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2020 Stanford Energy Internships in California and the West

Regional-, state-, and city-level efforts are essential in our fight against climate change, especially in the field of energy. Stanford University is committed to helping by integrating its students into energy and climate ecosystems in the West through Stanford Energy Internships in California and the West (SEICW), an energy-related summer internship program for undergraduate and graduate students.

SEICW offers a suite of paid, energy-related public service internships for Stanford students in California, Colorado, Utah, and Hawaii during the summer. 

Please note: The graduate position at the Office of Planning and Research is open through Feb. 21. All other SEICW applications are closed. 

Undergraduate students (apply via Stanford in Government)

Graduate students (apply via SOLO)

This program is a partnership of the Precourt Institute for Energy, Bill Lane Center for the American WestHaas Center for Public Service, and Stanford in Government.

Please contact Kate Gibson with any questions.

Undergraduate students will apply to the SEICW internship positions through Stanford in Government (SIG)’s fellowship application process. The application consists of a common application, a supplemental application, and tiered preferences. Undergraduate students applying for SEICW’s energy-related internship positions may also apply to SIG's summer fellowships. You may rank up to five SEICW internships/SIG fellowships for which to write supplemental essays to be considered.

Application timeline: 

  • Mid-December: Application window opens
  • February 4, 11:59 PM: Application window closes
  • Mid-February: Interviews
  • Mid-March: Decisions announced

Graduate students are NOT ELIGIBLE to apply for an undergraduate-level SEICW internship through the SIG portal. Graduate students should apply for the graduate-level internships through the SOLO portal. International students are eligible to apply for all positions except for the position at CAISO.

All SEICW students must be enrolled in the spring quarter before their SEICW internship and take a one-unit workshop spring course, 'Energy Policy in California and the West' in person. Absolutely no exceptions are made to this rule. 

We will be accepting graduate student applications on Stanford Off-Campus Learning Opportunities (SOLO).

Process

Your application and related documents will be submitted and collected on SOLO's platform. Representatives from the Precourt Institute for Energy and the Bill Lane Center for the American West will evaluate applications to determine up to five finalists to be interviewed for each position. From these finalists, a prospective intern is selected, and his/her application will be forwarded to the host office for final approval.

Application Timeline

  • Mid-December: Application window opens
  • February 4, 11:59 PM: Application window closes 
  • Mid-February: Interviews
  • Mid-March: Decisions announced
  • Undergraduate students are NOT ELIGIBLE to apply for a graduate-level SEICW internship through the SOLO portal. Undergraduate students should apply for the undergraduate-level internships through the SIG portal. International students are eligible to apply for all positions except for the position at CAISO.
  • All SEICW students must be enrolled in the spring quarter before their SEICW internship and take a one-unit workshop spring course, 'Energy Policy in California and the West' in person. Absolutely no exceptions are made to this rule.

All SEICW students must be enrolled in the spring quarter before their SEICW internship. Absolutely no exceptions are made to this rule. 

In addition to fulfilling the internship position over the summer, all interns will also need to complete the following:

  • Spring 2020
    • Take a one-unit workshop spring course, 'Energy Policy in California and the West' taught by Bruce Cain and Sally Benson that will provide an in-depth analysis of the role of California state agencies, the Western Interstate Energy Board, and the Western Electricity Coordinating Council in driving energy policy development, technology innovation, and market structures. Course number is CEE 263G / POLISCI 73 / PUBLPOL 73. This course must be taken in person, and will involve one three-hour evening class and one all-day trip to Sacramento. These class sessions are scheduled for April 8 and April 16, respectively. (Please note: You can only enroll in the course after getting approved for the internship and receiving a permission number.)
    • Haas Center's Principles of Ethical and Effective Service workshop course (date TBA)
    • Submit all required online forms and paperwork
    • SIG program orientation (undergraduates only) (date TBA)
    • Meet with Haas staff for a small group program orientation (undergraduates only)
  • Summer 2020
    • Preliminary report online form
    • Submit a final report or presentation, complete a program evaluation, and correspond with donor(s) as requested by program staff
    • The 2020 internship runs from Monday, June 22 to Friday, August 28.
  • Fall 2020
    • Debrief with academic mentors at least once
    • Participate in at least one outreach activity to share your experiences and help publicize the program

Students are responsible for arranging and paying for their own housing and transportation during the internship.

  • Provide Stanford students interested in energy an avenue to participate in a substantive and paid internship with energy-related California and Western state government organizations.
  • Promote the spirit of public service to Stanford students and encourage them to consider public policy positions after graduation.
  • Educate students about the wide range of career opportunities available in state government for energy-related jobs.
  • Increase connections between Stanford faculty and researchers and California and Western state agencies.