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Bill Lane Center Undergraduates

The Bill Lane Center for the American West

A Home for Undergraduates

Dedicated to Serving Undergraduate Students

The Bill Lane Center for the American West offers a range of immersive opportunities designed for Stanford undergraduates to understand the unique dynamics of the American Western region. Our offerings are as interdisciplinary and diverse as the student body we hope to serve. We invite you to explore our programs, courses, events and resources, which are intended to inform and inspire future leaders of the American West.

Research Assistantships

Research assistants spend a quarter, a summer, or longer working on an existing Lane Center project or an investigation of their own design with mentorship from our faculty director and senior researcher.

Sophomore College

Incoming sophomores participate in a three-week intensive course where students and professors travel to learn more about a particular topic of importance in the American West.

Summer Internships

Interns join host agencies across the region to complete projects that range from archival research to streamflow restoration to nonpartisan reporting and beyond.

Course Offerings

"The American West" is the Lane Center's flagship course, taught by senior faculty from a wide range of departments, making it one of Stanford's most interdisciplinary courses.

"Out West" Student Blog

Each summer, our interns write two blog posts reflecting on their paid work experiences in the West. Prospective interns often peruse the blog for help deciding which internships to apply for. It serves as a rich catalogue of student experiences.

Student Ambassadors

Our students are the heart of the Lane Center, and our ambassadors help connect the BLC with the larger Stanford community. Reach out to them if you're interested in learning about the BLC student experience. They'd love to speak with you.

Student Profiles

There are many ways to get involved with the Lane Center, and each student's path will be different.  We invite you to read the stories of previous Lane Center students who shared their "Western journeys." You may decide to follow their lead, or use their experiences as inspiration to write your own story.

Roadmaps for Success


Visit our student profile page to learn more about past BLC students. Use their experiences as a roadmap to embark on your own Western journey.