Montana State University

Career, Internship
& Student Employment Services

Montana State University
P.O. Box 174180
Bozeman, MT 59717-4180

Tel: (406) 994-4353
Fax: (406) 994-5488
Location: 177 Strand Union Bldg.


Carina N. Beck, Ed.D.

Kevin Knapek
Hometown: Kuna, Idaho
Major: English
Hopa Mountain

At Hopa Mountain I am writing grant proposals to private foundations and federal organizations in order to fund the various projects that Hopa Mountain is running. The internship has been a great hands-on experience for me since I have never been exposed to grant writing. In the short period of time, I have seen the commitment that Hopa Mountain has for the local community here in Bozeman as well as tribal and rural communities state wide.

Cari Kaiser-Sielbach
Hometown: Billings, Montana
Major: Hispanic Studies

Through my internship, I learned the practical skills that go beyond the college classroom. By being able to see a professional field from the inside, I gained valuable knowledge to take into my future career. Working with HAVEN provided me the real-world experience I need as I enter the workforce after graduation.

Brenna Davis
Hometown: Missoula, Montana
Major: Political Science
Montana Conservation Voters

I interned with Montana Conservation Voters last semester and really learned a lot and grew from the experience. Montana Conservation Voters is a statewide membership organization serving as the political voice of Montana's conservation and environmental community, We worked on the Bozeman City Commission race and mayoral race, canvassing, getting out the vote, and planning events in support of Chris Mehl, Al Kesselheim, and Carson Taylor. Once the election was over we worked on MCV member outreach and other MCV events. This internship was a great networking opportunity and lead to me becoming a member of the Gallatin-Park Chapter Board.

Sam Bullock
Butte, Montana / Eagle River, Arkansas
Construction Engineering Technology
Pioneer Technological Services

Interning at Pioneer Technical Services is an opportunity for me to apply skills that I have learned in school to the outside world. In this internship I work with an awesome group of people that are able to help me whenever I make a mistake, or when my scholarly education doesn't seem to make the cut. While I am mostly doing Geotechnical Lab work, I am learning first hand what engineers need to know when looking at locations to implement a project. This hands on experience that I am getting through Pioneer Technical Services is priceless to say the least.

Rachel Abeh
Hometown: Livingston, Montana
Major: Agriculture Education-Relations
National Cattlemen's Beef Association and the Public Lands Council

This past fall, I had the opportunity to work as the public policy intern for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) and the Public Lands Council (PLC). This was an invaluable experience, in which I saw first-hand grassroots efforts at work in Washington, D.C. Work in with NCBA and PLC, I was able to engage in the issues and policy effecting the beef industry and public lands ranching. I worked alongside a NCBA and PLC lobbyist, attending Congressional meetings, drafting comments, and handling correspondence to Senator's and Representative's offices. My experience has facilitated my desire to work in agricultural policy upon graduation and has given me a better understanding of the legislative process and its effect and implications for beef producers all over the country and in Montana.

Kristen Newman
Issaquah, Washington
American Studies

exc.e.ed granted my service dog, Riley, and I the experience of a lifetime by funding our research trip to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., an experience that would not have been possible without exc.e.ed. When we were at the Smithsonian Institution, we met with 14 professionals who work in areas of conservation, visitor services, collections management, curatorial, educational outreach and accessibility. Not only were we able to accomplish an amazing amount of research, we were also introduced to professionals who wholly supported our dream of starting a nonprofit that focuses on outreach education and advocacy regarding service animals.

To say that our experience was a “dream come true” would be an understatement. I never thought my last project at Montana State would send us to our nation’s capitol as not only a researcher but as ambassadors for a topic that I am extremely passionate about. As a senior in American Studies, spending a week surrounded by some of our nations richest history while conducting research and initiating important dialogue on service animals was heaven on Earth. The experience brought my studies full circle and I was able to put the knowledge and skills I learned at MSU to the test as a professional visiting researcher.

Ashley Mattson
Plymouth, Minnesota
Community Health and Political Science: Applied Policy and Analysis

Through my internship, I learned the practical skills that go beyond the college classroom. I learned how to be more of myself and not worry what other people think. The individuals I worked with greatly inspired me to work hard and never give up on your goals. Interning here gave me real world experience in working with nonprofit organizations. I learned some about budgeting, grant writing, and how to teach people of all ages and abilities. I loved working with Eagle Mount and am sad to be leaving. I have gained valuable knowledge for my future career in the helping industry. This experience helped me realize how important it is to be involved with the community and will greatly help me as I enter the workforce after graduation.