If you are a Macalester student, please view the possibilities that require student applications and have a conversation with a faculty or staff advisor to discuss how to maximize such experiential learning opportunities during your time at Macalester. The links provide detailed information about the application and selection processes for each program. Address questions about specific program to the listed contact person.

Many projects result in the opportunity to present findings on campus and at regional or national conferences; some students also the get the opportunity to publish their results. You can also highlight your experiences in the different programs on the  Summer Showcase webpage.  The Summer Showcase of research, internships, projects, and entrepreneurial endeavors celebrates the depth and breadth of Macalester students’ summer experiences and their close collaboration with faculty, staff, and community partners.

Faculty or staff seeking information about required paperwork can find that information here.

Program Name Application Deadline for 2022 Contact Person or Office
Davis Projects for Peace. Proposals for community-based projects from individual, or groups of Macalester students, that build towards sustainable peace are reviewed by a Macalester committee. The top two projects are forwarded to the national Davis UWC Scholars Office for selection of 1-2 annual awards.  Support for projects is $10,000; student stipends are not provided other than living expenses. Can also be completed the summer following graduation.  January 10  Ann Minnick
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.  2022  Entrepreneurship
On-campus Olin-Rice summer research. This link provides information about projects that Olin-Rice faculty members will offer students in 2020 and allows students to express their interest in working on project(s).  Keep checking back for 2021 opportunities Liz Jansen, Olin-Rice Hub
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 16  Entrepreneurship
Olin-Rice Hub coordinated opportunties.

    • Off-campus for Macalester students only These projects leverage connections with alumni or Twin Cities partners to provide unique research opportunties for Macalester students.
    • 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 2020
    • 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.
Keep checking back for 2022 opportunities Liz Jansen,

Olin-Rice Hub

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.  spring, 2022  Entrepreneurship
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 Ten 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)  This program is on hold
Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF). This program provides underrepresented students the opportunity to  consider graduate study, research, and/or teaching careers in approved humanities fields. Participants conduct an individual research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor during their junior and senior years. During the year, students meet weekly as a cohort to share their research and to learn about the graduate school application process. 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. spring, 2022 Karin Velez
Macalester Summer Internship Grants (MSIG). Summer internships offer invaluable work-integrated learning for students to explore and advance their academic interests and careers. MSIG 2022 will provide grants to students to do 10-week unpaid internships anywhere in the world. Applications will open in January 2022 and the student application deadline will be mid-late February 2022. We will pilot an earlier application process where students will apply in February 2022 without having a confirmed internship.  We believe this will reduce barriers to entry for students, as in prior years, many applicants worked to secure unpaid opportunities and subsequently then applied for MSIG funding later in semester. In March-April, selected students will engage in cohort-based support aimed to prepare them to conduct steps of internship application and selection process. Funding will be contingent on student site agreement by mid-April. 2022 Grant levels are $5,500 for full-time internships (35-40 hours per week) and $2,750 for half-time internships (~20 hours per week). Mid-late February, 2022 Kate Larson, Career Exploration
Amy Ostermeier Human Rights Fellowship.  Up to two fellowships are awarded to support unpaid internships, anywhere in the world, related to human rights.  Applications to support students who have secured human rights-related internships at the United States Department of State are preferred, but students with any human rights-related internships are encouraged to apply.

*note: applications for this funding source require answers to an additional short answer question and should be submitted using the MSIG process 

Wendy Weber, Political Science
Chuck Green Program. October 15, 2021
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 Dianna Shandy (shandy@macalester.edu), Acting Associate Dean of the Faculty for more information.
  • Examples of Past Projects