Western Summer Interns
Our western summer interns will be at organizations across the American West.
Halfway through Stanford, Zach Clayton has realized now would be a good time to decide what to do after university. Therefore, Zach can't wait to immerse himself in the field of water resources management with the Henry's Fork Foundation, located in Ashton, Idaho. Hailing from Boise, Zach loves the great state of Idaho; after working on a ranch near home for the past two summers, he's eager to explore a new part of the state. On campus, you may find him repairing bikes with the Stanford Bicycle Project, competing in any intramural sport, or leading an adventure for high school students with the Stanford Outdoor Outreach Program. As a newly-minted Civil and Environmental Engineering major, Zach hopes to ultimately foster a sustainable, mutually-beneficial relationship between humanity and the natural world. A short-term goal? Enjoy the peace and quiet of the wilderness before his position as an RA in Cedro - an energetic freshmen dorm - next year!
Whitney Francis is a rising senior at Stanford double majoring in Asian American Studies and Earth Systems with a concentration in Human Environmental Systems. From a young age, Whitney has been passionate and curious about all things food related, which she has explored in many different ways during her time at Stanford. Her passion for food has shaped her interactions with the environment and influenced her interests in the intersection of food, racial, and environmental justice. In the past, Whitney has done agricultural research and fieldwork on the Big Island of Hawaii with the nonprofit called Ulu Mau Puanui, dedicated to understanding traditional Hawaiian, rain-fed agricultural practices. Whitney is excited to intern at The Trust for Public Land this summer as their Public Grants and Policy Intern. She hopes to gain a deeper understanding of what environmental public policy work entails to help her decide if this is a career path she wants to pursue further. Whitney hopes to someday do work related to developing sustainable food systems.
I'm a Stanford sophomore from Atlanta, Georgia. I have a strong interest in tropical ecology and interdisciplinary approaches to conservation. I aim to gain experience conducting field and lab work and designing applied ecological conservation initiatives. In my spare time I like to go backpacking, play tennis and hang out with my friends. This summer, outside of my job, I am most looking forward to catching snakes and being close to the beach.
Kerstin Heinrich is a rising junior at Stanford majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Theater and Performance Studies. She has a deep-rooted passion for technical theater and serves as a member of the Executive Staff of Ram's Head Theatrical Society. When she is not in the theater, she can be found working outside, eating mac n' cheese, educating others on the importance of service, exploring cemeteries, and consuming the art world around her. Her enthusiasm for the work of the National Park Service and her love of artifactual evidence fuel her excitement to work with the curation team in Yellowstone National Park this summer. She hopes that working in Yellowstone will allow her to foster her love of conservation while preserving the natural historical record.
Nick is currently finishing up his undergraduate studies at Stanford, majoring in Earth Systems. He has spent extensive time studying marine ecosystems and has contributed to a number of ocean related research endeavors, including a project examining bleaching resistance in coral found in American Samoa. He will return to Stanford next fall to begin a Master’s program focusing on environmental policy. Nick is originally from Monterey, California so it’s no surprise that he came to Stanford with an appreciation for the ocean environment. In his free time, Nick loves to cook, hike, snowboard and SCUBA dive. He is also member of the Stanford Marching Band and has played the trumpet for many years. Nick is looking forward to working with the San Francisco Estuary Institute’s Resilient Landscapes Program this summer and is excited to contribute to a project deepening the organization’s knowledge of historical ecology in the Bay Area.
Victoria Mendez is a rising senior majoring in Earth Systems and minoring in Economics. She is interested in environmental policy and environmental justice. She spent last summer working at the California Department of Conservation on the Transformative Climate Communities Program, which aims to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and provide economic and health benefits to marginalized communities. On campus, Victoria serves as President of SEEDS, which is a student group focused on increasing diversity in the fields of ecology and environmental science. As part of SEEDS, she plans and teaches environmental science lessons weekly at a local continuation high school. Victoria is excited to work at the Trust for Public Land this summer in Denver, where she will do community outreach and research for a "Parks for People" project.
Nineveh O'Connell is a rising junior majoring in Mathematical and Computational Science. Beyond data science, she is interested in studying sustainability and, in particular, how it applies in urban landscapes. She gardens around campus as a Sustainable Food Intern and loves leading trips to diverse outdoor spaces around the Bay Area and beyond with the Outdoor Center. This summer she is excited to learn more about how people have affected the space of Alcatraz Island through GIS work with Golden Gate National Recreation Area. In the future, she hopes to work with urban data to explore how we interact with and shape our surroundings.
Callan Showers is a rising senior at Stanford majoring in American Studies with a minor in Political Science. Since coming to Stanford, Callan has become fascinated with the mythic status of the West in the American Imagination. She is excited to explore the history of the region this summer as a research assistant for the French cinema house Galatée Films. She will be looking at the natural history, art, and culture of the West in the 19th century in preparation for one of Galatée's upcoming films. She is eager to combine her American research interests with her love of French culture, as she studied in Paris in the fall of 2018. During her internship, she will be living in Colorado Springs and can't wait to spend time hiking, backpacking, and enjoying a new part of the West. Callan is looking forward to working on this creative project before she starts preparing to apply to law school after her senior year.
Eliza is a rising junior majoring in political science and with a minor in art history. Before NCSL, she was an intern for the Stanford Social Innovation Review on campus and Emilio Pucci while studying abroad in Florence, Italy. Within her major, she is particularly interested in political philosophy, religion and politics, and place-making policies. Eliza is excited to learn and educate others about election policy across the country, especially with the 2018 midterms fast approaching. After this summer, she will be heading to Stanford in Washington to continue her work in public policy. She encourages everyone to vote in the midterms this November- use https://turbovote.org
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Emily Wilson is a rising junior from the Washington D.C. area majoring in history. She's thrilled to be spending her summer at the Yosemite Archives, where she hopes to uncover some fascinating stories from one of California's most renowned spaces. After conducting archival research for the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis at Stanford, Emily would love to continue doing research in her future because she's always asking questions. In her free time, she enjoys devouring whatever book she can get her hands on and exploring the outdoors. She also always appreciates recommendations for places with good hot chocolate!
Maggie Wood is a rising senior majoring in Civil Engineering with a focus in Environmental and Water Studies. She is originally from Washington, DC, but is excited to be working in San Francisco this summer and getting to explore the state in which she was born. She is incredibly excited to be working in the planning and policy division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Maggie is passionate about water resources and wants to spend her time after college working toward ensuring that all communities have access to clean water. At the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Maggie will have the opportunity to engage these passions, preparing water risk analysis reports for a variety of U.S. environmental resource agencies. In her free time, she can be found running, doing the Monday or Tuesday NY Times crossword (the other ones are a little too challenging), or thinking too much about the last episode of Westworld she watched.
Hannah Zimmerman is a rising sophomore majoring in Public Policy with a concentration in Discrimination, Crime and Poverty Policy. At 16, she was the youngest member of the National Delegation to the 2016 Democratic National Convention representing Bernie Sanders, after serving as his Director of Youth and High School Outreach for New York State. She authored the Student Organizing Manuals used by the National Nurses Union and Our Revolution, as well as co-founded their on-campus programs. Hannah sits on the New York County Committee and is New York City's youngest elected official. Hannah is the youngest to make the 2017 hercampus.com's list of 22 Under 22 Most Inspiring College Women. At Stanford, Hannah chairs the Student and Labor Alliance, in which she founded the "Stanford Labor Panels" lecture series, and directs and founded Stanford's first student fashion designer showcase. Hannah is conducting independent field research on income inequality in the American Rust Belt, through the Stanford Anthropology Department, and is a Public Policy teaching assistant. When not attempting to politicize her friends, you can find Hannah singing or sewing on Synergy's porch.
Stanford Energy Internships in California and Colorado
SEIC Internships are at agencies in California and Colorado.
Carlos Ciudad-Real is a rising Junior studying Environmental Systems Engineering in Stanford's Civil and Environmental Engineering department. He is originally from San Bernardino County and he is very proud of his Salvadoran and Latin American heritage. Carlos hopes to address issues within the built environment that arise in large, urban settings using scientific and engineering principles while also keeping in mind larger issues of social and environmental sustainability. He has challenged himself to have experiences outside of his engineering coursework and study how public policy, in conjunction with new technologies, can help create a more equitable future. One such experience was a Sophomore College course on the water and energy nexus and governance in the Pacific Northwest. Using this course as a stepping stone, Carlos will be interning at California ISO this summer to develop innovative energy policies for an ever-changing and crucial power grid.
Carly Eckstrom ‘19 is majoring in Political Science, and is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. In the past, she has interned in the United States Senate working on energy and environmental policy in the Office of Senators Al Franken and Tina Smith, as well as conducted research through the Stanford Political Science Department. During her time at Stanford, Carly has pursued her interest in policy through her participation in the Stanford in Washington program. Additionally, she spends her time outside of class competing with the Stanford Women’s Club Ultimate Frisbee team. This summer, Carly is excited to intern at the Western Interstate Energy Board, working on promoting coordinated resource adequacy in energy production in the West. Carly hopes to use this opportunity to learn more about the details of the operation of the energy market, resource adequacy at the regional level, and policy solutions to improve transparency and promote efficiency.
Sheila Gao is currently a PhD student in the department of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Environmental Engineering and double degree in Economics at Tsinghua University in 2015. During her undergraduate studies, she worked at the State Key Lab of Combined Air Pollution Resources Control in Beijing, and her research focused on investigation and monitoring of PM2.5. Based on her research results, she realized that reforming the energy structure towards a more clean future and promoting energy efficiency are the key solutions for solving many environmental problems including air pollution, which inspired her to study energy as her major at Stanford. She's also passionate about cutting-edge energy technologies including transactive energy and energy blockchain that could help decarbonizing the electricity grid and integrating intermittent renewable generations and distributed energy resources. Last summer she did an internship at Rocky Mountain Institute and Energy Web Foundation, where she studied business applications and values of blockchain technology in the energy sector. She's thrilled to have the opportunity to intern at CPUC in the Office of Commissioner Rechtschaffen through SEIC this summer. Through this internship, she looks forward to deepening her understanding of energy and environmental policy and gaining more insight into the regulation framework that supports California in achieving its RPS and energy efficiency goals.
Michelle Solomon is a PhD candidate in Materials Science and Engineering. Her current research, in the group of Professor Jennifer Dionne, focuses on making pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals safer for people and the environment using light-based purification techniques. She has also been involved with building community at Stanford through being a graduate Community Associate and a co-president of the Stanford chapter of the Materials Research Society. In her free time, she loves skiing and hiking around in the mountains, and generally being outside. She is continually excited and impressed by the research that is going on in the renewable energy field, and it gives her a lot of hope for the future. As an intern in the office of Commissioner Janea Scott, she is looking forward to helping implement some of these advances, as well as learning more about how scientific research and policy intersect.
Barrett Travis is graduating in June 2018 with an M.S. in Environmental Fluid Mechanics & Hydrology, and is excited to be joining the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) in their Power and Risk Office. With a Mechanical Engineering undergraduate degree from Stanford (Class of 2016), he has strong interests in fluid mechanics, renewable energy, and mechanical systems. Several years of environmental courses and an interest in justice issues has compelled Barrett to pursue his current master’s degree and work to help both the environment and people through engineering and computational analysis. Recent experiences include working with the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge to address resilience issues related to sea level rise in the Bay Area and spending a year with the anti-human trafficking organization International Justice Mission in the Philippines.
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