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May 01, 2013

MISSOULA – Eliza Allison, a University of Montana senior from Helena, will travel to Washington, D.C., this summer as the recipient of the 2013 J. Stanley Kimmitt Public Service Internship.

Allison, who will graduate in May with a degree in political science and a minor in French, will serve as a summer intern for the Senate Finance Committee under the guidance of U.S. Sen. Max Baucus. The Kimmitt internship includes a $3,000 stipend.

 "I firmly believe in the importance of supplementing one's education with experiential learning," Allison said. "This internship will enable me to do just that. As a political science major, I already knew that politics played an important role in my academic life, but it wasn't until I spent time in D.C. for the Presidential Inauguration Academic Seminar through the Washington Center that I saw how the political realm could become a part of my career."

Allison is a member of UM's Davidson Honors College and serves as head resident in Jesse Hall. She is a member of the UM Student Advocates and an active volunteer for Planned Parenthood of Missoula. Since 2005, Allison has served as a camp counselor at Flathead Lake United Methodist Church Camp. 

The Kimmitt intern is selected each year through a competitive application process. The review and ranking of this year's internship applications was carried out by a UM faculty committee convened by Davidson Honors College Dean James McKusick. Finalists were interviewed by staff in Baucus' office to determine their suitability for an internship in the Senate. 

The internship, a public-service opportunity for UM students established to honor J. Stanley Kimmitt, former secretary of the U.S. Senate and aide to Sen. Mike Mansfield, rotates among all three members of the Montana congressional delegation. 

The next Kimmitt internship will be awarded summer 2014. The Davidson Honors College will announce a call for applications for that award next fall. For more information call 406-243-2541 or email


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Contact: James McKusick, dean, UM Davidson Honors College, 406-243-2541,