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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.
Jul 13 2018 | Out West student blog
When only 18% of Americans today say they can trust the government to do what is right, says the intern Hannah Zimmerman, the NCSL "can work to decrease the divide between elected officials and their districts."
Jul 12 2018 | Out West student blog
“In just a few weeks, I’ve developed both my coding and culinary abilities,” writes Henry’s Fork Foundation summer intern Zach Clayton.
Jul 10 2018 | Out West student blog
"It's inspiring to observe," says the Santa Lucia Conservancy summer intern TJ Francisco, "how a very small, but very high-functioning team can make a big impact over 20,000 acres."
This year, 484 students are spread out across the globe, serving communities in a variety of capacities through the Cardinal Quarter program.
Under the direction of Professor Bruce Cain and Senior Researcher Iris Hui, the RA’s will spend ten weeks exploring such topics as air pollution and health in the rural West, water management and permitting in California, and the future of renewable energy policy.
Jun 27 2018 | Out West student blog
Summer is here again, which brings us a new crop of interns working across the West as part of Stanford’s Cardinal Quarter initiative for public service.
Oct 17 2017 | Out West student blog
“This past September,” writes Carson Smith, “I had the opportunity to see my tribe, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, take a step away from the adversarial system in their family courts and instead rely upon a traditional, restorative justice system— the Peacemaking Circle.”

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