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Stanford Environmental Internships in California

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Deadline Month: 

The State of California is a leader in developing cutting-edge policies in response to climate change as well as many other environmental and natural resource challenges – public policy efforts that other states, the federal government and other nations follow closely and seek to imitate. For summer 2017, the Woods Institute is identifying key CA agencies and decision-makers who are addressing environmental issues to create exciting summer internship placement opportunities for Stanford undergraduates.

The Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, in collaboration with the Haas Center for Public Service and Stanford in Government, will be offering undergraduates paid summer internships that provide a hands-on introduction to environmental policy work. The internships are full-time (35-40 hours/week) for nine - ten consecutive weeks and will begin on/about June 19, 2017.  Students who are selected will receive mentoring from environmental professionals and directly contribute to solving important sustainability challenges that are facing the public.

Internships Placements for Summer 2018

Internship opportunities will be posted on this Woods Institute page in the near future.


Environmental Internship in California participants are required to work at least 35 hours/week for at least nine - ten consecutive weeks at their placements. Fellows are expected to work on-site with their host organization, and have a designated full-time professional staff member on-site as their supervisor/mentor.  Please review the entire FAQs section for program policies. Other commitments include the following:

SPRING quarter 2017:

  • Enrollment in Haas’ Public Service Internship Preparation (PSIP) Workshop Series (Spring Qtr – 1 unit) EARTHSYS 9/URBANST 101/ARTSINST 40/EDUC 9/PUBLPOL 74/HUMBIO 9
  • Complete Haas Center's Principles of Ethical and Effective Service workshop course
  • Submit all required online forms and paperwork
  • Participate in program orientation
  • Meet with Haas staff for a small group program orientation



  • Submit a project report, complete a program evaluation, and correspond with donor(s) as requested by program staff


FALL 2017

  • Debrief with academic mentors at least once
  • Participate in 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.


Fellowships will be awarded to currently enrolled undergraduate students from any academic discipline. Graduating seniors may apply with the understanding that preference may be given to competitive continuing undergraduate applicants. Priority will be given to students who have completed less than two previous Cardinal Quarter opportunities. Applicants vary in academic interests, community service involvement, and experience.

Selection Process: 

For those who seek assistance, advising is available to help students develop their applications and/or to identify potential partner organizations.

This fellowship is intended for individuals whose application, references, and interview demonstrate

  • an integration of the fellowship experience with applicant’s academic, personal and/or career goals
  • prior demonstrated interest or involvement in the subject area, including related coursework
  • a compelling match between applicant’s skills and interests and an organization’s work and needs
  • strong potential for the fellowship experience to enlarge a candidate’s understanding of an identified community issue or challenge

Complete applications are screened, finalists interviewed, and fellows selected by a committee with the intention to award fellowships prior to spring break.


Application : 

For more information, follow the link to the Woods Institute

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Haas Center for Public Service
External or Stanford Fellowship: 
Administered by Stanford
Open to: 

For additional information please contact Brian Sharbono at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.