Frequently Asked Questions


  • Day 1
    • Participants arrive and check into dorms
    • Program welcome, introductions and ice breakers
    • Welcome dinner in downtown Missoula
  • Day 2
    • Breakfast
    • Speaker
    • Lecture and speakers
    • Working lunch - communications coaching
    • Forum
    • Evening networking with community speakers and faculty
    • Community dinner
  • Day 3
    • Breakfast
    • Speaker
    • Corporate panel
    • Lunch and media studio recordings, headshots, LinkedIn, resume critique
    • Recreation Activity
    • Reception
    • Farewell dinner
  • Day 4
    • Check out 


All students are expected to stay with their peers in the University of Montana dorms. Exceptions can be made with valid reasoning.


Students will be charged $140 for this unique opportunity. The $140 fee will cover the cost of breakfast, a dorm room, and other administrative fees. Financial assistance for fees and travel expenses is available for those that qualify. All other costs associated with the program have been covered through the generosity of donors and their investment into the Leading Out West Summer Workshop


The Leading Out West Summer Workshop admits a small cohort of college students per year from the University of Montana and the surrounding region. Students from rural areas are strongly encouraged to apply. Sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students are eligible to apply. 

  • Preferred Qualifications
    • LGBTQIA+ students
    • Work experience
    • Focused on extracurriculars
    • Open to learning, growing and mentorship towards a professional career


Nestled in the Northern Rockies of Montana, surrounded by seven wilderness areas and at the confluence of three rivers, Missoula is an outdoor enthusiast's dream. You can kayak, raft or tube through downtown or take a relaxing hike in 60,000 acres of wilderness minutes from anywhere in town. Missoula is known for its blue-ribbon trout fishing (made famous by A River Runs Through It) and spectacular natural beauty. The outdoor recreational opportunities are limitless.

Missoula is also a regional destination for shopping and dining, featuring three distinct shopping districts and an abundance of restaurants, cafes, coffee houses and breweries with something to fit all budgets and palates. Known for its eclectic culture, visitors will find this arts and culture hub filled with a seeming endless array of arts and entertainment events. Think symphony, theatre, film festivals, author's readings at independent bookstores, college sports, ballet, opera and roller derby. And we proudly live our history – Native American and Lewis & Clark to Smokejumpers and Glacial Lake Missoula.

Adventure meets variety in Missoula. It is a place of small-town values and urban amenities—where you can paddle or hike all day and take in a play or concert in the evening. It is a place of mountains and rivers, families and students, art and trails.


Participants cannot earn college credit through the Leading Out West Summer Workshop. 


To apply, submit the proper materials on our application page. Qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis. Early applications are encouraged. Priority application deadline is March 1. If you submit your application after March 1, your application will be considered on a space-available basis. Applicants that apply prior to March 1 will be notified by March 6. Payment will be requested upon notice of acceptance.