UM app, new minor connect students to global opportunities

Orrin Tiberi, third from left, a 2009 UM graduate in anthropology and international development studies, stands with his monitoring and evaluation team on a project in Uganda. (UM photo)

A new minor at the University of Montana looks to help students connect to global careers – and it could be as simple as tapping a new app.

Offered through International Development Studies, the new freestanding minor blends faculty networks and their global experts from a number of fields, from world health to environmental change.

Kimber McKay, the program’s director, said students taking the minor are encouraged to explore internship opportunities as undergraduates. Now – and in addition to that – they can explore their options through a new university app.

“The app points students to carefully vetted international development internships, many of which are virtual and allow students to complete them from UM’s campus,” said McKay. “The international internships expand the workforce experience and professional networks of UM students and help them find work in their chosen field after graduation.”

McKay said current opportunities include internships with the UN World Food Program and Ecology Project International.

They also include Unite for Site and Circle of Health International, a nongovernmental organization based in Austin, Texas, that was founded by UM alumna Sera Bonds.

“Through classes from departments and colleges across campus, students learn how to build a multidisciplinary toolkit suited for international careers that span sectors, government and nongovernmental organizations,” McKay said.