Many students find that internships can be one of the highlights of their college experiences—a chance to try out different career paths, and put their classroom knowledge to use in the real world. And thanks to the Macalester Summer Internship Grant (MSIG), fewer Mac students have to worry about whether or not their internship is paid.
Last summer, MSIG offered grants to 41 students (most of whom couldn’t afford to complete an unpaid internship otherwise). By helping to offset their summer living expenses, MSIG offers students the opportunity to pursue their dream internships across the country.
Walker Art Center
There is virtually nothing that I would change about my summer experience at the Walker Art Center. It has been extremely rewarding to see the exhibition Siah Armajani: Follow This Line to completion while working alongside such bright and caring individuals. This experience has cemented my ambitions of becoming a curator and has provided me with professionals to model myself after.
Sebastian Eising ’19
Art History Major
Uganda Village Project, Gaborone, Botswana
Overall, this summer has been one of the most transformational experiences of my life. It has helped me grow both personally and professionally and has only served to further my passion for public health.
Gabriel Swinth ’19
New York, NY
Office of Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu, Boston
Overall, I surprised even myself with how much I learned and grew this summer. While I certainly expected a fulfilling experience when I applied for the summer internship grant, I don’t think I ever could have imagined how much my internship experience would mean to me. I’ve grown on all fronts this summer and learned so much about myself, municipal government, and the field of political science. I think in large part due to my experiences this summer in Councilor Wu’s office, I enter my final (gasp) year at Macalester feeling both confident and curious, excited to get back into the classroom to apply what I have learned this summer, and eager to continue to learn and grow.
Ellie Galer ’19
North Easton, Mass.
Swaziland Government Elections and Boundaries Commission
More than anything, this summer I feel I have found myself more sure than before of what I want for myself in the future. My passion lies in being home and working on the small things that bring the big changes, which is why it is very exciting that I have been offered the opportunity to continue with this work after I graduate.
Temusa Rukundo ’19
Economics and Political Science Majors
The Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
Overall, I am thrilled that I was able to spend my summer interning at the Hirshhorn. I learned an invaluable amount about museum work, specifically in a contemporary art museum, and am now seriously looking into obtaining a graduate degree in museum studies. I discovered that I genuinely enjoy working in a museum environment, and that there is much more to the exhibitions and gallery events than meets the eye. … I am sincerely grateful both for the opportunity of interning at the Hirshhorn in the first place, and for the grant and support offered by the Internship Office, which made it possible. It was truly a fantastic summer.
Nora Stewart ’21
University Park, Md.
Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul
My internship this summer at the Minnesota Historical Society was a great experience in so many ways. The work I did and the connections I made with staff members have helped me sharpen my career plans, consider new academic paths, and learn surprising new skills that I will absolutely carry with me into the future.
Elizabeth Loetscher ’19
New Ulm, Minn.
My internship at Como Zoo was a unique experience. While animal husbandry was extremely engaging, I found I was particularly interested in the zoo’s Species Survival Plan, which aims at retaining genetic diversity in zoo populations. The program reignited my curiosity for population genetics and led me to pursue further opportunities that involved the study and understanding of population structures and how they can be reflected in the animals’ genome.
Pietro Tardelli Canedo ’19
Sao Paulo, Brazil
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