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Project Vote Smart offers students political-research internships in Montana

August 30, 2006View for printing

As University of Montana students settle into Missoula among packed U-Haul’s and ubiquitous campus sprinklers, a new internship opportunity is available that sets them in the heart of the 2006 midterm elections.

Project Vote Smart , a Philipsburg-based nonprofit voter education group, formed a loose alliance with UM officials this summer that could result in a research internship program for UM students.

“We haven’t had (a relationship) up to this point with the university since arriving to Philipsburg from Corvallis (Oregon),” said Adelaide Kimball, an executive board member with the group.

According to its website, Project Vote Smart is a nonpartisan organization created in 1992 with founding board members ranging from Sen. John McCain to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. It takes no money from special-interest groups while “researching the backgrounds and records of thousands of political candidates and elected officials to discover their voting records, campaign contributions, public statements (and) biographical data.”

Story by Timothy Cook Montana Kaimin

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