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Aug 29 2017 | Out West student blog
“August 21, 2017 was an exciting day as an intern at the California ISO,” writes Karen Huynh. “While we gathered on the front lawn with solar glasses to watch the eclipse, the grid operators were at work balancing the grid.”
Aug 28 2017 | Out West student blog
“Seven weeks into my adventure through curatorial museum work,” writes Amelia Traylor, an intern at Yellowstone National Park, “I have lost the hurry that I brought with me.”
Aug 28 2017 | Out West student blog
“An important thing to understand about wildfires, specifically those in the Sierras,” writes Tish Johnston, “Is that they are not all bad and therefore are typically not fully extinguished”
Aug 28 2017 | Out West student blog
“By merely looking at various initiatives across the country,” writes Jamie Rodriguez, “I’m truly witnessing the full breadth of governance and what direct democracy can actually entail.”
Aug 27 2017 | Out West student blog
“I have spent the past six weeks reading, hiking, climbing, and coding,” writes Zac Espinosa from the Henry’s Fork Foundation in Idaho.
Aug 23 2017 | Out West student blog
“Creating parks for people,” says Nate Marshall, “is no walk in the park. But the result – enabling millions to experience beautiful walks in a park – is undoubtedly worth it.”
Aug 23 2017 | Out West student blog
“That’s the nature of scientific work,” writes Catie Mong. “It can be filled with exhilarating days of field work followed by weeks of unglamorous data processing. But I wouldn’t trade a second of it.”
Aug 22 2017 | Out West student blog
“To achieve California’s ambitious climate change goals,” writes Anthony Ho, “we will need to look beyond new buildings and tap into the vast opportunities presented by existing buildings.”
Aug 18 2017 | Out West student blog
“Now more than just a hobby,” writes Miranda Vogt, “Ebird’s users have turned birdwatching into a citizen science goldmine – the gold being data that places like the San Francisco Estuary institute use to understand our environment and how we might help it.”
Aug 17 2017 | Out West student blog
“I've gotten into a habit of stopping at bookstores on my daily walk home,” writes the summer intern Juliana Chang, “and looking around to see what books I can find with the small acorn dotted Heyday logo on the back cover.”

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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.”