Baucus Leaders Program

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 Tribal Colleges, University of Montana, and Montana State University undergraduate and graduate students to make up our fifth class of Baucus Leaders.

Each Baucus Leader will be placed as an intern with a Washington D.C.-based legislative, committee, or agency office. While the Institute hopes to have all 2022 Baucus Leaders perform their internships in Washington, D.C., some or all of the internships may be performed remotely if the state of the COVID-19 pandemic this coming summer does not allow for in-person internships. Given this uncertainty, please apply only if you will accept a remote internship should that be the only option available.

The composition of 2022 Baucus Leader placements is not yet finalized, but is likely to be similar to previous years' placements, which have included internships with Senator Steve Daines (R–MT), Senator Jon Tester (D–MT), Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Senator Charles Grassley (R–IA), Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D–NY), Senator Chuck Schumer (D–NY), Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) and the United States Senate Finance Committee, among others. Final 2022 Baucus Leader placement opportunities will be announced no later than the end of January 2022.

Each internship will start on or around June 1 and end on or around August 1. Baucus Leaders will be given a $5,000 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.


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 Montana Tribal Colleges, University of Montana, and Montana State University undergraduate and graduate students undergraduate and graduate students who are in good academic standing at the time of applying and who will be enrolled as full-time students during Fall Semester 2022. Students from BIPOC, LGBTQ+2S, and under-resourced communities are highly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Applications are due no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, January 7, 2022 and are online through Submittable.

A complete application includes the following:

  • A current curriculum vitae with contact information (email and phone number)
  • An academic transcript 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 Baucus Leader, 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.

The Institute will select two-to-three finalists for each internship. Finalists will be notified by email of their selection in late January or early February. The Baucus Leader for each placement will be selected by the DC office. There is NO guarantee that the congressional office or agency will interview finalists in making this determination. A finalist may be required to submit additional application materials to that office.

NOTEBaucus Leader selections may extend to the end of spring semester 2022. 

Further Information

Contact Program Coordinator Mel Brittner Wells via email (mel.brittnerwells at with any questions you have about the program. We look forward to reviewing your application.