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.



Sustainable Groundwater Research Assistant 

Stanford University’s Gould Center for Conflict Resolution and the Water in the West program are seeking a student research assistant to collaborate with faculty and staff on an interdisciplinary project focused on dispute resolution under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). Preference will be given to students with experience in water resource management, environmental science, public policy or social science research methods.

The student research assistant will work with faculty and staff to analyze legal documents related to the formation and coordination of Groundwater Sustainability Agencies under the Act. This analysis will be used in reports, microsites and other materials aimed at advancing sustainable groundwater management in California.

Position Description

The time commitment for the position may vary over the course of the year, but we anticipate approximately 5-10 hours a week.   

Key Responsibilities

The student intern may work in one or more of the following areas:

  • Analyzing dispute resolution and related clauses in legal documents related to GSA formation and/or coordination.
  • Summarizing research findings for use in publications, whitepapers, or policy briefs.
  • Conducting interviews with water managers, stakeholders or other interested parties to supplement document analysis.


Applicants must demonstrate a strong interest and some experience in water resources management in California. Communication and writing are a large component of this position. Successful candidates must have strong experience in communicating research to a variety of audiences in both written and oral format; (2) strong research skills; and (3) a willingness to work on a variety of projects.


Applicants should submit:

  • A letter of interest
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Contact information for two references
  • Two relevant writing samples or links to online and social media posts


Applications and inquiries should be submitted electronically to Megan Glatzel at



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