Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies

Address: 6889 Rowland Road, Eden Prairie, MN, 55344
Phone: 952-540-4050

About the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies

The Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) is a dynamic, growing philanthropy located in Eden Prairie, MN and encompasses two grant-making organizations – Anne Ray Foundation and the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation – founded by Margaret A. Cargill, a granddaughter of the co-founder of Cargill Inc. The combined Philanthropies are among the 10 largest foundations in the United States and share a common mission to provide meaningful assistance and support to society, the arts, and the environment.

Primary Area of Practice

Nonprofit grantmaking organization; legal team provides in-house legal support in practice areas including nonprofit law, labor and employment, contracts, and international regulations. 

Training Provided to Summer Associates

The internship will provide the student with the opportunity to develop relevant skills including legal research and analysis, writing, and drafting of legal documents through direct engagement with legal team colleagues. The student will also have opportunity to observe and/or participate in cross-functional meetings and initiatives. 

Pro Bono/Community Involvement

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies is a nonprofit grantmaking organization whose funding supports charitable organizations and activities locally, nationally, and internationally.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

"MACP’s DEIJ Vision Statement (available on MACP's website) guides our work. The motivation and guidance for this diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice work is drawn from our mission and vision, our direction from Margaret Cargill, and the caring and compassionate culture we strive for through work with grantees, partners, and each other. Embracing this vision will have a transformational influence on our organization, our partnerships, the work we do, and the impact we ultimately seek. MACP has several programs and practices, both formal and informal, to support staff of diverse identities including: an active DEIJ Staff Advisory Group, a Land Acknowledgment Group, and a Program focused DEIJ staff group; continuing development of an inclusive physical environment and staff benefits including a mothers’ room, quiet/reflection/prayer room, all gender restroom, and accessible space and amenities; and an active MACP staff-led BIPOC affinity group.

Summer Associate/Clerkship Description

The intern will primarily provide support for the MACP legal team. The internship will provide the student with the opportunity to develop relevant skills including legal research and analysis, writing, and drafting of legal documents. Responsibilities may include but will not be limited to assisting legal team members with review and drafting of contracts and other legal documents; performing research and analysis in a variety of legal areas relevant to a nonprofit organization, such as nonprofit law, labor and employment, and international regulations; supporting grantmaking due diligence and grant-related legal documentation; attending meetings with cross-functional staff to observe and/or support provision of legal advice; and assisting with various other legal matters or projects as directed. 

MACP has adopted a hybrid work format. In each five-day, full-time (36 hour) work week, the intern will be expected to work from MACP’s Eden Prairie office three days per week and may elect to work remotely the other two days per week. The internship period will run for 8-12 weeks in the summer of 2023.

Successful Candidate Qualities

Current 1L at an accredited law school; minimum of one year of law school completed prior to internship start date 
Strong attention to detail and ability to multi-task  
Strong written and verbal communication skills 
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate effectively with other team members and staff.

Salary and Benefits

$30-$35/hr; paid holiday(s) during course of summer internship; technology stipend.