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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.”
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.”

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