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Aug 31 2018 | Out West student blog
While working to reconstitute Alcatraz features in 3-D renderings, writes the intern Nineveh O’Connell, “the dilemma I have faced time and time again is whether I am aiming to model, or to replicate?”
Aug 30 2018 | Out West student blog
What if your electic vehicle runs out of juice? At the California Energy Commission this summer, Michelle Solomon “has been focused on decreasing range anxiety through research into the future of the electric vehicle charging landscape in California.”
Aug 29 2018 | Out West student blog
Helping Yellowstone National Park display artifacts on a television broadcast, writes intern Kerstin Heinrich, “was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a part of something that was broadcast around the world.”
Aug 28 2018 | Out West student blog
It's hard work writing grant applications for California parks, writes Trust for Public Land intern Whitney Francis, but it's like climbing a mountain. “When I get to the top, I remember why it’s all worth it.”
Aug 27 2018 | Out West student blog
Even when California ISO staff don’t suit up as superheroes, writes the intern Carlos Ciudad-Real, ”they are still performing heroics by crafting policy for arguably the most important energy entity in the West.”
Aug 22 2018 | Out West student blog
“In a city known for Hollywood and good weather,” writes US Army Corps intern Maggie Wood, you wouldn't expect its “crown jewel” to be “42-acre abandoned rail yard filled with concrete, dust, and rusty nails.”
Aug 20 2018 | Out West student blog
As a congressional primary in her Ohio home district ground to a virtual tie, National Conference of State Legislatures intern Eliza Steffen was tasked with investigating delays in tallying the vote.
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.”

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Jul 17 2019 | Out West student blog
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