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We are mindful of the significant disruption to many of our communities interested in participating in Mac Project Corps. In light of this, we are reassessing the format of the program, which may remain fluid up until the program launches. Additionally, we have extended the priority deadline for student applications to Monday, June 15.  Space for participation is limited, but if necessary, we will continue to accept applications after the June 15 priority deadline on a space-available basis. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at We are here to help.

Mac Project Corps [Mac praah-jikt kore]


1. A student force built for exploration, innovation, and community good.

Mac Project Corps matches creative and collaborative liberal arts students of all majors with local organizations looking to jump-start a challenge, a problem, or a question as they navigate uncertain times. 

Our liberal arts students are made for projects like this. They are comfortable working across disciplines and approach challenges from multiple vantage points. 

We’re all in this together. Macalester is currently seeking applications from students, idea partners from local Twin Cities organizations, and alumni, faculty and community guest experts for our pilot program in July 2020. 

Mac Project Corps is a collaboration of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, The Olin-Rice Hub, Career Exploration, and Alumni Engagement. 

Learn more below.

Students [stu·​dents]


1. The Macalester students whose brilliance, enthusiasm, and new thinking powers Mac Project Corps. 

Multidisciplinary teams will work remotely to provide fresh perspectives to issues identified by idea partners from local Twin Cities organizations. Students will receive a $500 stipend upon successful project and program completion.

You’ll develop new skills in collaboration and creative problem-solving, and be mentored by Macalester faculty, staff, and community guest experts. At the end of July, you and your teammates will present your findings and ideas to the organizations via video conference. 

Learn more and apply.

Idea Partners [ ahy-dee-uh  pahrt-nerz ] 


1. The valued community leaders and partners in local start-ups, for-profits, nonprofits, governmental organizations, and more who are working on ideas and problems and could use a little help.

Twin Cities Community: We know you are facing unexpected demands and new challenges, and we want to connect you to bright, creative, and thoughtful talent to meet your needs—at no cost to you.  

Submit a project application to Mac Project Corps describing a question or problem that could use a fresh perspective: things like novel challenges you’re facing in the pandemic, reimagining and rebuilding after George Floyd’s death, long-standing organizational issues, or nascent ideas you don’t have time to explore. 

If it fits our summer pilot program, we’ll schedule a 50-minute Idea Partner Project Call to learn more about your organization and idea. If your project is adopted, the only other thing you need to do is attend the final presentation via Zoom on July 30. Simple as that!

Learn more, read FAQs, and submit a project application by June 22.

Guest Experts [gest ek-sperts]


1. The insightful Macalester alumni, faculty, and community members from all fields who inspire and mentor our students as they explore new avenues and work through projects.

Are you interested in sharing your expertise with students in Mac Project Corps? To support students as they work on their projects, we are organizing virtual meetings with guest experts.

You will help students to think creatively about the questions they are hoping to answer, and strategically in mapping the critical next steps of their projects. As student projects will vary in focus, we welcome guest experts of all fields to share their insights and experience. Please fill out this Guest Expert Interest Form by June 24 and we will get back to you. Thank you!