Eden Prairie, MN

Program Graduate Intern Arts & Cultures, Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies

The Organization

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) is the umbrella over the grantmaking foundations created by the late Margaret Cargill: Margaret A. Cargill Foundation and Anne Ray Foundation. MACP provides meaningful support through long-term relationships with strategic grantee partners across seven program domains: Environment, Disaster Relief & Recovery, Arts & Cultures, Teachers, Animal Welfare, Quality of Life, and Legacy & Opportunity. The collective assets of MACP place it among the 10 largest philanthropies in the United States.

The two foundations have separate boards and investment portfolios but share a common mission of providing meaningful assistance and support to society, the arts, and the environment.

Margaret A. Cargill Foundation is a private foundation that came into existence upon Ms. Cargill’s death in August 2006. At year-end 2021, MACP’s assets are approximately $3.7 billion.

Position Overview

The internship will be a hybrid format. In each five-day workweek, the intern will be expected to work from MACP’s Eden Prairie, Minnesota office three days per week, and may elect to work remotely the other two days of the week. This role will entail a commitment of approximately 36 hours per week for 12 weeks during the summer of 2023.

MACP is seeking candidates who share the organization’s values and commitment to join our team as a Contract Program Intern Arts & Cultures.

Primary project: Field research and related planning activities to support an emerging funding opportunity tied to the Native Arts and & Cultures, Folk Arts & Cultures, and Music Education program areas, along with informing continued efforts in our Folk Arts & Cultures program for a refined program strategy. Additional, small-scale projects may also be pursued as opportunities emerge, and which may also be beneficial to the selected Intern to enhance their own educational and professional experience.

Background: The Program Team has developed a concept for a new funding opportunity to occur over a three-year period; 2023-2025. In addition, the Folk Arts & Cultures program team continues to engage with grantee partners in the two regions of focus to understand the reach of cultural communities engaged in the intergenerational transmission of artistic skill and cultural knowledge. In 2023 the team will be conducting field research activities to support potential strategy refinements.

Tasks for the Program Intern, Arts and Cultures in support of this may include:

  • Conduct external/field research in the areas of folk and traditional arts (including Native arts and cultures) and music education, to identify recent trends in philanthropic support of these fields, and to understand emerging areas of cultural knowledge and practices.
  • Provide recommendations to the program team regarding potential program strategy refinements based on field research activities and learning.
  • Participate in meetings or other engagements with Domain grantee partners as part of ongoing field learning activities.
  • Participation in Domain team meetings and Program Staff meetings as a way to stay informed of current projects and priorities during the internship experience.
  • Learn about the work of the Arts & Cultures Domain and MACP Programs by reviewing current Domain Operating Plans and Functional Goals, along with program strategy documents related to the work of the Domain.



  • Pursuing an advanced degree in the liberal arts/humanities fields.  Interest in and/or professional experience in folklore/folklife, Native American / Indigenous studies, Arts/Art History, American Studies, sociology, evaluation or related fields is of particular interest.
  • Interest in philanthropic practice and MACPs’ areas of giving. For example, interest in the field of folk and traditional arts and cultures, Native arts and cultures, and arts-related philanthropy is preferred.
  • Ability to work independently to research and synthesize information.
  • Enjoys self-directed projects.
  • Experience identifying, reviewing, and documenting source materials.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Working knowledge of PowerPoint, Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate effectively with other team members and stakeholders, including ability to interview subject matter experts is preferred.
  • Proven ability to maintain a high level of integrity and confidentiality in both internal and external relationships.

How To Apply

MACP has partnered with kpCompanies in this search.  Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume (AS A COMBINED DOCUMENT) no later than 9:00pm on Friday, February 3th, 2023. All submissions are received in strictest confidence.

MACP has partnered with kpCompanies in this search.  Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume (AS A COMBINED DOCUMENT) no later than 9:00pm on Friday, February 3th, 2023. All submissions are received in strictest confidence.

You can apply by submitting your application online here: https://evoportalus.tracker-rms.com/kpCompanies/MyLite?id=1073

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