Interning in Max's office can be a rewarding and educational experience for any student. We have interns in the DC office and in most state offices as well. Max's interns have an opportunity to participate in three areas of operation: legislative, administrative or press.
Interns are assigned specific legislative topics and assist with all office operations, as necessary. As an intern's contributions to the office are important, a responsible commitment, willingness to work hard and a positive attitude are essential to the success of an intern's experience.
While the positions are unpaid, this experience gives our interns valuable insights into the workings of the U.S. Congress and is a great chance to help serve fellow Montanans.f
Click here to access the intern application
Please choose a fellowship:
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This fellowship, offered exclusively to Montana veterans of the U.S. armed services, provides a professional experience in the United States Senate. The successful candidate will serve in the Washington office of Senator Max Baucus.
Candidates will have a strong interest in veterans' issues and in the legislative procedures of the United States Congress.
The selected Fellow will be encouraged to apply his or her military experience while providing research support to a Legislative Assistant, corresponding with constituents, and drafting new legislation.
This fellowship is a great opportunity for those who wish to pursue a public service career with the U.S. government. The selected fellow will embody the spirit of those honored by this fellowship. He or she will work to reinforce the notion that a veteran's commitment to country never ends.
The Fellow will work directly on veterans' issues and legislation for Senator Baucus. Working with the supervision of the Defense Legislative Assistant, the Fellow will provide direct research support on topics affecting Montanan veterans. Responsibilities also include drafting memos and corresponding with constituents. The Fellow is also encouraged to attend Congressional hearings and follow floor action for the assigned legislative area.
All veterans who are residents of the State of Montana are eligible and are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications are to be forwarded to Senator Baucus' office.
The fellowship will span six months. This program has a flexible schedule.
A stipend to help defray expenses will be provided.
Defender of Freedom Fellows to Date:
- 2009: Charles Cromwell, Missoula, Montana
- 2010: Troy Carter, Sidney, Montana
- 2011: Jameson Johnson, Helena, Montana
- 2011: Maureen Porter, Missoula, Montana
- 2012: Shannon Mason, Anaconda, Montana
- 2012: Jonas Rides At The Door, Browning, Montana
Click here to access the Defenders of Freedom Fellowship application
Please mail completed application to:
Senator Max Baucus
Attn: Defense Legislative Assistant
511 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Or fax to (202) 224-9412
Sean-Michael Miles was above all humble and gentle of heart. Born and raised in Montana, his high school career was marked by leadership among his peers and within the Bozeman community. From his earliest years, he reflected a genuine desire to serve others. Such commitment ranged from leadership in student government, to mentoring gifted children; from excellence in music, speech and debate, to volunteer work assisting the infirm. Sean's vision stretched beyond familiar boundaries. Whether studying in Germany as the recipient of a highly coveted scholarship, or donating extensive time to regional conservation efforts, he embraced every challenge with character, competence and conviction. Convinced that political involvement is an essential ingredient of good citizenship, he additionally served as a volunteer on numerous campaigns.
In the words of his university classmates, "Princeton mourns the loss of one of its brightest who will be remembered far from the 'backbone of the world.' Sean fit no mold, and his creativity and originality were as clear and breathtaking as the mountain vistas he fondly depicted for us." As perhaps the sole member of his class skilled at milking cows, bailing hay and stringing fence, Sean-Michael was completing his sophomore year at Princeton where he excelled academically and personally, when he died.
The Conservation Fellowship
The fellowship provides a para-professional experience in the United States Senate. Selected Fellow will serve in the Washington office of Senator Max Baucus. Candidates are expected to manifest a keen interest in the conservation values espoused by the extraordinary young man the memorial honors: Sean-Michael Miles.
Fellow will be engaged in public service, working directly on conservation issues for my office. Responsibilities such as research, writing, and correspondence, will focus on environmental, natural resources and Native American issues.
Fellow will work with the supervision of a legislative assistant, and is encouraged to attend meetings, Senate hearings and follow the floor action for assigned legislative areas.
Applicants must be either currently enrolled or a recent university graduate who has demonstrated a vital interest in conservation issues. Applications are to be forwarded to Senator Max Baucus' office. The fellowship will span three months. Normally February - April or September - November, however, this program has a flexible schedule.
A stipend to help defray expenses will be provided.
Miles Fellows to Date:
- 2000: Michelle Miles, Bozeman, Montana - Montana State University, Presidential Scholar
- 2001: Garrett R. Williams, Portsmouth, Rhode Island - Montana State University, Honors Program
- 2002: Gerik Kransky, Billings, Montana - The University of Montana, School of Forestry
- 2004: Jordan Schmidt, Bozeman, Montana - Dartmouth College
- 2005: Brianne Rogers, Bozeman, Montana - University of Notre Dame
- 2005: Paul Wilkins, Melstone, Montana - Gonzaga & Fordham Universities
- 2006: Kate D'Ambrosio, Missoula, Montana - Williamette University, Truman Scholar
- 2007: Jon Philipsborn, Red Lodge, Montana - Kenyon College & Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs
- 2008: Caroline Lamar Pihl, Pray, Montana – Harvard College
- 2009: Spencer Gray, Great Falls, Montana – Yale University
- 2010: Andrew Erickson, Missoula, Montana - The University of Montana, Truman Scholar
- 2012: Zachary Rogala, Darby, Montana - Montana State University
- 2013: Adam Bacon, Rockford, Minnesota - Montana State University
Click here to access the Miles Fellowship Application
U.S. Senate Page Program
PAGE PROGRAM SEMESTERS
- SPRING (January 29 to June 8) - December Appointment
- FALL (September to Mid January) - August Appointment
- SUMMER (3 Weeks after July) - June Appointment
- SUMMER (3 Weeks End of July to Early August) - June Appointment
*All applications are due three months prior to the appointment month.
Your interest in the United States Senate Page program indicated a willingness to learn about and contribute to the Legislative branch of government. Perhaps such an association will crystallize a future for you in service to the United States and its people, as it has for Pages of past generations.
The Page Program exposes students to many interesting and challenging experiences. Living away from home and attending school with students from across the country allow Pages to experience a myriad of new ideas, perspectives, and issues. Pages meet some of the Nation’s most prominent leaders and witness firsthand the political debates of the United States Senate, often referred to as the “greatest deliberative body in the world.”
Pages play an important role in the daily operation of the Senate. Their shared responsibilities consist primarily of delivering correspondence and legislative material within the Congressional Complex, taking messages for Senators or calling them to the phone, preparing the Chamber for Senate sessions, and carrying bills and amendments to the desk.
Page eligibility is limited to juniors in high school who will be 16 or 17 years old on or before the date of appointment. The Page Program requires each Page to provide a certificate of immunization and general health assessment, completed by a licensed physician. Pages must be covered by health insurance; if not covered, they will be required to enroll in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. Pages must be citizens of the United States or subject to agreements of the Department of State, and must have a social security number. Pages are paid on an annual salary basis of $21,978.
A Page’s day begins at 6:15 a.m. upon reporting to the United States Senate Page School, which is accredited by the Middle State Association of Colleges and Schools. The Page School provides as smooth a transition as possible to and from the home school. In addition to providing the necessary requisites for a junior year course of study including mathematics, English, social studies, and science, the Page School offers a Field Studies Program to assure each pupil’s participation in and exposure to the unique educational and cultural opportunities in the nation’s Capital. Foreign language study may be accomplished with the assistance of the Page’s school at home. Tutors will be provided, but all work must be completed outside the scheduled school and work hours.
The Senate Page School is located on the lower level of Webster Hall, the Senate Page Residence. The school year consists of two semesters. The first semester runs from September through mid-January; the second from mid-January until June. Pages must verify a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a sending school transcript to qualify for attendance at the school. Questions specific to the Page School should be directed to Mrs. Kathryn Weeden, Principal, United States Senate Page School, United States Senate, Washington, DC 20510-7248, telephone (202) 224-3926.
Following classes at the Page School, which extend until 9:45 a.m. or one hour prior to the commencement of the Senate, Pages report to the Capitol and work until 6:00 p.m. or until the Senate adjourns for the day. If the Senate is not in session, the Page’s work day ends at 4:00 p.m. When sessions extend past 10:00 p.m., the next day’s classes may be postponed.
Pages are required to live in the Daniel Webster Senate Page Residence during the school year. The cost of living in the residence hall is $600 per month and includes two meals each day. Payment is made through payroll deduction. A security deposit of $250 is required before checking in and is refundable when it has been determined that no damage has occurred to the residence.
Webster Hall is located on Capitol Hill. Staff includes the Program Director, Administrative Aide and five proctors. Four proctors reside full time in Webster Hall. The living quarters include two floors, one of which is designated for females, the other for males. Each floor has a community day room for social activity. Page rooms are designed for four to six occupants and furnished with twin size bunk or loft style beds, desks, chairs, and bureaus. Each room has closet space, a bathroom, and a telephone. Laundry and kitchen facilities are provided within the building.
United States Capitol Police maintain a 24-hour security desk and a provision that requires all individuals to present identification and all visitors to sign in. Capitol Police patrol the neighborhood throughout the day and night. Webster Hall is monitored by a security alarm system, and all emergency and safety measures required by the District of Columbia for community life structures are present and enforced.
Dress requirements for males are a navy blue suit, a white long-sleeved shirt, a plain navy tie, black laced shoes and dark socks. Females wear a navy pant suit, a white long-sleeved shirt, black laced shoes and dark socks. The Page Program provides uniforms for Pages.
Senate Pages must be sponsored by a Senator. There are 30 Page positions in the United States Senate which serve its one hundred members; therefore, not all Senators are able to appoint Pages. Due to the limited number of positions and the volume of interested students, competition is keen and, unfortunately, not all students who seek a position can be accommodated.
Senators may also appoint students for the Summer Page Program. This program typically consists of two sessions, each running three of four weeks depending upon the legislative calendar. Since space is limited in Webster Hall, Pages may live with their parents or a relative in the area; alternate housing arrangements must be submitted in writing by the parents or a legal guardian for approval by the Page Program Director.
If you wish to apply for a Senate Page position and you meet the requirements of junior status, 3.0 GPA, and 16 or 17 years of age, write to your Senator requesting their consideration and asking what steps you should take in order to apply. When and if you are notified of your selection to serve as a Page, you will be provided with further information and requirements of the program.
Direct questions regarding the Page Program or Webster Hall to Ms. Elizabeth Roach, Director, United States Senate Page Program, United States Senate, Washington, DC 20510-7248, telephone (202) 228-1291.
Click here to access the Page Application
The United States Service Academies provide an excellent opportunity for qualified students to receive a fine education and graduate as commissioned officers in the United States Armed Services. Appointments are highly competitive. Senator Baucus considers each candidate's application strictly on merit, based on evidence of character, scholarship, leadership ability, physical aptitude, goals and motivation.
Due to the high amount of competition for nominations, you are urged to apply to every nominating authority which your eligibility allows, (i.e., Senator Jon Tester, Congressman Daines, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and the Secretary of the Army, Navy, or Air Force). Further information regarding application procedures for these nominations is available through each academy's website listed below.
Certain information is required as outlined below in order for you to be considered as an applicant. The best time to apply for a nomination is the spring of your junior year of high school. It is your responsibility to submit the necessary information to my Great Falls office and to keep it updated. The deadline for receipt of information is December 1 prior to the year of entry. Candidates whose files are incomplete when the nominations are made cannot be given consideration. If you will have a problem meeting the deadline, please call my Great Falls office. The telephone number is (406) 761-1574.
Careful thought should be given to your first choice of an Academy. Second choices can be considered only in the event that there are not a sufficient number of qualified candidates in an Academy category to fill a slate of nominees, which rarely happens.
HOW TO APPLY FOR A NOMINATION
- Complete and submit the application form online
- Counselor form must be filled out by your high school counselor and sent to Senator Baucus' Great Falls Office
- To speed up the process, the applicant should provide their counselor with a stamped envelope addressed to Johnathon Kenneway for submission of the counselor form
- Copy of your official high school transcript
- Copy of your SAT or ACT test scores
- Provide 3 letters of recommendation: teacher, principal or guidance counselor; from an employer, coach or extracurricular faculty advisor; and from a person of your choice who is not related to you. (Please send both the transcript, the copy of the SAT or ACT scores, and the three letters of reference to Senator Baucus' Great Falls office as well)
- American citizenship
- Applicants must be residents of Montana
- At least 17 years of age and not yet 23 years old by July 1st of the year of admission
- Unmarried, not pregnant, and without legal obligation to support children or other dependents
- Demonstrate comprehensive academic preparation
Contact the Academy (s) in which you are interested so they can create an applicant file for you. Each academy requires the submission of a preliminary application to initiate the admissions process.
Links to Service Academy Websites:
U.S. Air Force Academy: http://www.usafa.af.mil
U.S. Military Academy: http://www.usma.edu
U.S. Naval Academy: http://www.usna.edu
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy: http://www.usmma.edu
U.S. Coast Guard Academy: http://www.cga.edu (no Congressional nomination required)
Please forward the requested information or any questions you may have to the following address:
Senator Max Baucus
113 3rd St N
Great Falls, MT 59401
To begin the Academy Nomination process online, click here.
For Counselors (to access the counselor form), please click here.
Law clerks assist staff with legislative and oversight responsibilities and engage in a range of activities, including, but not limited to, attending hearings, conducting legal research, and drafting briefing memos for the Senator. Some general office support is also required. This clerkship is for law students only. Ideal candidates are 2L or 3L law students interested in government and public interest law, learning about the legislative process, have excellent writing and research skills, and the ability to work independently as well as part of a team. Strong written and oral communication skills and a good sense of humor are musts.
Click here to access the Law Clerk Application
The United States Senate Youth Program
The United States Senate Youth Program is an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to attend a week long educational program in Washington, DC as well as receive a one-time $5,000 college scholarship.
Qualified students must hold student body office or another elected or appointed position in their communities and show academic interest and aptitude in government, history and politics. The chief state school officer in each state makes the final selection of delegates by December 1. The program is merit-based and highly competitive and the chosen delegates are consistently outstanding. For more information, please go to: www.ussenateyouth.org.