A 1938 graduate of Wesleyan, John Macy later served as Trustee and as Executive Vice President of the University.  His professional career was spent in service to the United States government as both Chairman of the U.S. Civil Service Commission and first President of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  In recognition of his exceptional contributions to public life, John Macy received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Any application received after 9 p.m. on March 5th will not be considered.

Description of the Internship
The interns will spend the summer in Washington, D.C., as special interns in the Government Accountability Office.  Working with a senior official as mentor, the Macy Interns will participate in current policy issues.  Interns could spend substantial time working with Congressional legislators and their staffs. 


  • U.S. Government regulations stipulate that this internship is open only to U.S. citizens.
  • Interns will be chosen from the junior class on the basis of those characteristics associated with John Macy: 
    • high intellectual ability,
    • a capacity for sustained effort in difficult tasks,
    • strong ethical standards, an ingrained sense of duty, and commitment to public service as a worthy career. 
Criteria for Selection
Applications are evaluated on:
  • The ability of the internship to enhance the student’s Wesleyan educational experience, provide new skills and/or test or broaden the student’s areas of career interest.
  • Endorsement by a Wesleyan faculty member (written reference)

Grants Award
$4,000 to cover expenses related to the internship. 
Please note: Wesleyan University does not make any determination on the taxability of these awards. Please consult your tax advisor to determine your tax status and liability.  

Application Process
Applicants must submit the following documents to the 2017 Wesleyan Grants posting on Handshake. 

  1. Resume (must be a resume approved by the Gordon Career Center on Handshake--note that resumes are reviewed, not necessarily, approved on Handshake with 48 hours or 2-business days, so please plan accordingly)
  2. Completed application 
  3. Unofficial Transcript
  4. One to two page statement detailing your reasons for seeking the Macy internship and how the experience fits into your long-term goals. 
  5. A 2 page essay (800-1000 words): The essay should discuss significant public policy or a problem confronting our society today that is of interest to you. It is highly suggested to have the professor from whom you request your recommendation review your essay. Please include some proposed solutions to the policy problem and include bibliographic references and/or statistical data to support your recommendations.
  6. One faculty recommendation*

*Please have all letters emailed to Marcy Herlihy at  
Please put "CONFIDENTIAL" in the subject line

Visit the 2017 Wesleyan Grants Application page for additional application instructions. 
Apply for Wesleyan Grants online via the 2017 Wesleyan Grants posting on Handshake. 


Each year, there are a number of applications for the Macy Internship but only one person receives funding.  It is, then, very important to develop the best application you can. 

If you have previous experiences that relate to the type of work you would be doing, including  coursework, be sure to include that information on your resume. 

Faculty Recommendation
Please begin the process of approaching a faculty member for a recommendation early.  When you are asking him or her for a reference, be sure to provide them with a brief statement describing the Macy and also explaining why you are applying for the internship.  Provide the faculty member with a resume and request a pick-up date for the reference – in a sealed envelope – preferably a few days before the application is due.  Send them a short e-mail a few days before the arranged pick-up date to remind them of the deadline. 

It is very important that the faculty recommendation be included with your application when you hand it in. Please have all letters emailed to Marcy Herlihy at and put "CONFIDENTIAL" in the subject line.