Governor Schweitzer’s Energy Intern Program


Energy Interns in Montana…

Gain work experience related to their studies,

Earn money for college, and

Contribute to the state’s booming energy sector!

For the last two years, Governor Schweitzer’s Energy Intern Program has provided work opportunities for Montana college students through a unique partnership between Montana schools, businesses, and government. Since the first intern started in May of 2011, 99 interns have contributed over 18,000 hours to Montana’s burgeoning energy sector. When the program ends in December 2012, it will have distributed over $232,000 in scholarships to financially needy students from Montana’s public and tribal colleges.

Bowen Humphrey and Craig Brewer, interns at the UM Sustainability Office, presenting at the Governor’s Innovation Day

Energy Interns have worked on a variety of projects across Montana including conducting water sampling, developing recycling initiatives, creating monitoring tools for home energy use, testing fuel cells, leading hydropower dam tours, teaching sustainable agricultural practices to youth, and so much more. Read about all the Energy Intern projects at

Energy Interns have served at 60 host sites across the state. From nonprofits to electric cooperatives to the US Army Corps of Engineers- host sites have covered the spectrum of energy-related fields. Find a map of all the Energy Intern host sites at

The first energy interns with Governor Schweitzer in 2011

Governor Schweitzer’s Energy Intern Program was funded by a US Department of Education grant. The program was conducted by the Governor's Office of Community Service, in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development as well as the Department of Commerce’s Energy Promotion and Development Division.

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