Stanford public sector energy internships renamed to honor George Shultz

A Stanford public sector internship program has been renamed in honor of former U.S. Secretary of State GEORGE SHULTZ, the Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution.

The program, previously named Stanford Energy Internships in California & the West, is a partnership among the Precourt Institute for EnergyBill Lane Center for the American WestHaas Center for Public Service and Stanford in Government. It offers both undergraduate and graduate students paid summer positions at energy agencies in California, Colorado, Utah and Hawaii. Students work with mentors and gain real-world, public sector experience at the local, state and regional levels. A longtime leader on energy policy and research, Shultz said he was honored and touched when he heard about the program’s new name.

George Shultz (Image credit: L.A. Cicero)

The Shultz Energy Fellowships program works with agencies at the forefront of the clean energy transition, said DIANA GRAGG, managing director of Explore Energy, the Precourt Institute’s education program. By demonstrating that a clean energy future is possible, California and other Western states have a key role to play in that transition.

The program, which is directed by professors SALLY BENSON and BRUCE CAIN, is designed to show students the kind of public sector opportunities they can pursue after graduation.

Shultz hopes that future fellows will contribute to solving problems like energy storage.

His advice to future interns? “Work hard. Remember: You’re onto something of great importance. Contributions from the science and engineering side – as well as policy – can make a huge difference.”

Interested students can learn more about the program on the Shultz Energy Fellowships web page. Applications are now open for several of the 2021 positions, with more to open soon. The deadline to apply is Feb. 3, 2021.

Read the full article on the Stanford Energy website.