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Summer Internships

Experiencing Life ‘Out West’

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

”Navigating this complex tension between archeology and enjoyment,” writes 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.

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.

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.

A combined effort by the 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. For the summer of 2017, SEIC offered stipends to work on substantive energy and climate projects at state-level organizations like:
  • California Air Resources Board (CARB)
  • California Department of Water Resources (DWR)
  • California Energy Commission (CEC)


Note: the application deadline for summer 2017 internships has passed. The next round of internship openings will be posted in late December 2017.

Titlesort descending Location Preferred Majors or Experience Application link

Alcatraz Island Cultural Resources Intern

The Cultural Resources Intern will be tasked with taking care of historic resources and understanding what the resources are; being able to articulate clearly what the resources are and what we are doing to keep them; providing resource treatment and management guidance documents. This is a focused project of architectural research and writing to ...
San Francisco, CA All class years welcome. Appropriate majors are American Studies, Anthropology, Archeology, Architectural Design, Art History, Civil Engineering, CS+History, Fine Arts, History, Urban Studies.

Community Conservation Program Intern

Working closely with the small Community Conservation team, the intern will assist in putting together action plans for each of the six selected pilot communities. This will include research, program coordination, administrative support and systems creation. Internship Tasks Research and report out on resources within the designated pilot ...
Denver, CO This position is open to all class years.

Conservation Ecology Field Assistant

This internship opportunity includes participation in a variety of ongoing research and monitoring projects on the Preserve. In addition to the tasks listed below, the intern will be responsible for a project in which they will design, execute (with assistance) and report to their supervisor. Several projects will be offered to choose from. ...
Carmel, California Sophomores and up are most appropriate for this position, but all class years are welcome to apply. Those with majors related to natural resources would be most appropriate, and the applicant should have an interest in wildlife ecology.

Elections Intern

NCSL has been the premier source for procedures relating to initiative and referendum since 2000. The intern will inventory what NCSL's records, research what has changed through enacted legislation, update our resources on the web and potentially reorganize our web presence, and write about the topic for our blog, our elections newsletter and ...
Denver, CO Preference to sophomores and juniors, but all class years considered. All majors are welcome, political science and history are highly encouraged.

Environmental Modeling Intern

HFF maintains a network of 11 continuous-recording water-quality monitoring instruments called “sondes” that record parameters including dissolved oxygen, temperature, and turbidity every 15 minutes. HFF is designing a process by which the data from these sondes can be transmitted to a cloud or server, from which it can be made available via a web ...
Ashton, Idaho Engineering; Mathematics; Computer, Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences

Events and Marketing Intern

As part of Heyday’s sales and marketing team, the intern will become an integral part of a bustling small publishing house. Heyday will tailor this experience to help the intern acquire valuable skills that are important in both the publishing and nonprofit world. Specific tasks will be designed with the interns’ strengths and desired growth areas ...
Berkeley, CA All class years encouraged to apply. Open to all majors, especially those related to literary arts and the humanities.

GIS-geographer Intern

GGNRA works to survey, identify, document, interpret, and protect archeological resources within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area boundary. The intern will initially be working directly with the supervisor to assess their knowledge, skills, and abilities in addition to receiving direction on how to proceed with the work. As the intern ...
San Francisco, CA Preference to juniors and seniors, but qualified sophomores are also encouraged to apply. This internship is suitable for those majoring in Anthropology, Archeology, Architectural Design, Computer Science, History, Symbolic Systems, and Urban Studies

Resilient Landscapes Program Intern

Interns at SFEI may be involved in a number of different projects. These include 1) historical ecology projects focused on collecting, compiling, and synthesizing archival data to reconstruct the physical and ecological characteristics of past landscapes in various regions throughout California (for example, in the Petaluma River watershed and on ...
Richmond, CA Juniors and seniors are preferred, qualified freshman and sophomores considered. Those majoring in Earth Systems, Geological Sciences, Biology, or Environmental Systems Engineering will be well suited to this position.

Trail Asset Development Intern

The intern will continue the work started by the 2016 intern to help develop strategies for local businesses, situated close to the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail, to understand and take advantage of the needs and services desired by visitors hiking the PNT. This will involve education and outreach to these businesses, as well as the ...
Colville, WA This internship is most suitable for sophomores, juniors and seniors. Majors and interests that include the environment, economic development and sustainability fields; community and rural development; natural resources are well suited.

Yellowstone Archaeology Program Intern

The archaeology intern will work as part of a team responsible for inventory, monitoring, and evaluation of archaeological resources within the park. Field survey is among the most important duties, involving archaeological reconnaissance with the archaeology team. While the intern will be based at the Heritage Research Center (HRC) in Gardiner, ...
Gardiner, MT This internship is geared towards juniors or seniors, but dedicated students entering their sophomore year may also be successful applicants. A degree, minor, or interest in archaeology or anthropology, in either discipline is highly desired.

Yellowstone Curatorial Intern

The main purpose of this internship is to introduce an undergraduate to the museum career field and specifically the operations of a museum program in a large national park.  Projects will involve conducting collection inventories, cataloging and photographing museum objects, creating a one-case exhibit on a Yellowstone park topic of the intern’s ...
Gardiner, MT All class years are welcome to apply, but this internship is introductory and therefore most appropriate for freshman and sophomores.

Yosemite Archives Intern

The intern will help preserve archival collections by rehousing them and assist with research requests.  There are multiple, ongoing projects which interns rotate through each day, in order to gain exposure to different methodologies and to keep the workload balanced.    Internship Tasks Help setup and film oral history interviews Digitize slides ...
Yosemite National Park, California Those majoring in History, English, Sociology, Environmental Science, American Studies and Anthropology or anyone who has a passion for cultural and natural resources are encouraged to apply.

Yosemite Museum Intern

The intern will help preserve ethnographic collections by implementing recommendations from a condition survey, such as rehousing objects, and perform basic conservation tasks.  The intern will also be able to assist in a variety of ongoing museum projects to broaden the learning experience.   Internship Tasks Making cavity mounts for objects ...
Yosemite National Park, California Preference is for juniors and seniors, but any class could be suitable. Relevant majors include History, English, Sociology, Environmental Science, American Studies and Anthropology – anyone who has a passion for cultural resources.