Denison has more than its share of “dude-bros”. I would not say it matches what you are looking for. Maybe Knox, but visit and see what you think. My kid didn’t care for it when she visited.
Remember that all these colleges have a fair number of kids coming from far away, so there are always kids dealing with the transportation to and from campus. Colleges usually provide info, too. Here is a link to Lawrence’s page on this, for example:
One of my kids went to Dickinson in PA. Nearest airport is Harrisburg, and that was never a direct flight from our home in MN. So she had two hops, then some kind of shuttle from Harrisburg to the college. But it always worked out. They ran bussed to the Philadelphia airport, too, I think, but I don’t think she ever did that.
Regarding internships, many students do not have internships in the cities they go to college in (or even live in when they are not in college). Most companies and organizations advertise online. The career center on campus can help them get hooked up with internships. They will help them with resumes, identifying target companies or organizations, mock interviews, etc. For example, one of my kids had internships with the State Department, with a US senator in DC, and with an organization that teaches summer programs for high potential low income kids. My other kid got research positions on campus every summer (she was in a STEM field). But quite a few colleges recruited for internships on her campus. We have an intern starting in our office in Seattle next week who is from the southern US, attends college at a Washington state college on the other side of the state, and has an internship in Seattle for the summer. The world is connected online, and that is very advantageous for students. Internships aren’t very local these days in the age of Skype interviews, and online hiring through sites like LinkedIn.
Regarding compromising, it feels like you are falling into the “dream school” trap. Mac is a nice school. I lived a half dozen blocks from it for 10 years as an adult, and often went to campus for events and activities. One of my kids applied and was accepted, and I know several kids who attended there. But it isn’t a perfect school. It is a pretty typical second tier LAC.