyday people. She is so excited to get to learn more about the ins and outs of the functions of government at the state level by interning at the NCSL this summer! Outside of the classroom, she works at the Women’s Community Center planning programs that foster empowerment, advocacy, and conversations surrounding gender, equity, and justice issues. She also volunteers with the Special Needs Aquatic Program, where she teaches swim lessons to children and young adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. She has three sisters and loves that while learning and working this summer, she gets to spend time at home and with her family. Theresa, like virtually all Coloradans, loves being outdoors: hiking, running, swimming, picnicking, hammocking, gardening, playing with puppies, and looking at the stars.
Theiline is a rising senior at Stanford University majoring in Linguistics and minoring in Middle Eastern Languages. She has a deep passion for languages and serving others; she volunteers at the East Palo Alto Boys and Girls Club. When not tutoring, Theiline spends her time organizing events for her sorority Chi Omega or playing soccer on her IM team, the Thin Mints. Theiline first engaged with curatorial work when she studied abroad her Sophomore year at Oxford. She is beyond excited to pair her love of the outdoors with her interest in museums at the beautiful Yellowstone National Park this summer.
Julie is a rising senior majoring in English and minoring in Psychology. She loves music, and is a part of Stanford Side by Side, a community service singing group which visits nursing homes in the area to sing to and talk with the residents. Her other interests include reading, writing, and spending time in nature through hiking, running, or skiing. She is excited to work with the Yosemite National Park archive team this summer, as it will allow her to explore her interests in history and the natural world. She hopes that through this work she will be able to learn about new aspects of natural history as well as contribute to the documentation and understanding of this important area.
Ilinca is a rising sophomore from Columbia, Missouri. She has spent her time back home and on Stanford’s campus working on urban farms to aid and educate others about the importance of organic farms in local communities. In addition to local agriculture, she is passionate about conservation and is interested in majoring in Earth System’s Land Systems track, hoping to use both social and scientific analyses to address the negative impacts of a changing climate on susceptible landscapes and their resources. When she’s not working on the farm, she can be found climbing at the rock wall, moshing at local punk shows, or planning her next outdoor adventure with friends. Her excitement to be in the beautiful outdoors of Idaho and getting a hands-on experience with resource management only makes her more stoked about working for the Henry’s Fork Foundation. She hopes to contribute towards the foundation’s studies on water quality and maximize its social impacts, and maybe pick up fly fishing on her days off.
Melina Walling is a member of the Stanford Class of 2020, majoring in English and minoring in history and psychology. She is passionate about her creative work, and hopes to use poetry, prose, photography and audio projects to inspire deep connections between people and their environments. Outside the classroom, she loves working as a producer at the Stanford Storytelling Project, an Opinions columnist at The Stanford Daily, and a hike coordinator for Peaks and Professors. She is thrilled to be in Arizona this summer, where she looks forward to helping the Natural History Institute bridge the gap between environmental communication and the humanities and is excited to explore the beautiful desert landscapes.
Stanford Energy Internships in California and Colorado
SEIC Internships are at agencies in California, Utah, and Colorado.
EJ is a first year PhD in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering. Her research interests are modeling large scale energy systems to determine optimal pathways for achieving economy-wide deep decarbonization. She aspires to bring together insight from technical modeling and economic analysis to inform policy decisions regarding deep decarbonization. For this purpose, during her time at Stanford, EJ has taken a wide range of energy courses involving energy law, policy, economics, and modeling, which she hopes to apply throughout her internship. EJ is excited to work in Commissioner Rechtshaffen’s office in the California Public Utilities Commission this summer. California is leading the U.S. in its decarbonization policies, and she hopes to learn more of how energy policy is designed and implemented in California, and how lessons learned in California can apply to the broader U.S. Before joining Stanford, EJ graduated from Princeton University with a B.S.E. in Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Yulia is undertaking her master's degree in Energy Resources Engineering. Her current research, in the group of Professor Adam Brandt, focuses on quantifying GHG emissions of fossil fuel production from a life-cycle perspective. The study intends to inform legislators of environmental impacts of different oil and gas production technologies and to facilitate climate-wise decision making. Before joining Stanford, her interest in a broad spectrum of energy topics had prompted her to take on internships revolving power systems modeling, climate policies, and building efficiency. This summer, she is excited to intern at the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC), working on load forecasting across the Western Interconnection. She looks forward to applying her analytical skills and learning more about reliability standards in bulk power system operations.
Tristan is a junior dual majoring in Computer Science and English at Stanford University. He grew up in Bend, Oregon and spent much of his youth running, backpacking, and, generally, gallivanting his way across the ranges and forests of Central Oregon. At Stanford, he captains the varsity men's fencing team and works as an Residential Assistant. When he has free time, you'll find him bouldering in the open space preserves around Palo Alto, writing short stories, or watching political talk shows. His academic and career interests focus on the relationship between technology and governance both in how policy regulates and allows for progress and in how tech has changed the nature of politics. He is especially fascinated by the internet's revolutionary influence on campaigning and the ways in which advancements can help to solve major policy issues. This is why he is excited to work with the Western Interstate Energy Board to help increase the domestic efficacy of nuclear energy, which he believes will be one of the primary solutions to the environmental crisis. Long term, he intends to work in public service and hopes to be one of the people making high-impact policy decisions. Therefore, he is extremely eager to gain experience analyzing and understanding the idiosyncrasies of nuclear energy in the United States.
Matt (BS '19, MS '20) is a coterminal master's student studying Atmosphere & Energy Engineering. His past energy experience includes a fellowship at the Environmental Defense Fund and research positions in the Civil & Environmental Engineering and Energy Resources Engineering departments at Stanford. Matt hopes to help implement policy that will lead to just and equitable deep decarbonization. Outside of school and work, Matt is involved with the cooperative living community at Stanford and is an avid climber who draws inspiration from the steep granite of Yosemite Valley and the High Sierra. Matt is excited for his summer in the office of Commissioner Douglas at the California Energy Commission. He will be working with California Native Americans interested in developing offshore wind energy on their lands.
Scott is a first-year masters student in Computational and Mathematical Engineering (ICME), and will be interning at the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) in Sacramento. He is especially interested in decarbonization of the grid and of transportation, as well as issues of energy in the American West more generally. After obtaining a B.A. from Pomona College, where he focused on mathematics and music composition, he worked in various software industry roles, most recently at Google. He is a recovering musician, though not very committed to recovery, composing for and playing piano in a local jazz quintet among other bands, and enjoys cycling, running, and rock climbing.
Kevin Zhu is a first-year master student in the Atmosphere/Energy program of Civil Engineering Department at Stanford University, and will be joining the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) in their Power and Risk Office. Previously, Kevin studied Environmental Engineering and received a B.S. from the University of Illinois. His current interest is in solving renewable energy integration and building-related efficiency problems using model simulation, system thinking and data-driven methods. Kevin worked as an air quality lab assistant at the Illinois applied institute performing data acquisition from radon-detecting electrets. He also took part in two sustainable housing contests organized by the department of energy (Solar Decathlon and Race to Zero) and designed plumbing systems with heat recovery, grey water reuse,and rain water collection. He enjoys hiking, playing badminton, and table tennis during his free time.
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