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Havre Student Receives First-ever Kimmitt Internship in D.C.

Lucas Hamilton, a University of Montana junior majoring in political science and print journalism, recently was selected as the first J. Stanley Kimmitt Public Service Internship recipient.

Hamilton, who also is a member of UM’s Davidson Honors College, will serve in Washington, D.C., this summer as an intern for Montana Sen. Max Baucus on the Senate Finance Committee. He also will be enrolled in the Washington Center internship program, an opportunity that will involve him in a once-a-week class and access to scholarly guest speakers.

The Kimmitt internship also carries a $1,500 stipend, which Hamilton said he will use to help pay for tuition covering the credits he will earn this summer. The Havre native began his 10-week internship last week.

The Kimmitt internship was established to honor Stan Kimmitt, former secretary of the U.S. Senate and aide to Montana’s late U.S. Sen. Mike Mansfield. The internship was established by Kimmitt’s five children -- Robert Kimmit, Mark Kimmitt, Jay Kimmitt, Mary Laxton and Judy Rainey -- last fall during a visit to UM.

As the first Kimmitt intern, Hamilton was chosen after applying through an open competitive application process. All UM students meeting application requirements were eligible to apply.

In future semesters, the Kimmitt internship will rotate among all members of the Montana congressional delegation. The next Kimmitt internship will be awarded in spring 2009. A call for applications for that award will be announced in fall 2008 by the Davidson Honors College.