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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.

The Lane Center has placed over 175 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, sburbank [at] (Stephanie Burbank).

Application details

Interested students can apply via the SOLO portal. Applications go live in mid-December and close January 31, 2022. Interviews occur in early to 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? 

For more helpful application advice, please visit our FAQs page,

Prospective Hosts

We welcome new additions to our internship host agencies and review our partnerships regularly. Visit this page for more information on how to get involved with the Lane Center's internship program.

Our 2021 cohort of summer interns gets ready to get to work! Image credit: Tia Schwab

"West" internships

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 summer 2022-deadline January 31st


HISTORY & ARCHIVES Role Mentor Name Internship Location Link To application
Yosemite National Park Museum Curator of Collections Intern Greg Cox El Portal, CA (remote possible, in-person preferred) Apply here
Yellowstone National Park Heritage and Research Center Museum Intern Miriam Watson Gardiner, MT (remote possible, in-person preferred) Apply here


Politics & Policy Role Mentor Name Internship Location Link to application
National Conference of State Legislatures Elections Intern Amanda Zoch Denver, CO (remote possible, in-person preferred) Apply here
US Army Corps of Engineers Program Analyst Intern Josephine R. Axt San Francisco, CA (remote possible, in-person preferred) Apply here
American Rivers California River and Water Policy Intern Amy Merrill Berkeley, CA (remote possible, in-person preferred) Apply here
Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources Internet and Social Media Intern Dan Dennison Honolulu, HI (remote possible, in-person preferred) Apply here


Ecology & Conservation RoLe Mentor Name Internship Location Link to Application
San Francisco Estuary Institute Resilient Landscapes Program Intern Sean Baumgarten Richmond, CA (remote possible, in-person preferred) Apply here
Santa Lucia Conservancy Conservation Outreach Intern Alix Soliman

Carmel, CA (remote possible, in-person preferred)

Apply here
Blue Forest Conservation Project Development Intern Kim Quesnel Remote only Apply here
Henry's Fork Foundation Internship Program Review Intern, HFF Project Monitoring Intern, South Fork Initiative Access Catalog Intern Kamberlee Allison Ashton, ID (in-person only) Apply here
Washington Water Trust Sustainable Water Intern Emily Dick Seattle, WA (remote possible, in-person preferred) Apply here
Deschutes Land Trust Skyline Forest Conservation Intern Rika Ayotte Bend, OR (in-person only) Apply here


OUTREACH & Community Engagement Role Mentor Name Internship Location Link To Application
Heyday Publishing Marketing and Development Intern Emmerich Anklam Berkeley, CA (remote possible, in-person preferred) Apply here
Natural History Institute Science Communication Intern Bob Ellis Prescott, AZ (remote possible, in-person preferred) Apply here
Glacier National Park Conservancy Hispanic Community Outreach Intern Doug Mitchell West Glacier, MT (remote possible, in-person preferred) Apply here


Western placements: current and past

The Deschutes Land Trust

The DLT works cooperatively with central Oregon landowners to conserve land for wildlife, scenic views and local communities.

Galatée Films

Galatée Films is a French film production company heavily focused on nature and the environment. BLC interns often work on research projects related to upcoming film projects. 

Glacier National Park Conservancy

GNPC works to protect and preserve Glacier National Park for future generations. Interns support the organization by working on one or more of the Conservancy's projects. We hope to send an intern to Glacier in coming years.

Henry's Fork Foundation

Located in Ashton, ID, the Henry's Fork Foundation works to conserve, protect, and restore the unique qualities of the Henry's Fork river and its watershed. 

Heyday Publishing

Heyday Publishing is a non-profit publishing house located in Berkeley. 

National Conference of State Legislatures

The NCSL advances the effectiveness, independence and integrity of state legislatures and fosters interstate cooperation and facilitates the exchange of information among legislatures. 

Natural History Institute

Located in Prescott, AZ, NHI provides leadership and resources for a revitalized practice of natural history that integrates art, science, and humanities to promote the health and well-being of humans and the rest of the natural world.

San Francisco Estuary Institute

SFEI gives scientific support and tools for decision-making and communication through collaborative efforts. We provide independent science to assess and improve the health of the waters, wetlands, wildlife and landscapes of San Francisco Bay and beyond.

Santa Lucia Conservancy

Located in Carmel, CA, the Santa Lucia Conservancy is a steward to the unique natural resources of the Santa Lucia Preserve. Interns are deeply involved in a field work project along with a personal, independent project.

Sawtooth National Recreation Area

Situated in the beautiful Sawtooth mountains, the SNRA offers interns an opportunity to work with mapping and geospatial tools.

Trust for Public Land

TPL creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. Interns often support the "Parks for People" initiative, interfacing with communities to get parks built.

US Army Corps of Engineers

USACE delivers vital public and military engagement engineering services; partnering in peace and war to strengthen national security, energize the economy and reduce risks from disasters.

Washington Water Trust

Washington Water Trust is a neutral, non regulatory nonprofit, dedicated to improving and protecting stream flows and water quality throughout Washington state. 

Yellowstone National Park

We offer two opportunities at Yellowstone. The Heritage and Research Center houses the National Park's cultural and natural artifacts. The Archeology Program manages the park’s archaeological heritage where students work with the Park's archeologist.

Yosemite National Park

We offer two opprortunities, the archives and the museum. Interns dive into work at the archives where they help categorize and preserve many of the Park's unique treasures. The museum preserves the Park's cultural artifacts and natural specimens.

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.”

Read more about the Cardinal Quarter program on the Haas Center website

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.

California Department of Water Resources

Nathaniel Ramos spent the summer of 2020 working on a project related to the State Water Project. 

California Public Utilities Commission

During the summer of 2020, Mondee Lu worked for the office of Commissioner Shiroma.

California Energy Commission

Working in the office of commissioner Monahan, Sindhu Nathan dove deep into work at the California Energy Commission.

California Department of Water Resources

Wenxi Zhao stepped into an important role at DWR and studied hydroelectric power generation.

City of Palo Alto Utility

Liqian helps the City of Palo Alto understand their electricity usage.

Western Interstate Energy Board

Alex Evers gets immersed in the world of wildfires and energy at WIEB.