What do we offer?
Every summer, the Bill Lane Center for the American West offers many opportunities for Stanford undergraduates (including graduating seniors) to work with organizations throughout the West. Through these internships, students can explore careers in natural history, conservation, land use, museum curation, resource management, energy and more. All internships last ten weeks and are fully funded by the Lane Center. During the 2020/2021 academic year, we are pleased to offer internships in both spring and summer quarters.
The Lane Center has placed over 275 interns in positions across the West for more than a decade. As such, we have developed strong relationships with host organizations and work hard to ensure interns have successful and enriching experiences there. For more information about our internship program, please visit our FAQs page, or email Education Manager, Stephanie Burbank.
Interested students can apply via the SOLO portal. Applications go live in mid-December and close February 3, 2021. Interviews occur in mid-February, beginning with conversations with Lane Center staff. Finalists are then sent forward to the host agencies who make the final decision. Interns should know of their placement prior to the start of spring break.
Looking for tips? Be honest; tell us about yourself. What unique experiences or perspectives do you bring that make you an outstanding candidate? What are you hoping to learn? How does this internship fit into your future academic and career plans?
Prospective intern hosts
Visit this page for more information on how to get involved with the Lane Center's internship program.
The Lane Center's West internships offer Stanford undergraduates hands-on professional development experiences across the region. From policy analysis to archival research to land conservation and outreach and beyond, our internships cover a comprehensive range of disciplines and organizations. Internship locations fluctuate by year, but below is a list of all of our past and current internship agencies.
Opportunities Available for 2021
|Archeology and History||Role||Mentor Name||Internship Location||Quarter Offered||Link To application|
|Yosemite National Park Archives||Archives Intern||Paul Rogers||El Portal, CA (remote possible, in-person preferred)||Spring||Closed|
|Yosemite National Park Museum||Curator of Collections Intern||Greg Cox||El Portal, CA (remote possible, in-person preferred)||Summer||Closed|
|Yellowstone National Park Heritage and Research Center||Museum Intern||Miriam Watson||Gardiner, MT (remote possible, in-person preferred)||Summer||Closed|
|Yellowstone National Park Archeology Program||Archeology Program Intern||Elizabeth Horton||Gardiner, MT (remote possible, in-person preferred)||Summer||Closed|
|Politics and Policy||Role||Mentor Name||Internship Location||Quarter Offered||Link to application|
|National Conference of State Legislatures||Elections Policy Intern||Amanda Zoch||Denver, CO (remote possible)||Summer||Closed|
|US Army Corps of Engineers||Planning and Policy Intern||Juliette Hayes||San Francisco, CA (remote possible, in-person preferred)||Spring||Closed|
|Washington Water Trust||Water Innovation Intern||Emily Dick||Remote||Summer||Closed|
|Ecology and Conservation||Mentor Name||Internship Location||Quarter Offered||Link to Application|
|San Francisco Estuary Institute||Resilient Landscape Programs Intern||Sean Baumgarten||Remote||Summer||Closed|
|Santa Lucia Conservancy||Conservation Ecology Intern||Christy Wyckoff||
|Blue Forest Conservation||Environmental Project Development Internship||Kim Quesnel||Remote||Summer||Apply now|
|Software and Information Technology||Role||Mentor Name||Internship Location||Quarter OFfered||Link to Application|
|Henry's Fork Foundation||Education and Interpretive Center Intern; Conservation and Recreational Use Intern; Geospatial Groundwater and Stream Temperature Intern||Kamberlee Allison||Ashton, ID (remote possible, in-person preferred)||Summer||Closed|
|Sawtooth National Recreation Area||Sawtooth Valley Travel Management Intern||Robin Garwood||
|Cultural Development and Community Engagement||Role||Mentor Name||Internship Location||Quarter Offered||Link To Application|
|Heyday Publishing||Marketing and Development Intern||Emmerich Anklam||Remote||Summer||Closed|
|The Natural History Institute||Intern||Tom Fleischner||Prescott, AZ (remote possible, in-person preferred)||Summer||Closed|
|Kittitas Environmental Education Network (KEEN)||Stewardship Team Leader||Jill Scheffer||Ellensburg, WA (remote possible, in-person preferred)||Spring||Closed|
|Glacier National Park Conservancy||Communication Intern||Doug Mitchell||Remote||Summer||Apply Now|
Current and Past Western Placement Opportunities
Cardinal Quarter Certification
In partnership with the Haas Center for Public Service, students who complete any Bill Lane Center intership are eligible for a Cardinal Quarter certification.
Cardinal Quarter offerings are intensive, immersive, local, national and global public service experiences. The experiences provide students the opportunities to contribute to society, develop citizenship and professional skills, and realize Jane Stanford’s vision that with a Stanford education students “will become thereby of greater service to the public.”
Students receive a notation on their transcript after completing all Cardinal Quarter requirements.
Shultz Energy Internships and Pfund Fellows
In a partnership with the Precourt Institute for Energy, Haas Center for Public Service and Stanford in Government, the Lane Center sponsors full-time paid internships for students to explore energy issues in the American West.
The Shultz Energy Fellowships are open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Host organizations have included the California Air Resources Board, California Department of Water Resources, City of Palo Alto Utilities, Western Energy Interstate Board, California Energy Commission, and more. Read more about the history of the Shultz internship program here.
The Pfund Fellowship is generously supported by Bill Lane Center Advisory Council member Nancy Pfund. Ms. Pfund sponsors two energy internship opportunities every year. There is no separate application for the fellowship. Check here for a list of our Pfund fellows.
For more information about the internship proposals from host agencies and application details, please visit the Precourt Institute for Energy's program page.
Full List of Energy Internship Host Organizations