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 for Missoula County, the City of Missoula, the University of Montana American Indian Governance Institute, the Montana Nonprofit Association, Montana League of Cities and Towns, and the Montana Legislative Research and Policy office, 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.


A 3.5 or higher GPA is required, and applicants must be enrolled (online or in-person) in good academic standing in one of the following University of Montana Department of Public Administration and Policy programs:

  • Nonprofit Minor
  • Nonprofit Undergraduate Certificate
  • Graduate Certificate: Nonprofit, Public Policy, or Public Administration
  • 4+1 Wildlife Biology/MPA

How to Apply

Applications for Summer 2023 will be available in Fall of 2022. 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
  • List of 3 references with name and contact information

*Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.