Opportunities for Undergraduates
The Bill Lane Center prides itself on being an academic home for Stanford Undergraduates. Even in this virtual world, the Center is committed to providing students with the same high-quality, interdisciplinary opportunities and resources as in previous years. This page lists the three main programs available to undergrads during AY 2020-21. These include research assistantships on existing BLC research projects, research assistantship on independent projects, and an environmental journalism internship. Students from all years are encouraged to apply for positions.
Important Note: In line with Stanford's policies, onlyundergraduates enrolled for the 20/21academic year will be eligible for paid positions. Visit this page for more information on the University's guidelines for this academic year.
Also: For students interested in full-time Stanford-funded opportunities such as research or Cardinal Service, except under exceptional circumstances, you must have been enrolled in classes for two quarters before you are eligible to participate in full-time Stanford-funded opportunities during your Flex Term. Therefore, these types of opportunities will, with rare exceptions, only be available in Spring and Summer Quarter.
Research Assistantship, Existing Project
- Work on an in-progress project at the Center under the mentorship of the Faculty Director and staff.
- Examples of previous projects include: scraping Environmental Protection Agency datasets for violation statistics, studies of air quality in California's Central Valley, a podcast of the Native American COVID-19 experience, and many more.
Research Assistantship, Independent Project
- Design a project of your own under the guidance of the Center's faculty director and staff.
- All projects will be considered on the condition that they, in some way, intersect with the study of the American West.
- Examples of previous projects include: historical photography of Colorado mining towns; an interpretive tap dance choreography; a study of tourism in the National Parks.
Environmental Journalism Internship
- Work with Felicity Barringer, the Lane Center's writer-in-residence on an environment-related journalism project.
- Interns write a piece on a topic decided upon in collaboration with the Center and curate a weekly "...and the Best" news digest.
- Previous projects include: an award-winning story on farmers and California's new groundwater policies; a Bay Area city confronts sea-level rise; the mutual dependence of California's almond growers and the nation's migratory bee colonies; the state of the Klamath dams.
- Intern stories are published to the Center's "...& the West" blog.
- Interns have the option to earn independent study credit through the Earth Systems Program.
Unfortunately, travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic have forced the Center to cancel the 2020 Sophomore College course "Water and Power in the Pacific Northwest—The Columbia River." We await University guidance on when travel restrictions are lifted.
Spring and Summer Internships
The West Internship Program will resume in Spring 2021. Positions will be offered for both Spring and Summer Quarters. The Shultz Energy Fellowships (formerly SEICW) will resume in Summer 2021. A required spring quarter course will be offered as per usual.
For more information on eligibility visit this website.
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