A variety of sources exist to support paid learning experiences for Macalester students. In addition to gaining a deep understanding of subject matter, and acquiring skills essential to graduate school and post-graduation employment, the experience itself is often exhilarating.  Many projects result in the opportunity to present findings at regional or national conferences; some students also the get the opportunity to publish their results. Talking to your advisor and your professors about research opportunities is a good first step.

Programs that require student initiated applications for the summer of 2019 are listed below.  Follow links for more information and details about the application process.

Program Name Application Deadline (2019)
Mac//STARTUP. MacStartups is a 10-week fully-immersive summer incubator program open to current Macalester students. Working in a team of 2-3, students spend the summer using their creativity and super-powers to tackle a problem they’re passionate about solving while connecting with the Twin Cities entrepreneurship community. February 22
LiveIt ProgramThe Live it Dream it program provides funding for entrepreneurial projects with awards ranging from $500-$2000 in J-Term, followed by an opportunity to apply for summer funding of up to $10,000. February 3
Macalester Summer Internship Grants (MSIG). Summer internships offer robust learning/work experiences that help students advance their academic interests and careers. In the summer of 2019 the MSIG program will provide grants to students to do 10-week unpaid internships anywhere in the world. This funding is meant to help defray living costs for the duration of the unpaid internship, including housing, travel, food, etc.- 3 types of grants are available. March 25
MacNest. MacNest is a summer internship program where students receive funding for unpaid internships with Twin Cities startups. Students will receive $5,000 to work 35 hours a week, receive free on-campus housing, and attend Thursday morning career development workshops to connect the internship experience to vocation. February 10
Graduate School Exploration Fellowship (GSEF). This program provides underrepresented students the opportunity to  consider graduate study, research, and/or teaching careers. In addition to mentoring by a Macalester faculty member, selected participants are eligible for a paid summer research opportunity following their junior year at a Big Academic Alliance Institution or the University of Chicago. In addition, participants are eligible for graduate school visit assistance funds during their senior year (up to $1,000.00 per Fellow) and assistance for scholarly-related activities (up to $250.00 per Fellow)  March 15
Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF). Participants conduct an individual research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor during their junior and senior years. Over the summer, students  enroll in a weekly two-credit seminar led by the MMUF faculty coordinator.  Participants also receive travel support to attend an annual regional conference.  Fellows also receive continued support as they pursue a doctorate through a targeted series of grants and seminars, beginning with the early stages of graduate school and continuing through the post-Ph.D. years. March 15
Olin-Rice Hub coordinated opportunties.

    • Off-campus for Macalester students only These opportunties leverage connections with alumni or Twin Cities partners to provide unique research projects.
    • Taylor Shadowing Fellowship provides stipend of $500 for students to shadow health care professionals (e.g., medical doctors, nurses, midwives, physician assistants, veterinarians, dentists, physical therapists, etc.) in clinical settings for 50 hours during the summer.
    • Taylor Public Health Fellowship provides a stipend of $2500 to cover 9-10 weeks of half-time work in a public health environment. Students have worked in research (e.g., epidemiology), governmental agencies (e.g., state departments of health), non-profit organizations (e.g., Planned Parenthood) and others.
    • Young Researcher Program (pending funding support for 2019)
    • Electronic Summer Research Application (ESRA) describes projects Macalester faculty members will offer students in 2019 and allows students to express their interest in working on project(s).
    • Jan Serie Fellowship. Supports a student doing full time research during the summer in any area of science or math. Research may take place at Macalester or another site, but all proposals and projects require a Macalester faculty mentor/sponsor who will participate and/or advise the student during the research experience.
February 18
Davis Projects for Peace January 11
Chuck Green Program. October 15, 2018
Departmental Supported Summer Awards. varies.


  • In addition, Macalester faculty also have the opportunity to apply for Collaborative Summer Research (CSR) funds that supports student-faculty collaborative research during the summer. Faculty can contact Paul Overvoorde (overvoorde@macalester.edu), Associate Dean of the Faculty for more information.
  • Examples of Past Projects