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Environment and Policy Internships in California (EPIC)

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

Woods, in collaboration with the Haas Center for Public Service and Stanford in Government, offers undergraduates paid summer internships that provide a hands-on introduction to environmental policy work. The internships are full-time (35-40 hours/week) for 9 to 10 consecutive weeks. Students who are selected will receive mentoring from environmental professionals and directly contribute to solving important sustainability challenges that are facing the public. 

Among other agencies, program participants have worked with:

SPRING quarter:
  • 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
  • Commit to working full-time (35-40 hours week) for 9-10 consecutive weeks
  • Submit all required online forms and paperwork
  • Participate in SIG program orientation (date TBA)
  • 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


  • 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.
More information about this fellowship opportunity is available through Cardinal Quarter. Apply through the Stanford in Government portal. Applications will open soon for summer 2023.
This program is one of more than 500 Cardinal Quarter opportunities through which Stanford students pursue a full-time summer or quarter-long public service experience with Stanford support. Check out Stanford University's Cardinal Service site.

Contact Information

Jen Chiu
Program Associate