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.

Are you curious about entrepreneurship, innovation, and startup culture? Do you want to gain experience to be used in your academics and toward your future job? Do you want to understand the impact individuals can have on early stage ventures?  MacNest is a summer internship program where students receive funding for unpaid internships with Twin Cities startups. Students will receive $5,000 to work 35 hours a week, receive free on-campus housing, and attend Thursday morning career development workshops to connect the internship experience to vocation. 

2019 Timeline

Feb. 7 Information Session Library 250
Feb. 10 11:59 pm Application Due
Feb. 18 Announcement
Mar. 7 Match Day Library 250
May – July MACNEST Twin Cities
TBD  Presentations TBD
Two pathways to apply:  with an internship or seeking an internship.

Step 1: Reach out to your startup internship supervisor. Feel free to share with them this form which explains MacNest.

Step 2: Find a faculty recommender. This can be any faculty member. Send them this form to submit by February 25.

Step 3: Apply for the MacNest program.

If you don’t have a startup internship yet, but are interested in working with an early stage venture, here’s what you do:

Step 1: Apply for the MacNest program.

Step 2: Find a faculty recommender. This can be any faculty member. Send them this form to submit by February 25.

Step 3: Attend MacNest Match Night on Thursday, March 7 from 5:00-7:30 pm to find and meet your internship. Dozens of startups will pitch to convince you why you should work from them.

Step 4: Submit final Internship forms.

For Twin Cities Startups – looking to host an intern?

MacNest is seeking 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 0-3 years is eligible. As a startup, you have the chance to hire a highly motivated and intelligent intern, and someone else pays for it! If you meet the MacNest requirements and are selected, one member of your team will be required to come to our Student-Startup Matching Event (March 17th) to present a 1-minute pitch of your business, emphasizing the skills and attributes you aim to add to your team. You will then have a chance to meet the students while the MacNest team helps facilitate the formation of ideal student-startup matches.  If you are interested, please fill out this application Startup Application Form.

MacNest is supported in part by a grant from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation. To learn more about the grant, click here. 2017 was the inaugural year of the MacNest program hosted in collaboration with the Internship Office and the Career Development Center For further questions, please contact .