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There are a number of renowned energy policy research programs across Stanford's campus that explore US energy policy, economic policy, energy finance, environment, national security and law. Stanford Students gain expertise in energy policy through these research institutes and through government internship programs for students in energy and environment.

Stanford Energy Experts Database

Search Stanford Energy Experts Database of Stanford, SLAC, Hoover Institution and Carnegie Institution at Stanford. Search by faculty name, program, or area of research.

Policy Programs

Bill Lane Center for the American West is dedicated to advancing scholarly and public understanding of the past, present, and future of western North America, the center supports research, teaching, and reporting about western land and life in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Sustainable Finance Initiative works with public, private and development institutions to engage Stanford researchers in developing the finance and policy tools needed for the transition toward a decarbonized and climate-resilient global economy. Focus areas include: catalyzing private investment; energy business innovations;  risk metrics and management;  stranded assets and just transactions; systems transformation and integration.

The Shultz-Stephenson Task Force at the Hoover Institution addresses U.S. energy policy as it affects, or is affected by, the economy, the environment and national security.

Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) is Stanford University’s thought leader for understanding the economic challenges, opportunities, and policies affecting people in the United States and around the world. SEIPR’s mission is to catalyze and promote evidence-based knowledge about pressing economic issues, leading to better-informed policy solutions for generations to come.

Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance explores and develops economically sensible policy and finance solutions that advance cleaner, more secure energy, providing critical expertise to policymakers, financiers, investors and consumers on energy policy.

Woods Institute for the Environment is working toward a future in which societies meet people’s needs for water, food, health and other vital services while sustaining the planet by pursuing breakthrough knowledge and solutions that link knowledge to action and solve the environmental challenges of today and tomorrow.

Government Internship programs for Students in Energy and Environment

Bill Lane Center for the American West offers many opportunities for Stanford undergraduates (including graduating seniors) to work with organizations throughout the West via summer internships. Through these internships, students can explore careers in natural history, conservation, land use, museum curation, resource management, and related fields.

Shultz Energy Fellowships program is a partnership of the Precourt Institute for Energy, Bill Lane Center for the American West, Haas Center for Public Service, and Stanford in Government. Named in honor of former Secretary of State George P. Shultz, the program offers a suite of paid, energy-related public service fellowships for Stanford students in California, Colorado, Utah, and Hawaii during the summer.

Stanford in Government (SIG) program at the Woods Institute for the Environment creates a culture of civic and political engagement on the Stanford campus by offering opportunities for Stanford students to engage with and pursue policy as public service. SIG funds more than 60 fellowships for students each year at policy-related organizations, connects students with opportunities to hear and learn from policymakers, and coordinates a variety of civic engagement education initiatives.