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Frequently Asked Questions

Learn the real answers to some of the most common questions from students and young professionals.

Scholarships

How many scholarships can I apply for?

Eligible students (click here for criteria) can apply to one of the four national Ronald McDonald House Charities scholarships. Students should review the criteria for scholarships available through local restaurants or funded at individual universities and colleges, as eligibility criteria varies.

Where can I find other McDonald's scholarships?

Head on over to your local restaurant to find out what additional scholarships are available specifically for students in your area. Several local scholarships are supported by our restaurants, owner/operators and executives. You can also check with your school’s admission office or several specialized search engines online.

When will I know if I won the scholarship?

Scholarship recipients are announced two months past the deadlines, typically in the spring of each year. Scholarships are for use during the following academic year. Check out the Important Dates section of the student site for the latest information. We also encourage you to review the application and deadlines for each individual award.

Does the scholarship money come to me or my school? What can I use my scholarship money for?

McDonald’s awards scholarship money in the form of a check made out to the honoree’s institution. Checks are mailed to individual honorees directly and are to be used solely for academic expenses, such as tuition and books.

Scholarships

Internships

What is an intern?

An intern is a student who fills a temporary position with an emphasis on on-the-job training. Most often our interns are in the third or fourth year of their collegiate experience. During this period the student is able to apply learned theories and skills within a real-world business setting, providing value to both the young professional and the business.

How many Interns does McDonald's have every summer?

McDonald’s Internship Program gives approximately 75 interns the experience of a lifetime every summer. Summer internships are 10-12 weeks in length and occur between May and August.

When does the internship program begin?

The program kicks off with an intern orientation that includes a welcome from a member of our Leadership Team. We have various start dates in May/June to accommodate a variety of summer schedules.

Who is eligible to apply for an internship at McDonald's?

Any student currently enrolled in an accredited college or university is eligible. The student must have completed his/her sophomore year of college for the undergraduate internship or completed the first year of a graduate school program for a graduate internship. Intern candidates who are not currently enrolled for the upcoming fall semester will not be considered.

What majors does McDonald's Internship Program accept?

Each year our interns come from a wide variety of backgrounds and majors of study. However, McDonald’s Internship Program’s most common majors are Information Technology, Marketing, Communications, Accounting and Human Resources.

Where is McDonald's Internship Program located?

Most of McDonald’s internship opportunities are located at our Corporate and U.S. Headquarters located in Oak Brook, Ill., just outside Chicago. Internship opportunities in our 21 regional offices will be posted later next year.

What does McDonald's Internship Program offer its interns?

At McDonald’s we offer a program that provides a hands-on functional experience and additional development opportunities including networking sessions, teambuilding and leadership events. You’ll be an integral part of the thousands of employees that together serve millions of customers each day!

Will McDonald's contact me when my résumé is received?

All applicants will receive an automatic email confirming that their résumé has been received. One of our recruiters will contact you directly if you have been selected for an interview.

How do I apply for an Internship?

Explore our Career Search Site for available internships. You can apply directly to the internship that you are interested in.

Which colleges will McDonald’s visit for on campus fairs?

Please visit our Important Dates & Resources section for a list of campus site visits.

How do I refer an intern candidate?

Please send all students to visit our Career Search Site to apply for current internships or to sign up for a Job Alert to be notified once our Internship openings are posted.