Summer Opportunities

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    Non-Credit Offerings

    Non-Credit offerings are learning activities that do not carry credit. They are intended for students who want to gain general knowledge, learn a new skill, upgrade existing skills, or enrich their understanding about a wide range of topics. They are typically NOT applicable toward a degree. 

    At the University of Montana, Non-Credit courses are offered through UMOnline.

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    Summer Camps and Events

    If you would like to host a summer camp at UM, please work with UM Conference & Event Services and begin by filling out the Intake/Registration Form. After you complete and submit the form, someone from UM Conference & Event Services will get back to you. In the meantime, for more information on their services, please visit the following links:

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    Internships

    Many employers are still offering internships or have adapted their programs for remote or in-person work. Search on Handshake for internship opportunities, or ask your faculty advisor if they know of any positions. Once you've found an internship and registered for credit, make sure to familiarize yourself with the internship process and submit a learning agreement. Read more about internships here! Your health is our primary concern. To mitigate effects of the virus at your internship site, wash your hands and use hand sanitizer, gloves, or masks where needed and follow best practices as established by public health professionals and your site supervisor. We encourage you to remain current on emergency communications from UM and follow all procedures your internship site supervisor sets for you. If you should need anything related to your internship, please do not hesitate to contact elcs@umontana.edu.

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    Wild Rockies Field Institute

    The Wild Rockies Field Institute (WRFI) is a Missoula-based nonprofit that offers experiences for undergraduate students seeking an educational adventure. WRFI courses explore the complex cultural, political, and natural histories of the vast and multifaceted landscapes of the Rocky Mountain West. WRFI courses are accredited through the University of Montana, offering students opportunities to earn upper-division (300-level) credits in one or more of the following areas: Natural Resource Science & Management, Environmental Studies, Geography, Native American Studies, and Philosophy. 

    Perhaps you'd like to look for signs of wolf activity in Yellowstone National Park, or visit the retreating ice fields of Glacier National Park. We can help you retrace the journey of Lewis and Clark through the Upper Missouri River Breaks, or study actual dinosaur tracks preserved in the canyon walls of the Colorado Plateau. We will seek out the perspectives of local community members, and hear from the Indigenous knowledge-holders of the land in the places we visit. You might see the ecological effects of climate change in alpine ecosystems while backpacking through a wilderness area one week, and visit a coal mine serving as the anchoring economy of a rural community the next. From the ridge-lines of the Continental Divide to the tributaries of the mighty Colorado River, we are committed to cultivating real, meaningful connections to the cultures, ecologies, and complex histories of the landscapes we visit. 

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    National Student Exchange

    NSE offers students opportunities to explore new places, make intercultural friends, recreate in diverse environments, eat cultural foods, grow personally and advance academically by enrolling for a semester or academic year in one of 550+ academic majors at one of 170+ consortium colleges/universities throughout the US, Canada (7 provinces), Guam, Puerto Rico (9 Spanish-speaking campuses), the US Virgin Islands (St Croix; St Thomas), including 21 predominantly Latino-serving institutions and 12 historically Black colleges and universities. Pay here-go there, or pay in-state tuition at any state. Adventure awaits...

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    Summer Indian Law Program

    The 13th annual Summer American Indian and Indigenous Law Program at UM’s Blewett School of Law offers the unique opportunity to learn from nationally and internationally renowned scholars and practitioners. We offer eight one-week, one-credit classes from (Date TBD) covering topics from the basic foundations of Indian Law to the complexities of Indian property, jurisdiction (civil and criminal), cultural protection, and the Supreme Court’s Indian law jurisprudence. Come join us!

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    Flathead Lake Biological Station

    Please visit the Flathead Lake Biological Station website to learn more. You can also watch the 2020 Summer Video.

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    Campus Recreation Outdoor Program

    Located on the northeast corner of the Fitness and Recreation Center, next to Washington-Grizzly Stadium, the Outdoor Program is your gateway to adventure. Stop by to find out more about skills classes in rock climbing, kayaking, cross-country skiing and more!

    The ODP also offers trips, including everything from backpacking at Glacier National Park to canoeing the Green River in Utah to mountaineering in Peru. Gear up for adventures by renting equipment for water sports, camping, climbing, biking, skiing and mountaineering from our well-stocked rental program, or tune up your bike and skis in the maintenance workshop.

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    Creative Pulse

    The Creative Pulse draws from each of the College's disciple areas as well as the life experiences of its members. The Master of Arts in Integrated Arts and Education is completed over two consecutive summer sessions plus independent studies and a final project. This schedule allows maximum convenience and flexibility to working educators. The immersion of summer residency is unique to the Creative Pulse.

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    Montana Media Lab Workshops

    The Montana Media Lab is an innovative, digital media lab based at the University of Montana School of Journalism. We specialize in hands-on media workshops for all skill levels taught by industry experts. We also design and implement news literacy and digital storytelling projects in rural public schools across Montana.

    Our goal is to give journalists and non-journalists alike the tools to tell their stories effectively across multiple platforms. In Montana schools, we aim to empower rural and Native American youth to both find their voices at a young age and learn to navigate the 24/7 media world we live in.

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    PEAS Farm Summer Intensive

    The PEAS Farm is the University of Montana’s campus and community farm, where students grow over 60,000 pounds of produce every year for the greater Missoula community. Situated on 10 acres of land just two miles north of campus, the PEAS Farm provides meaningful, hands-on experiences in sustainable agriculture for students.

    The Summer Intensive is the heart of the PEAS Farm. During the summer program, students learn the science and practice of sustainable agriculture while raising fruits and vegetables for the Missoula Food Bank and the farm’s 100-member Community Supported Agriculture Program. At PEAS, students participate in every facet of the farm, from planting and cover cropping to harvest and seed saving. The majority of the experience is immersive and hands-on, with time set aside for in-depth instruction, as well as field trips to sustainable farms and ranches throughout western Montana. Additionally, students participate in an overnight field trip to north central Montana, where they meet with national leaders in landscape-scale organic agriculture.

    The Summer Intensive is designed for students from a diversity of backgrounds and draws students from across campus, across the state of Montana, and across the nation. At the farm, students have the opportunity to engage with the essential act of food provisioning. As students work together to make the farm hum, they form a close-knit community based around the growing (and eating!) of food, as well as the stewardship of soil, water, and other natural resources.

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    Summer AmeriCorps

    Summer AmeriCorps is a great way to benefit the community while making money for college. Positions begin in June and last for 10 weeks. Service members receive a bi-weekly living stipend and an education award they can use to cover tuition and repay student loans. As a summer AmeriCorps member you have the opportunity to serve as a role model and mentor for kids on various educational and food-sovereignty projects. Positions are available across Montana. Learn more here via the website!