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Summer Internships

Experience Life ‘Out West’


Archaeological Survey, P.C. Jake Frank, National Park Service


“Navigating this complex tension between archeology and enjoyment,” wrote Yellowstone intern Sandro Hall in our Out West blog for students, “and finding innovative ways to couple preservation with outreach is one of the joys of working at Yellowstone.”   Jake Frank, National Park Service

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, and related fields.

This program is one of more than 450 Cardinal Quarter opportunities through which Stanford students pursue a full-time summer or quarter-long public service experience with Stanford support.

Internships are 10 weeks. Students will be compensated with a stipend to help cover housing, transportation, and food.

All Stanford undergraduates, graduating seniors, and co-terminal masters students are eligible to apply. For more information about our internship program, please visit our FAQs page.


Western Internship Opportunities for Summer 2019

Internship applications for summer 2019 opportunities closed on Feb. 4, 2019. For future reference, you may browse descriptions in Stanford’s SOLO portal.


Organization Location Application
Deschutes Land Trust Bend, OR Feb. 4, 2019 Info
Galatée Films Anywhere Feb. 4, 2019 Info
Henry's Fork Foundation Ashton, ID Feb. 4, 2019 Info
National Conference of State Legislatures Denver, CO Feb. 4, 2019 Info
Natural History Institute Prescott, AZ Feb. 4, 2019 Info
San Francisco Estuary Institute Richmond, CA Feb. 4, 2019 Info
Santa Lucia Conservancy Carmel, CA Feb. 4, 2019 Info
Trust for Public Land San Francisco, CA Feb. 4, 2019 Info
US Army Corps of Engineers San Francisco, CA Feb. 4, 2019 Info
Washington Water Trust Seattle, WA Feb. 4, 2019 Info
Yellowstone National Park Heritage and Research Center Gardiner, MT Feb. 4, 2019 Info
Yosemite National Park Archives Yosemite, CA Feb. 4, 2019 Info


Browse Internship Descriptions in SOLO


Also Available

Stanford Energy Internships in California and the West (SEICW)

A combined effort by the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy, The Bill Lane Center for the American West, The Haas Center for Public Service, and Stanford in Government, these internships seek promote the spirit of public service to Stanford students and encourage them to consider public policy positions after graduation.

Learn more at the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy »

SEICW Opportunities for Summer 2019

Applications closed Feb. 4, 2019.

SEICW will offer a suite of paid, energy-related public service internships for Stanford students in California, Colorado, and Utah during the summer. Applications for the 2019 summer will close on Feb 4. Browse descriptions and apply in Stanford's SOLO platform.

Browse SEICW Descriptions in SOLO



Meet the Summer 2018 Interns

The western and energy intern cohort for 2018
Top row, from left: Carlos Ciudad-Real, Zach Clayton, Carly Eckstrom, Whitney Francis, TJ Francisco, Sheila Gao; Middle row: Kerstin Heinrich, Nick Mascarello, Victoria Mendez, Nineveh O'Connell, Callan Showers, Michelle Solomon; Bottom row: Eliza Steffen, Barrett Travis, Emily Wilson, Maggie Wood, Hannah Zimmerman;

Our interns spent their summer at organizations across the American West.


Follow the ‘Out West’ Student Blog

Want to learn more about life as an summer intern? Read about the adventures of current and past summer interns on our Out West blog.