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Jul 31 2018 | Out West student blog
Nineveh O'Connell has been “scouring through records of all the structures that have stood on Alcatraz over the last 150 years,” she says, “in order to recreate past stages of the island as 3D digital models.”
Jul 30 2018 | Out West student blog
At the California Energy Commission, the intern Michelle Solomon says that “our office oversees the effort to transition to zero-emission vehicles, including both hydrogen fuel cell and battery electric vehicles.”
Jul 26 2018 | Out West student blog
“I knew Yellowstone would be beautiful,” says intern Kerstin Heinrich, “but I didn’t expect Montana to be beautiful, or to drive deeper into the park every night to watch the sunset over the mountains, or to laugh so hard with the library staff.”
Jul 25 2018 | Out West student blog
California’s recently passed Prop 68, says Trust for Public Land intern Whitney Francis, "is the largest investment in parks and conservation in California's history.”
Jul 24 2018 | Out West student blog
In Geneva, Carson Smith “presented on the role of Peacemaking, an indigenous form of conflict resolution often utilized in tribal courts, in the context of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.”
Jul 23 2018 | Out West student blog
“Managing California’s energy markets is more difficult than it might seem,” writes Carlos Ciudad-Real, who is interning at the California Independent System Operator (CAISO).
Jul 20 2018 | Out West student blog
“Wielding acronyms in conversation makes it easy to speak quickly,” says Maggie Wood, an intern at the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), but it’s “nearly impossible for outsiders to enter the conversation.” Fortunately, she got up to speed ASAP.
Jul 19 2018 | Out West student blog
“Filing a ballot measure petition,” says NCSL intern Eliza Steffen, “Can be a complex and idiosyncratic process.” She’s working with colleagues to create a catalog of referendum systems in 24 states.
Jul 18 2018 | Out West student blog
A summer day watching kids play, says Victoria Mendez, helps the Trust for Public Land “partner with underserved communities to create beautiful parks with public art that celebrates their identity.”
Jul 16 2018 | Out West student blog
California’s Department of Water Resources "cannot deliver water to your local water suppliers without energy, and quite a lot of it," writes Barrett Travis. His job at the state agency this summer is to help model the feasibility of proposed hydropower projects.

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Aug 16 2018 | Out West student blog
The Trust for Public Land and intern Victoria Mendez worked with an artist to build an ice cream cart fitted with sensors that would instead “provide real-time information on local air quality in a culturally attractive, engaging way.”
Aug 15 2018 | Out West student blog
At the National Conference of State Legislatures, “seeing that my internship work has real world applications has brought me so much joy,” says Hannah Zimmerman.
Aug 14 2018 | Out West student blog
“Pumped storage,” Barrett Travis writes from the California Department of Water Resources, “may be an essential part of helping California and the rest of the country transition fully to solar power and other intermittent but clean sources of energy.”