Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, Internet and Social Media Intern, Summer 2022
Bill Lane Center for the American West
Applications closed on January 31, 2022
Approximate Offer Date:
Friday, March 11, 2022
Description of agency and internship overview:
The mission of the department is to enhance, protect, conserve and manage Hawaii’s unique and limited natural, cultural and historic resources held in public trust for current and future generations of the people of Hawaii nei, and its visitors, in partnership with others from the public and private sectors.
The intern would be assigned to assist the Internet Legal Fellow in developing and implementing a system to regularly review and discover websites and social media accounts that mention DLNR and properties under its jurisdiction in an effort to identify the promotion of illegal or inappropriate behaviors. This information will be utilized to conduct proactive investigations and/or warnings to those who have or are intending to violate Hawaii Administrative Rules or State statutes.
What you will do
Conduct daily checks of identified websites for posts that may appear to promote illegal behaviors on State lands and ocean waters under the jurisdiction of the department.
Analyze and recommend enhancements to the tracking system to achieve consistency and efficiency.
Consult with and refer to the Internet Legal Fellow (or Communications Office supervisor) any suspected web or social media posts that appear to be promoting illegal or inappropriate behaviors on said lands/waters.
Spreadsheet management to continually update a list of "web & social media sites" to watch and categorize by a yet to be determined grid.
Research counter-measures being utilized by other state land management agencies to recommend improvements and best practices.
Eligibility and Requirements:
Bill Lane Center internships are part of Cardinal Quarter opportunities and we encourage students from all disciplines to apply to our opportunities. The opportunities are full-time (35-40 hours a week) for 10-weeks during the summer. Specific start and end dates can be coordinated directly with the supervisor.
We encourage juniors and seniors to apply for this position. Potential applicants may be majoring in communication, political science, public policy, or earth systems.
Note: Students are only eligible for one Stanford-funded full-time experiential learning opportunity during the 2021-22 academic year (inclusive of summer).
For more helpful application advice, please visit the BLC’s FAQs page.
Solid internet research skills
Critical thinking and good judgment
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
Ability to understand basic laws and rules to help identify potential violations for follow-up actions
Ability to create clear, well-written reports, and documents on a set schedule to reveal findings.
Desire to author suggested responses to constituents and potential violators for review by management.
Willing to recommend and suggest improvements and enhancements to this initiative based on personal knowledge and observations, as the initiative is expected to continue upon the completion of the internship.
Selection of applicants:
Complete applications are screened and finalists are contacted for an interview with staff from the Bill Lane Center for the American West. The top candidates for each position are forwarded to the agency for direct interviews with their potential supervisors and other agency staff. Host agencies will then notify the Lane Center of their preferred candidate and that applicant will receive an internship offer by email. The applicant is expected to respond promptly (within 48 hours) via email to the offer, or the offer will be rescinded. Once an applicant accepts an offer, the student should promptly notify all other Stanford and non-Stanford programs to which they have applied that they have accepted another offer and to withdraw their candidacy.