Bigfork University Student Awarded Prestigious D.C. Internship

By Beacon Staff

Travis Vincent, a University of Montana senior from Bigfork, was awarded this year’s J. Stanley Kimmitt Public Service Internship and will spend the summer in Washington D.C. as U.S. Sen. Jon Tester’s intern.

Vincent, who will graduate in December with degrees in Russian and economics, will be enrolled in The Washington Center internship program and will be awarded a $1,500 stipend.

“I am excited to work on Capitol Hill, where every day promises something new,” Vincent said in a statement released by the University of Montana. “The internship is a tremendous learning opportunity and working with Senator Tester will be a valuable asset in achieving my goal of beginning a career in public service.”

Vincent is a member of UM’s Davidson Honors College and the Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honor Society. He is a campus ambassador for the Associated Students of UM, an active volunteer for the Missoula Food Bank and co-president of the UM Russian Club. In 2009, Vincent served as an administrative intern in the office of Sen. Max Baucus and while in high school worked for the U.S. Senate as a page.

The Kimmitt intern is selected each year through a competitive application process. The internship is a public service opportunity for UM students established in honor of J. Stanley Kimmitt, former secretary of the U.S. Senate and aide to Sen. Mike Mansfield. It annually rotates among all three members of the Montana congressional delegation.

The next Kimmitt internship will be awarded in summer 2013. 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 [email protected].