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“I have witnessed throughout my internship,” writes Ignacio Mendez, “the determination of the state of California to go beyond the stance of the federal government and remain committed to the fight against climate change.”
On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will pass over the Pacific Northwest. The solar industry’s success in California means that the electric grid operators will have to plan for a period of time when the sky goes dark and solar generation plummets. While the generation loss is significant, it’s not the only problem.
“Arriving to work at Yellowstone National Park,” writes Amelia Traylor, “I was thrilled to arrive among real-world examples from my previous science education.”
Jamie Rodriguez arrived at the National Council of State Legislatures just as it was scrambling to answer lawmakers' questions about the Election Integrity Commission's voter data requests.
Jul 31 2017 | Out West student blog
“At the Henry’s Fork Foundation,” writes Zac Espinosa, “the river is our lab, the outdoors is our home, and protecting all of it is our mission.”
Jul 31 2017 | Out West student blog
“The Trust for Public Land is not concerned with preserving wilderness,” says Nate Marshall. “Instead, its mission statement, ‘land for people,’ reflects a broader, human-centric approach to conservation.”
Jul 26 2017 | Out West student blog
“When you’re delving deep into understanding something, it can be challenging to make sure it’s accessible to anyone on the outside,” says Max Vilgalys. “But thanks to the input from our mentor and the other employees, we’re getting better at explaining our results.”
Jul 25 2017 | Out West student blog
“While I may have just started in Yosemite less than 3 weeks ago,” writes Tish Johnston, who is conserving Miwok and Paiute baskets, “My time here feels precious.”
Jul 21 2017 | Out West student blog
“Long after we left the archive, my fingers still felt tingly,” writes summer intern Miranda Vogt, “I couldn’t stop thinking about how much history I had leafed through.”
Jul 20 2017 | Out West student blog
"I can’t believe I’m saying this," says Santa Lucia Preserve intern Catie Mong, "but I think I’m starting to become a birder…"

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