Climate Scholars

The Baucus Climate Scholars program is modeled after our successful Baucus Leaders program, and inspired by Max Baucus’ long and distinguished bipartisan record in environmental and natural resources policy. Notably, Senator Baucus sponsored the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments and provided leadership in protecting wild lands along the Rocky Mountain Front. 

Since 2021, Climate Scholars have worked for organizations such as The Nature Conservancy, Brookings Institute, Climate Reality Project, Ernst & Young, the International Energy Agency, U.S. Forest Service, and The Climate Initiative, among others. 

Each internship is full-time and starts on or around June 1 and ends on or around August 1. Climate Scholars receive a $5,000 stipend to defray living and travel expenses during the two-month internship.


The Climate Scholars program is open to all current undergraduate and graduate students attending Montana-based colleges and universities. Scholars are selected based on academic performance, commitment to public service, and interest in environmental policy and climate issues. Scholars must also be in good academic standing at the time of applying and be enrolled full-time 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

  • An academic transcript (can be unofficial) showing grades through the most recent semester for which final grades are available. Graduate students should also send a transcript for their undergraduate studies.

  • An essay of no more than 500 words about why you want to be a Climate Scholar, 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.
  • One letter of recommendation from a person who can speak with personal knowledge about your character and commitment to public service.

*Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.