Our western summer interns will be at organizations across the American West.
Julia Anderson is currently pursuing a coterminal Master's degree in Art History at Stanford University. As an undergraduate, she studied Classics and competed for the Stanford Varsity Women's Swim Team. This past summer, she participated in an internship at the Kimbell Art Museum's Education Department in Fort Worth, TX. She is excited to work at Alcatraz this summer to learn more about the significance of the prison's location in regards to the city planning of San Francisco and to study its transition from a maximum security prison to a national landmark and museum. After school, she plans to pursue a career in the museum industry with a particular focus in the way art objects are presented to the public.
Juliana Chang is a rising junior at Stanford majoring in Linguistics and Creative Writing. Language is her passion, and she is so excited to be working with Heyday this summer and helping to promote cultural vibrancy in California through the publishing industry. Last summer, Juliana worked on the Chinese Railroad Workers Project, researching the portrayal of Chinese railroad workers in children's literature. She currently tutors recently arrived immigrants from China and Taiwan in English and conducts linguistic fieldwork with the Graduate School of Education. After college, she hopes to continue to work with language and the spread of meaningful ideas.
As a native of Chicago, Zac is familiar with the screeching of yellow taxis and the hustle of a crowded city street. However, after moving to the west coast to attend Stanford University he quickly fell in love with the outdoors. He soon found himself intimately involved in the outdoor community at Stanford, working as an equipment specialist and climbing wall instructor at the Stanford Outdoor center and becoming an avid member of the rock climbing team. In his free time he enjoys photography, writing, backpacking, and mountaineering. He studies computer science and hopes to apply what he learns to the field of sustainable computation. This summer, he is excited apply what he has learned in the classroom to his project at Henry’s Fork Foundation. He hopes to leave this summer having contributed to the greater goals of HFF, and he looks forward to Idaho’s wilderness and all of the adventure it has to offer.
Alessandro Hall is a rising sophomore at Stanford interested in studying conservation and memory through the exploration of history, art, and the environment. His past work experiences include researching in a stem-cell laboratory, restoring historic houses, and working as an educator, teaching elementary school children the fundamentals of carpentry. His past research at Stanford has focused on how aesthetic features of monuments and memorials can elicit empathy from viewers. He looks forward to working at Yellowstone National Park this summer because of both his fascination with archeology and his love of the outdoors. Also a believer in the mission and importance of the National Park Service, he wants to contribute to the agency’s continued success. Alessandro hopes this internship experience will help guide him toward a career in cultural heritage.
Tish is a rising senior majoring in English with a special interest in 17th century British poetry. She spent a quarter at Oxford University studying the works of John Milton, and she plans to write an Honors Thesis on the stylistic implications and historical significance of Milton’s 1671 brief epic Paradise Regained. Having previously interned at an art gallery in Menlo Park and worked for a non-profit foundation for nine months, Tish is excited to merge her longstanding interests in ethnography and history with newfound ones in the American West and water conservancy as a Museum Intern with the National Park Service in Yosemite. Tish hopes to continue her education with graduate studies in English and sees this summer as a way to explore other avenues of employment available to humanities majors.
Nate Marshall is an outdoor enthusiast who has spent countless hours running and mountain biking on the extensive trail system and public lands surrounding his hometown of Boise, Idaho. He is thrilled to be working in Denver, Colorado this summer for the Trust for Public Land to address land access, water quality, and public health issues in small Western towns. A rising sophomore at Stanford, Nate is involved in the Stanford Running Club and Testimony Christian A Cappella. He recently joined Stanford Housing staff as the Wilbur Hall Sustainability Manager and works to educate fellow students about waste reduction and sustainable living. During previous summers, Nate has worked with the Sierra Club to develop recommendations for electric utility planning and has researched prehistoric climate change. He is interested in natural resource management and hopes to someday work with the EPA or NOAA to study and protect our land, water, and climate.
As an undergrad and Coterm in Earth Systems, Catie Mong has focused her academic career on land systems, particularly the intersection of ranching and conservation. A family history of ranching and a background in Western equitation coupled with a love for the environment led her to this path. She has worked on predator-rancher conflicts through an internship with the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia and interviewed ranchers in the Brazilian Pantanal on their perceptions of jaguars and conservation groups for her thesis. Catie has hands on experience with agriculture through her internship at TomKat Ranch and Educational Foundation and as a TA for Earthsys 180: Principles and Practices of Sustainable Agriculture. As a conservation intern for the Santa Lucia Conservancy, Catie is excited to deepen her understanding on rangeland ecology through fieldwork and geospatial mapping. She is hoping that this experience will help her decide whether to pursue a career in sustainable working landscapes as a scientist or land manager.
Jamie Rodriguez is a rising senior studying political science with a minor in computer science. Within her major, she is pursuing concentrations in data science and campaigns, elections, and governance. However, she has a slew of different academic interests, having performed dark energy research as an assistant at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and having worked on an archeological excavation in Mauritius under the Mauritian Archaeological and Cultural Heritage Project. Nonetheless, Jamie is incredibly excited to get hands-on experience in state politics at the National Conference of State Legislatures. She aspires to utilize and integrate her political science and technical training to approach politics in a quantitative, analytical manner championed by the NCSL. Thus, she is looking forward to her internship as a potential springboard to pursuing her career in the future, in which she aspires to work in electoral politics or policy analysis using the skills offered by the NCSL.
Amelia Traylor is a rising sophomore at Stanford interested in studying biomechanical engineering. Outside of class, she is heavily involved as a K-12 outreach officer for the Society of Women Engineers and enjoy singing with the Stanford Chamber Chorale. She also helps execute a medical device class on campus through Stanford Students in Biodesign. The Yellowstone Curatorial Internship intrigues her primarily because of her interest in education. Ensuring that others are educated about the incredible impact of the National Park System is essential to protecting it in the future. Also, Yellowstone in particular has made huge contributions to biology education and she wants to investigate the history and significance of scientific research in the park. In the future, Amelia could see herself working in academia as a research professor, though her main aspirations would be to continue pursuing her passions for the STEM fields, music, and service.
Miranda Vogt is a rising junior hailing from South Florida, amidst the gators and the theme parks. She is excited to work at SFEI this summer in the Resilient Landscapes Program and to learn more about the landscapes of the place she now calls home. Miranda is passionate about Ecology and Evolution, and her previous work experiences have been in the lab or field research. In her free time, she can be found playing the harmonica (badly), watching the Great British Bake Off, and hyping the food of the future (insects or cultured meat—either way, she’s interested). Miranda hopes to continue doing ecology research in the future, and knows that this summer will be a wonderful new experience.