The Max Baucus Institute invites applications from University of Montana undergraduate and graduate students for an opportunity to be part of the fourth class of Baucus Leaders in the summer of 2021. The Baucus Institute focuses on inspiring public service by providing training, education, and internship opportunities to current and future public and private sector leaders to prepare them to address the critical legal and policy challenges facing Montana, the United States, and the world.

Baucus Leaders Program

The Institute recognizes that, much like Ambassador Baucus’s own life experiences, it is the public service experiences that we can provide to students that will inspire them to engage in meaningful work to benefit society. The Institute seeks ten exceptional Montana college students to make up our fourth class of Baucus Leaders.

Each Baucus Leader will be placed as an intern with a Washington D.C.-based legislative, committee, or agency office. While the Institute hopes to have all 2021 Baucus Leaders perform their internships in Washington, D.C., some or all of the internships may be performed remotely if the state of the COVID-19 pandemic this coming summer does not allow for in-person internships. Given this uncertainty, please apply only if you will accept a remote internship should that be the only option available.

The composition of 2021 Baucus Leader placements is not yet finalized, but is likely to be similar to the 2020 placements, which included internships with the United States Senate Finance Committee, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Senator Charles Grassley (R–IA), Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D–NY), Senator Chuck Schumer (D–NY), Senator Steve Daines (R–MT), and Senator Jon Tester (D–MT). Final 2021 Baucus Leader placement opportunities will be announced no later than the end of January 2021.

Each internship will start on or around June 1 and end on or around August 1. Each Baucus Leader will be given a $4,250 stipend. The Baucus Leader will be solely responsible for any expenses incurred during the internship period over and above this amount.


Baucus Leaders will be selected based on academic performance, commitment to public service, and interest in the political process. The program is open to all current University of Montana undergraduate and graduate students who are in good academic standing at the time of applying and who will be enrolled as full-time students at a Montana public college or university during Fall Semester 2021.

Applications are due no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, December 11, 2020. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

The Institute will select two-to-three finalists for each internship. Finalists will be notified by email of their selection in late January or early February. The Baucus Leader for each placement will be selected by the DC office. There is NO guarantee that the congressional office or agency will interview finalists in making this determination. A finalist may be required to submit additional application materials to that office.

NOTE: Baucus Leader selections may extend to the end of spring semester 2021.

Contact Program Coordinator Mel Brittner Wells via email ( with any questions you have about the program. We look forward to reviewing your application.

Dear Scholarship Applicant,

Please complete this application and submit it no later than midnight on Friday, December 18, 2020. All applicants will be notified of their application status in early Spring Semester of 2021. Note that this application is only open to currently enrolled graduate students at the University of Montana's Blewett School of Law or MPA program, and that only students who are in good academic standing at the close of Spring Semester 2021 will be allowed to participate in the program.

If you have questions, contact the Program Coordinator Mel Brittner Wells at

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