The Macalester Summer Internship Grant (MSIG) provides funding for unpaid internships so Macalester students may have access to invaluable, career enhancing summer experiences.
Staff involved in operating Macalester College funded summer experiences have been meeting regularly with college administration to determine how these programs will function in 2020, given the worsening COVID-19 situation. The Macalester Summer Internship Grant program for unpaid internships is still forging ahead, but under these updated guidelines:
- Applications are now closed.
- We will only consider applications for internships that are virtual or that can be moved easily to virtual as dictated by safety conditions. Proposals that include any on-site work will need to be justified and include a clear plan that ensures the safety of the student. With the COVID-19 situation changing so quickly, we strongly recommend that you focus on creating a solid virtual internship experience.
- The host organization must agree that the proposed work may be done remotely and that they are willing to fully support this kind of virtual internship.
- 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.
- All things considered, half-time virtual internships may be prioritized over full-time; full-time remote roles have often proven very challenging in the past unless they are unusually well supported/managed! Let us know if you feel your proposed internship could still work on a half-time basis by sending a note to firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline.
- Everything continues to be fluid and changing by the day, so awards may be contingent upon external factors (e.g. travel and safety restrictions).
*Check back regularly for updates on the status of the program. (updated 5/28/20)
Access additional grants and fellowships on our 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 2020 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.
Four types of grants will be awarded: (all internships should be 10 weeks in length)
- $5,000 for full-time (at least 35-40 hours/week) internships and student is paying rent.
- $3,500 for full-time (at least 35-40 hours/week) internships and student is living at home/no rent.
- $2,500 for half-time (at least 20 hours/week) internships and student is paying rent.
- $2,000 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 2020-21 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. (Please do not apply if you cannot make this 10 week commitment due to travel, family, classes, etc.)
- Financial Need:
* Financial Aid eligible – 90% of MSIG funding targets students with significant financial need. (If you have questions regarding your financial need status, please contact the Financial Aid Office.)
* Merit-based internships – 10% of MSIG funding may be awarded to no-need applicants based strictly upon the strength of the proposal.
- Students may only receive one substantial award from Macalester each summer. (e.g. you can’t receive the MSIG award AND a scholarship/grant from an academic department.)
- Fully confirmed internships over those still being developed. We will still accept applications for internships still in the development stage, but a large part of our assessment will focus on the quality and relevance of the specific site/experience being proposed and whether the position has been confirmed.
- Full-time internships (min. of 35-40 hours/week) over part-time.
- 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)
- Key Consideration: Potential impact of the internship on your studies and career. All internships are valuable, but we look to fund those with the potential to be highly impactful, unique, and especially those attainable only during the summer.
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 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 go ahead and apply.
- 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.
Early Decision Deadline: Monday, March 2 at 7:00 pm
Final Deadline: Monday, April 6 at 7:00 pm, but we will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis
Applications will require the following:
- Complete the application form
- Apply to and upload the following documents to the posting on Handshake:
- MSIG Short Answer Application Questions:
- Make a copy of the google doc and write your responses to the questions.
- Save as PDF and as Application_Questions_Last Name, First Name
- Resume: One page and saved as Resume_Last Name, First Name
- MSIG Short Answer Application Questions:
- 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.
- Site Agreement Form (Word doc) (saved as Site_Agreement_Last Name, First Name) emailed to email@example.com
The Site Agreement form is not required as part of your application, however submitting this validation of the internship by the site will enhance your application. If you do not submit it and are selected for a grant, this will be required prior to registration.
**Only complete applications received by the deadline will be considered in the initial selection process.
If the proposed internship is outside the U.S., the applicant will need to submit information related to safety, travel, and logistics.
- Students receiving the grant must complete all internship paperwork and register the summer internship for one credit by May 1. (Tuition cost of one credit in summer will be waived.)
- Learning Contract, approved by site supervisor and faculty sponsor
- Position Description, detailed and thorough
- MSIG Internship Student Agreement
- Attend an orientation meeting on TBD and conducted over Zoom.
- Submit all internship evaluations by deadlines (two-week Check-in, Mid-term and Final Evaluations).
- Maintain contact with Faculty Sponsor and hand in final summary reflection paper by August 17 (to be cc-ed to firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Produce and submit photographic documentation of internship experience.
- Prepare a final poster presentation summarizing the internship experience, and attend the MSIG Fall Poster Event early in the fall term. Those studying away in the fall will submit their posters to be presented in absentia.
- Students approved to do an internship outside of the United States are fully responsible for attaining the appropriate visa status to remain in that country for the duration of the internship.
Students will receive their grant, paid out in three installments over the course of the summer. 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. Students should consult their parents or a tax advisor for federal and state income tax filing questions.