2019 Stanford Energy Internships in California and the West
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 the California, Colorado, and Utah energy and climate ecosystems through Stanford Energy Internships in California and the West (SEICW), an energy-related summer internship program for undergraduate and graduate students.
SEICW will offer a suite of paid, energy-related public service internships for Stanford students in California, Colorado, and Utah during the summer.
We will be able to provide fifteen inspired students with funding to intern with the following organizations:
- California Air Resource Board: Undergraduate opportunity (Applications close April 8, 2019). Applications for the graduate student opportunity closed in February.
- California Energy Commission: Chair Hochschild and Commissioner Douglas
- California Public Utitlities Commission: Commissioners Rechtschaffen and Randolph
- California Independent System Operator: Undergraduate opportunity (Applications close April 8, 2019). Applications for the graduate student opportunity closed in February.
- California Department of Water Resources: Two graduate student opportunities
Learn more about our 2018, 2017, and 2016 cohorts and their internship placements. This 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.
Please contact Katie Taflan Cerneka with any questions.
*New for 2019
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.
April 8, 11:59 PM: Application window closes
April 8, 11:59 PM: Letters of Recommendation due
April 9-12: Interviews
Mid-April: 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. The course dates are April 27, May 18, and June 1. Absolutely no exceptions are made to this rule.
We will be accepting graduate student applications on Stanford Off-Campus Learning Opportunities (SOLO).
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.
- December 14: Application window opens
- February 4, 11:59 PM: Application window closes
- February 11-22: 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 ungraduate-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. The course dates are April 27, May 18, and June 1. 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 2019
- Take a one-unit workshop spring course, 'Energy Policy in California and the West' taught by Bruce Cain, Sally Benson, and Isaac Sevier 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. The course dates are April 27 (10am-2pm), May 18 (10am-1pm), and June 1 (10am-1pm).
- 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 2019
- 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 2019 program runs from Monday, June 24 to Friday, August 30.
- Fall 2019
- 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.