Baucus Leaders MT

The Baucus Leaders MT program is rooted in Max Baucus’ home state, which he represented for 36 years as a U.S. senator. Every summer we place exceptional undergraduate and graduate students in internships at Montana-based governmental and nonprofit offices for project-based learning experiences.

Since 2021, our Baucus Leaders MT have worked 8-10 hours per week for the Montana Budget & Policy Center, Missoula County, the City of Missoula, the American Indian Governance & Policy Institute, the Montana Nonprofit Association, and the Montana League of Cities and Towns, among others.

Project work begins on or around June 1 and ends on or around August 2. Baucus Leaders MT are given a $3,000 stipend to defray cost of living expenses during their internship.


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) in good academic standing at Montana-based colleges and universities. Students must continue to be enrolled in the Spring semester before their internship. Students from BIPOC, LGBTQ+2S, and under-resourced communities are highly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Applications for Summer 2024 are open now. Deadline to apply is December 18, 2023. A complete application includes the following:

  • A current resume
  • A 500-word statement about why you want to be a Baucus Leader MT, your commitment to/interest in public service, and how you believe you will contribute to the program and to the office where you will intern.
  • Ranked order preference of offices for placement
  • A letter of recommendation from a person who can speak to your interest in and commitment to public service.

*Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.