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UM Senior Named 2012 Kimmitt Intern

Travis Vincent, a University of Montana senior from Bigfork, will travel to Washington, D.C., this summer as the recipient of the 2012 J. Stanley Kimmitt Public Service Internship.

Vincent, who will graduate in December with degrees in Russian and economics, will serve as a summer intern for U.S. Sen. Jon Tester. At the same time, he will be enrolled in The Washington Center internship program. The Kimmitt internship includes a $1,500 stipend.

“I am excited to work on Capitol Hill, where every day promises something new,” Vincent said. “The internship is a tremendous learning opportunity and working with Senator Tester will be a valuable asset in achieving my goal of beginning a career in public service.”

Vincent is a member of UM’s Davidson Honors College and the Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honor Society. He is a campus ambassador for the Associated Students of UM, an active volunteer for the Missoula Food Bank and co-president of the UM Russian Club. In 2009, Vincent served as an administrative intern in the office of Sen. Max Baucus and while in high school worked for the U.S. Senate as a page.

The Kimmitt intern is selected each year through a competitive application process. The review and ranking of this year’s internship applications was carried out by a UM faculty committee convened by Davidson Honors College Dean James McKusick. Finalists then were interviewed by staff in Tester’s office to determine their suitability for an internship in the U.S. Senate. 

The internship, a public service opportunity for UM students established to honor J. Stanley Kimmitt, former secretary of the U.S. Senate and aide to Sen. Mike Mansfield, rotates among all three members of the Montana congressional delegation. 

The next Kimmitt internship will be awarded in summer 2013. A call for applications for that award will be announced this fall by the Davidson Honors College. For more information, call 406-243-2541 or email dhc@umontana.edu