Summer Funding

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Thanks to Notre Dame benefactors, more than $400,000 is available for students to participate in low pay or no pay summer internships. The Meruelo Family Center for Career Development offers the Summer Funding Program to support Notre Dame undergraduate students during their summer internship experiences. This program is intended to alleviate the living costs incurred as a result of participating in an internship crucial to career success.

Summer 2020 Applications will be accepted beginning in January 2020 - more details to come.

Program at a Glance

  • Funds are intended to support food, transportation, and housing expenses incurred as a result of accepting an internship
  • Only qualifying experiences will be considered for funding support - confirm eligibility with a quiz
  • Each funding application is reviewed by the committee and selected recipients are sponsored through one of the program funds. Students only need to complete one application. 
  • Paid and unpaid interns have different maximum award amounts
  • Preference will be given to students eligible for financial aid and/or juniors participating in their final summer opportunity


  • Complete the application by the deadline - application deadline will be late March- early April, Spring 2020
  • Funding will be distributed after mandatory pre-departure training sessions offered the week after award notices are sent. Virtual options are available for students studying abroad
  • Reflection essays and surveys are due to the Funding Team at the end of summer

Eligibility and Steps to Apply


  • Applicants must be an undergraduate student returning to Notre Dame following their internship to complete their degree. 
  • Applicants must have an internship offer when submitting the funding application.
  • Volunteer programs or internships set up by a third-party are not eligible to receive Career Development Funding. 
  • Internship/research 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.
    • If two internships jointly equal 8 weeks and maintain 30+ hours a week those will likely be eligible for summer funding - check with the Funding 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.

Steps to Apply

  1. Confirm Eligibility
  2. Read – The Tax Implications Letter explains how receipt of this award may affect your taxes
  3. Complete and submit the online application 

Application includes:

  • Resume
  • Personal Statement Video –  record 2 responses via Big Interview and paste the response recording url link into application
  • Biographical Information – basic information about the applicant (name, major, etc.)
  • Waiver and Program Guidelines – agree to the policies of the Funding Program throughout the internship
  • Expense Sheet – use the application format to itemize weekly anticipated food, housing, and transportation expenses
  • Employer Verification Form – This form is required for submission. See the Employer Verification FAQ for any troubles in submitting this form.

International Internships – If an experience outside of the USA is awarded funds, it is MANDATORY to attend a University Health and Safety Summit. Funds will not be released to the recipient if they do not attend this Health and Safety Summit. Notre Dame International partners with the Center for Career Development for this training. Students abroad can attend 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 consider funding students regardless of the support level financial aid provides.

Committee Selection Criteria

Applicants will be selected based on the following:

  • Quality of the experience as related to the applicant's career goals
  • Quality and thorough due diligence when completing all aspects of the application
  • Preference is given to juniors as it is their last opportunity to participate in an internship
  • Students who are eligible to receive financial aid also will receive preference 
  • The review committees take into consideration if an applicant has previously applied for funding

Career Development Funding Guidelines

Timing and Allocation of Funds

  • Funding awards are allocated in a lump sum amount, and distributed around Finals Week in the Spring. Abroad students will work with the Funding Team to determine receipt options.
  • 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 Handshake and requires an in-person meeting with a Career Counselor.
  • Each award is to support a specific experience outlined in the application. If a student opts to pursue a different internship than what is indicated on the application they will be removed from the applicant pool or their award will be revoked.

Recipient Expectations

  • Before: All students must participate in the pre-departure internship training facilitated by a certified career counselor. Any student traveling outside the USA is required to complete a Health and Safety Summit before receiving their award.
  • 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 outlining how the internship impacted their future career plans, whether it was an impetus to changing career plans, how it connected with academic studies, 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.

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:

  • Review these resources provided by Notre Dame International
  • All University funded students are required to have insurance coverage. See details linked here.
  • When traveling abroad make sure you have addressed any health issues by visiting the Notre Dame Travel Abroad Nurse at University Health Services. Click here to make an appointment or learn more. 
  • When accepting an international internship insure that you have addressed all VISA and Work Authorization requirements with your prospective employer and applicable government agencies
  • For additional insights into understanding different cultures and living abroad please visit NDI's resources here

Funds Supporting the Career Development Funding Program

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

  • Andrews Family Fund: supporting students participating in business internships - provided through the generosity of the Hugh and Cynthia Andrews Family 
  • Archer Family Endowment for Undergraduate Internships: supporting undergraduate students participating in summer internships - provided through the generosity of the Archer Family
  • Arts and Letters Summer Internship Program: supporting students in the College of Arts and Letters participating in summer internships- provided through the generosity of the Aviles, McGlinn Shields, Rogers, Schlehuber, and Smetana Families
  • Class of 2009 Senior Legacy Unpaid Internship Fund: supporting students with an unpaid internship - gifted by the Class of 2009 Senior Class Legacy Gift
  • DeSalvo Family Undergraduate Internship Fund: supporting students participating in a summer internship - provided through the generosity of the DeSalvo family
  • Moynihan Catholic Charities Intern Fund: supporting students who intern at Catholic Charities USA - provided through the generosity of the Moynihan Family
  • Notre Dame California Internship Fund: supporting undergraduate students interning in California - provided through the generosity of a Notre Dame alumnus
  • Student Athlete Summer Career Experience Funds: supporting student athletes participating in a summer experience - provided through the generosity of the Brumm, Gluck, Graham, Murphy, and Rask families
  • 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.