Many juniors and seniors who live off campus sublet (rent out) their rooms over the summer. This is a great option if you want a bit more flexibility than living on campus or if you don't want to be on a meal plan. To find a room to sublet, try talking to your junior and senior friends or joining the Macalester Housing Facebook page.
(The following information is subject to change. The Residential Life Department is the best source of information for summer housing.) If you have any questions about summer hall please feel free to contact Residential Life at email@example.com or visit them on the second floor of the Campus Center.
- Summer housing rates for this summer will be $10 per day. In order to qualify for summer housing you must be on campus for an independent study, internship, fellowship, grant-based program, or summer employment (on or off campus).
- 2017 summer housing will begin Monday, May 15 and will end Friday, August 4. All summer residents will be asked move out by Friday, August 4. You are required to stay in summer housing for a minimum of 3 weeks--anything less will not be approved. Check-ins after July 15th do not meet the 3 week minimum stay and will not be approved.
- Cafe Mac is open during the summer with limited hours. All summer residents are required to be on a summer meal plan, unless approved for a summer exemption by the Director of Residential Life. The summer meal plan is a block plan, meaning you choose a certain number of meals for the summer term. The meal plan block options are:
Summer Block A - 50 Meals for $474.00
Summer Block B - 100 Meals for $948.00
Summer Block C - 150 Meals for $1422.00
- Summer housing applications will close Friday, April 21. Please complete the summer housing application before the deadline. Res Life cannot guarantee summer housing for applications submitted after the April 21 deadline. Note: approval for summer housing is contingent upon student accounts approval. If you have any holds or unpaid bills on your account from Spring 2017 you will not be approved for summer housing.
Any person working in the United States must obtain a Social Security Number (SSN). If you are planning on working this summer and do not have an SSN, make sure to apply early so that you have it by the time you need to start work! The number can take 1-3 weeks to arrive after you apply.
If you would like to work on campus over the summer and you already work on campus during the academic year--this includes doing research with a Macalester professor--you do not need to get additional work certification.
If you are doing an internship off-campus, you need to register for CPT (Curricular Practical Training). Any time you work off-campus for an employer that is not Macalester, you need to register for CPT.
What to do
Work on campus
Many of Macalester's departments and offices employ students over the summer. Inquire at your current job or keep an eye on the student employment job portal for summer opportunities. Working on campus is an easy and stress-free way to spend the summer at Macalester, since you need no additional work permission if you already work on campus during the academic year.
Doing research with a Mac professor is a great summer work option. If you are interested in doing research, we recommend talking to professors who work in your field of interest and also keeping an eye on job postings that may get sent out by departments.
If you do research with a Mac professor, you do not need to get CPT but you will need to get a Social Security Number if you do not already have one.
Do an internship/Get a Summer Job
There are many great organizations in the Twin Cities and elsewhere where you could intern or work for the summer. The Internship Program office is a great resource for finding internships and completing the necessary paperwork.
Students doing paid internships over the summer must do so for credit because of immigration regulations. Macalester covers the cost of one credit required for the internship. This means you will have to have an advisor for your internship, fill out a learning contract, and register for CPT. See the Internship Program's guidelines for international students for more information.
Students doing unpaid internships should come into ISP to see what kind of work certification is required of them.
Apply for a Project Grant
The Institute for Global Citizenship offers funds for students to conduct their own social entrepreneurship projects through several different grants:
- The Live it Fund can give you between $250 and $2,000 to live out your definition of global citizenship. The application deadline for Summer 2017 has already passed.
- The Davis Projects for Peace is an initiative to design grassroots projects backed with $10,000. The application deadline for Summer 2017 has already passed.
Take a class
Over the summer you can participate in several types of academic opportunities. Through Macalester you can do an independent project or participate in the summer Physics Institute. You could also take classes at other colleges and universities and get them approved for Macalester credit. Check with the registrar for more information and opportunities.
Contact your Host Family
The summer is a great time to build a stronger and long-lasting relationship with your host family. Going to the lakes, the state fair, or even helping them at their house would be a great way to build a good relationship with them. So, if you are around this summer, make sure you keep in touch with your host family.
Getting out into the Twin Cities during the summer
Summer in Minnesota is beautiful and you'll have more time than during the school year to explore and be outdoors. Try biking to Lake Nokomis, Lake Calhoun, or Minnehaha Falls; going to some of the many open air music and food events put on in Minneapolis and Saint Paul; or going camping in northern Minnesota.
- Explore Minnesota - find what events are going on, book a cabin or camping site
- Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board - find lakes or parks close to you
- MN Daily - offers you daily news and quips
- Minnesota State Fair - one of the biggest state fairs in the country
- Minnesota Valley Fair - an amusement park with great rides
- Northern Spark - an all-night music and arts festival in June
To take a photo tour of Minneapolis, click here.
Where have international students worked/interned in past summers?
|3M Corporate Auditing||Global Finance Intern|
|Allianz Life||Actuary Intern|
|American Lung Association MN||Health Manager Assistant|
|Christopher Gross Consulting||Actuarial Summer Internship|
|CITYarts Organization||On-Site and Administrative Intern|
|Credit Suisse Securities||Finance Intern|
|Daylight Forensic & Advisory LLC||Summer Intern|
|Dexis Consulting Group||Development Intern|
|Exploration Intermediate Program||Exploration Camp Instructor|
|Exploration Senior Program, Main Office||Main Office Manager Instructor|
|Exploration Summer Programs||IT Assistant|
|Exploration Summer Programs||IT-Coordinator|
|Grassroots Solutions||Grassroots and Media Advocacy Assistant|
|Harvard Stem Cell Institute||Harvard Internship Program|
|Hewitt Associates||Financial Mgmt. and Retirement Consultant|
|Kramer Lothrop Brewer Financial (KLB)||Investment Management Intern|
|LeadAmerica||Team Leader, Medicine & Health Care Program|
|Mayo Clinic||Summer Mentorship Undergraduate Fellow|
|Meet Minnesota/City of Minneapolis||Trade Relations Intern|
|Merrill Lynch||Private Client Intern|
|Merrill Lynch Minneapolis||Finance Intern|
|Merrill Lynch St. Paul||Global Wealth Management|
|Merrill Lynch, Wayzata||Wealth Management Intern|
|Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation||Cardiovascular Research (Research)|
|Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal||Advertising Intern|
|Minnesota Office of the State Auditor||Tax Increment Financing Intern|
|MN Dept. of Health, Injury and Violence Prevention Unit (IVPU)||Public Health Researcher|
|Regions Hospital Emergency Department||Research Assistant|
|Shorewater Advisors LLC||Finance Intern|
|Shorewater Advisors LLC||Hedge Fund Intern|
|Thomson Reuters||Technology Intern|
|University of Arizona, Life Sciences North||Research Assistant (Research)|
|University of Minnesota||Research Assistant|
|University of Minnesota -Twin Cities||Research Assistant (Research)|
|University of Minnesota, Department of Neurosurgery||Research Assistant (Research)|
|Wave Hill||Marketing, Event Management|
|YouthCARE, Camp Sunrise||Assistant Counselor|
Any person working in the United States must obtain a Social Security Number (SSN). If you are planning on working over J-term and do not have a SSN, make sure to apply early so that you have it by the time you need to start work! The number can take 1-3 weeks to arrive after you apply.
If you would like to work on campus over J-term and you already work on campus during the academic year, which includes doing research with a Macalester professor, you do not need to get additional work certification.
If you are doing an internship off campus you need to register for CPT (Curricular Practical Training). Any time you work off campus, for an employer that is not Macalester you need to register for CPT.
The residence halls close over winter break for two weeks, starting on the day after finals end until usually January 2nd. For these weeks, it is easy to find housing off campus: many juniors and seniors look for subletters while they are home over winter break. The best way to find a place to live is through the Daily Piper and the Macalester Housing group on Facebook. ISP also can help put you in touch with other international students subletting their rooms over break.
After January 2nd all international students who apply for January housing may move back into the dorms. Make sure to keep an eye out for the application for January housing at the end of fall semester if you are planning on living in the dorms over J-term.
What to do
Work on campus/Do an internship
Some of Macalester's departments and offices employ students over J-term. Inquire at your current job or keep an eye on the student employment job portal for J-term opportunities.
There are many great organizations in the Twin Cities and elsewhere where you could intern or work for J-term. The Internship Program office is a great resource for finding internships and completing the necessary paperwork.
Students doing paid internships must do so for credit because of immigration regulations. Macalester covers the cost of one credit required for the internship. This means you will have to have an adviser for your internship, fill out a learning contract, and register for CPT. See the Internship Program's guidelines for international students for more information.
Students doing unpaid internships should come into ISP to see what kind of work certification is required of them.
The Civic Engagement Center (CEC) can connect you with a number of volunteer opportunities in the Twin Cities in January. Whether you are interested in environmental justice, immigrant and refugee work, or tutoring kids, there is something for you! Check out their website or drop-by the 3rd floor of Markim Hall.
Invest in your career
This is a great time to do those career-building things you are too busy to do during the semester. Schedule an appointment with the Career Development Center and/or the Internship Program. They can help you:
- Write and/or edit your resume
- Connect you with alumni in your area of interest to schedule informational interviews, and if they go well, even spend a day shadowing a professional!
- Find strategies about landing an internship later on!
If you have a particular topic of interest, you can do an independent study for credit over the break. You will need a faculty supervisor, so the best way to get started is to ask your adviser or a professor whose work you are interested i
Getting out into the Twin Cities in January
Where have international students worked/interned in past J-terms?
|Transamerica Retirement Solutions||Business Analyst Intern|
|Focus 1000||Water Research Assistant|
University of Rochester, Center for Translational Neuromedicine
|Minnesota Pollution Control Agency||Recycling Data Analysis Intern|
|Metro Social Services||Family and Youth Programs Intern|
|Red Eye Theater||Works-in-Progress Artist|
|Lyngblomsten||Food Service Communication & Instruction Design Intern|
|Emergency Physicians Professional Association||Medical Scribe|
|Old Arizona Theater||Social Media Intern|
|Science Museum of Minnesota||Volunteer Administrative Intern|