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- Highly Selective
- Richly Diverse
- 26% domestic students of color
- 23% of students identify as LGBTQ+
- Globally Minded
- Actively Engaged in the Community
- 76% of Macalester students intern or complete mentored research at least once during their time at Macalester
- 90% of students have engaged in community-based learning or service while at Macalester
Areas of Study
- Macalester students study a breadth of topics across four academic divisions, more than sixty majors and several interdisciplinary concentrations.
- One third of our students graduate with a STEM major (biology, chemistry, computer science, geology, math/statistics, neuroscience, or physics).
- Please note that Macalester does not offer any licensing programs for fields such as nursing, accounting, or teaching.
Benefits of offering internships for academic credit
- For unpaid internships, helps ensure you are staying on the right side of the Dept. of Labor’s Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) guidelines, since the work is being done as an academic class that is focused on being a quality learning experience;
- Students work within the structure and support of the school and a professor, and therefore tend to be more focused in what they hope to accomplish and reflective about the experience;
- Employers report these interns tend to be more reliable and dedicated to the position because they are working within the structure of a class and earning credit;
- If problems arise with the student, the employer may turn to Career Exploration and the professor for assistance in addressing them.
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Attend a Career Fair
Each year Macalester hosts two free job and internship fairs, one in the fall and one in the spring. To be eligible to register, you must have openings during the time of the fair for jobs that would use a college degree or internships that would support study toward a degree. Register to attend a fair in Handshake. For more information, please contact our staff at email@example.com.
If you have an opening for an internship or job that meets our criteria for posting in Handshake, we invite you to visit campus to table and/or host an information session. Contact our staff at firstname.lastname@example.org to choose the best time and location.
To help your event be successful, we urge you to schedule your information sessions between early September and Thanksgiving during fall semester and between mid-January and mid-March during spring semester. We reserve the right to decline events that fall outside these parameters. If an information session does not have at least 8 students registered 24 hours in advance of the event, we reserve the right to cancel the event.
Macalester has centrally-located interview spaces designed to make your interviewing experience simple, effective, and pleasant. We would love to host you if you have an open position posted in Handshake.
- No charge for parking or interview space
- Simple schedule management
- Private space in our library and campus center
- Virtual interviewing options (for out-of-town employers and students studying abroad)
- Interview spaces may only be used for candidates from Macalester.
Contact email@example.com to make arrangements.
Macalester College is located at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Snelling Avenue in St. Paul. Career Exploration is located on the main level of Kagin Commons, north of Grand Avenue.
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Student Engagement Policies and Tips
- We invite you to plan annual visits. Visiting regularly helps generate word-of-mouth buzz about your organization among students and alumni.
- Invite alumni who work in your organization or current students who worked as interns to join you at recruiting events.
- You may only host an information session or table once per semester. Scheduling in advance will ensure that you are tabling at the right time to promote your organization to Macalester students.
- Reservations can be made up to 12 months in advance of an event.
- Reservations must be made a minimum of 14 days prior to the event date. If you need to come to campus at a specific date and time, please factor this into your planning.
- Nothing may be shipped to the Macalester campus in advance of a tabling or interview session.
- Career Exploration promotes employer events to all students through multiple channels. We are unable to use printed materials provided by you to promote your visit. We may accept and use a copy of your promotional material submitted electronically.
By posting a job or internship opportunity, you agree to comply with all federal and state regulations regarding Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity and to follow the National Association of Colleges and Employers Principles of Professional Practice.
If you’re looking for an unpaid intern, be sure to review Internship Programs Under The Fair Labor Standards Act (pdf).
Macalester uses Handshake, a free career platform which you can use to make your opportunities available and visible to Macalester students. Once you have created an account for your organization on Handshake, you may enter multiple postings, go online at anytime to update or repost your opportunities, sign up for Macalester’s Fall and Spring Job and Internship Fairs, use Handshake to collect and sort application materials, and to sign up for and manage on-campus interviews.
Macalester accepts postings for both paid (hourly, stipend, etc.) and unpaid internships. We encourage you, however, to offer some sort of compensation in order to reach the widest talent pool—60% of Macalester students say that for financial reasons they cannot accept an unpaid internship. (This is especially true in summer.) The vast majority of internships can be set up to earn academic credit through Macalester (although this is not required).
Macalester accepts job postings which would use a bachelor’s degree offered by our school and internship postings which would support studies toward that degree. Postings can be declined if they do not meet these criteria or if it is unclear whether they meet these criteria.
We will decline postings for positions not attainable for a recent graduate from Macalester, including:
- Positions which require more than three years of professional experience.
- Positions which require advanced degrees such as a Master’s or Ph.D.
- Positions which require licenses or certifications
Employers must supply contact information including a working website and accurate physical address.
Employer accounts using free email services (such as Gmail) will be declined unless there is additional evidence showing that the address is associated with the named employer.
Third party recruiters may post openings, but cannot charge any fees to applicants, before or after they are hired.
Handshake cannot be used to promote on-campus solicitation or sales.
Best Practices for Posting
- Clearly state whether you want candidates to apply through Handshake or a different process.
- Short deadlines are recommended for all openings. The algorithms in Handshake make it less likely that positions with longer deadlines will be seen. We encourage application deadlines between three weeks to two months after the opening is posted. Rolling or annual postings can be renewed or extended, or you can create a new post for each new hiring wave.
- Use a descriptive job title. If the position has a common title such as “Intern,” “Researcher,” or “Coordinator,” we recommend adding the division/department name to the posting such as “Coordinator in Career Exploration” or “Behavioral Psychology Researcher.”
- Create a unique posting for each unique title, rather than making one posting to promote a variety of openings within your organization.
- Check that your posting clearly states the minimum requirements, primary responsibilities, location, and deadline.
- Increase your candidate pool by being open to candidates with a wide range of majors and GPAs and citizen status
The quality of the internship experience often depends on the supervisor’s skills as much as on the effort of the student intern. An intern who is challenged by the work, is learning new skills, and feels valued by the organization will be a more engaged and productive contributor. Here’s how to create an environment that fosters a successful working/learning relationship.
Hosting Macalester Interns (gdoc)
Macalester has long prided itself on being an international learning community and as such, we enroll students from all over the world. On average, 15% of the student body holds citizenship exclusively somewhere other than the U.S. (many more are citizens of the U.S. and another country). Making your positions (internships and full-time) open to international candidates will substantially increase the size and quality of your talent pool.
What you need to know about hiring international students as interns:
- All of Macalester’s international students (those studying in the U.S. on F1 visas) are authorized to intern in positions related to their majors after completing two semesters on campus.
- International students must do their internships for academic credit and these internships can be paid or unpaid.
- As an employer, you have no paperwork or expenses beyond what you would have with a U.S student intern.
- Macalester’s Academic Internships and International Student Program will facilitate the process on our end.
For more information on employing international college students for internships, please see U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement information on student Curricular Practical Training (CPT).
After graduation, international students have the ability to work full or part time, paid or unpaid, in roles that are related to their majors, for a period of at least 12 months. Graduates with majors in STEM disciplines (math, economics, computer science, biology, chemistry, physics, neuroscience, and psychology) and hired into a role related to that major can work for you for up to 36 months without additional expense or needing a sponsored visa. For more information on employing international college students for full-time roles, please see U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement information on student Occupational Practical Training (OPT).
If you are hoping to post local jobs for students while they are enrolled in college, please use our part-time job board.
By posting jobs on the Mac Job Board, you agree to comply with all federal and state regulations regarding Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity and to follow the National Association of Colleges and Employers Principles of Professional Practice.