About Us

Bulldogs on the Lakes


Entering its 12th year, Bulldogs on the Lakes is a nine-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, alongside their Yalie peers.

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.

Qualities unique to the Bulldogs on the Lakes program:

  • Housing at the 17th Avenue Residence Hall, on the University of Minnesota campus
  • Challenging paid internships
  • Pairing with an alumni/community mentor family
  • Fun activities to engage you with civic and business leaders in the Twin Cities community

Come see why Yale graduates have chosen to return to the Twin Cities to begin their careers.

Students: Join us for a summer you won’t forget.

Employers: Contact Bill Messinger, bill@billmessinger.com, 651-209-7670.

International Students: You will need to apply for permission from immigration to work off campus (Optional Practical Training) to engage in a BAA internship. OPT applications can take up to three months for immigration to process, so advance planning is required.  These applications must be submitted through the Office of International Students and Scholars. For full information on the OPT application process go to http://www.yale.edu/oiss/ or contact monica.weeks@yale.edu

The goal of Bulldogs on the Lakes is to employ hardworking Yale students in meaningful internship positions, introduce these students to the assets and leadership of the Twin Cities community, provide benefit to local employers and enhance the community as a whole.

We look forward to seeing you in the Twin Cities!



Become a Bulldog on the Lake

Join us for a summer you won’t forget, and a step towards a bright future.

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