The Macalester Summer Internship Grant (MSIG) provides funding for unpaid internships so Macalester students may have access to invaluable, career enhancing summer experiences.
- 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.)
- No internships will be considered that involve international travel. Exceptions will be considered for students living at home in a country outside the U.S.
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 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 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. The MSIG program will run from June 1, 2021 to August 6, 2021; proposed internships should be set up to fall within these parameters.
Four levels of grants will be awarded:
- $5,500 for full-time (at least 35-40 hours/week) internships and student is paying rent.
- $3,850 for full-time (at least 35-40 hours/week) internships and student is living at home/no rent.
- $2,750 for half-time (at least 20 hours/week) internships and student is paying rent.
- $2,200 for half-time (at least 20 hours/week) internships and student is living at home/no rent.
- Currently enrolled rising sophomores, juniors, seniors who will return to Macalester for the 2021-22 academic year (or participating in Study Away).
- In good academic and disciplinary standing with the college.
- Committed to internships at least 10 weeks in length that fall within the program dates of June 1, 2021 to August 6, 2021. (Please do not apply if you cannot make this 10 week commitment due to travel, family, classes, etc.)
- Financial Aid Eligible: MSIG funding primarily targets students with significant financial need. (If you have questions regarding your financial need status, please contact the Financial Aid Office.)
- Students may only receive one substantial award from Macalester each summer. (e.g. you cannot receive the MSIG award AND a scholarship/grant from an academic department.)
- You are encouraged to have attained or be in the application process for a relevant internship. However, students may certainly apply without an internship in hand, and we will work with you to find one. The Committee’s assessment of an application will focus on the quality and relevance of the specific site/experience being proposed. It will help if that position has been confirmed or in process.
- Students who have not previously received Mac funding for an internship or related experience. (e.g., summer internship, fellowship, or research funding through Macalester College)
- Students who can articulate in their application how this experience will enhance their academic, career, and personal growth.
Internships should primarily be with non-profits, NGOs, and government entities anywhere in the world. Small start-up companies outside the Twin Cities area are eligible as well (internships with local start-ups may be funded through the summer MacNest program). All internship sites must be able to demonstrate capacity to provide a stable, well-supervised, quality learning experience for the student and commit to providing Macalester with comprehensive feedback on the work of the student, and compliance with Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) guidelines (U.S. sites only). Review this handout, Qualities of a Credit Worthy Internship with your site as you are setting up your internship. International internships may not be in countries on the U.S. State Department Travel Advisory Level of 3 or 4.
Internships that will not be considered for funding:
- Any internship that is paid (an hourly rate). Internships receiving small stipends (e.g. housing or living stipends) may still be considered for funding.
- Laboratory-based research in academic settings (Macalester provides support for this kind of research through Endowed Summer Research Funds, See the Olin Rice Hub’s website for more information.) We may consider research in other non-academic settings and in a broader range of disciplines. This might include research in social sciences, government, health, and environment. If in doubt, we encourage you to contact us.
- Internships with organizations owned or operated by immediate family members.
- Internships involved with direct proselytizing for religious work or for a political campaign.
- Corporate and private sector internships are only rarely considered. Exceptions have been made in fields that historically do not pay interns, including media, entertainment, etc. Consult with Career Exploration.
- This grant can not be used to pay for a program or program fees.
Deadline: Monday, March 29 at 7 pm
We will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis.
Applications will go live on February 1, 2021 and will require the following:
- Application form and resume
- Faculty Internship Validation Form
The Faculty Internship Validation Form is not a letter of recommendation, but instead a brief form seeking the faculty’s input in support of this internship. Make sure you talk to them about your plans. It is your responsibility to send the link to this form to your faculty and inform them of your application deadline.
**Only complete applications received by the deadline will be considered in the initial selection process.
In Summer 2021 the only international internships we will consider funding are those in the home countries of international students where the student will be living at home.
- Students are expected to participate in the full 10 weeks of the MSIG program (June 1, 2021 – August 6, 2021).
- Complete all internship paperwork and register the summer internship for one credit by May 1. (Tuition cost of the one credit in summer will be waived. Grant funded internships may not be taken as a Mod 5 class.)
- Complete the MSIG Internship Agreement.
- Attend an orientation meeting on Zoom TBD.
- Complete two brief career focused assignments and attend three online meetings throughout the summer.
- Maintain contact with their Faculty Sponsor and submit all internship evaluations by deadlines (two-week Check-in, Mid-term, Final, and Internship Reflection and Self Evaluation).
- Produce and submit photographic documentation of internship experience.
- Prepare a poster presentation via an online form summarizing the internship experience for the Summer Showcase event (Fall 2021).
Students will receive their grant, paid out in two installments over the course of the summer for working 10 weeks. Macalester on-campus housing is an option for the ten weeks of the internship, but this requires a separate application to Residential Life. The purpose of this grant is to offset the costs of living/travel expenses during the internship.
The award will be treated as taxable income for federal and state income tax purposes and Macalester will issue a Form 1099-Misc to US citizens and permanent residents and a corresponding copy to the IRS. International students will receive this information on Form 1042-S which can be accessed through the Glacier Tax Software used by International Student Programs. Students should consult their parents or a tax advisor for federal and state income tax filing questions.