Helping Global Farmers
Compatible Technology Institute intern Brianna Besch ’13 learns how innovative tools—like the bicycle-powered potato slicer—help poor farmers get enough to eat.
Internship in Palestine
Hannah McIntire ’13 interned for a second summer with the NGO Tomorrow’s Youth Organization (TYO).
Helping alum Dan Rippy ’89 develop a website for adult learners whetted Ben Bernard’s appetite for entrepreneurship.
An English Major Interns
By doing two publishing internships, Becky Schultz ’13 has helped shape and define her own career goals.
Computer Career Pathfinder
A Macalester alumnus guided Adam Oien ’10 to a computer science class, an internship—and then to a job at his company.
Teaching philosophy to 8- and 9-year-olds at St. Paul’s West 7th Community Center was the unconventional way that Vivian Ihekoronye ’13 (St. Paul) spent her summer.
Kids Cancer Research
Studying pediatric skin cancers was transformative for pre-med student Beatrice Brumley ’13.
Exploring Health Professions
Taylor Fellowships give students a taste of their own kind of medicine.
Excelling at Xcel
Simbarashe Musasa’s internship with a Fortune 500 company came about in part due to an Econometrics class paper.
Macalester biology major Jay Schwartz is fascinated by the complex interactions of primates, so he jumped at the chance to join Minnesota Zoo researchers in an observational research project involving macaques.
Football Meets Robotics
Macalester football player Jesse Russell ’14 met robotics executive Andrew Borene ’98 at a Mac football game. The result was a paid internship with ReconRobotics and Robotics Alley.
How Emily Howland ’09 turned a Hispanic studies and English major into an international adventure trip job.
World Health Intern
An international public health class helped Glafira Marcon ’13 land a World Bank internship.
“Front line soldiers.” That’s how Ruben Pena ‘12 describes the role of nurses. “Doctors plan the patient’s care, but nurses are in the thick of it and doing the day-to-day care,” he says. That’s what makes the field so appealing to him. Pena, a psychology major from Asuncion, Paraguay, holds an internship at Regions Hospital in downtown St. Paul,
Immunization, the Amish, and Madagascar make up the disparate worlds of three Mac anthropology majors.
Marissa Bianco ’13 waded right into the publishing world with an internship at Minneapolis’s Milkweed Editions.
From Macalester to Citigroup
Taking advantage of Macalester’s urban location, Jingjiao Zhang ’12 interned with 3M. Now she has a New York job offer.
Renewable energy devices’ appearance is important too, says Nadia Foo Kune ’13. She worked for Perkins+Will, making solar panels more attractive.
Kyle Gename '13 interned at Permaculture Research Institute, where he worked on restoring toxic soils so that people could safely use the land to grow their own food.
Breaking Through to Kids
There aren’t many 13-year-olds who ask for more homework, but then most 13-year-olds aren’t as determined to succeed as those taught by two Macalester students.
Of Consulates and Kings
Even Kvelland '12 held two internships, one with the United Nations Development Program in Norway and one with the Norwegian Consulate in Minneapolis.
Kate Peterson ’11 spent her summer at the Israel Museum, restoring artifacts from Herod’s palace.
Art in New York
Larsen Husby '12 was a curatorial intern for nonprofit exhibition space in New York City and assistant for three New York artists
Mac DNA - Jeesun Choi
Jeesun Choi '13 talks about her two internships in Minneapolis and her research project with English Professor Nathan Hensley on violence in Victorian novels.
Back in her hometown of Nanjing, China, before she ever came to Macalester, Danlu Hu ’13 read about Chinese adoptees returning to their native land. Moved by their stories, says Hu, she remembers thinking at the time, “I should really do something for these kids.”
Sometimes an internship arises from a student’s avocation rather than a major. So it is with Alexis Ramirez ’12 (Oakland, Calif.), a cultural anthropology major spending her summer immersed in art.
What are summers like at Macalester? Many Macalester students choose to take advantage of internship and research opportunities in the summer. The campus is also busy with kids taking part in the Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth (MITY) and ID Tech Camp programs.
Mosaic on a Stick
Hannah Anderson-Dana ’13 (Portland, Ore.) spent fall semester volunteering at the Minnesota Children’s Museum, pointing out, “The Twin Cities is a good place to get internships.”