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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.”
Aug 31 2017 | Out West student blog
“A part of me worried how I would adjust to this new and unfamiliar place,” writes Sandro Hall. “I realized soldiers must have asked very similar questions more than one hundred years ago.”
Aug 31 2017 | Out West student blog
At the California Energy Commission, Igancio Mendez writes, “we had the opportunity to assess how EVs could impact California’s economy and population, as well as the effect they would have on the state’s oil and gas industry, water quality, greenhouse gas emissions, and mineral reserves.”
Aug 30 2017 | Out West student blog
“The last week of my internship,” writes Max Vilgalys, “We visited a building that, more than any other, is responsible for keeping the lights on in Colorado.”

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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.”