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March 26, 2013


Two University of Montana students have been accepted into the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) program for internships. DAAD is the German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation.

Patrick Funk, a UM senior studying mathematics with an emphasis in statistics, received a one-year contract with SMA Solar Technology, a German solar energy equipment supplier. Funk will move to Germany in May, where he will work with a doctoral candidate to develop algorithms to improve grid efficiency with SMA. DAAD offers the internship through its Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) program, which is funded by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.

Erin Hastey, a UM junior studying English, German and communication studies, was accepted into the DAAD internXchange program. Participants in the program will spend six weeks studying at Freie Universitat Berlin’s International Center for Journalism and five weeks interning at a local publication, broadcast or TV station or a public relations agency. A group of 15 American and Canadian journalism or communications studies students will participate in this summer’s program, and the entire program is conducted in German.

“I’m very excited to finally be immersed in the language in a round-the-clock setting,” Hastey said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to combine my fields of study and get some first-hand experiences with ‘kommunikation’ in a German context.”

Hastey, originally from Yuba City, Calif., is a graduate of Yuba City High School. Her parents are Brent and Alison Hastey. Funk, from Helena, is a graduate of Helena High School, and his parents are Peter Funk and Jeanne Underhill.

For more information call Laure Pengelly Drake, director of external scholarships and advising at the Davidson Honors College, at 406-243-6140 or email



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Contact: Laure Pengelly Drake, director of external scholarships and advising, UM Davidson Honors College, 406-243-6140,