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The Macalester Summer Internship Grant (MSIG) provides funding for unpaid internships so Macalester students may have access to invaluable, career enhancing summer experiences.

COVID-19 Policies

  • Due to precautions related to COVID-19, Macalester College strongly recommends your internship be set up to be conducted remotely. This is the safest, least disruptive way to engage with a community organization.
  • Students will be allowed to do on-site, in-person internships if arrangements are made in advance with Career Exploration (this involves a waiver process). However, these positions must be able to quickly transition to remote work if health and safety conditions change.
  • All interns are required to develop a plan with their employer for how work will be/could be managed virtually and on-site (i.e. orientation/training/supervision/communication/access to resources/access to work community.)
  • Internships that involve international travel are not allowed for safety and logistical reasons. Exceptions will be considered for students living at home in a country outside the U.S.

Mod 5 and Summer Internships

Check back regularly for updates on the status of the program as awards may be contingent upon external factors (e.g. travel and safety restrictions). 2/23/21

Access additional grants and fellowships on the Paid Summer Opportunities page.

Summer internships offer robust learning/work experiences that help students advance their academic interests and careers. Unfortunately, a number of great internships are unpaid, and therefore are not an option for many students with limited financial resources. To help address this, in the summer of 2021 Macalester College will provide grants to students to do 10-week unpaid internships that help defray living costs for the duration of the unpaid internship, including housing, travel, food, etc.  The MSIG program will run from June 1, 2021 to August 6, 2021; proposed internships should be set up to fall within these parameters.  Students do not need to have a confirmed internship in order to apply for MSIG, and can receive assistance from Career Exploration to find one.

Four levels of grants will be awarded:

  1. $5,500 for full-time (at least 35-40 hours/week) internships and student is paying rent.
  2. $3,850 for full-time (at least 35-40 hours/week) internships and student is living at home/no rent.
  3. $2,750 for half-time (at least 20 hours/week) internships and student is paying rent.
  4. $2,200 for half-time (at least 20 hours/week) internships and student is living at home/no rent.