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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.


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.


Western Internship Opportunities for Summer 2018

(Now Closed)

Internship applications for summer 2018 opportunities closed on Feb. 6. Information on 2019 summer internships will be posted in December 2018. To learn more about our offerings, browse descriptions in Stanford’s SOLO portal. Internship openings for summer 2019 will be posted in January 2019.

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 2018

(Now Closed)

SEICW will offer a suite of paid, energy-related public service internships for Stanford students in California, Colorado, and Utah during the summer. Application information will be available in early 2019.

Browse Internship Descriptions in SOLO