International Development Studies Minor Propels UM Students into Global Careers

December 06, 2017

Orrin Tiberi, third from left, a 2009 UM graduate in anthropology and international development studies, stands with his monitoring and evaluation team on a project in Uganda.MISSOULA – University of Montana students now have more connections to global careers through the international development studies minor.

The freestanding minor brings together UM faculty members’ networks full of international experts in economic development, health economics, global health, agriculture, communication and environmental change.

Through classes from departments and colleges across campus – including business, economics, forestry, anthropology, political science, geography and many more – students learn how to build a multidisciplinary toolkit suited for international careers spanning sectors, governmental and nongovernmental organizations.

Students in the minor are encouraged to connect to internship opportunities as undergraduates, and now, they can seek out their options through a new, custom-designed app tile on the UMontana mobile app.

The app points students to carefully vetted international development-focused internships, many of which are virtual and allow students to complete them from UM’s campus. Opportunities include internships with the UN World Food Program, Circle of Health International (an international nongovernmental organization based in Austin, Texas, founded by UM alumna Sera Bonds), Ecology Project International, Unite for Sight and many more.

“The international internships expand the workforce experience and professional networks of UM students immeasurably and help them find work in their chosen field after graduation,” said Kimber McKay, director of UM’s International Development Studies.

UM has a long-standing tradition of making global connections, with faculty members conducting research and consulting abroad in each one of its colleges. Every year, UM is recognized in the top five campuses in the nation for producing Peace Corps volunteers.

For more information on the International Development Studies minor at UM, call McKay at 406-243-2693 or email


Contact: Kimber McKay, ctor, UM International Development Studies, 406-243-2693,