Internships & Research Opportunities

Water in the West facilitates student research, internships and other forms of engagement in pertinent projects that link students with potential researchers or organizations to shape course assignments, term projects, theses or independent studies. Water in the West also regularly hires research assistants, engages interns and guides independent study projects. Students interested in internships, summer opportunities, or research projects for credit, as well as organizations interested in working with Stanford students, are encouraged to contact us to learn more.

Organizations that are interested in working with Stanford students on water issues include The Nature Conservancy, Trout Unlimited, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, U.S. EPA, NASA-Ames Research Center, Deschutes River Conservancy and others.



Full-Time Summer Research Assistant

The Bill Lane Center for the American West is looking for an undergraduate to provide research assistance to study the new Groundwater Sustainability Act in California. 

Job responsibilities include:

  • Conduct interviews with government officials and stakeholders
  • Literature review
  • Program Qualtrics survey
  • Assist with quantitative analyses, data visualization

Ideal candidate would have some background in statistics and computer programming. The RA is expected to work full-time for ten weeks (June - August). The salary for ten-week full-time position will be $7,000.

Interested undergraduates should send their resume, unofficial transcript, and one-page cover letter to Dr. Iris Hui ( by April 15.


About Stanford University, Bill Lane Center for the American West

An interdisciplinary Center that 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.



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