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The Max Baucus Institute
The Max S. Baucus Institute invites applications from undergraduate and graduate students attending any Montana-based college or university, including tribal colleges, Montana State University, and University of Montana, to be 2024 Baucus Leaders Montana (MT). This is a paid summer internship opportunity. 

The Baucus Institute is a Montana-based nonprofit founded on Max's extensive public service career as the longest-serving U.S. Senator for Montana, and the U.S. Ambassador to China. We work to break down barriers so that Montana students can see, serve, and lead locally and throughout the world. We do this through three areas of focus: public service, climate, and U.S.-China relations.

Baucus Leaders MT Program
The Baucus Leaders MT program is modeled after our Baucus Leaders program in Washington, DC, but with a local focus. This program gives students opportunities to work with Montana-based governmental and nonprofit organizations. 

Examples of past student internships include:

  • UM's American Indian Governance & Policy Institute
  • City of Missoula
  • Missoula County
  • Montana World Affairs Council
  • Montana Nonprofit Association 
  • Friends of the Children (MT chapter)
  • Montana League of Cities & Towns

Dates & Funding
Each fellowship will start on or around June 1 and end on or around August 1, 2023. Baucus Leaders MT will be given a $3,000 stipend to defray the costs of course credit (if you so choose), housing (if necessary) or other related expenses. The Baucus Leader will be solely responsible for any expenses incurred during the experience over and above this amount.

Baucus Leaders MT will be selected based on commitment to public service, academic performance, and interest in Montana's public sector. The program is open to all students currently enrolled (online or in-person) as undergrad or graduate students at a Montana-based college or university. Students must be in good academic standing and continue to be enrolled in Spring Semester 2024. Students from BIPOC, LGBTQ+2S, and under-resourced communities are highly encouraged to apply.

Application Materials

  • Resume (upload)
  • An academic transcript (this can be unofficial). For graduate students, please include both undergraduate and graduate courses.
  • 500 word statement about why you should be selected for Baucus Leaders Montana
  • Ranked order preference for placement
  • One letter of recommendation from a person who can speak with personal knowledge about your character and commitment to public service. Please note these can be emailed directly to mel.brittnerwells@umontana.edu. 

Applications are due Friday, December 8, 2023 at 5pm MST.
Please contact Deputy Director Mel Brittner Wells via email (mel.brittnerwells@umontana.edu) with any questions you have about the program. We look forward to reviewing your application!

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