Bulldogs on the Lakes

Entering its 13th year, Bulldogs on the Lakes is an eight-week program that brings Yale students to the Twin Cities for meaningful (paid) internships and gives them a chance to work and live in a new city.

Our influential corporate and non-profit employers – that have ranged from Cargill to the Minneapolis Mayor’s Office – provide Yale students an opportunity to expand their minds (and resumes!) and gain valuable work experience while they enjoy a summer full of fun and adventure in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Bulldogs on the Lakes connects students with local alums and Yalie peers, providing community networking with all the best that the Twin Cities has to offer. But, don’t take our word for it. Check out what former Bulldogs have to say.

For 2020:

Bulldogs on the Lakes continues to offer internships compatible with the Domestic Service Award (DSA) Fellowship program offered by Yale. The DSA provides a stipend of $4,000 to Yale students on financial aid who have secured an approved unpaid summer internship in one of the following areas:

  • 501(c)(3)
  • government entity
  • non-government organizations
  • arts apprenticeship

DSA student eligibility requirements:

  • First-year student, sophomore, or junior in Yale College
  • Recipient of financial aid from Yale that includes a Yale Scholarship for Spring 2018 (Leave of Absence still eligible)
  • Has not received a previous DSA
  • Has secured summer internship in the U.S. that meets DSA position requirements (below)

DSA position eligibility requirements:

Position must receive approve through the Office of Career Strategy application process.

  • Position must be full time (30 hours/week) 
  • Position must be for least eight weeks (May 29th through July 20th)
  • Position is unpaid (underfunded positions may also be considered)
  • Position must be with 501(c)(3) or NGO; government entity; public or non-profit university outside of Yale; arts apprenticeship.


“I loved living with all the other interns and becoming a tight-knit group with Yalies I probably would not have gotten to know otherwise. My summer was educational, entertaining, and an overall blast. I miss the Twin Cities and the people till this day.”


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