Baucus Climate Scholars

The Max S. Baucus Institute invites applications from Montana Tribal Colleges, University of Montana, and Montana State University undergraduate and graduate students for an opportunity to be part of the second cohort of Baucus Climate Scholars in the summer of 2022.

Modeled after our successful Baucus Leaders program, the Baucus Climate Scholars program builds off of Senator Baucus's long and distinguished bipartisan legislative record in environmental and natural resources matters, including, notably, his sponsorship of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments and his leadership in protecting wild lands along the Rocky Mountain Front. We want to honor and continue this legacy by providing opportunities to students with an interest in the environment, natural resources, and the climate to work on the frontlines of these issues with entities whose activities directly or indirectly impact the future of our planet’s climate.

The Institute seeks ten exceptional Montana college students to make up our second cohort of Baucus Climate Scholars.  While we are still working to finalize placements, we expect to have placements with the Nature Conservancy, the Brookings Institution, Ernst and Young, the American Enterprise Institute, and The Climate Reality Project (founded by former US Vice President Al Gore), among others

Each internship will start on or around June 1 and end on or around August 1. Baucus Climate Scholars will be given a $5,000 stipend to cover living and travel expenses during their internship. The Baucus Climate Scholar will be solely responsible for any expenses incurred during the internship period over and above this amount.

Apply for Summer 2022 by 5 p.m. MST Friday, January 7, 2022.

Baucus Climate Scholars will be selected based on academic performance, commitment to public service, and interest in environmental policy. 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 2022. Students from BIPOC, LGBTQ+2S, and under-resourced communities are highly encouraged to apply.