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 $6,000 to work 35 hours per week and attend career development and cohort workshops to make connections in their internship experience.

The MacNest Summer 2023 Program will take place May 30th, 2023 – August 4th, 2023.

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 Rebecca at [email protected] for more information. 

MacNest Summer 2023 Important Dates For Students:

  • Wednesday, February 1st  Summer 2023 Application Opens!
  • Tuesday, February 14th & Thursday, March 2nd E&I Summer Programming Office Hours in the Idea Lab from 11:30-1.
  • Thursday, February 16th E&I Summer Programming Info Session from 11:30-1 in LIB250. 
  • Monday, February 20th E&I Summer Programming Virtual Info Session from 4:45-5:45 via Zoom. Link can be found here or on our website. 
  • Monday, March 6th Applications Due at 9:00 am! Students must submit a fully completed application and all required accompanying materials which includes a resume and a video. Application preview available at the end of this info packet. 
  • Thursday, March 9th Acceptance emails will be sent. 
  • Thursday, March 23rd If accepted, mandatory Match Night Prep meeting will be held from 12-1pm for any student without an internship. 
  • Thursday, March 30th If accepted, a mandatory Match Night Event will be held from 4:45-7pm in Zoom for any student without an internship. 
  • Tuesday, April 4th If accepted, mandatory Program Launch Meeting from 11:30-1 in LIB250
  • Tuesday, April 11th If accepted, mandatory ISP Meeting (International Students Only) from 11:30-1 in LIB250
  • Tuesday April 18th If accepted, mandatory Headshots and Hamburgers Meeting 11:30-1 in LIB250

MacNest Summer 2023 Important Dates For Startups:

  • Wednesday, January 11th  Summer 2023 Startup Application Opens!
  • Wednesday, March 1st Summer 2023 Startup Application due at 8 am
  • Monday, March 27th Startups are notified if they have been selected to move on to the Match Night Event
  • Thursday, March 30th If selected, mandatory Match Night Event will take place via Zoom from 4:45-7pm. At this event startups interview with the MacNest students and both the students and selected startups give feedback on who they would like to be matched with
  • Friday, March 31st Startups will be notified if they have been matched with a MacNest student
  • Monday, April 17th All startups who match with a student will be required to attend a MacNest supervisor training from noon-1pm via Zoom


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