We have a rolling admissions process and accept applicants until each session fills. Every year, however, we receive more applications than we are able to accept, so early applicants have the best chance of being accepted into their first choice Track.
Q: What happens if I need to withdraw before the program begins?
The $200 Application Fee is non-refundable. If you withdraw an application on or before March 15, any payments made through that date, less the $200 Application Fee, are fully refunded. If you withdraw an application after March 15, all payments are forfeited. Withdrawals are effective on the date that Putney Student Travel receives written notification.
Q: I requested a reference letter from my teacher — can you tell me if it has arrived yet?
Teacher Reference Letters are submitted online and our Admissions Team will email you about your acceptance status within one business day of receiving all components of your application (your Contact Information, Personal Statement and Track Choice, Agreement Form, Deposit, and Letter of Reference). Please check with your teacher directly if you are curious about the status of their Letter of Reference. For other questions about your application, please email email@example.com
Q: Do I need to have any prior radio or podcasting experience?
No! The Summer Podcast Institute teaches you all you need to know in order to create, produce, record, and edit your own podcast. If you do have experience with the skills or tools used to create podcasts you will find many opportunities to add depth and complexity to what you already know.
Q: What exactly is a Track?
We ask students to select a Track, or podcast content area, before the program begins so that we can prepare to guide you in your podcast creation! If you are not sure at the time of application which Track to choose, just select a Track that best fits your interests and what you think might be the podcast theme you will work on this summer. The Track you select in your application will not prevent you from exploring where your creativity might take you during the session.
Q: Is it possible to change Tracks before the program?
Yes, as long as there is room in the Track into which you would like to switch, we are happy to do so. Please email any change requests to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Will I need to bring a laptop or any other special materials?
We encourage all students to bring a laptop for audio file storage, cataloging, and editing. There is limited access to additional program-wide computer resources. All professional audio recording devices, microphones, soundboards, and studio equipment are provided by the program, although students are also welcome to bring any additional equipment they may own.
Q: Will we meet our instructors or fellow students before the program begins?
Your instructors will send you an email a few weeks before the program begins, introducing themselves and the Track they are leading. They will also provide an optional reading/listening list to help you prepare to create your own podcast. We do not send out student lists prior to the program because we intentionally want the first time you meet your fellow participants to be face-to-face. After the program, however, it is quite common to keep in touch with other students and staff via email and social media.
Q: Can I come with a friend? If so, can we room together?
While the majority of students choose to come to the program on their own, it is possible for friends to enroll in the same session. Rooms are doubles and we will do our best to accommodate roommate requests.
Q: I have specific dietary concerns. Given these, will there be enough for me to eat?
Yes! Macalester’s dining services have vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and kosher options. For specific food allergies or other concerns, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
Q: Is there free time during the day?
While we have a busy schedule, there will be limited free time during the day, (typically 1–2 hours) during which students may choose to rest, explore campus, participate in optional activities and excursions, or continue to work on their podcasts.
Q: What will I need to bring with me?
We will provide you with a packing list prior to the program. Sheets and a pillow are provided. Please bring your own bath towel, as well as a beach towel for possible swimming excursions.
Health, Safety, & Communication
Q: What if I get sick during the program?
If you are sick during the program, please let your instructors or program directors know right away so we can determine the appropriate course of action. All instructors are CPR and First Aid certified and parents are involved in any decision regarding sickness that requires a visit to a local clinic/hospital.
Q: Will there be a secure place where I can keep my laptop/passport/other valuables?
Yes. All Macalester dorm rooms are lockable and the dorm buildings are only accessible via keycard entry.
Q: Am I allowed to use my cell phone during the program?
Yes. Cell phone usage is allowed throughout the program. There will be times, however (during workshops and seminars, while on field-recording trips, during studio sessions) when cell phone use will be necessarily restricted.
Q: How can my parents get in touch with program directors during the session?
There are office hours and after-hours/emergency phone numbers to reach program directors during the session. Additionally, we will keep a group blog that will allow your friends and family to follow along on your podcasting adventures!