WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

  • Currently enrolled rising sophomores, juniors, seniors who will return to Macalester for the 2017-18 academic year (or will be participating in Study Away).

  • In good academic and disciplinary standing with the College.

  • Committed to internships at least 10 weeks in length that occur from Tuesday, May 30 – Friday, August 4th. (Please do not apply if you cannot make this 10 week commitment due to travel, family, classes, etc.)

  • Financial Need:  These internships will support students with significant financial need who would not otherwise participate in an unpaid internship. Students with no financial aid award will also be considered.

WHAT ARE THE SELECTION PRIORITIES FOR MACNEST?

  • Fully confirmed internships over those still being developed. We will accept applications for internships still in the development stage, but a large part of our assessment will be about the quality and relevance of the specific site/experience being proposed and whether the position has been confirmed.

  • Year in school. All other things being equal, advanced students will receive preference.

  • 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).

HOW DOES MACNEST DEFINE A STARTUP?

  • Early stage companies These include companies that are founder-led and self funded or those that have raised capital and are seeking to expand.

  • Early stage non-profits, NGOs or foundations These include organizations who are still founder-led or those that are in the early stage of growth.

  • Individuals. In these cases, often the ideas are so early there is nothing yet formal but an individual working on an idea. These are fine opportunities for internships as long as the quality of the opportunity is high.

  • Large organizations who have been in operation for many years are NOT included in this program, for example: MPR, Medtronic, American Refugee Committee, The Bush Foundation, etc.  That said, it is hard to adequately define every possible startup configuration so we welcome you to contact Kate Ryan Reiling with questions if you have an opportunity you would like to pursue.

WHAT CRITERIA SHOULD I LOOK FOR IN AN INTERNSHIP?

As part of the MacNest Program, students find their own internships with startups or entrepreneurial organizations, companies and/or individuals seeking creative solutions to problems or untapped business opportunities. For more information about to find an startup internship, click here. Please print out this document to share with your potential internship. 

Internship sites must be able to demonstrate capacity to provide a stable, well-supervised, quality learning experience for the student (Qualities of a Credit Worthy Internship) and commit to providing Macalester with comprehensive feedback on the work of the student, and compliance with Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) guidelines. Internships that will not be considered for funding include any that are: paid, virtual, unsupervised, or largely independent; owned or operated by immediate family members; or involved with direct proselytizing for religious work or for a political campaign.

IF I AM CHOSEN FOR MACNEST, WHAT’S NEXT?

Students receiving the grant must complete all internship paperwork and register the summer internship for one credit by April 28, 2017 (tuition cost will be waived). This includes:

Students must also:

  • Attend the MacNest Orientation meeting on Tuesday, April 18 from 11:30-1:00 pm in Davis Court, Markim Hall.
  • 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 15 (to be cc-ed to the Internship Program).
  • Prepare a poster presentation reflecting on your internship experience, and attend the Poster Event mid-summer.

HOW ARE STUDENTS PAID FOR THEIR INTERNSHIPS?

Students will receive $4,500 with the expectation they will work 35-40 hours a week over the ten week period from Tuesday, May 30 – Friday, August 4th. 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.