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Students performing research in New Zealand

Earth System students engage in research that investigates issues such as global climate change, local and regional food security, the valuation of ecosystem services, clean energy development and energy efficiency, land use change and biodiversity loss, and threats to marine resources. Directed research under the direct supervision of a Stanford faculty member may count towards the Earth Systems internship requirement.

The Earth Systems Internship requirement is a 9 unit (270 hour) supervised field, laboratory, or private sector project. The internship may consist of 1) directed research under the direct supervision of a Stanford faculty member, 2) participation in one of several off campus Stanford programs, or 3) an approved non-Stanford program relevant to the student’s interdisciplinary Earth Systems studies. The Internship is required of (and restricted to) all declared majors. It is commonly undertaken between the Junior and Senior years.

It is each student’s obligation to find an academically rigorous project relevant to his or her course of study. There are abundant resources in the Earth Systems office to help with this process. Please see Earth Systems internship requirements found on this website.