UM Student Earns 2014 Kimmitt Internship

May 05, 2014

MISSOULA – Mona Schwartz, a University of Montana junior from Bozeman, will travel to Washington, D.C., this summer as the recipient of the 2014 J. Stanley Kimmitt Public Service Internship.

Schwartz, who majors in political science with a double minor in international development studies and Latin American studies, will serve as a summer intern for U.S. Sen. Jon Tester. The Kimmitt internship includes a $3,000 stipend.

“I am interested in many public policy issues, including immigration, Indian affairs, environmental issues, human and civil rights and women’s rights,” Schwartz said. “With an internship in Sen. Tester’s office, I will be able to learn much more about the American political process, public service and current policy issues to help advance change in the future.”

Schwartz is a Davidson Honors College student and will serve as vice president of Griz for UNICEF this fall. She also volunteers with the Women’s Resource Center and the North Missoula Community Development Corporation. She spent this past summer in Mexico studying politics, development, immigration and Spanish. Since 2011, Schwartz has served as a staff member at Camp Equinox Summer Theatre Camp in Bozeman and has been an employee at the UC Market since spring 2013.

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

The internship is 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. It rotates among all three members of the Montana congressional delegation. 

The next Kimmitt internship will be awarded in summer 2015. A call for applications for that award will be announced this fall by the Davidson Honors College. For more information, call 406-243-2541 or email dhc@umontana.edu.

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Contact: James McKusick, dean, UM Davidson Honors College, 406-243-2541, dhc@umontana.edu.