Working out West: Summer interns and fellows launch into action
The Bill Lane Center’s 2021 interns and fellows have launched for the summer. Every year, the Center pairs exceptional students with Western organizations for internships in a variety of career fields. Gaining professional experience in natural history, conservation, land use, museum curation, resource management and more, Western Interns enjoy paid spring or summer work, fully sponsored by the Center. Over 200 Stanford students have served the region in this capacity, finding the opportunity both valuable and formative.
In this program, the Bill Lane Center has always aimed to support agencies in the American West that might not otherwise be able fund a Stanford student intern. It’s a win-win arrangement, as students learn from mentors at their jobs, and internship hosts gain dedicated student workers to serve their missions. Eleven students have recently started as Western Interns, and before them, two students completed spring internships.
Despite persistent efforts by the U.S. government to eradicate Indigenous farming and ranching practices, they are regaining currency in an American West stressed by drought, diminishing resources and climate change.