The Professional Fellows Program brings emerging leaders from around the world to the United States for intensive short-term fellowships designed to broaden their professional expertise. Participants are placed in non-profit organizations, media outlets, private sector businesses, and government offices across the country to learn first-hand how issues in their field are addressed in the United States. Participants build a broad network with both their American colleagues and their fellow participants. The program also creates an opportunity for them to develop a deeper understanding of American society. Thousands of Americans host, work with, and learn from the foreign fellows while they are in the United States, and the second phase of the Professional Fellows Programs involves selection of Americans to take part in official follow-on programs overseas, in conjunction with the fellows they hosted in the United States.
The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center (MC) of The University of Montana (UM) is honored to host a program of the U.S. Department of State, the Economic Empowerment Exchange Program for Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. With participant Fellowships as a centerpiece, our program offers a hands-on approach to issues shared by the countries of Southeast Asia in cultivating economic empowerment. The program features business-skills training that culminates in each participant developing an action plan to advance the project goal which is building economic opportunity from the ground up by supporting participants in their efforts to broaden social opportunity and to ensure that the benefits of growth and trade are more widely distributed.
Our foreign and Montana partners join us in this opportunity to advance economic opportunities for more people, and empower those from disadvantaged groups to benefit from these opportunities.