Looking for a few good ranches.

The DSRMP is seeking qualified ranches that are dedicated to the education of young people with a passion for ranching. All students in the program will intern on a working ranch for two consecutive summer sessions with the goal of connecting academic course work with the diversity of skills and real-life issues needed for the next generation of ranch managers. Ranch managers will mentor these students in a work-learn experience.

We understand that only a fraction of the work done on a ranch can be experienced during the summer season. As a result, students are encouraged to maintain a relationship with the ranch and to visit as often as possible to participate in significant ranch events throughout the year. These internships will be paid by the ranch to maintain a professional relationship between ranch and student and ensure accountability by the student. The students are expected to work as a regular ranch hand, but we also ask the ranch to involve the student in as many day-to-day tasks as possible along with the planning and decision making activities of the ranch. The students will work closely with the ranch to identify areas where the student and MSU can assist the ranch on a specific topic or project of importance to the ranch.


Interested in hosting an intern? 

The application process to be an intern host with the DSRMP is simple. Please go to this link, complete and send email the following form to the Program Lead, Rachel Frost, frost@montana.edu. The form provides us with information about your specific ranch operation so we can more accurately pair you with an intern suited to your ranch. Questions? Please contact the Program Lead, Rachel Frost, 406-994-3724, orfrost@montana.edu.


Young woman riding horseback on the range moving cattle.