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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.”
Aug 10 2018 | Out West student blog
With Zach Clayton’s work installing wireless environmental sensors, the Henry’s Fork Foundation “is building a robust data set to analyze patterns and predict future trends.” When Zach isn't climbing mountains or doing rodeo, that is.
“Interning at the Santa Lucia Conservancy,” writes TJ Francisco, “Reinforces my desire to build my career plans around conservation and ecology.”
At the Western Interstate Energy Board, Carly Eckstrom writes, “My project this summer is to take stock of the current electrical ‘resource adequacy’ landscape in the West, and to write a proposal that would lead to improvements in western resource planning.”
“Prior to this summer,” says San Francisco Estuary Institute intern Nick Mascarello, “I hadn’t deeply considered the value of historical environmental information.”
California has committed to very ambitious goals for zero-net energy green buildings. At the state’s Public Utilities Commission, the intern Sheila Gao says, “I’m very lucky to have the opportunity to explore pathways towards those goals.”
“Each week,” says Galatée Films researcher Callan Showers, “I tackle a new research question related to the American West in the 1800s.”
“I love seeing glimpses of the park from the past, with some photos dating to the late 19th century,” says Yosemite Archives intern Emily Wilson. “Unfortunately,” she says, “I have also seen Yosemite in the age of a warming climate” – as she fled the Ferguson fire to safety.
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.”

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