Institute Programs

Baucus Leaders Program

The 2018 Baucus Leaders pose in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

The Max S. Baucus Institute invites applications from University of Montana undergraduate and graduate students for an opportunity to be part of the second class of Baucus Leaders in the summer of 2019. 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 second class of Baucus Leaders.

One Baucus Leader will be placed as an intern in the each of the following Washington D.C.-based legislative, committee, or agency offices:

United States Senate Finance Committee
United States Department of Transportation (2 positions)
Senator Charles Grassley (R–IA)
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D–NY)
Senator Chuck Schumer (D–NY)
Senator Mitch McConnell (R–KY)
Senator Steve Daines (R–MT)
Senator Jon Tester (D–MT) (*if reelected)
Representative Greg Gianforte (R-MT) (*if reelected)

Each internship will start on or around June 1 and end on or around August 1. Baucus Leaders will be given a $4,250 stipend to defray the costs of airfare to and from Washington, D.C., housing, and food during the two-month internship. The Baucus Leader will be solely responsible for any expenses incurred during the internship period over and above this amount.

Applications are due Monday, October 15, 2018.

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 2019..

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Summer Study Abroad in China

Students pose for a photo for the Summer Study Abroad China program

China has emerged as one of the world’s most powerful economic forces in today’s global economy. The demand is increasing for experts familiar with the ever-changing nature of the Chinese economy and with Chinese political and legal systems to provide advisory services to businesses and policy makers. The Max S. Baucus Institute recognizes these needs and offers students an opportunity to experience China firsthand in our summer study abroad program.

The Summer Study Abroad China program immerses students with colleagues from other western universities, as well as Chinese law students, using faculty from all involved schools. Partner schools include the Southwest University of Political Science and Law in Chongqing, China and the China Youth University of Political Studies in Beijing, China. This year‘s program features the following four, 1.5-credit courses:

  • Comparative Business Organizations
  • Comparative Renewable Energy Law
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Comparative International Business Transactions Law

Faculty for the 2018 program include:

  • Mike McKey, University of South Dakota School of Law
  • Sam Panarella, Alexander Blewett III School of Law
  • Tiffany Graham, University of South Dakota School of Law
  • Ramón E Ortiz-Vélez, University of South Dakota School of Law
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Master of Public Administration

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The University of Montana’s graduate program in public administration is housed within the Max S. Baucus Institute to provide a cutting-edge education for individuals interested in excelling in the public service profession. The Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree is typically required for many administrative positions in the public and nonprofit sectors; UM's MPA program is created to be flexible for pre-career and mid-career professionals. 

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Big Sky Poll

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The University of Montana Big Sky Poll collects and reports information about Montanans' perceptions of local, state, and federal issues. The poll is directed by Sara Rinfret, Associate Professor & MPA Director, and Justin Angle, Associate Professor of Marketing.

This is an applied learning experience for students across disciplines and an elective course for the Master of Public Administration and Master of Business Analytics Programs. 

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