Jobs & Internships

Career and Internship Expectations

Students in the Computer Science Department at the University of Montana should expect to qualify for the many high-paying tech jobs that await them in Montana and nationally. While students, they should expect to obtain paid internships that will broaden their experience and skills. Our department provides many resources for student placement, including a vibrant internship program, a high tech career fair, and weekly job posting emails.


Computer science is one of the most in demand fields in the nation, with far more positions than qualified applicants, a trend that the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects to continue.

Employees with computational skills are in incredibly high demand. Nationwide, there are two job openings for every computer scientist, and the demand in Montana is even higher. There are over 290 high tech companies in Montana, and high tech jobs in Montana are growing seven times faster than all other segments of the Montana economy.

Starting salaries for CS Bachelor's recipients average $71,500, with mid-career salaries in the low six figures (source). Unlike many other fields, Montana jobs in computer science pay as well as their national counterparts.

Career Fair

Each year, the CS department hosts a career fair featuring Montana and national companies interested in hiring computer science students. This event provides a free opportunity for students to meet representatives from many companies in one time and place. Many of our students have obtained student and graduate employment/internships through the career fair. Companies interested in attending the Computer Science Career Fair should review the venue information and submit a registration form.


Every student is encouraged to participate in employment opportunities while a student at the University of Montana. There are many local companies looking for paid part-time students during the semester, and many local and national companies offering paid summer opportunities for students during the summer.

Though not necessary, internships can be arranged to provide credit towards your degree.

Most high tech companies offer these opportunities (see Jobs above). For assistance, please contact Dr. Rob Smith, who maintains a list of interested companies.

Companies interested in hiring UM Computer Science students for part-time or summer opportunities should email Dr. Rob Smith with a brief description of the opportunity including pay ranges.