Funding Your Internship

The Center for Career Development offers the Career Development Funding Program to support Notre Dame undergraduate students during their summer internship experiences. This funding program is intended to alleviate the living costs incurred by a student as a result of participating in an internship crucial to their career success.


New this summer: The President's Circle Mentor Program 

Enrich your internship experience with The President’s Circle Mentor Program.

This highly-selective mentoring program provides students with the opportunity to connect with some of the most trusted and loyal leaders from the Notre Dame family. Each mentor has been successful in the workplace and serves as a resource to students throughout their summer internship. Through the President's Circle Mentor Program, these individuals have offered to provide guidance, feedback and insight to support their student's career development. An application is required to be selected for this opportunity.  

Click on the title above to learn more about the program and how to apply.


Program at a Glance

  • Only qualifying experiences will be considered for funding support
  • Complete online application by deadline: April 15, 2018
  • Funds are intended to support food, transportation, and housing expenses incurred as a result of accepting an internship
  • Each funding application is reviewed by the committee and selected recipients are sponsored through one of the program funds. A student only needs to apply with one application to be considered for all qualified funds.
  • Paid and unpaid interns have different maximum award amounts
  • Awards are distributed in one lump sum amount during finals week - attendance is mandatory in the training sessions prior to pick up


  • April 15, 2018 – Deadline to submit application
  • Week of 4/30/18 – Review Committees will email decisions
  • Finals Week 2018 – Funding checks will be distributed after training sessions throughout the week
  • Reflection essays and surveys are due to the Review Committee at the end of summer


Application Process


  • Applicants must be an undergraduate student returning to Notre Dame following their internship to complete their degree.
  • Applicants must have an internship offer in order to apply for funding. Volunteer programs are not eligible.
  • Internship duties must be consistent with the student’s level of education, related to his/her area of study and consistent with their post-graduate career plans.
  • Employment must be on a full-time basis (30-40 hours per week) for 8 weeks in the United States or 7 weeks abroad.
    • If an internship is shorter than 8 weeks but longer than 3 weeks, it may qualify for funding. Please set up an appointment with a member of The Center for Career Development's Funding Program team to confirm eligibility.
  • All funds are to cover food, transportation, and housing expenses incurred as a result of participating in the internship.
    • Unpaid interns are eligible to receive up to $3,500
    • Paid interns are eligible to receive up to $1,000
    • California interns are automatically considered for the Notre Dame California Fund. Unpaid California internships may receive up to $5,000. A paid internship maximum award is considered on a case-by-case basis.


The Career Development Funding Team administrators hold walk in hours every Tuesday and Wednesday from 2-4pm in 504 Duncan Student Center for students who have questions about their application or eligibility. Students abroad please email with inquiries about the process or if you'd like to schedule a time to meet via ZOOM. 

Confirm your eligibility online by completing this quiz

Steps to Apply:

  1. Confirm EligibilityComplete this quiz ​​​​​
  2. Read – The Tax Implications Letter explains how receipt of this award may affect your taxes
  3. Complete and submit the online application – Submissions must be in by 11:59pm EST on April 15th, 2018 ~ follow this link to the application:

Application includes:

  • Funding Interview –  record 3 interview responses via Big Interview and paste the responses onto your application via a URL link
  • Biographical Information – basic information about the applicant (name, major, etc.)
  • Resume – prior to submission we strongly recommend having this reviewed during walk in hours
  • Essay – use the prompt below to write a 600 word essay
  • Waiver and Program Guidelines – confirm you will uphold the policies of the Funding Program and act in accordance with du Lac throughout your internship
  • Expense Sheet – itemize the food, housing, and transportation expenses you will incur
  • Employer Verification Form – You cannot submit your application unless your employer completes this online form. See the Employer Verification FAQ if you are having troubles submitting this form.

International Internships – If an experience outside of the USA is awarded funds, a MANDATORY Health and Safety Summit will take place on April 29th, 2018, and only afterwards can funds be released to the recipient. Notre Dame International is partnering with the Center for Career Development for this training. Students abroad can attend this virtually. 

Recipients of Financial Aid – All applicants receiving financial aid should contact the Office of Financial Aid to confirm that these funds will not have any possible impact on their financial aid package. We will fund students regardless of the support level financial aid provides.


Essay Prompt:

This essay should provide more information to the review committees about how your internship impacts and connects to your future plans.

  • Describe the organization, roles, and responsibilities you will have as an intern
  • Specifically explain your learning objectives for the summer, focusing on:
    1. How the internship will help you develop knowledge and skills specific to your post-graduate plans
    2. How this experience will help you to explore career pathways and broaden your understanding of that industry and role
    3. Particular skills you anticipate gaining e.g. communication, coping, teamwork, time management, interpersonal skills and goal setting
  • Provide details about how you will grow intellectually, thus enhancing skills developed through your Notre Dame education


Committee Selection Criteria:

Applicants will be selected based on the following:

  • Quality of the internship experience related to their career goals
  • Quality of essay in describing the learning objectives and value of the internship experience as related to their career goals
  • Preference is given to juniors as it is their last opportunity to participate in an internship
  • The review committees take into consideration if an applicant has previously applied for funding

International Internship Resources

Any student receiving financial or programmatic support from Notre Dame must complete the International Travel Registry through Notre Dame International and attend a Heath and Safety Summit. Here are additional Notre Dame websites and information to consider addressing before traveling abroad:

Career Development Funding Guidelines

Timing and Allocation of Funds

  • Funding awards are allocated in a lump sum check, and distributed during Spring Finals Week.
  • Student can apply for funding multiple times during their tenure at Notre Dame.
  • A student submits only one application per cycle (academic break), and the Review Committee considers them for all funds they are eligible for up to the maximum award amount. Fund selection is at the discretion of the Review Committees based on fund restrictions.
  • Students must note on their application if they are applying for additional funding through other Notre Dame resources. If other campus sources select a student for an award that is equal or greater than the maximum award from the Career Development Funding Program, then the student must withdraw their application. Failure to notify the Funding Team of other funding awards or applications to campus sources results in automatic disqualification from that funding award cycle.

Use of Funds

  • Awards are for food, transportation, and housing costs incurred as a result of participating in an eligible internship/research opportunity. The award is not a supplement for an internship salary or service to Notre Dame. Any internship employment issues are between the student and their internship employer, not the student and Notre Dame. Similarly, any funding questions must be directed to the Funding Team and not the student’s employer.
  • The Career Development Funding Program does not cover or reimburse program fees or interview travel expenses. If program costs are bundled for an experience, an itemized cost sheet must be attached to the funding application.
  • Rent paid to a family member must be explained in detail or it will not be considered as a viable expense for funding support.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to notify the Funding Team and return unused money either from incompletion of the agreed internship or if there are leftover funds due to budget and expenditure differences. Failure to notify the Funding Team of extra funds or an incomplete internship results in being blocked from the Go IRISH job site and requires an in-person meeting with a Career Counselor.

Recipient Expectations

  • Before: Any student traveling outside the USA is required to complete a Health and Safety Summit before receiving their award check.
  • During: Represent Notre Dame by engaging in the internship at the highest level of performance and follow student conduct guidelines as written in du Lac.
  • Post-internship: Complete a survey and write a reflection paper (2 pages) outlining how the internship related to ones curriculum, its intrinsic value, the impact it had/will have on their future career plans, whether it was an impetus to changing career plans, and how valuable the funding was to the experience. Reflection papers and survey results are shared with each student's specific benefactor.
  • Post-internship/graduation: Complete occasional surveys about career path decisions so the Career Development Funding Team can calculate the impact these funds have on student success.


The University and the Center for Career Development Funding Program may add to, delete or amend these policies at any time. Any updates will be posted on The Center for Career Development website and it is the applicant’s responsibility to review changes at this location.

Funds Supporting the Career Development Funding Program

Thank you to all our benefactors who make this funding program possible:

  • Archer Family Endowment for Undergraduate Internships: Provided through the generosity of the Archer Family to support undergraduate students participating in summer internships
  • Arts and Letters Summer Internship Program: Provided through the generosity of the Aviles, McGlinn Shields, Rogers, and Schlehuber Families for students in the College of Arts and Letters
  • Class of 2009 Senior Legacy Unpaid Internship Fund: Provided by the Class of 2009 Senior Class Legacy Gift for all students with an unpaid internship
  • DeSalvo Family Undergraduate Internship Fund: Provided through the generosity of the DeSalvo family to support undergraduates participating in a summer internship
  • Moynihan Catholic Charities Intern Fund: Provided through the generous support of the Moynihan Family to support Notre Dame students who intern at Catholic Charities USA
  • Notre Dame California Internship Fund: Provided through the generosity of a Notre Dame alumnus for undergraduate students interning in California
  • President’s Circle Fund: Provided for all students through the generosity of key alumni who are members of the prestigious President’s Circle
  • Soenen Endowment for Entrepreneurial Internships: Provided through the generosity of the Soenen Family for students interning at a start-up or entrepreneurial company
  • Student Affairs Internship Support Fund: Provided through the Division of Student Affairs at Notre Dame for students of all majors
  • Student Athlete Summer Career Experience Funds: Provided by the Brumm, Gluck, Murphy, and Rask families for student-athletes
  • Non-Traditional Time Frame Fund: A highly competitive fund available for two types of students with internships shorter than 8 weeks: for juniors abroad with an internship during the winter semester or for students with an unyielding circumstance which confines the duration of their summer internship to a minimum of 4 weeks and in exigent circumstances 3 weeks. You must apply one month prior to the start of the internship.

Each funding application is reviewed by the committee and selected recipients are sponsored through one of the above funds. A student only needs to apply with one application to be considered for all qualified funds.