The Montana Department of Agriculture offers a variety of internships for students enrolled in an accredited college or university. This includes all public, private, community, vo-tech and Native American institutions of higher learning. Most internships occur during the months of April to September. The length varies, depending on the project that needs to be completed and the time frame required. Positions are located statewide.
Most are paid positions. Interns must secure their own housing and transportation to the work site. Student interns must have a valid drivers license to drive a state vehicle.
Announcements can be found below when positions are available.
No positions currently available. Contact Human Resources if you would like to be notified when internship positions become available in the future.
2016 Marketing Intern Cody Shick: In His Own Words
This summer I was incredibly fortunate to serve as a Marketing Intern with the Montana Department of Agriculture. I was in charge of putting together the first ever Grown in Montana Store for the State Fair in Great Falls. It was an idea with a purpose of promoting small businesses that used Montana grown crops as ingredients for their products. There were no previous attempts at a project like this, so I leaned on the people around me for advice and did the best I could. Luckily, things fell into place without too much difficulty. I ended up recruiting 18 companies to participate with over 50 different products. With help from the staff surrounding me, the store was a successful start for what I hope will be continued long into the future.
Coordinating the Grown In Montana Store was my main responsibility; however, I also was able to help with many other projects in the Marketing Bureau. I was able to attend the Innovate Montana Conference in Billings, the Cherry Festival in Polson, and I was also able to attend a tour with European pulse buyers in the Great Falls area. I met so many people throughout the summer and I have significantly expanded my network as I head into my sophomore year at Montana State University. The Montana Department of Agriculture is represented by some truly amazing people and I was so privileged to play a small part in advocating for Montana agriculture.
The Department would like to sincerely thank Cody for his outstanding contributions to MDA!
In this video from KFBB ABC Fox Montana, Cody shares Montana-made agricultural products at the Grown in Montana Store at the 2016 Montana State Fair. Thanks to KFBB ABC Fox Montana and Reporter Melinda Zosh for use of the video. Find KFBB on the web or on Facebook.
Comments From 2013 Marketing Interns
Mike Siegersman assists the International Marketing Officer in marketing Montana’s value-added ag products to foreign countries. His duties include conducting research on targeted markets, planning inbound trade missions and exporting seminars, and providing Montana companies with information on exporting products.
"I enjoy working for the department because of all the friendly and helpful people I get to work with, who do their best for Montana’s agricultural industries," he says. "I am motivated by a great resume-building opportunity and the chance to help food and agricultural companies be profitable and expand their businesses."
Natalie Griffin assists staff in outreach and promotional efforts of the Agricultural Marketing & Business Development Bureau. Her position includes researching and interviewing successful businesses to develop press releases, marketing materials and other content for multiple media channels.
"Working at the department has taught me more than I could have imagined about the state's agriculture-related businesses and how government agencies provide support to businesses," Natalie says. "The experiences I've had speaking with business owners will be very valuable for my future career, especially if I have the opportunity to start my own business."