MacNest Summer Internship Program

MacNest provides internships for students to work closely with a founder in a complex, demanding work experience while deepening Macalester’s connections and influence in the Twin Cities startup ecosystem. MacNest Summer is a summer internship program where students receive funding for unpaid internships with Twin Cities startups. Students will receive $5,500 to work 35 hours per week and attend career development and cohort workshops to make connections in their internship experience.

Twin Cities startups looking to work with a Mac student 

At various points, MacNest seeks a diverse set of local startups to be involved in the program. Any venture (NGO, non-profit, foundation, LLC, etc.) that has been in business for 0-5 years is eligible. As a startup who meets the MacNest requirements, you have the chance to work with a highly motivated and intelligent student, and someone else pays for it! Reach out to Abbie at for more information. 

Student Application Process:

  1. Review the “At A Glance” chart to help you confirm that the MacNest program fits well with your Summer 2022 goals
  2. Read the Information Packet and Application Preview
  3. Submit the Handshake application form
  4. Submit the Google application form, which will include:
    1. Uploading your responses to short-answer prompts in video format
    2. Uploading your resume
  5. Find a faculty or staff recommender willing to fill out the Faculty/Staff Reference Form on your behalf. This should be someone who can speak positively about your candidacy in the program. It is your responsibility to send the link to this form to your faculty and inform them of the application deadline.

MacNest Summer 2022 Important Dates For Students:

  • Wednesday, January 19th: Applications opens
  • Thursday, January 27th: Virtual Information Session from 11:30am-1pm. Join us in Zoom!
  • Thursday, February 10th: In person Information Session from 11:30am-1pm in LIB250.
  • Monday, February 21st: Application closes at 8am
  • Wednesday, March 2nd: Decision communications are sent to candidates
  • Tuesday, March 29th: MacNest networking event
  • Wednesday, April 6th: Students will be notified of their internship match
  • Monday, May 16th: Beginning of internship
  • Friday, July 22nd: End of internship

2017 was the inaugural year of the MacNest summer internship program hosted in collaboration with Career Exploration. For further questions, please contact .