Career Development

MPA graduate Shelby Moore, executive director at Heartlinks Hospice and Pallative Care In addition to one-on-one advising for coursework and internships, we also offer a variety of career development opportunities.

On average, students who graduate from our MPA Program have a starting salary of $56,000.

Fully 77 percent of our graduates, who do not have employment while pursuing their degrees, are employed within six months after graduation.

Resume and Interview Assistance

The School of Law’s Career Development staff will provide you direct assistance and their extensive expertise with job preparedness:

  • Resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile assistance
  • Mock interviews
  • What to do/not do for interviews (e.g. group interviews, zoom interviews, or in-person interviews)
  • Pre- and post-interview success tips

If you want assistance on your resume or cover letter, you are required to send a draft at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled meeting time. If you need samples to get you started, please ask Katy.

Set up an appointment Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., by sending an email to Katy (Zoom or in-person). These services are open to all (online or in-person) DPAP graduate students (joint program, certificate, or master’s).

Katy Stack

Katy Stack

Director of Career Development
LAW 181
(406) 243-2698

Career Assistance

The Department of Public Administration and Policy also partners with Experiential Learning and Career Success (ELCS) to provide job assistance, and the office has numerous resources available to you. Please schedule an appointment with an ELCS career advisor for job assistance and more information about resources.

Current Job Opportunities is a widely used website for finding jobs and career advice for public service and public affairs students and professionals.

Montana Conservation Voters, is looking for canvassers who can help knock on doors and engage with voters about the Montana Constitution.

Learn More by Clicking This Link

This new position will lead the division in improving the Community Development Block Grant program, which funds critical projects like senior centers, food banks, affordable housing, and drinking water systems that primarily benefit low to moderate income populations.

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This position helps Montana communities take advantage of the historic federal funding for infrastructure through the American Rescue Plan Act.

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Shelter Project Coordinator

$21.81 - $27.86 Hourly
Missoula, MT
Job Type
Regular Full-time, 40 hours/week
Commissioners' Office
Job Number
Bargaining Unit
Non-Union Personnel Plan
Work Site
Missoula County Administration Building
Scheduling/Hours of Work
Full time Monday through Friday


  • Please complete all sections of the online application, even if a resume is submitted.
  • Incomplete applications will be disqualified.
  • Complete job description available upon request to the Department of Human Resources.

Performs work to develop and coordinate programs and projects for the Commissioners’ Office related to Operation Shelter to establish and create an operational plan for safe camping, secure outdoor space and other locations for people experiencing homelessness. This position is grant funded for two years.

Representative Examples of Work

Serves as a member of the City and County Operation Shelter Leadership Team; sets priorities, ensures regulatory compliance and resolves problems related to establishing and operating safe, supported camping sites. Develops site budgets and operational plans; works with service providers and vendors; assists with updating and maintaining the sites and developing and implementing policies.  Assists the City and County Operation Shelter leadership teams, the mobile care team coordinator; and participating agency and service provider staff. Performs research and develops a logical scope and sequence to develop operation shelter project implementation for the commissioners’ office.  Builds support for operation shelter projects and programs. Participates in public processes, meetings and planning groups as a leader, facilitator, or member.  Provides outreach and coordination with State, Federal, and local government agencies, business, and non-profit groups in Missoula County around areas related to Operation Shelter. Oversees the contracting of a communications firm to develop and maintain a public engagement presence through outreach and communication. Supports grants administration including developing and preparing information for financial and other reporting requirements. Maintains records related to operation shelter activities including complex financial information.  Performs administrative duties for operation shelter including establishing regular meeting dates for city-county leadership team, mobile care team coordinator and participants; maintaining administrative files; researching information; preparing and generating reports, graphs and charts.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree required.  Degrees best suited to this position include public administration, business, and social sciences, and emergency management. Requires three years of work experience in a progressively responsible administrative capacity including two years direct supervisory experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Physical/Environmental Demands

The work is primarily performed in an office or meeting setting with a considerable amount of time using a computer keyboard.   May require travel to remote sites and field locations requiring walking and standing on rough or uneven terrain.   Requires the ability to lift and carry moderately heavy items, (20-50#).

Missoula County
200 W Broadway

Missoula, Montana, 59802


AmeriCorps year-long service positions are available in various Montana cities.

Montana Campus Compact (MTCC) Website:

MTCC Application Process:

Check the Montana Nonprofit Association job board, a statewide resource for those interested in nonprofit careers.

Montana Budget & Policy Center is seeking a Senior Budget Strategist to lead the organization’s efforts to maximize the impact of federal and state funds in anti-poverty policies and programs through research, analysis, and advocacy. Ideally, the candidate will be based in Helena, but other locations in Montana will be considered.

Schedule: Full-time
Benefits: Yes

The position is open until filled, and initial application review begins 2-7-22. 

The Montana Continuum of Care Coalition (MTCoC) is seeking a full-time Executive Director to lead MTCoC in coordination of housing and services for individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Montana. The ideal candidate will have a proven ability to work strategically and foster coordination and collaboration among multiple stakeholders. They are committed to thinking innovatively to ensure the focus on the core mission in changing landscapes. This position is an opportunity to engage with the State of Montana, nonprofit leaders, community  stakeholders, and partners to help end homelessness.

Schedule: Full-time
Benefits: Yes
Salary: $70,000-74,000 DOE

Open until filled, posted in mid-January 2022.

Families First Learning Lab (FFLL) strengthens families through education, connection, play, and partnership. FFLL is located on the second floor of the Missoula Public Library and offers a variety of Child Enrichment programming focused on building empathy and kindness, social-emotional development, dramatic and imaginative play, and cultural expression.

Multiple positions open, see here for more details:

Tamarack Grief Resource Center (TGRC) is looking forward to welcoming an ambitious, team-oriented and energetic Development Manager to Team TGRC! This role involves working closely with the Executive Director and Development Specialist to advance the mission of the organization. The Development Manager will spearhead fundraising initiatives in collaboration with staff, volunteers, and board/committee members – prioritizing relationships with donors, staff, and volunteers.

Schedule: .8-1 FTE
Benefits: Yes
Salary: $45,000-50,0000

Position posted 1-28-22 and open until filled.

The Office of Senator Jon Tester seeks a qualified Regional Director for Missoula, Montana. The Missoula Regional Director reports to the State Director. Responsibilities include serving as a liaison between the Senator’s office and the region; representing the office at public functions; and facilitating responses to a wide range of requests from constituents, local leaders, and elected officials. This individual is also responsible for keeping the Senator current on issues and concerns within the Missoula Region.

Schedule: Not mentioned
Benefits: Not mentioned
Salary: Not listed

Posted 2-7-22.

The Mansfield Library is seeking a Government Information Community Outreach Student Assistant. This position will connect community needs with government informational resources, surfacing awareness of the Library’s government documents collection and establishing mutually-beneficial relationships between the Mansfield Library and community members. Contact Natalie Bond at the Mansfield Library if interested.

Schedule: 5-8 hours/week Spring Semester; remote
Benefits: None
Salary: $10.25/hr

Posted 2-11-22.

Missoula County is seeking a Grants Administrator to develop and administer grant programs and related contracts in assigned areas for the Community and Planning Services Department. 

Schedule: Full-time
Benefits: Yes
Salary: $24.59-$29.67/hr

Posted 3-4-22.

The Office of Economic Development within the Governor’s Office serves to strengthen the foundations of Montana’s business environment and diversify and expand new and existing economic endeavors. 

The Regional Economic Development Specialist will work with business enterprises, local governments, and other supporting organizations throughout Western Montana.  The Specialist will coordinate with the Governor’s Office and state agencies to assist citizens and foster an atmosphere of business growth in Montana.

Schedule: Full-time, Remote
Benefits: Yes
Salary: DOE

Posted 3-9-22.

Development is the newest department at Measures for Justice. Created to build and grow the individual giving program, Measures for Justice is looking for a Donor Experience Manager with entrepreneurial skills, passion and dedication to join us on this wonderful and challenging endeavor.

Schedule: Full-time
Benefits: Not mentioned
Salary: $82,320

Review of applications will begin February 21.

Loan Mountain Land Company is seeking an Environmental Manager. This position is generally responsible for managing the environmental performance of the Town Center, Moonlight Basin and Spanish Peaks developments that are under the Lone Mountain Land Company ownership.  Under the oversight of the Director, the position will, implement, and monitor environmental strategies, policies and programs that promote a sustainable and compliant development.  The role will utilize internal and external staffing to implement on ground efforts. 

Schedule: Full-time in Big Sky, MT
Benefits: Not mentioned
Salary: Not mentioned

Posted 3-28-22.

A full list of year-long opportunities can be found on the Campus Compact website. Service sites include the Arlee Rehabilitation Center, the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education, Bozeman Public Schools, and University of Montana TRIO Upward Bound. As an added bonus, individuals completing a year of AmeriCorps VISTA service receive non-competitive hiring eligibility for federal jobs.

A full list of summer opportunities can be found on the Campus Campact website. Service sites include the United Way of Yellowstone County, Get Fit Great Falls and the Missoula Food Bank & Community Center.

Schedule: Various, summer or full-year
Benefits: Full-year members receive health coverage and childcare assistance
Salary: Bi-weekly living allowance, education award

Posted 3-28-22.

The UM Food Pantry is seeking a student coordinator to manage day-to-day operations at the UM Food Pantry including: assisting customers, stocking shelves and satellite distribution points, managing inventory, overseeing food drives and in-kind donations, conducting outreach and managing social media and coordinating with on- and off-campus partners.

Schedule: Part-time, 15-20 hours a week, with more flexible hours over the summer
Benefits: No
Salary: $10.50/hr (pay increase in July)

Posted 3-31-22.

Internship Opportunities

The goal of the Montana INBRE Native American Graduate Fellowship is to provide an opportunity for highly motivated Native American students who have demonstrated leadership potential in the biomedical, social and behavioral health sciences, as well as in the development of STEM programs and research in tribal colleges, to pursue their doctoral degree. In some cases, applications for study at the master’s degree level will be considered, though applicants are strongly encouraged to pursue the Ph.D. as their terminal degree. Native American Graduate Fellowships cover tuition and provide up to $25,000 stipend depending on other funding and scholarships available to the student.

Applications are welcome at any time; priority review will take place at the following dates: 

Application review for new funding beginning during a spring semester will begin November 1

Application review for new funding beginning during a fall semester will begin February 15.

Montana Entrepreneur Project Support Program provides you with hands on experiential learning while working to help grow a young vibrant Montana startup. This program is for all UM students. You can earn 1, 2 or 3 internship credits through your department. The project support internship is a valuable career development opportunity for students:

  • Obtain real-world experience in business specific to your career interests.
  • Develop a client communication skill set essential to starting businesses and leading teams.
  • Gain an understanding of business tools and strategies applicable to both businesses and non-profits.
  • Connect with passionate, innovative, and creative entrepreneurs.
  • Grow your professional network and open post-graduate career opportunities.

See link above for more info. 

The Office of Governor Greg Gianforte is seeking highly motivated individuals looking to learn in an exciting environment.

Interns will perform a variety of tasks with the primary goal being the delivery of excellent customer service to the people of Montana. No two days are the same, but the duties of Interns will include answering phones, welcoming visitors to the office, maintaining the look and appearance of the front office, delivering messages, providing Capitol building tours, and many others.

Those interested should send a resume and cover letter to


The Max S. Baucus Institute is inspired by and continuing the legacy of Montana’s longest-serving U.S. Senator and former Ambassador to China. We break down barriers so that young people can see, serve, and lead in Montana and throughout the world. Our three areas of focus are public service, climate, and U.S.-China relations.

The Institute seeks an intern for the 2022-2023 academic year to assist our work as we continue rapidly growing in programs, impact, and prestige. Our programs currently include the Stockman Bank Speakers Series, the Baucus Leaders and Climate Scholars programs, study abroad in China and Ireland, and the University of Montana’s Department of Public Administration and Policy.

Learn more at



  • Update, monitor, and synthesize applications for review
  • Assistance with Baucus Institute social media (content creation and monitoring)
  • Assistance with Baucus Institute newsletter content creation
  • Provide administrative assistance for the Institute’s Assistant Director
  • Document preparation: award letters, forms, etc.
  • Assistance with evening/weekend events (1-3 per semester)
  • Assistance with additional tasks as required



  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Responsive and timely communication (primarily email)
  • Fluent in Microsoft Office Word and Excel
  • Entrepreneurial: flexible and excited to learn
  • Professional discretion
  • Ability to work independently
  • Interest in public service/nonprofit sectors
  • Enrolled as a full-time UM graduate student (6 credits or more).
  • Available for the full 2022-2023 academic year at approximately 5 to 8 hours per week

Supervisor:  Mel Brittner Wells, Baucus Institute Assistant Director

Start date: September 12, 2022


Compensation and Course Credit: The selected student will be paid $15/hour.

How to apply:

Send a resume and cover letter to Mel at by August 15, 2022.